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Freebass – Not Too Late

MP3: Freebass – “Not Too Late” from It’s A Beautiful Life, due December 7 on 24 Hour Service Station.

What happens when three bass players bonded in a mutual love of cocaine get together and form a band? What if the bass players in question are Peter Hook, Mani, and Andy Rourke, the guys responsible for the bottom end on some of the greatest British recordings of the 80s and 90s (Joy Division, New Order, the Smiths, the Stone Roses, Primal Scream)? You might expect it to be badass and maybe even heavy, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, they found a wimpy singer and made wimpy pop tunes. Lame. And then they broke up before their album was released.

At least they were able to get some bitchy tweets in on each other as they went down in flames. After Hooky decided to do a tour of Joy Division covers instead of promoting the Freebass album, Mani blasted him for his “wallet stuffed with Ian Curtis’ blood money” and accused his bandmates of being “talentless nostalgia fuckwit whores.”

Mani’s review of the album is probably all you need to hear: “It’s where it belongs mate… in the fucking bargain bin before it’s even released. You live and learn.” He later apologized. But if you’re still interested, you’ll be pleased to know that the US release collects the band’s three digital EPs on a bonus disc.

Freebass: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, eMusic, wiki

Stone Roses Bassist: 2009 is Perfect Time for Reunion

Now that Johnny Marr has scuttled hopes for a Smiths reunion, the NME has promptly switched gears and is focusing on The Stone Roses.

An article on NME.com quotes Roses bassist Mani as saying 2009 is the perfect time for a reunion and that ¾ of the band are ready to go. The only holdout, according to Mani, is singer Ian Brown.

“Me, John [Squire, guitarist] and Reni [drums] are up for doing it and Ian just needs some working on,” he told internet TV site Channelbee.

Apparently familiar with the NME’s power to persuade erstwhile bands to reform, Reni makes the call and seems to encourage the magazine’s efforts.

“Next year is the 20th anniversary of the first album. It’s the ideal time to do it. It’s something I would love to do before we are all fat and bald. Start the campaign.”

We’ll see…

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