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The Who? The Stones? No, the Stone Roses

Coachella fans baffled by British band

By Mark C. Brown Jan 25, 2013 2:26PM
Stone Roses Yikes. The reunions that fans of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival hoped for didn’t happen. The Replacements won’t be headlining. The Smiths won’t be headlining. Daft Punk won’t be headlining despite a rumor that won't die.

Instead, you’ve got Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, and the recently reunited Manchester band Stone Roses, which has exactly one decent record under its belt, released 24 years ago. Its biggest single, "Fools Gold," never made the Billboard Hot 100.

All of this left Coachella ticket holders asking one question - "Who?" And also wondering why a long-defunct band adored by the critics but ignored by the public would get such a prominent spot on such a prestigious festival. Was Vanilla Ice too busy?

That led to a new blog site -- "Who Are the Stone Roses?" Here are some of the cleaner responses:

who?Who are they?

“The most influential British guitar band of the past 20 years,” according to this BBC documentary. “They have the world at their feet.”

Now they’ve got the world scratching its collective head. Definitely not a good year for the Roses.


Feb 6, 2013 9:31PM
  The reason some of you people don't know of the Stone Roses, is because you're not really -music fans-, ...  You're "trend chasers'..     Using the  top 100 as a measuring stick for talent, unfortunately falls short as well..   There are alot of "entertainers" constantly in the charts, and don't contribute ANYTHING to good art or music...  i.e. Spears/Timberlake/Beyonce.....  
Feb 4, 2013 9:29AM
And yes, I know it should say 'level' and not 'lvel' before anyone gets on their high horse.
Feb 4, 2013 9:26AM
"It has exactly one decent record under it's belt". What 10 year old wrote this **** article? For a start it should be "They have" and "their", not "It has" and "it's". For **** sake, this is grammar at a very basic lvel you ****ing moron. And as for 1 decent record, have you even bothered to listen to their debut album, ranked one of, if not THE best British album ever?. Or listened to their B-sides album, "Turns Into Stone"? There are b-sides on there that most bands would give their drummers left arm and bollock to have as an A-side. You clearly are a typical blinkered American twat who thinks that nothing exists outside of the good old U.S. of A. And as for the Billboard chart, look at the shite that ends up on there. Rihanna, Justing Timberlake, Backstreet boys. ****ing hell, you wouldn't know a half decent band if they broke into your house on Christmas Day and **** under your tree.
Jan 25, 2013 6:45PM
I agree, I am a fan of The Stone Roses, great music. I guess the Stupid Generation doesn't know anything about music.
Jan 25, 2013 6:28PM
Mark C. Brown, you shouldn't be writing about music if you think that a band is only worthy if they've cracked the US Billboard Top 100.  That "decent" record you mention is one of the most influential "alternative" albums of all time and consistently makes the top album list of many reputable magazines.  The reason why their resume might appear thin is because they disbanded way too early.

Anybody who mentions only "Fool's Gold" when talking about the Stone Roses is ignorant on the subject (of music).  Go to YouTube and listen to songs like "She Bangs the Drum," "I Wanna Be Adored," "Elephant Stone," "Made of Stone," and "One Love" (to name a few) and you'll understand the irrelevancy of the US Billboard Top 100 charts.  By the way Mark, "Love Spreads" on the second Stone Roses album did reach #55 on that US singles chart (#4 US rock peak and #2 US alternative peak).

Mark, if you don't think The Stone Roses is a worthy band to see, Coachella isn't and will never be the right festival for you.  You should probably just go to a live taping of American Idol which I assume is your favorite show.
Jan 25, 2013 6:19PM
I can't believe you call yourselves music fans and have never heard of The Stone Roses. I'm American, and of course I know who they are. I realize they are unknown to the majority of Americans, but Coachella fans are usually pretty music savvy. If you need an analogy, I guess they're kind of like the Pixies are to Americans--a great guitar band, unknown to the mainstream (although in Britain, I'm sure The Stone Roses are definitely known to the masses) but worshipped by fans of great guitar "alternative" music. I guess a similar response would result if a band like Aerosmith were to headline Glastonbury. The English over there would be doing the same thing, "Who the f**ck are Aerosmith?"
Jan 25, 2013 5:42PM
I saw the lineup this year, while it's pretty good, the acts chosen for headliners are not headline worthy. Stone Roses had a short glory period and were forgotten. Unlike other resurrected bands that get fame, they don't seem to have a large following (deservingly so). Phoenix is not a headliner, they had one big album with a couple of hits, and a new album coming out. That warrants a 6-8 o'clock timeslot.  RHCP for Sunday, makes sense, it's just they've been the headliners before and I don't think people are rushing out to go see them, esp. given their decreasing quality of music over the last few albums. 
Jan 25, 2013 5:25PM
If Coachella's fans are entirely made up of Daft Punk droolers, then it's not the festival I thought it was.  The Stone Roses are an excellent band, in my opinion, and it only takes one listen of their one album to believe that (by the way, I'm American).  I actually admire the fest's decision to go with a British Invasion theme by including blur, who also arguably only had a couple great albums. 

Don't start off on "Fools Gold"--"Waterfall," "I Am the Resurrection," and "I Wanna Be Adored" are so much more legendary.  If you're still not convinced, know that the Roses are considered the successors of New Order and every other Manchester group, The Smiths included.
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