From about 1985 to 1988 (give or take), I had given up on music (!) to focus on comic book collecting (the music scene in Singapore was pretty dire in the mid-80s) but slowly but surely in 1989, I came back, buying numerous cassettes (much cheaper than vinyl). This time frame coincided with Manchester band Stone Roses (Ian Brown, Chris Squire, Mani & Reni) fledging steps into the UK music scene. So when the eponymous album was released I picked it up due to the enthusiastic reviews in UK music weeklies.

I was not disappointed, there was a strong retro 60s vibe about the music that I’d cottoned on to straightaway. Psychedelic pop married to a dance sensibility, which at the time, seemed unique. I pretty much devoured that debut LP and thoroughly got into tracks like the opening dark Joy Division-channeling “I Wanna Be Adored”, the dynamic single “She Bangs the Drums” with Squire’s signature guita2 tone, the gorgeous Byrdsy arpeggio-ringing “Waterfall”, the Beatlesque backward-masking “Don’t Stop”, the psych-rocking “Bye Bye Badman”, the powerpopping “Made of Stone”, the wonderfully multi-sided “This is the One” and of course, the epic anthemic “I Am the Resurrection” – virtually every track on this masterpiece album a winner!

Chances are the band’s setlist when it plays in Singapore on 22 July at the Singapore Indoor Stadium will consisted mainly of tracks from this album and for longtime fans, this gig is a dream come true. For younger music fans, it is simply impossible to be into modern-day indie pop without familiarity with the Stone Roses oeuvre – so am expecting an interesting mixed audience when Stones Roses play in Singapore!

Tickets available from SISTIC.

Check out the fan-made video of a recent live performance of “I Am the Resurrection”.


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