Shaun Ryder may have calmed his ways nows - but he was taking "every drug going" back in the 90s.

At the height of the Happy Mondays' fame, Shaun, now 57, was heavily into drugs and was often unable to walk due the effects of the substances.

As the band quickly rose to be one of the most successful in the country, with huge hits in Step On and Kinky Afro, it meant that they could fuel their party lifestyle.

After every gig on their Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches tour, Shaun would dive into a cocktail of booze, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana.

The group led a hedonistic, drug-fuelled life, which was part-documented in the film 24 Hour Party People, but this led to the original break-up of the band.

After being hooked on crack cocaine and heroin, Shaun managed to ditch the drugs around the age of 40 for an emotional reason.

Shaun was already in the Salford pubs around where he grew up at the age of 12 - and the first drug he ever took was amphetamine.

The singer left school aged 15 and pursued a career as a postman, starting as a post boy messenger, but it was cut short by a surreal experience while on acid.

While on LSD during his first ever proper postman round he was attacked by a dog, so decided to fight back and bit it during a scrap.

"Only fair. I did to the dog what it was trying to do to me," he told The Sun.

He continued: "I had dropped a tab of acid probably to relieve the boredom then on the round as I was stepping up to be promoted to a postman, this terrier dog at a pub I delivered to, tried to attack me.

"So I thought I am not having this, I grabbed it, bit it on its head threw it down and gave a kick up the bum."

His antics hadn't gone unnoticed and another postman saw what went on and reported Shaun, which inevitably led to him getting the sack.

Shaun was high on life - as well as other things in the 90s

Shaun did not hide his love of recreational drugs and admitted to taking everything from heroin to crack cocaine.

The Happy Mondays referred to heroin by the secret codename of Kentucky Fried Chicken, which led to some awkward situations.

In a meeting with EMI in 1994, Shaun is said to have walked out just as the Mondays were about to sign a £1.7million contract, telling executives he was "going for a KFC".

Shaun claimed he would be back soon but never returned and the deal fell through.

When arrested by police in Jersey in 1989 for cocaine possession, Ryder was asked if he wanted an advocate.

He replied: "I don't want no poncy southern drinks".

Shaun loved the party lifestyle

Arguably Shaun’s most hellraising period came during recording sessions for the Happy Monday’s ill-fated 1992 album Yes Please.

With Ryder heavily addicted to heroin, the band’s manager shipped the group out to Barbados to finish the already much-delayed record at reggae star Eddy Grant's house.

McGough had chosen the Caribbean island due to it being completely clean of smack, but while this was true it was unfortunately in the midst of a major crack cocaine epidemic.

Within 48 hours of the Mondays arriving, the band had managed to develop a new drug dependency with Ryder eventually racking up a habit of up to 50 rocks a day.

Hearing rumours of crack use spiralling out of control, their worried managed Tony Wilson flew to Barbados to sort things out.

The group soon ran out of money, prompting them to start flogging the studio’s equipment before holding the master tapes ransom from their record label Factory

Wilson later claimed that, as his plane was coming into land, he saw Ryder and Bez wheeling one of Grant’s sofas down the road to trade for drugs.

Shaun Ryder and Bez
Shaun Ryder and Bez got up to some crazy antics

One of the Happy Mondays even claimed they once hosted a wild four-day party with sex shows and dwarfs.

Rowetta, who recorded and toured with the band from 1990, admitted they lived up to the mantra of 'sex, drugs and rock and roll'.

"The lifestyle we had back then was non-stop. We really were 24-hour party people. It was every day of the year. It was too wild.

"It was too mad. Everything was too extreme. We used to stay out for days. When you’re young and you’re having fun that’s OK," she told Daily Star Sunday in 2019.

It had to come to an end at some point and Rowetta recalled that eventually the body just wanted to sleep.

Rowetta in concert with Shaun in 1990

She continued: "Usually it was just a couple of nights of partying because you get tired and you have to go to bed eventually.

“But when we played at Manumission in Ibiza in 1999 we had a party at our hotel that went on for four days.

“Howard Marks was there, there were dwarfs doing all sorts and there were sex shows everywhere. It was just weird and wacky and wonderful."

Rowetta recalled that it was a time when Shaun was heavily into drugs and was often unable to walk due the effects of the substances.

She continued: "I remember me and Shaun seeing our mates coming towards us and noticing that they were struggling to walk. They’d just discovered ketamine.

"When you see what that drug does to people it’s terrible."

Happy Mondays frontman Shaun married his long-term love Joanne

But Shaun shocked the world, and his friends and family, when he married his long-term love Joanne in March 2010.

And it was Joanne and their daughters who helped him get off drugs for good and bounce back from debt problems.

He credited his two daughters with her with helping him kick heroin, saying: "I don’t even think about drugs. And when I’m not working, I’m in bed by 11pm."

As well as wanting to be a good dad for his family, Shaun finally ditched the drugs by cycling for a staggering 15 hours every day.

“It was cycling that got me off drugs,” he explained.

“I’d get on my bike very early in the morning and keep cycling until very late at night, day after day, until it was out of the system. I was pedalling from 8am until 11pm.”

Shaun credits wife Joanne with helping him kick the drugs

Shaun is often asked about his drug-taking days, but he is happy with how his life is now.

"People ask if I miss the old days. Well, no. It was brilliant but that was then and this is now and I like now too," said Shaun.

“When I hit 40 I thought, ‘Wait a minute, your kids are growing up, you’re not young anymore yet you’re living the same life you was at 18

“I had lots of goes in rehab but it never worked, I didn’t really want it to.

"I never thought I was in danger land. I partied and took lots of drugs but was never an intravenous user.

"So, to me, if I wasn’t banging away with needles, and smoking heroin, that was fine. But I was lucky to have lived in a rock ’n’ roll bubble.

"The pals I grew up with that didn’t are either doing 21 years in prison or they’re dead.”

Shaun is glad he ditched the drugs

These days, the only drugs Shaun are taking are medicinal pills to help his ailments.

“I’m on so many f*****g drugs I rattle when I walk,” he confessed in August 2019.

"I have to take all sorts of bleedin’ stuff for all me different ailments."

And his backstage rider while performing with the band is a lot less hardcore than it used to be.

"After a gig I’m straight off stage, into me slippers and back to the hotel room to watch the news."

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