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Shaun Ryder


Shaun Ryder investigates the mystery of American sobriety. In this edition of Soft Focus UK, Ian heads back to Manchester to talk with Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays and Black Grape. The two get an early start on addressing the big issues, like the difference between American and British TV and lays to rest the theory that MI6 is seeding working-class neighborhoods with guns. And finally the music of the Happy Mondays is put into concrete terms: “Frank Zappa in a penguin dice cafe with some punk rock in the background and a bit of funky bass.” Actually it’s your choice between that and “listening to Captain Beefheart through a straw,” which is our new code word for doing blow.