The Stone Roses
What to say of you liked it
A resolution to the mystery of why one of the best bands of the past 20 years failed to follow up their epochal debut album.
What to say of you didn’t like it
A tiresome tale of four lucky lads from Manchester who jumped on a moving bandwagon which misguided fans will use to explain away why The Stone Roses didn’t become as big as the Beatles.
What was good about it?
• Excerpts from the fabulous Stone Roses album such as I Wanna Be Adored, Elephant Stone and I Am The Resurrection.
• Some of the other music played was even better – Joy Division’s Atmosphere, New Order’s Blue Monday and This Charming Man by the Smiths.
• Noel Gallagher managed to get through his entire interview without once saying how great Oasis are.
• The cunning way in which during interviews with the Stone Roses supercilious manager Gareth Evans, dreadful music was often in the background, while the interview with former Roses bassist Mani, was accompanied by classic Madchester tunes.
• The comical way in which Evans claimed he was responsible for the success of the Roses, such as stating that guitarist John Squire’s distinct imagery was first cleared by him, that culminated in the doubtful proclamation of: “I am The Stone Roses”, that
even Evans himself guffawed about off camera.
• Shaun Ryder’s lurid sun glasses, which looked even more jaundiced than he did.
What was bad about it?
• Noel Gallagher’s village idiot definition of “dodgy people” of being those who like “films with subtitles”.
• Joy Division being described as “painfully cool”, which is a lame and abhorrent tag applied to all decent bands and singers whose careers are cut short through untimely death such as Hendrix and Nirvana.
• Of the band members who played on The Stone Roses only Mani was interviewed, that narrowed the scope somewhat and largely made the dispute simply two opposing viewpoints between him and Evans.
• Like Malcolm McLaren in the episode about the Sex Pistols, Gareth Evans seemed an unpleasant and arrogant impresario who deluded himself about his influence on the band.
• The fact that the Roses’ first single Sally Cinnamon was produced by the legendary Martin Hannet, and his role in its sound was skated over without comment.
• The addled Shaun Ryder describing Manchester as a musical “melting pot” because of the emergence of the equally uninspiring Simply Red and Swing Out Sister.
• The mute re-enactments of episodes of the Roses’ misbehaviour such as attacking a record company boss with paint didn’t really add anything.