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Before forming The Stone Roses John worked as an animator for Cosgrove Hall. He made models for 'The Wind In The Willows' and animation frames for 'Dangermouse'!

Dangermouse and sidekick 'Penfold'
The Stone Roses name was suggested by John Squire in 1983 as a tribute to the The Rolling Stones. The Stone Roses name was a combination of both the hard (Stone) and the soft (Roses).

They've rolled on a bit since this picture.
Before Reni joined the Roses his favourite single of all time was 'Jump' by Van Halen!

You expect me to Jump with these on?!
'So Young' was originally called 'Misery Dictionary'. But the name was changed as it sounded to much like a Smiths song.

Heaven knows I'm miserable now.
In 1990 the band were approached by the Wogan Show (An unhip but popular live British TV chat show) to sing their current single 'One Love'. It was an attempt by researchers for the show to try to get the younger generation to tune in. However the band insisted to be interviewed, and, sensing something crafty being planned, they were refused. It turned out that the Roses had planned to pull of Terry Wogan's wig during the show which would have been a massive publicity stunt for the band...And a great laugh!

Did Terry have 'to pay' for this head of hair?
According to Ian Brown The Seahorses song 'Love is the Law' was originally written as a Stone Roses song.

Could Ian have done the song justice?
A version of 'Ice Cold Cube', the last Stone Roses song written, can be found on Ian Brown's 'Unfinished Monkey Business' album. Incidently the song was written about a certain John Squire.

A bitter sweet symphony?

If you want to find out more about The Stone Roses then the following books come highly recommended.

Breaking Into Heaven. The Rise and Fall of the Stone Roses
Mick Middles

ISBN 0-7119-7546-9

The Stone Roses and the resurrection of British Pop
John Robb

ISBN 0-09-185410-5