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The Stone Roses
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Thursday 21 April 2011
It's no secret that the success of MCs like Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah et al has inspired record labels to frantically snatch up as many of these underground stars as possible, with Wretch 32 being the latest kid on the block to be tipped for the big time. Back in January, he landed a No 5 single with "Traktor", a pounding tune so wickedly addictive, Diddy insisted on performing it with the 26-year-old at his Last Train to Paris party earlier this year. Then, Ian Brown gave him his blessing by allowing him to use a sample of The Stone Roses' "Fools Gold" for his most recent single, "Unorthodox". Exciting times, then, for Jermaine Sinclair, especially for a guy who grew up on a Tottenham estate but can now stamp "wooer of rap moguls and rock legends" on his CV, and has shown he's got a lot more going for him than being another mix-tape rapper with a ghetto backstory. Musically, he infuses soul and a real sense of poetry into his observational lyrics, and on stage he's fun, energetic and chatty, leading the chant: "forget about violence, I rather be cool!"
Thursday 07 April 2011
The Stone Roses are set to reunite.
Friday 04 March 2011
Beady Eye made their live debut last night in Glasgow.
Friday 04 March 2011
Monday 24 January 2011
The celebrated Spike Island show by the Stone Roses is to be immortalised in a new movie. The 1990 concert was a high point in the indie rock band's career, with nearly 30,000 people flocking to the outdoor gig near Widnes, Cheshire. It will be the backdrop for a film being made by Tom Green, director of Channel 4's Misfits.
Tuesday 07 December 2010
Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown was told he was "free to go" by a court today after prosecutors dropped a driving charge against him.
Friday 05 November 2010
"Fool's Gold" lolloped out of the backend of the Eighties with a loose-limbed strut and an attitude to match. Merging northern English, pasty-faced guitar rock with urban American dance music, it was recorded a world away from the Stone Roses' native Manchester, at Cornwall's small Sawmills studio, a 17th-century stone building set in its own tidal creek.
Friday 24 September 2010
They should have been celebrating two decades of defying the odds as one of the most enduring features of British indie rock. But instead The Charlatans, who once described themselves as "the unluckiest band in pop", announced yesterday that their drummer had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Friday 30 July 2010
Friday 11 June 2010
A trio of guitar greats - Jimmy Page, Duane Eddy and Richard Thompson - were honoured tonight for their inspirational contribution at a major music awards event.
Monday 17 May 2010
Former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire talks to The Independent Online about why he exchanged his guitar for a paintbrush ahead of an exhibition of his artwork, alongside that of Sanchita Islam, at Bristol's The Square Gallery next week:
Thursday 22 April 2010
Did we all sit down? Well, no, everyone stood up – and stayed standing – from the moment lead singer Tim Booth emerged from the back of the Albert Hall singing "Sit Down" before mounting the mixing desk, only to fall backwards on to the floor. Booth accepted the pratfall with dignity, emphasising the line "those who find themselves ridiculous". It was bold of the re-formed Mancunian seven-piece to kick-off with "Sit Down", an anthem that (in my day) encouraged students (usually chemistry) to sit down on nightclub floors. It was a promising start and the intense 50-year-old Booth threw shapes and contorted his stick-thin body like it was 1992. And his voice was clearly in sensationally good shape, relishing the high notes.
Sunday 14 March 2010
Clive Beresford is a music fan. And how. In his thirties, he is still in the grip of the obsession that ruled him in his teens – an obsession with alternative music in general and the Thieving Magpies in particular. (The Magpies are a fictional band but slot in so neatly beside the Stone Roses, Violent Femmes, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine and all the other bands name-checked here, that one almost believes in them.) When Clive discovers that Lance Webster, the former frontman of the now-disbanded Magpies, lives just around the corner, he starts plotting to befriend him and solve the tormenting question once and for all: why did the Magpies break up?
Sunday 14 February 2010
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