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Added 8th March 2011 by holmesofmetal


The Stone Roses

First Sunday night in 1989. I'm 16, up late doing my A level homework. Very late. A programme called The Otherside of Midnight catches my attention. I like the name.
The presenter introduces a band and the screen shows a guitar neck with a capo on it. A simple echoey riff starts. Its the kind of riff i try to do when I am pretending to be in The Bryds or Primal Scream. An open string with a fretted note. Genius. The shot widens as the riff repeats and i see a 60s looking dude with a cool guitar. He has a landmine fuzz pedal. I race downstairs to start the video recorder my family has only just brought that christmas - our first one.
I go back upstairs and watch the rest of the track and note down the name of the band. I try to continue with the History essay but instead i get a small pot of Humbrol gold paint and carefully apply the words "the STONE ROSES" to my black ring binder - landscape, small 'the' with the other two words correctly spaced one below the other. Not like the proper logo which i had never seen - a bit gothy - but bold and in caps.
It's dry by the morning and i go into sixthform college knowing that i have the coolest folder anyone will see that day.

The next time i encounter the band is in the WANTS pages of Record Collector that March. some bloke wants a copy of a single called Sally Cinnamon - cool, that combination of words chimes perfectly with the image of the band i carry in my head. Y'see - i recorded static. I didn't change channels on the VCR - what with only just have got it and everything.
I write to the PO bx number and recieve a reply from a bloke called Bob who fills me in on my questions about the band. He advises me to "hunt down those early singles quickly if i were you - they're gonna be huge".

The fanzine pages i have uploaded are from Honey Hunt and is by Bob Stanley - the same Bob who sent me the letter.

I can't remember the next time i saw them on telly but i did buy the lp the day it came out.

I also kept in contact with Bob for a year or so and acquired several records he released on his CAFF lable. In 2014 i sold those records and spent the money on a set of kitchen units off of ebay. Bob Stanley paid for my kitchen!

There's more
I didn't go to the Heaton Park gigs.
On the Thursday of that weekend i picked a bag of strawberries at the allotment and got a train to Dundee. I shared the fruits with my fellow passengers. Got to Dundee, went to see my Dad.

On the Sunday i took the first of only domestic flight i have ever taken back down to Brum. We flew over Heaton park. I do wish i had been in the mood to take a snap. But i wasn't. I wasn't even in the mood to give the scene below me a second glance. I wasn't wishing i was down there grooving away. I wasn't wishing i had seen them more first time round. I wasn't smug in the knowledge that i, at that time, owned a full set of original BLACK CAT NUMBER 7s/12 and all the inserts. I wasn't even gonna show off to my fellow passengers that i have one of those mispress Sally Cinnamon 12" singles ....

Ten days later i got another domestic flight Birmingham to Dundee. My dad fell off the log that day. He would have wanted me to express it in those terms.


Latest Discussion

“ps - i just watched the clip on Youtube and its not as i describe. But that is how i remember it.”
08 Mar 2011
“Top story, I was the same age aswell. I first heard about the stone roses from a class mate saying that the latest fashion in music is this band called the stone roses.He wouldn't shut up about them. He must of watched that program! He started growing his hair like Ian Brown after that.Then we all did!”
08 Mar 2011
“i added couple of 'chapters' to this story on 7/5/2020”
07 May 2020
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