8 Jan 2004
Shaun Ryder Comes Clean 
The reality show we've all been waiting for is to be screened in February 2004. This from BBC Three's February 2004 Highlights: "In Shaun Ryder Comes Clean, film-maker Richard Macer spends eight months with Shaun as he attempts to piece his life back together. Shaun Ryder - singer, songwriter and front man of The Happy Mondays and Black Grape - hit rock bottom Down Under a year ago; his assets frozen, locked in litigation, continuing drug problems - his family in Australia feared for his life.

The film-maker Richard Macer (The Real Swiss Toni, Jordan - The Truth About Me) spends eight months with Shaun as he pieces his life back together. Out of rehab he has attempted to adopt a healthy lifestyle and wrestles with the demands of fatherhood. But he's still on the brink of bankruptcy following a protracted legal battle with his former manager. Meanwhile he relocates to Australia to promote his new album and rejoin his family who have helped him through his darkest days. It's a candid and sometimes blunt insight into his life with some telling footage about the relationship with his family."

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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