The Second British Invasion Music Series — The Brit Box, Disc 1, Track 12, “She Bangs the Drums,” by The Stone Roses

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The Stone Roses, l-r:  Mani, Squire, Brown, and Reni

Tidbits:

The Stone Roses were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983. One of the pioneering groups of the Madchester* movement in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the band’s classic and most prominent lineup consisted of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani (Gary Mounfield) and drummer Reni (Alan Wren.)

Their eponymous debut album, “The Stone Roses,” was released on May 2, 1989. “She Bangs the Drums”, the 2nd cut on the album, gave them a top forty UK hit, and a number one on the UK Independent Chart. The album was a breakthrough success for the band, who were under the Silvertone label and had to fight until 1991 to be released from them and signed with Geffen.

Later in 1989 the band released a double A-side single, “Fools Gold/What the World Is Waiting For”, which reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart in November. Originally intended as a B-side, “Fools Gold” quickly became the Roses’ most famous song and a performance of it on Top of the Pops cemented their national fame.

The Stone Roses then released their second album, Second Coming, in 1994, which was met with mixed reviews. The group soon disbanded after several line-up changes throughout the supporting tour, which began with Reni departing in early 1995, followed by Squire in April 1996. Brown and Mani dissolved the remains of the group in October 1996 following their appearance at Reading Festival.

…The Stone Roses called a press conference on 18 October 2011 to announce that the band had reunited and would perform a reunion world tour in 2012, including three homecoming shows in Heaton Park, Manchester. Plans to record a third album in the future were also floated but only two singles were released.

In June 2012, Chris Coghill, the writer of a new film which is set during the Stone Roses 1990 Spike Island show, revealed that the band “have at least three or four new tracks recorded.” In June 2013, a documentary about the band’s reformation directed by Shane Meadows and titled The Stone Roses: Made of Stone was released.

In 2016, they released their first new material in two decades. The band members continued to tour until June 2017, at which point cryptic remarks by Brown indicated the band had split again, later confirmed in a 2019 interview with Squire.

The Gallagher (Oasis) Brothers both credit The Stone Roses with inspiring them to form a band.

I can feel the earth begin to move
I hear my needle hit the groove
And spiral through another day
I hear my song begin to say
Kiss me where the sun don’t shine
The past was yours
But the future’s mine
You’re all out of time

I don’t feel too steady on my feet
I feel all hollow I feel weak
Passion fruit and holy bread
Fill my guts and ease my head
Through the early morning sun
I can see her here she comes

She bangs the drums

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
She’ll be the first she’ll be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel

Guitar solo

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
She’ll be the first she’ll be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
She’ll be the first she’ll be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel
Songwriters: Ian Brown and John Squire

*The Madchester Genre

Madchester was the dominant force in British rock during the late ’80s and early ’90s. A fusion of acid-house dance rhythms and melodic pop, Madchester was distinguished by its loping beats, psychedelic flourishes, and hooky choruses. While the song structures were familiar, the arrangements and attitude were modern, and even the retro-pop touches — namely the jangling guitars, swirling organs, and sharp pop sense — functioned as postmodern collages. There were two approaches to this collage, as evidenced by the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. The Roses were a traditional guitar-pop band, and their songs were straight-ahead pop tunes, bolstered by baggy beats; it was modernized ’60s pop. Happy Mondays cut and pasted like rappers sampled, taking choruses from the Beatles and LaBelle and putting them into the context of darkly psychedelic dance. Despite their different approaches, both bands shared a love for acid-house music and culture, as well as the hometown of Manchester, England. As the group’s popularity grew, the British press tagged the two groups — as well as similarly-minded bands like the Charlatans [U.K.] and Inspiral Carpets — “Madchester” after a Happy Mondays song. (It was also known as “baggy,” since the bands wore baggy clothing). Madchester was enormously popular for several years in the U.K. before fading…

Sources: wikipedia, wikipedia, allmusic

15 Comments Add yours

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I’ve heard them only in a few songs…this one is really good. I love the guitar and the music is full and driving.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I agree about that guitar. Glad you like the sound.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I’m going to check them out more. I plan to start on rarer heard bands/songs again when work gets normal.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Max, you could be waiting a long time to get started then. I keep scanning for normal on the horizon and have yet to catch a glimpse…

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            This move we are doing just keeps going…plus I am working with the guy on the side with his business….so yea it will be a while. I plan to move over within a few months

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Sheesh, that is taking a long danged time. I wondered about that move over…

              Liked by 1 person

              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                Our network was built in 2000 or so…it’s like a house of cards…we do one thing and something breaks. The owner being cheap and not letting me spend money to update it…caused this…NOW he is spending money lol.

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  Electronic Karma!

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  2. Cool tune, Lisa, like their sound. Yet another band I don’t think I had heard of before!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, I think there are so many bands around the world that are really good they just never get the worldwide distribution they need. This is one of them. Glad you like their sound 🙂

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      1. I’m off from work now through Jan 3, so will hopefully have a bit more time to explore new music. Would like to check them out! 🙂

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  3. Dave says:

    a decent song from a good (musically) band that managed to basically be a whole chapter in any book titled How Not To Run A Record Company. they pretty much sunk their label, Factory Records, by getting a gigantic advance for their second record then taking that to the Tropics, buying a ton of drugs and NOt recording a record…until much later. Their debut record is good for sure, though I don’t buy it as one of the best ever records, which many Brits would say it is.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dave thanks for the extra information about the band. I know it mentioned the lengthy legal battle to get out of the original label but nothing mentioned about that debacle. The unfortunate thing about wiki is the spin depends on who is making the entry. If you ever edit wiki articles, this one might be a tidbit you’d like to add…

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  4. Dave says:

    Oops, I was wrong actually… that was Happy Mondays who did that. For some reason I get those two acts mixed up. Stone Roses did have disputes with their label and dragged their feet on putting out a second album though, like HM. I had the first Stone Roses album, it was good but not AS good as many charts over there list it. I really like “Fools Gold” and “I Wanna Be Adored” by them.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      As I’m learning about these bands and their connections I will be sure to seek more of their music out. You’re going to like tomorrow’s band and are probably very familiar with them.

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