Shaun Ryder has revealed that he was once a postman and was given the boot after biting a dog while high on LSD.
The 57-year-old legendary frontman of Happy Mondays has spoken out about his time as a postie, when he 19 years old.
The controversial singer is no stranger to surreal moments in his life and he told Nigel Pivaro, ahead of a new movie being released about his childhood, about the moment his postal career came to an end.
Ryder recalled the moment that he attacked a dog after it had been ‘snapping at his heels’.
Ryder had left school aged 15 and pursued a career as a postman, starting as a post boy messenger.
The Happy Mondays star told The Sun about the incident, that happened on his first ever round as a postman: “Only fair. I did to the dog what it was trying to do to me.”
He continued: “I had dropped a tab of acid probably to relieve the boredom then on the round as I was stepping up to be promoted to a postman, this terrier dog at a pub I delivered to, tried to attack me.
“So I thought I am not having this, I grabbed it, bit it on its head threw it down and gave a kick up the bum.”
His antics hadn’t gone unnoticed and Ryder continued to say: “As it went another post man who was passing in his van saw what happened and reported me.
“That was it I was suspended but I had already started the band so I wasn’t too bothered.”
Ryder recalls that he had been “written off by the system” at an early age as he had undiagnosed dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Speaking about his school days, Ryder said: “I rebelled, I got into robbing and selling knock off cigs at school, that gave me a degree of power and boosted my self-esteem after basically being written off by the system.”
He said that he started to enjoy the benefits of his criminal ways: “My life of petty crime allowed me to have money which meant I could take a girl out to town, have a slap up feed in the Golden Egg and bring the girl home in a taxi.
“I left school at 15 and got a job as a post boy messenger, only really got the job because me grandad used to drink in the same working men’s club as the postmaster.
“I nearly didn’t get that because I was up in Juvenile court on a taking and driving away charge.”
In the upcoming film based upon his 2011 biography Twisting My Melon, Ryder will be played by Skins star Jack O’Connell.
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