Music: The Stone Roses
"The past was yours but the future's mine
You're all out of time"The Stone Roses were an Alternative Rock band from Manchester, known primarily for being the Trope Codifier for the Madchester movement in the late eighties and early nineties, despite the fact that they did not consider themselves members of the Madchester scene.Their style is largely a mixture of indie rock, psychedelic rock and dance music. Its defining traits are bright, catchy sixties-style guitar riffs, a very funky rhythm section supplying good beats that you can dance to, slightly Beatlesque vocals, frequent extended songs and a heavy influence from Psychedelic Rock.The band's key lineup, as seen in the picture above from left to right, was:
—"She Bangs the Drums"
- Ian Brown, vocals (second, with the Dull Surprise stare)
- John Squire, guitars and artwork (third, with the wannabe-sixties haircut)
- Maninote , bass (first, looking vaguely contaminated)
- Reninote , drums and backing vocals (fourth, fella with the Nice Hat)
- 1989 - The Stone Roses
- Which was remastered and re-released for the Milestone Celebration in 2009.
- 1992 - Turns into Stone (compilation of non-album singles, B-sides and new material)
- 1994 - Second Coming
Tropes related to The Stone Roses:
- Album Title Drop - Turns into Stone is named after the final line of "One Love".
- Author Appeal - Republicanism, the May 1968 student riots in Paris.
- Brick Joke - A musical example of this shows up in the 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.
- Continuity Nod - "Fool's Gold", "What the World Is Waiting For" and "One Love" all recycle the same drum beat sampled from "Hot Pants" by Bobby Byrd.
- Darker and Edgier - Second Coming, especially "Begging You". There is a lot of debate over whether the Darker and Edgier shift was successful.
- Echoing Acoustics - Hey, check out the eighties gated reverb on the drums on The Stone Roses.
- Epic Rocking - "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.
- Genre Shift - Second Coming, a Hard Rock/Blues Rock album with techno bits.
- Gold Fever - "Fool's Gold".
- Hidden Track: "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.
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition - The self-titled album got one of these for its twentieth anniversary. It was released in several formats, including CD/LP+7", 2 CD/1 DVD, and 3 CD/3 LP/1 DVD, the last of which also includes a lot of Feelies and a USB stick featuring a bunch of digital files.
- Long Runner Lineup - Type 5: The band's best-known lineup of Brown, Squire, Mani, and Remi existed from 1987 to 1995, and has been together ever since the band's reformation in 2011.
- Lyrical Dissonance - 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 shooting someone down, also mentioning about how said victim always had it coming.
- "Elizabeth My Dear" is a Simon & Garfunkel-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.
- Mood Whiplash - "One Love"'s verses are, in rough order: Intercourse with You-implying boasting, LSD-implying Word Salad Lyrics, optimistic chorus, repeat.
- Nice Hat / Iconic Item - Reni frequently wore bucket hats while with the band, to the point that they're now nicknamed "Reni hats".
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly - Psychedelic Funk Rock.
- New Sound Album - Second Coming.
- Not Christian Rock - A good question, since Brown and Squire tend to use religious imagery a lot. 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 the narrator's black sister.
- Oop North
- Overshadowed by Awesome - 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 The Load 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).
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - 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.
- Record Producer - 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.
- Screw Destiny - "Breaking Into Heaven".
- Single Stanza Song - "Elizabeth My Dear".
- Stop and Go - "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.
- Subdued Section - Quite a few (example: "Standing Here").
- Title Only Chorus - "I Wanna Be Adored" and "This Is the One" are almost this trope.
- Tropes Are Not Bad - While Turns into Stone was released by the label as a cash grab, it's still well regarded by fans because it compiles nearly all the band's B-sides and other material from around the time of the first album onto a single disc. In fact, it's so well regarded that the most extensive Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition of the first album includes all the tracks from Turns into Stone on its second disc (along with two more). Quite a few fans regard it more warmly than the band's actual second album, Second Coming.
- Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma - 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".
- When She Smiles - "Standing Here"'s chorus.
- Word Salad Lyrics - Pretty frequent actually.