Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fool's Gold

For a brief period, from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, The Stone Roses were the virtual rulers of the British music landscape, lording it arrogantly over the masses of faceless house acts, half-baked indie-rock miserablists and inane pop tarts from the Stock Aitken Waterman mass-manufacturing factory. And they did earn all that hubris that they carelessly threw around like so much confetti. Not only had they made possibly the most important British debut album of the decade, they also created the inimitable Madchester sound. For the uninitiated, this particular sound can best be described as an irresistible, hypnotic combination of intricate guitar traceries, an overwhelmingly funky rhythm section, and nonchalant vocals bordering on disdain. And one of the best Roses standards to exemplify this unique sonic is the stratospheric 'Fool's Gold', a druggy, acid-drenched, too-cool-for-words rocker. Check out this definitive Madchester anthem, supported by an appropriately hazy, bleary, mutated-Technicolor video.


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