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"I know many ways to relax, but only one that it is guaranteed to work every time."
―Maccer, from his website

Maccer is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a main character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Maccer is the lead singer of British music band The Gurning Chimps, and in 1992 is on his first tour of the States.

Maccer was voiced by Shaun Ryder, the lead singer of the Happy Mondays.

"Maccer" maintains an actual website,


Born in the Salford area of Manchester in 1965, Maccer broke into the music scene in an unstated year, presumably late 1980s/early 1990s. Maccer became the lead singer of a band called The Gurning Chimps, and invented the musical style called "EXTREMELY BAGGY". He became notorious for his hard partying lifestyle and breaking musical taboos. These abuses contributed to a stuttering voice and hypersexuality in the form of compulsive masturbation.

Events of GTA San Andreas

Under the management of Kent Paul, the Chimps left England in 1992 for their first tour of America. While in Bone County, San Andreas, Kent Paul took Maccer and the rest of the Gurning Chimps on a "peyote safari" supplied by The Truth. When The Truth came to the next morning, he was in a bathhouse in Los Santos with the Chimps nowhere to be found. He enlisted the help of Carl Johnson, who drove to the desert where they'd last been seen, but found only Paul and Maccer, who were in trouble with some local snake farmers. Although CJ helped Paul and Maccer escape, the other members of the Chimps were presumed dead. Paul said that "drummers and keyboardists are ten-a-penny anyway" and showed no concern over them.

Maccer and Paul continued to follow Carl around, and when he ended up getting involved with Ken Rosenberg and the Mafia, Paul and Maccer were seized by the Leone Family as bargaining chips under the orders of Salvatore Leone. Carl eventually managed to smuggle Paul and Maccer, along with Rosenberg, out of Las Venturas and back to Los Santos, where they stayed for some time at Madd Dogg's Crib.

He is last seen in the final mission, gleefully stating to everyone he is getting breast implants.

Post-San Andreas

Five months after the events of GTA SA, the other members of The Gurning Chimps were found. Kent Paul tried to claim that they'd never been missing and were just "on break". The Gurning Chimps then embarked on a world tour. Maccer was banned from Australia[1], and went into rehab and was brought into the Epsilon Program by Cris Formage.[1] After his rehab, a long series of legal battles interrupted his career.[2] As of 2004 he was planning a comeback tour.[3]

Mission Appearances

GTA San Andreas



  • Maccer's appearance was inspired by Ian Brown and Reni, members of the Madchester band The Stone Roses. His bucket hat has a lemon slice on the front; lemon slices featured on the cover of The Stone Roses' debut album, and
  • On his website, Maccer claimed that he invented the music style known as 'extremely baggy'. Baggy is in fact a style of dance-oriented rock music that originated from Manchester which Shaun Ryder, Maccer's voice actor, was one of the key figures of.
  • Maccer has a serious addiction to masturbation. In one mission, he is depicted masturbating whilst thinking of Margaret Thatcher.
  • Maccer was mentioned in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories by DJ Michael Hunt on the radio station Head Radio.


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