Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch sings at Comfortable Mondays’ Paul Ryder’s funeral

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Echo and The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch has sung at Comfortable Mondays’ Paul Ryder’s funeral.

Ryder, who was the bassist of the Comfortable Mondays and brother of frontman Shaun, died final month on the age of 58.

Posting the information on social media, the band wrote: “The Ryder household and Comfortable Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder handed away this morning. A real pioneer and legend. He can be without end missed.”

Alan McGee, who was in attendance on the service, described it as an “superb ship off” and recalled how he spoke at first of the funeral, which happened in Manchester yesterday (August 4). McGee additionally shared that each McCulloch and Rowetta later sang on the funeral in tribute.

“Superb ship off for my buddy Paul Ryder of @happymondaysofficial at this time in Mancunia .. ian brown / bez and me all shared our recollections of Horse ..,” McGee wrote. “Rowetta and Ian [McCulloch] each sang .. I’m glad I spoke at first because the service went on it appeared to get heavier .. at one level I seemed up [and] each member of the band was crying .. we beloved you Paul Ryder.”

Rowetta added her personal tribute to Ryder on social media writing “we love you a lot”.

Others paying their respects on the funeral included Stone Roses’ Ian Brown, Comfortable Mondays bandmate Bez and former New Order bass participant and now solo artist Peter Hook.


Ryder shaped the band alongside brother Shaun in 1980, enjoying by till their preliminary cut up in 1993. Whereas not becoming a member of a reunion the band held in 2004, he did rejoin Comfortable Mondays for an additional set of reunion dates in 2012, which had continued for the next decade to the current day.

Tributes from these within the Manchester music scene and past poured in for Ryder on-line on the time of his dying. Brown wrote: “REST IN PEACE PAUL RYDER A GREAT FRIEND A GREAT MUSICIAN A GREAT FELLA BIG LOVE TO AMELIA JACOB SONNY CHICO AND THE FAMILY AND BAND LOVE YA LONGTIME PABS X”

Haçienda DJ Dave Haslam added: Actually very sorry to listen to of the dying of Paul Ryder – he made a large contribution to Comfortable Mondays and was good firm and a high fella RIP.”

Final month, the Comfortable Mondays additionally launched a brand new EP, ‘Tart Tart’, in tribute to Paul.

Shaun mentioned of the EP: “This particular launch of ‘Tart Tart’ showcases the distinctive musical expertise of our brother Paul Ryder who handed from this world … we’ll all miss you Horse.

“He introduced the funk and the rock n roll to Comfortable Mondays … love you very long time R child.”

You possibly can take heed to the EP above on Spotify, or tune in through different streaming platforms right here.

Moreover, followers can pre-order a particular seven-inch vinyl version of ‘Tart Tart’ from Comfortable Mondays’ official retailer. The bodily model is because of arrive on November 18.

All earnings from the discharge can be donated to MusiCares, a charity chosen by Paul’s daughter Amelia, who defined: “MusiCares is a charity that helps individuals within the music trade who’re scuffling with habit points.

“Fourteen years in the past, Paul was given assist and assist from the organisation who helped fund prolonged outpatient care and remedy that enabled him to have 14 subsequent joyful and productive years.”

She added: “Simply two weeks in the past he talked about them in an interview and infrequently expressed his gratitude and want to pay their assist ahead so others could possibly be helped too.”


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