Formed in 1985, Manchester-based band The Stone Roses built a strong local following for their blissful amalgam of rave-inspired dance rhythms and indie guitars. In 1998 they signed a contract with Silvertone Records and released Elephant Stone, a classic slice of 60s jangly pop, engineered by Peter Hook of New Order. Their debut album was recognised to be a pop classic and it provided the exceptional singles Made Of Stone, and She Bangs The Drum. In November 1989, the quartet broke into the UK Top 10 with the loping, hypnotic Fools Gold, but the delayed follow-up, One Love, emerged surrounded by rumours of label feuds and management difficulties. After trying to sign with Geffen Records the band were sued and prevented from issuing any new material. Five years later, the cockily-titled follow-up Second Coming, was issued to a general feeling of anti-climax and mixed reviews. A string of promotional gigs was followed by the departure of drummer Reni, who was swiftly followed by inspirational John Squire. A hastily assembled line-up fulfilled scheduled tour dates before the band folded with something of a whimper. However, the breathless brilliance of their debut remains untarnished by the shambolic demise of The Stone Roses.
Followers: Oasis, The Charlatans, Kasabian
Influenced By: Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, New Order, Led Zeppelin
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