The NME has a great little interview with Stone Roses vocalist Ian Brown and producer John Leckie on the remastering of the band’s debut album, which will be re-issued in August 2009. Check out the two of them talking about the original recording sessions (way back in 1988!) and their efforts to remaster the album to its originally intended sonic depth. They also discuss some b-side gems in consideration, including a 33 minute backwards-tracked bit of madness!
I am not sure who gets the credit for this, but I am loving the influence late-60s cinema rock is having on the modern musical palette. I am talking about the big beat, organ heavy pop that provided the rock and roll backdrop to many-a-teen movie in the 60s. It was supposed to sound like the bands that made up the era’s Hit Parade, but because it was generally written, produced and recorded by session players looking for a few more bucks, it took on a particularly polished personality. All the fuzzy guitars and back beats were there, but this wasn’t music made by scruffy twenty-somethings living the high life in the English country, it was American musical day laborers who had their own particular understanding of youth culture and the music business. THAT music has been creeping into recent releases (most often produced by or somehow associated with Danger Mouse) and I love it.
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.”
Jake has long bemoaned the fact that British singers all sound like pansies. [Specifically, English singers -ed.] It’s his main argument for abandoning a genre that once fueled his music collection and has led to hilarious arguments at countless bars with me and Loftus. But is the Old Man right?
MuchMusic has a list of the The 10 Fiercest British Frontmen Of The Past Decade and I gotta say, there’s a fair amount of dandy-ism on display and maybe only one dude I definitely wouldn’t fight in an alley (Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who I am sure would fight dirty to protect his hair).
Seven sissies I could stomp and three dudes I would not fight after the jump.
Don’t believe the hype – The Guardian slams the Strokes, James Brown, the Clash, Pet Sounds, the Stone Roses and lots of other rock icons.
The Morning News gives the Stone Roses’ Second Coming another chance.