Included among our staff’s list of the 100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums of All Time and countless other “best of” lists in the same vein, the Stone Roses’ inaugural, eponymous long player The Stone Roses (1989) signaled the formal emergence of a band to be reckoned with, replete with a bevy of anthemic tunes.
Despite the indisputable promise of Ian Brown, John Squire and crew’s breakthrough debut, however, the narrative arc of their career as a band quickly morphed into “the story of how a band on the verge of greatness saw their world fall apart” according to the 2004 BBC documentary Blood on the Turntable. Captured here via vintage interview footage, the young, ambitious, and arguably naive Brown’s claims of “we expect to be huge, we expect to be a big group, we know we’ll be a big group” proved prophetic. But the group’s time in the spotlight also proved ephemeral, cut way too short by shoddy business dealings and an arrogant, manipulative manager in the form of one Gareth Evans.
Featuring commentary by original rhythm guitarist Andy Couzens, bassist Mani, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, the Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder, and their reviled manager Evans, among others, Blood on the Turntable charts the Stone Roses rapid ascension following their initial marginalization within—and refutation of—their native Manchester music scene. From their breakthrough single “Sally Cinnamon” to the making of their landmark 1989 debut LP to their various legal troubles to their underwhelming second record Second Coming to their disbanding in 1996, the 56-minute documentary is an enlightening look into the ascension and rapid descent of a once-golden band that sadly missed their opportunity to achieve enduring greatness.
Mind you, the band's resurrection a few years ago in the form of two new singles ("All for One" & "Beautiful Thing") and a small handful of UK performances was welcomed by millions of longtime fans with open arms. But even this reunion proved short-lived and now the band is, for all intents and purposes, still defunct.
Watch the film below, as well as a handful of the Stone Roses’ original music videos to revive your memory of the band’s magnetic music.
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