23 August 2022

Madchester hero SHAUN RYDER was born in
the City of Salford in Greater Manchester, UK
on 23 August 1962.

Happy 60 to the happy Monday, the black grape,
and the former 24-hour party man and dopehead
who’s still twisting his melon.

TUTV picked these 4 Great Ryder Moments to start the party.

(With Happy Mondays)

(With Black Grape)


– DARE –
(With Gorillaz)

SHAUN RYDER: Bio – Discography

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – These 10 Classic Crackers Turn 25 In 2022

11 December 2021

1. Bitter Sweet Symphony by THE VERVE (Wigan, UK)

Released: 16 June 1997
Album: Urban Hymns
Score: No 2 in the UK, No 12 in the USA

“Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, that’s life
Tryna make ends meet, you’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah”


2. ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (Liverpool)

Released: 20 June 1997
Album: Evergreen
Score: #8 in the UK

“I want it now, I want it now
Not the promises of what tomorrow brings
I need to live in dreams today
I’m tired of the song that sorrow sings”


3. ‘Kowalski’ by PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland/UK)

Released: 5 May 1997
Album: Vanishing Point
Score: #2 in Scotland, #8 in the UK

“This radio station was named Kowalski
In honor of the last American hero to whom
Speed means freedom of the soul
The question is not when he’s gonna stop
But who is gonna stop him”


4. ‘Get Higher’ by BLACK GRAPE (UK)

Released: 10 September 1997
Album: Stupid Stupid Stupid
Score: #24 in the UK

“Nancy is joining me because the message this evening is not my message, but ours
“Despite our best efforts, shortages of marijuana are now being reported. From the early
days of our administration, Nancy has been abusing marijuana on a daily basis and her
personal observations and efforts have given her such dramatic insights that I wanted
her to share them with you this evening.”


5. ‘Brimful Of Asha’ by CORNERSHOP (UK)

Released: 18 August 1997
Album: When I Was Born For The 7th Time
Score: #1 in the UK, #1 in Scotland

“Brimful of Asha on the 45
Well, it’s a brimful of Asha on the 45
Brimful of Asha on the 45
Well, it’s a brimful of Asha on the 45”



6. Song 2 by BLUR (UK)


7. ‘All You Good People’ by EMBRACE (UK)


8. ‘Electricity’ by SPIRITUALIZED (UK)


9. ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ by CHEMICAL BROTHERS (UK)


10. ‘D’you Know What I Mean’ by OASIS

Hole-In-One! BLACK GRAPE Released Triumphant Single ‘IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER’ 25 Years Ago

Top singles from the past…

25 July 2020

Band: Black Grape (Greater Manchester, UK)
Who: Members of Happy Mondays (Shaun Ryder and Bez)
and  Ruthless Rap Assassins
Active: 1993–1998, 2010, 2015
Single: In The Name Of The Father
Written by: Danny Saber and Shaun Ryder
B-sides: Land Of 1000 Karma Sutra Babes
and In The Name Of The Father (Choppers Mix)

Released: 25 July 1995 – 25 years ago today
Score: #8 in the UK
AlbumIt’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah  – debut LP

C’mon Shaun


Controversial Corker ‘REVEREND BLACK GRAPE’ By BLACK GRAPE Released 25 Years Ago

Top singles from the past…

1 June 2020

Band: Black Grape
Active: 1993–1998, 2010, 2015–present
Single: Reverend Black Grape
Released: 29 May 1995 – 25 years ago
Score: #9 in the UK
Album: It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah

Oh Pope he got the Nazis, To clean up their messes, in
exchange for gold and paintings, he gave them new addresses


Dope Single ‘GET HIGHER’ By BLACK GRAPE (1997)

Top singles from the past…

10 March 2020

Band: Happy Mondays
Formed in 1993 by Happy Mondays members
Shaun Ryder & Bez and rappers Paul ‘Kermit’Leveridge
and Carl ‘Psycho’ McCarthy
Single: Get Higher
B-side: Get Higher – Lunatic Calm remix
Released: 10 November 1997
AlbumStupid Stupid Stupid
Note: The song featured brilliantly
manipulated samples of President Reagan’s
1986 speak out against drugs 

Here’s the original clip

BLACK GRAPE: Black Grape 


5 Stellar Albums Turning 25 in 2020…

The best of the past

Here are 5 stellar albums, selected by
Turn Up The Volume, turning 25 in 2020!

1. ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by OASIS

Play here…

2. ‘The Bends’ by RADIOHEAD

Play here…

3. ‘To Bring You My Love’ by PJ HARVEY

Play here…

4. ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah’ by BLACK GRAPE

Play here…

5. ‘Maxinquaye’ by TRICKY

Play here…



Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go completely bananas to this summer

Let’s go nuts again! Here’s highly explosive stuff to party your head off this week…

1. ‘The Creeps’ by LAURA IMBRUGLIA
(Single 2019)

2. ‘In The Name Of The Father’ by BLACK GRAPE
(From album: It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah – 1995)

3. ‘Hysteria’ by MUSE
(From album: Absolution  – 2004)

4. ‘Pure Morning’ by PLACEBO
(From album: Without You I’m Nothing – 1998)

5. ‘White Male Carnivore’ by YAK
(From album: ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness‘ – 2019)

All Summer Bangers so far
collected here on Spotify


TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’ – Debut LP By BLACK GRAPE

Remarkable albums from the past

‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’

Released: 7 August 1995
Debut album

ALL MUSIC / Stephen Erlewine wrote: “When ‘Happy Mondays’ fell apart in 1992,
most observers assumed that Shaun Ryder would never recover from his numerous
drug addictions. No one could have ever predicted that he would return to the top of
the charts three years later, relatively fit and healthy, with a new band that fulfilled all
of the promises of his old group. Black Grape is what Happy Mondays always were, only
better. Leaving behind the stiff musicianship that plagued even the best Mondays records,
‘Black Grape’s debut, It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah, is a surreal, funky, profane, and perversely joyous album, overflowing with casual eclecticism and giddy humor.Not only is
‘It’s Great When You’re Straight’ a triumphant return for Ryder and his sidekick Bez, it’s the
first album they have ever recorded that justifies all of the hype.”

Score: 9/10 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: ‘It’s great to have a party record like this… yeah.’

TOP TRACK: In The Name Of The Father

Album in full

BLACK GRAPE: Facebook – All Albums