Um, who are the Stone Roses?
1. The Stone Roses were announced as one of the headliners for Coachella, and a lot of people have never heard of them.
2. It’s pretty normal to have no idea who they are.
The Stone Roses simply are not nearly as famous in the United States as Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, or Lou Reed, who are also featured on the same day of the festival. This isn’t to say that those artists are superstars or anything, but just that they all have at least one well-known hit in America, and The Stone Roses do not. So don’t worry about seeming uncool if you don’t know who they are — they’re pretty obscure even for people who are pretty up on cool music.
3. They were a really big deal in England.
The Stone Roses’ self-titled debut album was a popular and influential record in England and a crucial part of the whole “Madchester” scene, along with albums by Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, and Inspiral Carpets. The record is regularly high up on “best albums ever” lists by British music publications.
4. These are the best-known hits from their classic era.
“She Bangs the Drums”
“I Wanna Be Adored”
5. They made a second album called “Second Coming” in 1994.
The record sold well in the U.K., but is generally considered to be a big disappointment. The first album was hard to top, and in the five years between records, their audience moved on to other bands, like Blur and Oasis. “Love Spreads” was a hit in England, and got some play on MTV’s 120 Minutes. The band called it quits in 1996. Singer Ian Brown pursued a solo career, and guitarist John Squire formed another band called The Seahorses before stepping away from music to focus on painting full time.
6. They reunited in 2011.
There were rumors of a Stone Roses reunion for years and years, but it all came together in late 2011. They played their first gig in 15 years on May 23 in Warrington, England, and did some big shows and festivals in Europe through the summer. They’re going to hit the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand before performing at Coachella in April. It will be their first concert in North America since 1995.
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Well to be fair, In America the Stone Roses were only played on “college radio” in 1989-1990. This was “alternative” pre-Nirvana when you’d have to stay up past midnight on Sundays to watch 120 minutes for any chance to see one of their videos. The first album is an absolute classic, with the exception of the “backward” song.
The Stone Roses are huge in Europe, not just England. I’ve been listening to them since 1995 & went to Stone Roses tribute bands constantly up until the mid noughties(there were 3/4 of them each with sell out shows in large venues). Was chuffed they reunited & got tickets for the pit in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Was right up close - what feels to finally see them live!!