Shaun William Ryder (aka X; born August 23, 1962, Little Hulton, Salford) is an English musician, vocalist and songwriter and an ex-postman who became famous in the "Madchester" era with his work with his main musical group The Happy Mondays.
Collaboration With Gorillaz
In 2005, Ryder collaborated with the Gorillaz on "DARE", the single from their Demon Days album. In the music video, he is featured as a large disembodied head kept alive through a series of tubes and electronic wires, living in animated band member Noodle's closet. It was stated by the commentator on the 2006 BRIT Awards that the song's name came from Ryder's inability to pronounce the word "there". He was also featured on the Kong Studios website (Gorillaz.com) in Noodle's Room and on the Phase Two: Slowboat To Hades DVD, where he can be seen as a small disembodied head in the Studio Kitchen fridge.
As with other Gorillaz related endeavors, Murdoc seems to be a fan and a close friend with Ryder.
With Happy Mondays
- Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (1987)
- Bummed (1988)
- Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches (1990)
- Yes Please! (1992)
- Uncle Dysfunktional (2007)
With Black Grape
- It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah (1995)
- Stupid Stupid Stupid (1995)
- Pop Voodoo (2017)
- Amateur Night in the Big Top (2003)
- Shaun William Ryder XXX: 30 Years of Bellyaching (2010)