Happy Mondays have today released a special digital EP in memory of their legendary bassist Paul Ryder, who tragically passed away earlier this month.
The EP, which can be also pre-ordered here on 7-inch single, contains two unreleased live versions and can be streamed and downloaded here.
‘Tart Tart’ originally appeared on Happy Mondays 1987 debut album, ‘Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)’, which was produced by John Cale.
Paul’s brother, Happy Monday’s vocalist Shaun Ryder comments:
“This special release of Tart Tart showcases the unique musical talent of our brother Paul Ryder who passed from this world … we will all miss you Horse…he brought the funk and the rock n roll to Happy Mondays … love you long time R kid”
All profits from the release will be donated to Music Cares, a charity chosen by Paul’s daughter Amelia, who comments:
“Music Cares is a charity that helps people in the music industry who are struggling with addiction issues. 14 years ago, Paul was given help and support from the organization who helped fund extended outpatient care and therapy that enabled him to have 14 subsequent happy and productive years. Just two weeks ago he mentioned them in an interview and often expressed his gratitude and desire to pay their support forward so others could be helped too.”