Listen: She Bangs The Drums / The Stone Roses SheBangsTheDrums.mp3
I remember seeing The Stone Roses in the smallest place, somewhere along Portobello Road. Damn if I can remember the name, but it was definitely a pub. I saw Pulp there a year or so later, playing to about 30 people. Jarvis had his best Scott Walker outfit on: brown wide courds, hip huggers, complete with a thick white belt and matching jacket. Everyone I was with turned their noses up and met me down the way instead of watching. Duh. The Stone Roses though had a mob scene going on their night – must have been around â€˜91-ish. I never thought they looked amazing. There was just something clutsy about their stage language. Ian Brown couldnâ€™t really sing of course. Still, this one did sound great live. That I vividly recall. Iâ€™m right back to the moment every time I hear it. Itâ€™s one of the defining songs of that period (another is The Charlatans â€˜Sproston Greenâ€™), although everyone sights â€˜Foolâ€™s Goldâ€™ as The Stone Rosesâ€™ seminal track. I disagree.