Review Revue: The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses


OK, people, we’re going to take a stroll down memory lane here…

When I was a much younger person, I went to a summer camp in Maine. Very often we would have camp counselors from the UK. I’m not sure why; maybe some kind of exchange or something? Anyway, these counselors were always exponentially cooler than us, first because they were older, of course, but then on top of that, they were from England, which is just incredibly cool. One that I remember in particular was even from Manchester! How cool is that?

Of course, being from Manchester, she turned me on to some pretty awesome music that I’d never heard of: Joy Division, The Charlatans UK, and this week’s feature, The Stone Roses. Their drugged-out blend of psychedelia and jangly brit-pop was apparently exactly what my 13-year-old self needed to get through adolescence (along with a healthy dose of DC post-punk courtesy Dischord, of course). Apparently the KCMU heads were digging the Stone Roses at the same time; maybe they would’ve made good camp counselors too?

“Likable pop.”

“1-5 is a nice bit of semi-instrumental psychedelia — great for late night programming.”

“Working in a guitar-pop vein akin to the Wonder Stuff, but w/less obvious hooks. Curiously (and also like the Wonder Stuff), they remind me of the old Pure Joy in spots. 1-2 & 1-3 are already in our library. Also good are 1-4, 2-2, 2-6. A nice twist on jangle plus undertones of club/dance music.”

“Quite enjoyable. Just when you’re starting to think that they’re just another cute Brit pop band, they’ll kick into a funky, psychedelic jam like on ‘Waterfall.’ Check it out!”

“I like this too!”

“POT HIGH.” [No, this has nothing to do with the drugs the band might or might not have been taking when they recorded this album; it just means it’s mastered relatively quietly, so the DJ will have to adjust the volume a bit when they play it back. Sort of like the “soundcheck” feature on iTunes, only it actually works.]

“‘Waterfall’ is nice.”

“On CD too!”

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  1. Rusty James
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    If there is a better album in existence I am not aware of it, and I am aware of ALL albums. Have had this on heavy rotation 20 years ago and for the last 5 as nothing new even compares to the mind-blow that is “The Stone Roses”. High Pot, YES!

  2. juan carlos ruiz
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Awesome possum alabaster crones of teenage sheer luck through the very heart of the muck the fink the rat the joy and THE STONE ROSES … How trluly lucky you were indeed to have fallen right into the pristine proximity of such cool beings as those down people as your summer camp counselors whom one of them was from none other than the very mecca of awe of the 90’s ( i almost felt and still do feel sorry for all those bands that werent from mancheste and tried so hard to look , dress and most of all sound like a manchester band bugt most of all doing their darndest to emulate the inimitable aloofness of the late great ‘manc-four’ … ON THE EIGHTH DAY GOD CREAT MANCHESTE AND WHILE HE WAS DOING THAT … THE LORD CREATED THE STONE ROSES …
    yes i am with them , them whom were swallowed , consumed and enthralled in their art of hypnotizing grooves and feel and economic taste for pure rhythm , words and art … i will always live my life through the words and music that the stone roses seemed to have tatooed into my very psyche … ” choke me smoke the air , in this citrus sunken sucking sunshine i dont care youre not all there every backbone you break will still come back for more , submission ends it all ” ( from the stone roses debut LP ‘bye bye badman’ )

    god bless the stone roses … let the good times roll .

    yours truly ,
    a fellow and loyal to the very bone fan to the end of time itself of THE STONE ROSES …. juan carlos ruiz .

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