Whenever I’m asked my Top 10 favourite albums, I always include the debut record from the Stone Roses, which hit the world like a Chelyabinsk meteor. It was so fresh and fun and exuberant that it almost single-handedly kicked off (a) Madchester; (b) the British indie revolution of the 90s; and thus (c) Britpop. It remains a fantastic record.
But then it got weird. A long, ugly battle with Silvertone Records took the band off the market for almost five years before Geffen stepped in and sorted things out. However, by the time the band finally go around to releasing their second record in 1994, expectations were somewhere beyond the Oort Cloud and the cheekily-titled Second Coming was generally viewed–however unfairly–as a disappointment. The crash’n’burn that followed led to the band’s breakup two years later, an estrangement that lasted until 2012.
When that reunion took place, we were led to believe that there could be a third album. So where is it? Almost here, apparently. The Mirror (always a UK paper to jump on music rumours) says “Ian Brown and the lads have been busy getting their next album ready. It will be album number three. It’s a long time coming, but they feel the time is right now. They’ve been back in the studio. Everyone is very excited about it.” (Via The Guardian)
This is close to a prediction made by John Squire in 2013 of a new album taking “about five years” to finish.
As of today, it’s been 21 years, 3 months and 10 days since The Second Coming. What’s a few more years?