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|Known for||Founding member of the Happy Mondays|
He was an active member of the band from its inception in 1983 through to 2000 and was often credited for giving the band their trademark groove upon which some of their biggest hits were built. His bandmates included his brother Shaun Ryder, Gary Whelan, Mark "Bez" Berry, Paul Davies and Mark Day. It was during his tenure with the band that it had its biggest successes with albums such as Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches which sold more than 350,000 copies in the UK alone.
Although best known for his role in the Happy Mondays, he has also acted in several films, "The Ghosts of Oxford Street", "Losing it" and gave a critically acclaimed performance in the film about his band, "24 Hour Party People" where he played the part of a gangster. Actor Paul Popplewell played the part of Paul Ryder in the film. He has also appeared in many TV shows both as an actor and music industry pundit and commentator.
He left Happy Mondays to pursue other projects including writing music for several TV shows and forming a new band Big Arm, who released a critically acclaimed album in 2008 called Radiator. Big Arm supported Ian Brown on a UK tour in 2008 and featured his longtime collaborator Pete Smith as programmer, Danny Short on drums and Daz Gilkinson on guitar, as well as Happy Mondays former percussion player Lea Mullin.
He has also worked as an international DJ playing to large crowds around the world. He is currently living in Los Angeles where he continues to write music with his new band. He supported Tom Tom Club on two of the dates on the North America tour in October 2010, playing gigs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was joined by fellow musicians Eddy Gronfier (from French act One-T), Neo Garcia on drums and Matt Cheadle on guitar. His solo album is due for release in 2012.
In January 2012 it was announced that Happy Mondays were reforming with all of the original members, including Paul Ryder. They will be touring the UK and Ireland in May 2012.
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