If Axl Rose is to be believed, Guns N' Roses have all sorts of new tracks ready to be rolled out sometime soon. Forgive us for being skeptical, but this is a band that's released a single album in the past 20 years and is still able to sell a ton of concerts tickets based almost entirely on the music they released between and , even though all the original members besides Axl are long gone. As we anxiously await new material, we asked our readers to select their favorite Guns N' Roses songs. Click through to see the results. When Guns N' Roses reemerged from a hiatus in the early s, they were smart enough to realize they couldn't just remake Appetite for Destruction and expect to grow as a band. Instead, they spent month upon month holed up at various Los Angeles studios crafting two albums full of bombastic, epic tracks inspired by Queen and Elton John. Axl was particularly enamored with the tune, which was inspired by his infatuation with Izzy Stradlin's ex-girlfriend, and it appears in different versions on both Illusion albums.
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The group was formed in Manchester in the early s by childhood friends Ian Brown and John Squire, and went through various lineups. Then Brown toured England and Europe on his customised pink scooter , while Squire made models for an animation company. John Robb reported that formative sets would end with this song, Brown strutting through the crowd eyeballing individuals as he delivered the lyric. She Bangs the Drums is another contender for the definitive Stone Roses song on an album full of them. Listening to She Bangs, only stony hearts will fail to see why a generation fell hard for the Roses. The Stone Roses were a masculine band, but even amid the meatiest guitar solos they never stooped to being macho, and whenever they expressed admiration for women it was as an equal partner. To give the first phase of their career a fair shout, the mighty I Wanna Be Adored and Waterfall have been omitted here. This one is finely honed and perfectly balanced, wringing an abundance of leftover joy from the first album like a sugar-fuelled child racing around the living room. The band performed it on Top of the Pops the same week the Happy Mondays played Hallelujah, a mainstream arrival for the Madchester sound when indie still suggested some kind of deviation from the mainstream. In , almost five years after the Stone Roses had released new music, Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley played the first single, Love Spreads, from The Second Coming on Evening Session — and a collective intake of breath came from the indie nation.
Ahead of last week's Observer interview with Shane Meadows discussing his documentary Made of Stone, which follows the Stone Roses through their long-awaited reformation and tour in , we asked readers to nominate their all-time favourite songs by the band. Having combed through all the suggestions, here are the top five essential Stone Roses tracks as nominated by Guardian readers. If you've never listened to them before, we think these five should act as a good place to start:. Undoubtedly the clear favourite. Reading on mobile? Listen to the song on YouTube. A close second, this timeless classic was "the defining sound of a generation," according to DJ We're not arguing.
The Stone Roses should have been the biggest band in the world. They had the ambition and the talent. They certainly had the songs. On their self-titled debut album they fused a Byrdsian guitar jangle to fluid bass and intuitive drumming, welded that to an irresistible Mancunian swagger and alchemised the lot into something even greater than the sum of its parts. You felt ten feet tall just listening to it. The old guitar, bass, drums, vocals formula suddenly felt thrillingly new. After that came a brilliant stand alone single more on which later , before record company trouble, drug abuse and endless recording sessions for their second album killed all their momentum. They returned in with an album that confused and underwhelmed. By that point bands like Blur and Oasis had followed in their wake and were seemingly delivering on the promise The Roses had squandered.