The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses  are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983.  They were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s.  The band’s most prominent lineup consists of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani, and drummer Reni.  The band released their debut album, The Stone Roses, in 1989.  The album was a breakthrough success for the band and garnered critical acclaim, with many critics regarding it as one of the greatest British albums ever recorded.  The Stone Roses then released their second album, Second Coming, which was met with mixed reviews in 1994.  The group soon disbanded after several lineup changes throughout the supporting tour.  (More from Wikipedia)
If anything, the proliferation of rock bands and new rock genres and subgenres has made the problem worse (if that is the right word).  When the Sound Shop record store at our local Edgewater Mall went out of business several years ago, I went through the CD’s that were left over a week or so before they closed for good.  They had been pretty well picked over, and nearly all of them did not ring even a little bell.  I did pick up a few records, among them an anthology album by the Stone Roses and a get-out-the-vote collaboration by Chris Stamey and Yo La Tengo called V.O.T.E. (it has the same cover as Stamey’s album that came out at about the same time called A Question of Temperature).  I knew Chris Stamey as a co-founder of the dB’s, while the store clerk knew the alternative rock band Yo La Tengo that he was playing with and also knew how good that particular record was. 
(December 2015)
Last edited: March 22, 2021