23 Mar 2005
Shaun Ryder's legal battle reaches resolution 
From BBC 6Music:

"Shaun Ryder has resolved the legal action that meant his finances were frozen for six years. He's reached a settlement with Black Grape's former management team, and is now free to keep his earnings, once he's paid back his debt to them.

Last year, viewers of the BBC3 documentary Shaun Ryder Comes Clean saw the Happy Mondays frontman struggling to go straight and fighting to get his finances in order. At one point in the court case, Lord Justice Thorpe observed that Ryder "said he was freaked out by paperwork and that it 'did his nut in'"."

Read the full story here.

Congratulations to Shaun. Will this mean new recordings are in the offing?

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Thanks to AJ.

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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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