Paul Ryder, whose house-inspired basslines anchored Completely satisfied Mondays, died this morning (July 15), the band mentioned on Fb. A consultant confirmed the information to Pitchfork. No reason behind loss of life was given. Paul Ryder was 58.
Ryder co-founded the Completely satisfied Mondays in 1980 along with his brother Paul and Gary Whelan, Paul Davis, and Mark Day, with Mark “Bez” Berry later becoming a member of on tambourine and percussion. The famously hedonistic group peaked within the late ’80s, when its mix of dance and psychedelic rock—dubbed “dishevelled”—aligned with the rave motion and fed into the Madchester scene. Their 1990 album, Drugs ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, and follow-up Sure Please!—each launched on Manufacturing unit—achieved business success whereas the band collapsed amid inner strife and drug use.
A comeback in 1999 drew large crowds (and introduced a minor hit with a canopy of Skinny Lizzy’s “The Boys are Again in City”), earlier than Paul Ryder left the reformed lineup, citing feuds along with his brother, The Guardian notes. His different group, Large Arm, launched an album in 2008, and Ryder performed reveals with Speaking Heads offshoot Tom Tom Membership. He didn’t rejoin Completely satisfied Mondays for one more reunion till 2012.
In a press release, the band mentioned, “The Ryder household and Completely satisfied Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder handed away this morning. A real pioneer and legend. He will likely be eternally missed. We thanks for respecting the privateness of all involved right now. Lengthy dwell his funk x.”