No, I’m not twisting your melon – Shaun Ryder has followed such luminaries as Kate Bush and Neil Tennant by having a book of his selected lyrics published. Not the most obvious of choices perhaps, but nevertheless this slim volume collects thirty three songs from across both the Happy Mondays and Black Grape eras. Each lyric is accompanied by some revealing reminisces from the author, shedding new light on the often previously obscure, impenetrable verses, which suddenly snap into focus and make perfect sense for the first time. It’s odd reading these lyrics without the musical accompaniment, and to be honest not all work without that missing element, but overall Ryder’s observations make a perfect replacement – indeed these are the most interesting, informative and entertaining part of the book. The lyrical style reminded me very much of that of Mark E Smith, and also (and here’s a left field comparison if ever there was one) of Jon Anderson of Yes, in that the rhythm and sound of the words is far more important than the literal meaning and sense of them. Indeed, Ryder himself says his lyrics are like captions to cartoons running constantly through his head, as he randomly mixes fact, fiction and cultural references and plays around with words and rhymes, with the end results unequivocally proving there is most definitely method in his seeming madness.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
An enjoyable if all too brief read. I just wish he’d written more in his commentary as there is obviously many a tale still left untold by one of life’s great natural raconteurs.
One thing you’ve learned
Factory supreme Tony Wilson choose Happy Monday’s ‘Bob’s Yer Uncle’ to be played at his funeral.