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The Stone Roses

Meshing '60s-styled guitar pop with an understated '80s dance beat, the Stone Roses defined the British guitar pop scene of the late '80s and early '90s. After their eponymous 1989 debut album became an English sensation, countless other groups in the same vein became popular, including the Charlatans UK, Inspiral Carpets, and Happy Mondays. However, the Stone Roses were never able to capitalize on the promise of their first album, waiting five years before they released their second record and slowly disintegrating in the year-and-a-half after its release.

The Stone Roses emerged from the remains of English Rose, a Manchester-based band formed by schoolmates John Squire (guitar) and Ian Brown (vocals). In 1985, the Stone Roses officially formed, as Squire and Brown added drummer Reni (born Alan John Wren), guitarist Andy Couzens, and bassist Pete Garner. The group began playing warehouses around Manchester, cultivating a dedicated following rather quickly. Around this time, the group was a cross between classic British '60s guitar pop and heavy metal, with touches of goth rock. Couzens left the group in 1987, followed shortly afterward by Garner, who was replaced by Mani (born Gary Mounfield) and the group recorded its first single, "So Young," which was released to little fanfare by Thin Line Records. At the end of 1987, the Stone Roses released their second single, "Sally Cinnamon," which pointed the way toward the band's hook-laden, ringing guitar pop. By the fall of 1988, the band secured a contract with Silvertone Records and released "Elephant Stone," a single that set the band's catchy neo-psychedelic guitar pop in stone.

Shortly after the release of "Elephant Stone," the Stone Roses' bandwagon took off in earnest. In early 1989, the group was playing sold-out gigs across Manchester and London. In May, band released their eponymous debut album, which demonstrated not only a predilection for '60s guitar hooks, but also a contemporary acid house rhythmic sensibility. The Stone Roses received rave reviews and soon a crop of similar-sounding bands appeared in the U.K. By the end of the summer, the Stone Roses were perceived as leading a wave of bands that fused rock & roll and acid house culture.

"She Bangs the Drums," the third single pulled from the debut, became the group's first Top 40 single at the end of the summer. In November, the group had its first Top Ten hit when "Fool's Gold" climbed to number eight. By the end of the year, the band had moved from selling out clubs to selling out large theaters in the U.K.

For the first half of 1990, re-releases of the band's earlier singles clogged the charts. They returned in July 1990 with the single "One Love," which entered the charts at number four. Prior to the release of "One Love," the Stone Roses organized their own festival at Spike Island in Widnes. The concert drew over 30,000 people and would prove to be their last concert in England for five years. After Spike Island, the group became embroiled in a vicious legal battle with Silvertone Records -- the band wanted to leave the label but Silvertone took out a court injunction against them, preventing the group from releasing any new material. For the next two years, they fought Silvertone while allegedly preparing the follow-up to their debut album. However, the Stone Roses did next to nothing as the court case rolled on. In the meantime, several major record labels began negotiating with the band in secret. In March of 1991, the lawsuit went to court. Two months later, the band won its case against Silvertone and signed a multi-million deal with Geffen Records.

For the next three years, the Stone Roses worked sporadically on their second album, leaving behind scores of uncompleted tapes. During these years, the group kept a low profile in the press but that wasn't to preserve the mystique -- they simply weren't doing much of anything besides watching football. Finally, in the spring of 1994, Geffen demanded that the group finish the album and the band complied, completing the record, titled Second Coming, in the fall. "Love Spreads," the Stone Roses' comeback single, was debuted on Radio One in early November. The single received lukewarm reviews and entered the charts at number two, not the expected number one. Second Coming received mixed reviews and only spent a few weeks in the Top Ten.

The Stone Roses planned an international tour in early 1995 to support the album, but the plans kept unraveling at the last minute. Before they could set out on tour, Reni left the band, leaving the group without a drummer. He was replaced by Robbie Maddix, who had previously played in Rebel MC. After Maddix joined the band, they embarked on a short American tour at the conclusion of which John Squire broke his collarbone in a bike accident. Squire's accident forced them to cancel a headlining spot at the 25th Glastonbury Festival, which would have been their first concert in the U.K. in five years. As Squire recuperated, the Stone Roses continued to sink in popularity and respect -- even as their peers, the Charlatans and former Happy Mondays vocalist Shaun Ryder, made unexpectedly triumphant comebacks.

The band added a keyboardist to the lineup prior to their U.K. tour at the end of 1995; it was the first British tour since 1990. In the spring of 1996, Squire announced that he was leaving the band he'd founded in order to form a new, more active group. The Stone Roses announced their intention to carry on with a new guitarist, but by October of that year the group was finished. Squire's new band, Seahorses, released its debut album in June 1997, while Brown began a solo career in 1998 with Unfinished Monkey Business. Mani joined Primal Scream as full-time bassist, although he also played on several tours by Stereophonics.

Aside from continual denials from Squire and others that no reunion was forthcoming, there was no news about the Stone Roses for close to 15 years, until 2011. During the early part of the year -- after an emotional reunion of Brown and Squire at the funeral for Mani's mother -- rumors swirled that the Roses would be back for at least one show. Then, in October 2011, the band announced a full reunion, including tour dates that began with a three-show appearance in Manchester in late June of 2012, and extended through the entire festival season. By December, a recording contract had also been announced, with the band's future recordings appearing on Universal in Great Britain and Columbia in the United States. Four years after those contracts were signed, the first fruits from recording sessions at Paul Epworth's studios appeared. In May 2016, the band released the single All for One," the first new material from the four-piece in some 21 years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography


Track List: All For One (Single)

1. All For One


Track List: Sally Cinnamon

1. Sally Cinnamon (Single Mix)

2. Here It Comes

3. All Across The Sands

4. Sally Cinnamon (12" Single Mix)


Track List: The Stone Roses (20th Anniversary Legacy Edition)


Track List: The Stone Roses (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)

Disc 1

1. I Wanna Be Adored

2. She Bangs The Drums

3. Waterfall

4. Don't Stop

5. Bye Bye Bad Man

6. Elizabeth My Dear

7. (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister

8. Made Of Stone

9. Shoot You Down

10. This Is The One

11. I Am The Resurrection

Disc 2

1. Elephant Stone

2. Full Fathom Five

3. The Hardest Thing

4. Going Down

5. Guernica

6. Mersey Paradise

7. Standing Here

8. Simone

9. Fools Gold

10. What The World Is Waiting For

11. One Love (Full Length)

12. Something's Burning (Full Length)

13. Where Angels Play

Disc 3

1. I Wanna Be Adored (Demo)

2. She Bangs The Drums (Demo)

3. Waterfall (Demo)

4. Bye Bye Badman (Demo)

5. Sugar Spun Sister (Demo)

6. Shoot You Down (Demo)

7. This Is The One (Demo)

8. I Am The Resurrection (Demo)

9. Elephant Stone (Demo)

10. Going Down (Demo)

11. Mersey Paradise (Demo)

12. Where Angels Play (Demo)

13. Something's Burning (Demo)

14. One Love (Demo)

15. Pearl B**tard (Demo)

16. Somethings Burning (Jam & Chat)


Track List: Elephant Stone (Live) (Single)

1. Elephant Stone (Live)


Track List: Made Of Stone (Live) (Single)

1. Made Of Stone


Track List: The Very Best Of The Stone Roses

1. I Wanna Be Adored

2. She Bangs The Drums

4. Waterfall

5. Made Of Stone

7. What The World Is Waiting For

9. Fools Gold

11. Elephant Stone

13. One Love

14. This Is The One

15. I Am The Resurrection


Track List: The Complete Stone Roses

1. So Young

2. Tell Me

3. Sally Cinnamon

4. Here It Comes

5. All Across The Sands

6. Elephant Stone

7. Full Fathom Five

8. The Hardest Thing In The World

9. Made Of Stone

10. Going Down

11. She Bangs The Drums

12. Mersey Paradise

13. Standing Here

14. I Wanna Be Adored

15. Waterfall

16. I Am The Resurrection

17. Where Angels Play

18. Fools Gold

19. What The World Is Waiting For

20. Something Burning

21. One Love


Track List: Second Coming

1. Breaking Into Heaven

2. Driving South

3. Ten Storey Love Song

4. Daybreak

5. Your Star Will Shine

6. Straight To The Man

7. Begging You

8. Tightrope

9. Good Times

10. Tears

11. How Do You Sleep

12. Love Spreads


Track List: Turns Into Stone

1. Elephant Stone

2. The Hardest Thing In The World

3. Going Down

4. Mersey Paradise

5. Standing Here

6. Where Angels Play

7. Simone

8. Fools Gold

9. What The World Is Waiting For

10. One Love

11. Something's Burning


Track List: Stone Roses

1. I Wanna Be Adored

2. She Bangs The Drums

3. Elephant Stone

4. Waterfall

5. Don't Stop

6. Bye Bye Badman

7. Elizabeth My Dear

8. (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister

9. Made Of Stone

10. Shoot You Down

11. This Is The One

12. I Am The Resurrection

13. Fools Gold


Track List: Beautiful Thing (Single)

1. Beautiful Thing


Track List: Here It Comes (Live) (Single)

1. Here It Comes (Live)


Track List: I Am The Resurrection (Live) (Single)


Track List: I Wanna Be Adored (Live) (Single)

1. I Wanna Be Adored (Live)


Track List: Mersey Parade (Live) (Single)

1. Mersey Paradise (Live)


Track List: She Bangs The Drums (Live) (Single)


Track List: Shoot You Down (Live) (Single)


Track List: Sugar Spun Sister (Live) (Single)


Track List: Where Angels Play (Live) (Single)

1. Where Angels Play (Live)


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So much music from the early 90s is stuff I no longer find appealing. But this. I love this still. I love this.
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Whoooo-hoooo o ! ! ! ! LOVE SPREADS! Very, very best Stone Roses song. I just had it on the other day & it's one of the rare songs that I actually Do remember from the day!!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS GREAT ONE, PANDORA!
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Their first album is one of the greatest things to listen to while high
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I love being the village idiot! I wanna be a dog, really.
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Stone Roses coming again! 2016 feels like 1990
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If She Bangs The Drums and I Want To Be Adored would have caught fire in the US, it would have change the sound of pop music in America for the (much) better.
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Waited in line for 8 hours for the privilege of attempting to get tickets for their Hollywood high school show (1990) which in retrospect they never actually intended to play...ahh memories
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Have they split for good. Any news would be good news
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They reminded me a bit of The Catherine Wheel... a bit less melancholy and echoey.
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It's funny how can introduce you to music. I never would of heard of the stone roses, mad chester, or even britpop. They are one great band
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fuckn groovy!!
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G.S F**king E!!
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Used to hear this on radio in so cal all the time.
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Please don,t split up.
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June 9th - 1990, Glasgow Green. Still my favorite concert ever. Even if, at 16, I was too young to enjoy the rave instead of a support band
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Incredible voice, guitars melodies A+++ - never heard it play on the radio in the U.S.; goes to show the control over what plays on mainstream radio. Thank you Pandora Radio for introducing me to Stone Roses.
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Saw them in 1995 at Webster Hall in NYC. They came on very late but the show was terrific. Their first album is one of my all-time favorites - a true masterpiece, but there 2nd album is very good too. So ridiculous that they broke up afterwards.
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I was the 666th like
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All I can say is THIS IS THE ONE truly magnificent and great to see them back even came to NZ
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Soon guys, 3 weeks infact, I will see you. I've waited 24 yrs. I'm quietly s**tting myself with excitement.
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A new album??? Sweet!
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Just noticed the similarity to a favorite local band of mine: Floater
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Lawyers suck s**t from good. The '89 album is kicker.
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Love 'em, wish I could see them live.
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super.duper. m o j o . s t o u t
The Mother F'ing Stone Roses! British Pop owes a lot to these guys. Ten Story Love Song / Daybreak are absolutely amazing.
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A reunion and maybe (hopefully) a new album are in the works.
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i've seen longer reviews
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i'm glad i was able to see the stones roses, before they melted down, in nyc for their second coming tour....grea t show!
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I love Pandora. It brings me to great music
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one huuuuuge review
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I only wish that they would have stayed together a bit longer. The music is so sublime and heavy. I could see Gorillaz covering them. Now that would be a tribute.
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Love Spreads is the bomb but so are so many other of their tunes!
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love spreads
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Its not Blur or Oasis.....Th e Band is Stone Roses. Bravo.
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Imagine what could've been!
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Damm, just now I'm realizing, it was was tweenty years ago. I wish you guys hadn't quit. I got yur ablum secong coming in 1994, my dumbass didn't get stone rose (1989) till a few months ago. Damm what a fool I was.
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Their debut album is probably my favorite album of all-time.
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Stone Roses...Grea t 1st album. Loved the reference in "Shaun of the Dead"
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amen i say to "gdover0", amen!
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I love Second Coming as well - clearly we're not alone. Just watch "Shaun of the Dead"...the scene where they're deciding which albums to throw at the zombies is great...Simo n Pegg won't give up The Stone Roses, even though it's Second Coming. Great subtle humor.
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I agree trigun666, Second Coming is awesome. Never understood why it got mixed reviews. Maybe it wasn't quite as good as their first album, but it was still great in its own right. So many bands that came after SR obviously were influenced by them, so they must have been pretty damn good.
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This music is part of me, part of my past, my happy past.
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Too bad they were so uninspired. Had so much potential. Their short discography is great.
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I would love it if Phish covered the first Stone Roses album as their "costume" at the upcoming Halloween show. Won't happend though.
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Great Brit band. I thought they were carrying the mod flag. Not an acid house band like Pandora has likened them to. The B-sides album Turns To Stone is my favorite with Mersey Paradise and The Hardest Thing In The World.
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