The Stone Roses always operated under the own rules and no-one elses.
This was the band who were delivered the world on a plate and walked away with their heads held up high. The Second Coming came out when they were ready and, despite being a big album, missed the band’s own boat which had been hijacked by Oasis.
But did it matter?
The Second Coming stood the test of time and the Stone Roses remained untarnished.
All the best bands appear out of the fog. On their own terms. When THEY are ready.
The worst bands dance to the tune of the music biz and the lawyers.
So what is going on with the Stone Roses? it’s been three years since that great comeback. That perfect moment when they reappeared like King Arthur’s Knights, played a series of stunning shows and then disappeared again. At the time there was talk of record deals and albums and the band nodded and smiled in that time honoured way of never quite committing to anything.
Since then information has been scarce. Now and then a Stone Roses appears in town and conversation is had, the Stone Roses have not disappeared as people. They have just reemerged in normal life beyond the showbiz curve.
There was talk early on of new material, ‘great psychedelic pop’ Ian Brown told me. It probably still exists- fragments of genius that are tantalisingly hanging in the air. They probably did put a few shifts in to make something but then real life got in the way in the best possible way. There were families to look after, Mani had twins, days became weeks and weeks became months. At least these are partly genuine and human reasons for not recording releasing stuff so far.
There is probably a perfectionist streak running through the band as well. Some of them may want to just go in and record- make an album in a week, knowing that the innate genius of the whole group would be bound to turn out something brilliant and some of the band may want to work on the details, get this thing perfect melodically and musically- neither method is wrong or right- people work in different ways. Maybe they will never find this perfection and surely no fan wants a half assed record.
There is also the expectation and the pressure and there is the perfect legend to preserve which like their mentors the Clash, the Pistols or the Beatles they will want to maintain. None of those bands spoiled it by coming back with the wrong record, they realised that sometimes silence is golden. the Stone Roses MUST never be average.
Timing in rock n roll is everything…in some ways never releasing another album but never confirming it or denying it and riding off into the sunset is a great finish for this band that always so brilliantly delay with mystique BUT the Roses don’t feel finished, they didn’t sound tired and short of breath on those comeback gigs. We know there is still plenty in the motor but we respect their artistic stubbornness and wait to see what 2015 brings…they could be starting to rehearse again soon and the whole may flow from there…