I Wanna Be Adored
The Stone Roses self titled 1989 debut album is without doubt one of the greatest debut albums of all time, especially given the lack of any further inspirational material thereafter.
In 2006, the writers of NME declared it to be the greatest British album of all time which is perhaps taking it a bit too far especially given the success of Susan Boyle’s first album.
The Roses recorded the album with John Leckie, a notable producer who had worked with Pink Floyd on Meddle. It was released by Silvertone, a division of Zomba Records created to work with “new rock” acts.
The band played a number of high-profile gigs supporting the album, including one at what was regarded as the centre of the “Baggy”/”Madchester” scene, Manchester’s The Haçienda nightclub. Andrew Collins wrote in NME: “Bollocks to Morrissey at Wolverhampton, to The Sundays at The Falcon, to PWEI at Brixton – I’m already drafting a letter to my grandchildren telling them that I saw The Stone Roses at the Haçienda.”
The Roses’ 1990 Spike Island gig, organised by the band and attended by over 27,000 fans, also holds a formidable reputation.
As with most Stone Roses releases, the cover displays a work by guitarist John Squire. It is a Jackson Pollock-influenced piece titled “Bye Bye Badman,” which makes reference to the May 1968 riots in Paris.
The cover was named by Q magazine as one of “The 100 Best Covers of All Time.” In the accompanying article, Squire said: “Ian [Brown] had met this French man when he was hitching around Europe, this bloke had been in the riots, and he told Ian how lemons had been used as an antidote to tear gas.
Then there was the documentary—-a great shot at the start of a guy throwing stones at the police. I really liked his attitude.” This story was also the inspiration for the lyrics to the song of the same name.
The background of the piece is based on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. The band visited the causeway while playing a gig at the University of Ulster in Coleraine.
Along with the above “Waterfall” this is my favourite track.
To buy the music of The Stone Roses click HERE
Finally we have a great cover version of the above track by The Raveonettes
The track was recorded as part of the celebrations relating to 50 years of Dr Martins for more information click HERE
To buy the music of The Raveonettes click HERE
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