The Stone Roses Debut Album 30th Anniversary

The Stone Roses Debut Album 30th Anniversary

Posted 2 May 2019
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The Stone Roses,1989. Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images.

The Stone Roses emerged in the midst of the late 80s Madchester movement. Abjectly emotional, psychedelic pop steeped in satire; their music stood up in a decidedly brooding scene. Looking back over the three decades since the release of their 1989 self-titled debut album, it’s not hard to see how The Stone Roses built a sonic template for the sound of 90s Britpop, that brought us bands like Blur and Oasis.  

The story goes that they played their first gig as the Stone Roses on 23 October 1984, supporting Pete Townshend at an anti-heroin concert at the Moonlight Club in London, Ian Brown having sent the demo with an accompanying letter stating "I'm surrounded by skagheads, I wanna smash 'em. Can you give us a show?"

But, the road to success for the Stone Roses was anything but a straight line. “I Wanna Be Adored” was shelved and reworked numerous times, record execs questioned their sound, members and managers came and went. But they persevered, and when the time was right, the ingredients were right, everything aligned to produce a debut LP that today, 30 years on is a certified classic: expansive, psychedelic, textured, indie dance-pop that embodied the acid house movement imminently ready to invade Britain.

“I Wanna Be Adored”

"She Bangs the Drums" put them in UK Top 40 and hit No.1 on the UK Indie Chart. The Roses found themselves on an upward trajectory and started selling out shows across the country. The band gained widespread notoriety when, one minute into a live 1989 TV performance on the BBC's The Late Show, the power failed, prompting Ian Brown to repeatedly roar "Amateurs!" at the host.

“She Bangs The Drums”

In December 1989, NME listed The Stone Roses as the second best album to come out that year, they also won four NME Readers poll awards: ‘Band of the Year’, ‘Best New Band’, ‘Single of the Year’ (for "Fools Gold") and ‘Album of the Year (for The Stone Roses). Melody Maker, the other big music weekly, had the LP in fourth place, after The Cure’s Disintegration, Doolittle by Pixies and Kate Bush’s The Sensual World!

“Waterfall”

"When I heard “Sally Cinnamon” for the first time, I knew what my destiny was," Noel Gallagher

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