It looks like the perfect choice to us as Shane Meadows is running around filming the Stone Roses reunion.
The British film director, famous for films like ‘This Is England’ and ‘Room For Romeo Brass’ and ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ as well as a whole host of other great films, will film the the whole comeback and put his own unique angle on it.
Meadows who has used Stone Roses songs on his film soundtracks and is as immersed in youth culture as the band is the perfect choice for the film. An ex skinhead-like Ian Brown- with an interest in the myriad of you cultures that followed quickly after punk, Meadows films are the most accurate and finally detailed documents of pop culture life in the UK. ‘This Is England’ film and TV series in particular are almost like documentaries on the sort of life that the Roses and their friends led showing skinheads as a proper youth cult and not the usual cliches. It’s that stylistic attention and understanding of the close relationship between clothes, music and pop culture that will have appealed to the band when they made the choice. Meadows own youth as a ska loving skinhead from Uttoxeter mirrors Ian Brown’s, Ian went on the road with the Angelic Upstarts and was into ska and northern soul and the sharp look of the skinheads and the following sub cultures- he had a tonic suit, doc martens, braces and all the other looks of the mash up between skinhead and scooter boy culture.
Shane Meadows has covered the scooter boys in his films and has a real understanding of many of the sub cultures that were so key at the time but have been forgotten by many music historians but are such a big part of the Stone Roses whose debut album echoes many of these movement’s musics.
The story that Ian brown told me about how he met mani sounds like something from a Shane meadows film…
‘I met Mani when I was about sixteen-years-old. I was from Chorlton and Mani was up in Moston and we met through Pips nightclub in Manchester. There was a skinhead at the time who had a swastika tattooed on his head that was causing all the trouble in the bars and clubs so Moston came to our posse and asking if we’d go up to their little posse and deal with this guy. So I met Mani in a council house in Moston in 1980 when there was about twelve of us and about fifteen of them and we went to sort this skinhead out. That’s how we met. …’
Meadows was busy at last week’s press conference filming and will now go on to film the build up and the Heaton Park gigs in what could be a great pop culture film.