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Black Grape: Leicester Arena

Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 24 November 1997

WHEN SHAUN Ryder recently sang Black Grape's comeback hit 'Get Higher', he no doubt afforded himself a mischievous grin. For years, Ryder was the dark prince of bacchanal excess, with a lifestyle that made Keith Richards seem like Cliff Richard. His former combo the Happy Mondays transformed the music scene by combining Ecstatic clubby grooves with rough-house rock, while Ryder himself was equally busy combining Ecstacy with crack cocaine, heroin, Prozac and anything else he could lay his hands on. Including, apparently, whelks.

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