Mancunian: The Coming Of The New Stone Age?

Mancunian

The Coming Of The New Stone Age?
Written By Matthew French on Feb 5, 1987


On January 30, the International played host to the Stone Roses, a Manchester band with a large local following. Your reporter spoke to them and then watched them perform in order to determine their future. Will they be just another local cult group? Or do they have the potential for greater things?

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You’ve built up quite a cult following in Manchester, but you don’t seem to have hit the national scene in a big way.

“The reason for that, is that we had problems with our manager, who we don’t work with anymore. And you can’t really get anywhere without a manager. And we haven’t had a record out for over a year, so we’ve had no product to get us out of Manchester. But we’ll have a new single out towards the end of February, and hopefully that’ll do the job.”

Did you do that independently?

“Well it’s on Revolver Records, but that is an independent label, and it’s going through the Cartel.”

What do you think of the Indie scene?

“Very samey.”

Like the Soup Dragons, or Might Lemon Drops?

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“Yeh. It’ like if they’re not Buzzcocky, they’re like the Velvet Underground. A lot of people say it’s really good on the Indie scene, but I don’t think it is. They all seem to be doing the same thing, a lot of twee-type things. A lot of people on the Indie scene say they’re not interested in commercial success, yet they’re a bit hypocritical, ‘cos they’re still in the business. That’s rubbish, everyone in the music industry is in it to make money. The only difference between the Indie scene and the national scene is that they don’t sell as many records. It’s the same set-up with agents and backers, just on a smaller scale. It’s all about pulling in bribes and favours. It is a sick business, the only way to do it is to make enough money to get out of it.”

A lot of bands try to excuse themselves by taking a radical political stance. Are there any politics in your music, or are you just in it to make money?

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“Yeh, we just want to write good songs and make the perfect single one day. We’re not apolitical in our lives, but it’s just a cheap trick, an easy angle. It trivialises the important issues, making them into songs, and making money out of other people’s problems, it’s not right.”

Do you think you’re getting close to that perfect single?

“Yes, we’re getting close all the time, our first single, we weren’t really in control, we hadn’t really reheard though. It was like four excited kids running into a studio and trying to play louder than each other. We had a choice, either carry on rehearsing in our bedrooms, or make the first single with Martin Hannet. We jumped at it, we shouldn’t have really.”

“We’re not trying to generate a particular sound in order to capture a particular market. Just playing what we like, and hoping other people like it too.

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