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GP's Song of the Day: The Stone Roses

By Graeme Whitfield on Jun 5, 09 04:16 PM

It would be impossible to have a 1989 week and not feature something by The Stone Roses.

Surprisingly not the NME's album of the year (it came second to De La Soul's Three Feet High and Rising), The Roses' debut album pulled off that difficult feat of being both utterly its era and yet completely timeless.

If The Sundays and The Pixies were the end of '80s guitar indie, The Stone Roses were, at the time, very much the future. They got indie kids like me dancing (which is no mean feat, I can tell you).


"'She Bangs the Drums' is about those brief moments when everything comes together. Like staying up till dawn and watching the sun rise with somebody you love. And then regretting it bitterly."

I listened to She Bangs the Drums this morning and it still sounds fantastic.

According to Roses guitarist John Squire, "'She Bangs the Drums' is about those brief moments when everything comes together. Like staying up till dawn and watching the sun rise with somebody you love. And then regretting it bitterly."

The fact that they took five years to record a follow-up album (and it was a bit rubbish) is a real shame but I like the fact that Squire is steadfastly refusing to reform the band, no matter how much money he is offered. Some memories should be cherished.

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