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->''"The past was yours but the future's mine''
->''You're all out of time"''
-->--'''The Stone Roses''', "She Bangs the Drums"

The Stone Roses were an AlternativeRock band from [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Manchester]], known primarily for being the TropeCodifier for the Madchester movement in the late [[TheEighties eighties]] and early [[TheNineties nineties]], despite the fact that they [[BlatantLies did not consider themselves members of the Madchester scene]].

Their style is largely [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly a mixture of indie rock, psychedelic rock and dance music]]. Its defining traits are bright, catchy [[TheSixties sixties]]-style guitar riffs, a very funky rhythm section supplying good beats that you can dance to, slightly [[Music/TheBeatles Beatlesque]] vocals, frequent [[EpicRocking extended songs]] and a heavy influence from PsychedelicRock.

The band's key lineup, as seen in the picture above from left to right, was:
* Ian Brown, vocals (second, with the DullSurprise stare)
* John Squire, guitars and artwork (third, with the wannabe-sixties haircut)
* Mani[[note]]real name: Gary Mounfield[[/note]], bass (first, looking vaguely contaminated)
* Reni[[note]]real name: Alan Wren[[/note]], drums and backing vocals (fourth, fella with the NiceHat)

The band was formed in 1984 by Brown and John Squire, its initial lineup including Reni and [[ThePeteBest two other dudes who aren't important]] (guitarist Andy Couzens, bassist Pete Garner). [[BlatantLies They initially wasted time]] as a gloomy, synth-heavy goth-rock band inspired by JoyDivision, but permanently changed their sound in 1987 by firing the unimportant dudes and bringing in Mani, which led to them discovering their SignatureStyle, "PsychedelicRock you can dance to".

Now signed with Silvertone Records and working with producer John Leckie, their debut album ''The Stone Roses'' was released in 1989 to massive critical acclaim and huge commercial success, and is still regarded today as one of the best albums ever created by a British band. The record spawned several successful singles, such as "I Wanna Be Adored", "She Bangs the Drums" and "Waterfall", all major hits on both the UK Singles Chart and the newly implemented Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States. The Stone Roses embarked on a successful tour of England, which culminated in a huge outdoor gig on Spike Island attended by 27.000 people on 27 May 1990 (plagued by bad organisation and sound problems), and continued to release singles.

Soon, the band decided to capitalise on success by moving to a major label, but Silvertone refused to let them out of their contract. An injunction filed in September 1990 prevented the band from recording with another label and started a long legal conflict between the band and Silvertone. The band eventually won in court and moved to Creator/GeffenRecords, but the conflict blocked their activity at a critical time and slowed down their career by forcing them out of public view. In the meantime, Silvertone released the compilation ''Turns into Stone'' in 1992, containing all the non-album singles released until that point mixed with B-sides and new material, and [[MoneyDearBoy re-released the band's previous singles as well]].

The sessions for a new album finally commenced in 1993 but were repeatedly hampered by personal turmoil, culminating in Leckie's departure and the relocation to Wales with engineers Simon Dawson and Paul Schroeder. The album, entitled ''Second Coming'', was finally released in 1994, seeing the Stone Roses break from their colourful, psychedelic dance-rock and moving towards a heavy blues-rock sound patterned after Music/LedZeppelin and Music/JimiHendrix. The album drew a lukewarm reception with critics (a main criticism towards it being "endless soloing" on Squire's behalf) and only moderate commercial success, although first single "Love Spreads" became the band's highest charting single in their entire career.

The band's resulting tour was disastrous and saw their gradual disintegration, with Reni leaving in March 1995 (replaced by Robbie Maddix) and Squire leaving in April 1996 (replaced by session guitarist Aziz Ibrahim). After two infamously bad performances at Benicassim and Reading festivals in August that year, the group was finally disbanded by Brown and Mani in October 1996.

Ian Brown has since continued with a solo career, Squire carried on for a while with his new band The Seahorses before retiring from music in favour of painting, Mani's in PrimalScream now and Reni... kinda fell off the face of the planet or something.

While The Stone Roses' moment in the sun only lasted about two and half years and Madchester collapsed very quickly, their music remains critically acclaimed today, and their combination of Sixties-style guitar riffs and dance rhythms proved to be highly influential on {{Britpop}}. {{Oasis}} frontmen Noel and Liam Gallagher in particular are self-professed fans of the Stone Roses. The bandmembers themselves liked Oasis in return (Squire showed up at one of their concerts to play additional guitar on "Champagne Supernova" and Oasis borrowed Stone Roses equipment during the recording of ''Definitely Maybe''), but disliked the rest of the Britpop scene, calling them "Kensington art-wankers".

On the 18th of October 2011, the band announced they were reuniting, and going on a world tour.

Albums:
* 1989 - ''[[SelfTitledAlbum The Stone Roses]]''
** Which was remastered and re-released for the MilestoneCelebration in 2009.
* 1992 - ''Turns into Stone'' (compilation of non-album singles, B-sides and new material)
* 1994 - ''Second Coming''

There's also ''Garage Flower'', an OldShame 1996 release of an album originally recorded in 1985 with Martin Hannett and showing them in their initial crappy PostPunk incarnation, some [=EPs=] (''Sally Cinammon'' and ''Crimson Tonight''), some singles remixed by Silvertone without the band's approval and some cheap cash-in compilations (''The Complete Stone Roses'' and ''The Very Best of The Stone Roses'' - the latter at least had band input into song selection).

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!!Tropes related to The Stone Roses:

* AlbumTitleDrop - ''Turns into Stone'' is named after the final line of "One Love".
* AuthorAppeal - Republicanism, the May 1968 student riots in Paris.
* BrickJoke - A musical example of this shows up in the [[EpicRocking 8-minute long]] "I Am the Resurrection". The first three minutes are dominated by a Motown-influenced groove with a catchy, descending bassline. After Ian Brown finishes his vocals, the band launch into an epic 5-minute funk-rock improvisation. And towards the end, Mani works in the descending bassline again.
* ChorusOnlySong - "I Wanna Be Adored".
* ContinuityNod - "Fool's Gold", "What the World Is Waiting For" and "One Love" all recycle the same drum beat [[{{Sampling}} sampled]] from "Hot Pants" by Bobby Byrd.
* CreatorKiller - The sales and critical indifference to ''Second Coming'' did not help the band, and they broke up few years afterwards after an ill-fated tour.
* DarkerAndEdgier - ''Second Coming'', especially "Begging You". There is a '''''lot''''' of debate over whether the DarkerAndEdgier shift was successful.
* EchoingAcoustics - Hey, check out the eighties gated reverb on the drums on ''The Stone Roses''.
* EpicRocking - "I Am the Resurrection", "Fool's Gold", "One Love", "Something's Burning", "Breaking into Heaven", "Daybreak", "Tears" and "Love Spreads". Emphasis on the "epic" part.
* ExecutiveMeddling - Silvertone Records' attempt to get more money by re-releasing singles and trying to stop the band from moving to another label. It arguably ruined their career due to the forced hiatus.
* GenreShift - ''Second Coming'', a HardRock[=/=]BluesRock album with techno bits.
* GoldFever - "Fool's Gold".
* HiddenTrack: "The Foz" is hidden after 12 short silent tracks on ''Second Coming''. Presumably just to mess with the listener, there are eight more tracks of silence after ''that'' too, with nothing else hidden after them this time.
* LyricalDissonance - Often.
** "Bye Bye Badman" is an upbeat pop-rock song about the May 1968 student riots in Paris.
** "Made of Stone" is another anthemic, catchy tune whose lyrics reference the 1968 riots again, especially using imagery of burning cars.
** "Shoot You Down" is laid-back funk-rock song about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shooting someone down]], also mentioning about how said [[AssholeVictim victim always had it coming]].
** "Elizabeth My Dear" is a Music/SimonAndGarfunkel-style ballad (with the melody even borrowed from the old English folk tune 'Scarborough Fair' ) about wanting to dethrone the Queen.
* {{Mondegreen}} - "I wanna be a dog", "I wanna be a door", etc.
* MoodWhiplash - "One Love"'s verses are, in rough order: IntercourseWithYou-implying boasting, LSD-implying WordSaladLyrics, optimistic chorus, repeat.
* NiceHat - Reni frequently wore bucket hats while with the band, to the point that they're now nicknamed "Reni hats".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly - [[PsychedelicRock Psychedelic]] FunkRock.
* NewSoundAlbum - ''Second Coming''.
* NoExportForYou - The band canceled a plan tour of the USA in 1990 saying "America doesn't deserve us yet." That bit them in the arse later on when they toured the USA in support of ''Second Coming''.
* NotChristianRock - A good question, since Brown and Squire tend to use religious imagery a lot. [[http://www.thisisthedaybreak.co.uk/ This fan site]] manages to make a pretty good argument that most of their songs contain at least a few references, intentional or not, to the Bible or Christianity in general. "I Am the Resurrection" is pretty overt when it comes to religious overtones. "Breaking Into Heaven" criticises the concept of Heaven and states that waiting to die is unnecessary since "the Kingdom's all inside". "I Wanna Be Adored" is more ambiguous, but the lines "I don't need to sell my [=soul/He's=] already in me" can easily be interpreted as referring to the Devil. And perhaps the most famous, "Love Spreads" reimagines Jesus Christ as [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation the narrator's black sister]].
* OopNorth
* OvershadowedByAwesome - John, Mani and Reni are well-respected for their instrumental prowess (Reni at one point was called "the best drummer in indie"). Ian... is the singer. In some interpretations Ian gets cast as TheLoad because of his average vocals and infamous trouble with staying in tune while singing anywhere that isn't a recording studio (one reviewer said that in concert he sounded like a man who sang into a bucket).
* ThePeteBest - Andy Couzens and Peter Garner.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything - They spent a lot of time apparently watching football instead of working on their second album, which is why there was a five-year gap between their debut and ''Second Coming'', not counting the part where they had to waste two years in court to get out of their contract with Silvertone.
* RecordProducer - John Leckie is often credited as helping the Roses become awesome, which is quite justified when one hears the demos of the songs from their first album.
* ScrewDestiny - "Breaking Into Heaven".
* ShortLivedBigImpact: They managed only two albums and yet were a big influence on many rock bands of the Nineties.
* SingleStanzaSong - "Elizabeth My Dear".
* StopAndGo - "I Am the Resurrection". During the aforementioned epic 5-minute funky improv, at one point the band stop playing. There's a few seconds of silence before they start again as if nothing had happened.
* SubduedSection - Quite a few (example: "Standing Here").
* TitleOnlyChorus - "I Wanna Be Adored" and "This Is the One" are almost this trope.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma - The back cover of ''Turns Into Stone'' doesn't have apostrophes. This has served to confuse some fans into thinking the songs are actually called "Fools Gold" and "Somethings Burning".
* WhenSheSmiles - "Standing Here"'s chorus.
* WordSaladLyrics - Pretty frequent actually.

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