“Fools Gold”/”What the World Is Waiting For” is a non-album double A-side by the Stone Roses. It was released in the UK, the US, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Japan, and Spain. It appeared on their self-titled debut album in the United States.
“Fools Gold” became the band’s biggest commercial hit at the time. It was their first single to reach the top ten of the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the Top 75 for fourteen weeks, peaking at number eight.
“Waterfall” is the ninth single from The Stone Roses. The fourth single taken from their debut album The Stone Roses, it was released on 30 December 1991 and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. Unlike the album version, the single version was remixed by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne.
The song was placed at number 5 in a 2013 poll, by readers of The Guardian, of their “all-time favourite songs by the band.”
“Ten Storey Love Song” is a The Stone Roses single released in March 1995. It was written by guitarist John Squire.
It reached number 11 and spent three weeks in the UK Singles Chart. The B-sides “Moses” and “Ride On” were the last new songs released by the group until the single “All For One” was released in 2016.
A music video, directed by Sophie Muller, accompanied the single but the video was shot without the drummer, Reni, who did not turn up. Only three members of the band (Squire, Ian Brown and Mani) appear in the video although an unidentified man wearing a mask of Reni’s face appears several times. Ian Brown did not turn up for the first day of the video shoot, this is reflected in the video when John Squire and Mani are watching footage of Ian Brown and Reni on a TV screen and look at their watches.
The song is on the Roses’ second album, Second Coming. It is the third song, fading into “Daybreak”.
In 2009 the British writer Richard Milward named his second novel after this song.
“So Young/Tell Me” is the debut double A-side single by English rock band The Stone Roses, produced by Martin Hannett and released in 1985 on Thin Line. The single went without much notice outside of Manchester, and demonstrates a very different aggressive punk style than the band’s later material with Reni in particular showcasing a more exuberant drumming style.
“So Young” was originally titled “Misery Dictionary”, but the band changed the name of the song to make it sound less negative and because they did not want people to think that they were influenced by The Smiths who had a song with a similar name.
The front cover artwork was produced by John Squire, who smashed an old transistor radio and then glued the parts together.
The single later appeared as part of the Compact Disc Singles Collection, an 8-CD collection of the band’s singles released by Silvertone in 1992. Both songs also featured on the compilation albums The Complete Stone Roses and Garage Flower
“She Bangs the Drums” is a song by the English rock band the Stone Roses. The song was released as the second single from their eponymous debut album. It was released in the UK, Japan, and Germany. The single was their first Top 40 hit, peaking at number 36 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1989. A reissue in March 1990 improved by two places.
The single used a noticeably different mix of “She Bangs the Drums” to the album version. The hi-hat intro was omitted and it featured a slightly heavier guitar sound and a marginally different backing vocal arrangement. This single version is the one most commonly used for compilations and radio play. The CD and cassette singles were noted for their strong selection of B-sides: “Standing Here”, “Mersey Paradise”, and the backward playing track “Simone”. The song was written by Ian Brown and John Squire, with Brown writing the verse lyrics, while Squire was responsible for the chorus.
In May 2007, NME magazine placed “She Bangs the Drums” at number 12 in its list of the “50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever”. The track was also featured as number 26 on PopMatters’ “The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ’80s” list.
Two music videos were produced for “She Bangs the Drums”. The first video showed the band recording in a studio in January 1989. The band is shown goofing around in slow motion, with Squire’s artwork in the background. The second music video featured clips from the Roses’ classic gig at Blackpool Empress Ballroom on 12 August 1989. This second video is more often played now than the original on television.
“Sally Cinnamon” is a single released by the band the Stone Roses in 1987.
The song is the second single to be released by The Stone Roses, and was released before Mani joined the band. The lyrics were written entirely by Ian Brown, who wrote the majority of the lyrics on the early Roses tracks.
The single entered the UK Indie Chart in June 1987, spending thirty-nine weeks in the chart in total, peaking at number three. When re-released in 1989 it entered the UK Singles Chart where it spent seven weeks, peaking at number 46.
The track has been released on the compilation albums The Complete Stone Roses and The Very Best Of The Stone Roses.
“One Love” is a non-album single by The Stone Roses. The single was released in the UK, U.S., Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Spain, and France, peaking at #4 in the Roses’ home country of the UK, their highest charting single up until that time. “One Love” has appeared on the compilation albums Turns into Stone, The Complete Stone Roses and The Very Best of The Stone Roses.
The song has a decidedly mixed reputation among Roses fans, with some denouncing it for borrowing too much from the success of “Fools Gold”. Nevertheless, the song contains vivid biblical references prevalent throughout their catalogue.
The original artwork for the single was said to have formed a swastika. It was later used for The Complete Stone Roses. John Squire ripped it up and used the torn pieces for the cover. The band set fire to the ripped up artwork in the video for “One Love”.
The song was used in an episode of the popular British television series Shameless. In the scene in which the song appears, Frank Gallagher is seen dancing in the pub with his shirt over his head as he is drunk and high on ecstasy.
It is believed that John Squire played a Custom Fender Jaguar guitar with a variety of flanging and wahwah effect pedals to create the song’s distinctive sound.
The song is referenced in a banner that hangs from the Stretford End tier two at Manchester United’s FC’s ground, Old Trafford. The banner says “One Love – Stretford End – MUFC”.
The music video featured The Stone Roses performing outdoors, with fires blazing in the background.
Ian Brown on “One Love”: “The chorus wasn’t strong enough. We tried for an anthem. We wanted to cover all bases and ended up covering none.”
“Made of Stone” is a single from The Stone Roses’ eponymous debut album. Jackson Pollock is referenced (along with his work No. 5, 1948) in the B-side “Going Down” in the line “Passion looks like a painting, Jackson Pollock’s No. 5”.
Pollock’s paintings influenced the cover art that guitarist John Squire did for the album, as well as the band’s musical instruments.
The band made their début on national British TV by performing this song on BBC’s cultural show The Late Show in September 1989. The power went out 60 seconds into the song and Ian Brown walked off shouting “amateurs…amateurs…we’re wasting our time here lads”.
The song was used during some of the road trip scenes in the 1997 American film, Heaven or Vegas. Also in the PSP 2005 videogame World Tour Soccer
The B-side “Guernica” (the title references Pablo Picasso’s Guernica) is “Made of Stone” in reverse, but with unrelated lyrics.
John Squire said: “‘Made of Stone’ about making a wish and watching it happen. Like scoring a goal in a Cup final…on a Harley Electra Glide…dressed as Spider-Man”.
“Love Spreads” is a song by The Stone Roses, released in November 1994 as the first single from their second album Second Coming. The record was a number two hit in the UK Singles Chart, the highest peak for any song by the band, as well as the only Stone Roses song to chart on the Hot 100 Airplay, charting at number 55, making the song their most commercially successful track.
John Squire designed the “Love Spreads” cover, using a photograph of one of the four stone cherubs on the Newport Bridge in Newport, Gwent. The cherubs on the bridge are modelled after Newport’s coat of arms, which contains a cherub with winged sea lions. The cherub design was subsequently used on many pieces of Second Coming merchandise.
There are two music videos for “Love Spreads.” The original UK version, directed by Mike Clark and the Stone Roses, consisted of home footage. There are scenes of Mani, Squire, and Brown dressed as a chicken, the devil, and Death respectively. These scenes were interspliced with hidden images.
Geffen and MTV were unsatisfied with the quality of the first video, so Steven Hanft at Propaganda Films directed a second video for American audiences.
“I Wanna Be Adored” is a song by the British rock band The Stone Roses. It was the first track on their debut album, The Stone Roses, and was released as a single. The US release charted at number 18 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1990. In 1991, the single was released in the UK, Germany and Japan featuring previously unreleased B-sides.
“I Wanna Be Adored” begins with a collage of sounds. The first instrument to enter is the bass guitar, which appears 40 seconds in. This is followed by two guitars, one of which plays a pentatonic scale riff. The bass drum enters at 1:13, and the main portion of the song begins at 1:30.
The song is performed in the key of G. The song features two main sections: a four bar G-D-G-D-Em chord progression, followed by an eight-bar bridge that shifts from D to C repeatedly. The song’s lyrics are minimalist, mainly consisting of the lines “I don’t need to sell my soul/He’s already in me” and the song’s title repeated throughout the entire song.