The Stone Roses are one of the greatest British rock bands ever. After forming in Manchester in the early 80s they released their self-titled debut album in 1989, a disc that is now considered to be one of the greatest British albums of all time. They were forerunners in the Madchester movement of the late 80s/early 90s but were just as famous for frontman Ian Brown’s signature swagger and their lack of interest in media attention as they were their psych- and alt-rock tunes.
The group broke up in ’96 but it seems every year there’s a new rumour about the band reuniting, and this year was no different. Brown’s presence at the funeral for guitarist John Squire’s mother sparked a media frenzy predicting the two had made up and were bringing the group back together. Squire put that to rest with this statement: “Please fuck off and leave it alone. It isn’t true and isn’t happening.” Bummer. Perhaps next year’s rumour mill will get a less overtly negative response from the boys. One can always hope.
When I was first introduced to the Stone Roses about a decade ago, I didn’t give them the time of day. Eventually, however, my tastes matured and I started to love them, thanks to the persistence of a die-hard fan exboyfriend. The Stone Roses have remained close to my heart ever since, and this is one of my favorite jams. Here’s to nostalgia!