When one enjoys the status of a living music legend, and in the UK these titles are certainly not lacking, everything he has ever created becomes history. Such a person is not worshiped and adored by fans not only for her musical creativity but also for her overall persona and identity.
One would think that London is the womb that has produced all the legends of the Kingdom, but the greatest concentration of people with the title is actually in Manchester. Liverpool had the Beatles, but that's why his neighbor has Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Inspiral Carpets, Happy Mondays, The La's, Oasis and The Stone Roses.
At the center of the “rock buds” stands one who is celebrating 58 years on this planet today – a gentleman Ian Brown, the frontmen of yore The Stone Roses, multi-instrumentalist and singer of one of the most influential bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Brown was the direct inspiration of many young musicians and if it weren't for him and his striking style and Northern swagger, today we wouldn't have Liam Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft or many others who saw Brown at one of The Stone Roses' concerts and immediately decided they wanted dealing with music.
Brown is neither first-class vocalist nor lavishly dressed as Elton John. He is simply cool. When he is dressed in adidas from head to toe and walks the streets relaxed, he is even cooler then than Mick Jagger dancing on stage. Some rock stars invent their stage identity, and some are born with it. After the band broke up, Brown sailed into dangerous solo waters to the great delight of all.
On this occasion, we are celebrating the birthday of the most charismatic musician far away in Manchester from his top 10 musical achievements.
I Am The Resurrection – The Stone Roses
If you were wondering how the British spend time in concerts while waiting for a performer, we have an answer. This song has grown so much into the hearts of all of them, but of the rest of the world, that even when they release it in the breaks between the main band and the supporting cast, they sing to their full lungs as if they were at a concert by The Stone Roses. Eight minutes long and a few seconds long, this song is a pretty mouthful for a debut album. Many bands never reach this popularity and audience even after a dozen albums. 30 years later this song stands as Stonehenge versus Time.
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Fool's Gold – The Stone Roses
Who hasn't heard of The Stone Roses, heard this song in the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smokin 'Barrels. Whoever has not watched it, stop reading this article and release the movie immediately. The song is as lengthy as its predecessor, but it is prestigious by the minute. The perfection of jamming and the cult bass section combined with Brown's half whisper that tells us the pursuit of treasure throughout the song. There are not enough words, or even places, in this article to plausibly explain and analyze this poem. Just let her go.
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Love Spreads – The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses debut album was so successful and so unique that it was very difficult to make a follow up piece that would achieve the same status. In order to avoid listing each song from its predecessor, because realistically speaking we could without any exaggeration, we decided to take you through another, “unknown” album “Second Coming“. John Squire and Ian Brown sign all the songs on the album, but Brown wrote most of the lyrics. This song is especially interesting because it bounces off everything they recorded previously. There is no known Manchester sound but blues guitars and grooves are at the forefront. However, as soon as Brown's vocals join, we return to the streets of Manchester. That one frontman does not have to have a voice range of a few octaves and have a loud roar of Kurt Cobain to be a striking and good singer is evidenced by Mr. Brown.
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Can I See Me – Ian Brown, Unfinished Monkey Business
When The Stone Roses fell apart, the entire United Kingdom mourned. Ian Brown decided not to surrender and continued to create. He teamed up with his bandmate Gary Gary Mounfield Mani (bassist of The Stone Roses), Nigel Ipinson, Aziz Ibrahim and Robbi Maddix to begin their solo journey. In the early 1990s, electronic music was in full swing and Brown opted to experiment using elements of hip hop, reggae and dance, but rock sound was still the basis of everything. On the first solo album “Unfinished Monkey Business“Song”My Star“Was one of the leaders, but this time she was on our list.”Can you see me?“. The distinctive style of Mani on bass and the aura of Stone Roses hover over the whole song, so we chose it out of sheer nostalgia, but also because this is a great thing to enjoy.
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Set my baby free – Ian Brown, Golden Greats
Although this album bears the name as if it were a compilation, it is a whole album. Brown goes on to experiment here, proving that hip hop can sound great when made by a Manchester man. The song has a good flow and does not lag behind the time frames in which it was created. This thing more than confirms that Brown is one of the timeless and generational musicians. Even today when you release any British radio station, you will hear this song at least once during the day.
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F.E.A.R – Ian Brown, Music from the Spheres
Album “Music from the Spheres”Is minimalist in structure and sonically conceived and made as a journey through space – music from all spheres as the name implies. The most famous song on the album, and perhaps Brown's solo song in general, is “F.E.A.R.“The title of this song is actually an acronym, because each verse begins with one of these letters throughout the song.
For each a road
For every man a religion
Face everybody and rule
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Keep What You Got – Ian Brown feat. Noel Gallagher, Solarized
Best collaboration of two Manchester legends. Brown and Gallagher showed with this poem what Northerners can do and how two legends coexist in one poem. If there is anyone who can squeeze Noel Gallagher's ego and overpower it, it's Ian Brown. Noel refined his composing skills with the voice of one of his role models from his younger days. That his younger brother Liam is not the only one who can make his songs grandiose is demonstrated by Brown.
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Sister Rose – Ian Brown (feat. Steve Jones and Paul Cook), The World Is Yours
If he was a mentor in the previous song, Brown is here as a fan playing with his idols. Sex Pistols have been a catalyst for many musicians, and Brown is one of them. Without Johnny Rotten, this time, but the mere presence of the guitarist and drummer of the Pistols elevates this song to a higher level. Although you may not recognize who is playing the style at first listening, you may notice a different texture and sound. You recognize that something is going on that you have not noticed in other albums and songs.
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Stellify – Ian Brown, My Way
If you thought it was an affair with Frank Sinatra from the album title, you were wrong. The inspiration for the album was actually Michael Jackson's song “Thriller”, and the mixing of the album was actually completed exactly on the day Jackson passed away. Stylistically, the album continues in the direction of its predecessors with experimentation and the use of electronics and samplers, and Brown's vocals continue to navigate space. After this album, Brown took a break of ten years and the next album was released in 2019.
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Ripples – Ian Brown, Ripples
This song is a mix of Roses and a Brown solo. It was as if time had stopped and we found ourselves on the first album again. The vocals are the same as they were thirty years ago. As we have not been to the concert yet, we cannot say whether it is only production makeup. What many musicians run away from is the repetition of what they have already seen, and therefore tend to experiment. Sometimes it will be the right move, but in many cases it is a total disaster. Brown is guided by the old rule be what you are and what lies to you. The Ripples are more than good to us.
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