ROCK legend Shaun Ryder has revealed he was sacked as a postman in his teens – for biting a dog.
The Happy Mondays frontman had just started the job aged 19 when he got angry with the mutt for snapping at his heels.
He said: “Only fair. I did to the dog what it was trying to do to me.”
In a tell-all interview with Nigel Pivaro ahead of a new Hollywood film about his childhood, Ryder, 57, revealed he left school and became a post boy messenger at 15.
But when he finally graduated to the senior role delivering mail four years later it came crashing down on his first round.
He said: “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.
“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 tells how he had undiagnosed dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder meaning he either had to “accept” being “written off by the system” or “rebel”.
He 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.”
The Madchester legend added: “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.”
He also said he initially wanted to be an actor and joined a local theatre group but he set his heart on Rock ‘n’ Roll after seeing David Essex films That’ll Be the Day and Stardust.
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Ryder said: “I thought I will have a bit of that… without the dying of heroin overdose bit.
“I didn’t want to be a victim whether of the school system or a rock n roll suicide of the music business.”
Ryder will be played by Skins star Jack O’Connell in the film based on his 2011 biography Twisting My Melon. It will chart his rise from guitar-loving child to the lead of Madchester’s hedonist party scene.
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