Say It's Your Birthday: Stone Roses John Squire

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Say It's Your Birthday: Stone Roses John Squire

Today

is the birthday of John Squire, the guitarist for the Stone Roses, born on this

day in 1962. Squire and his childhood friend, Ian Brown conceived the idea of

the Stone Roses behind the Chemistry lab while they were still in Grammar

school in Manchester. The proto-type for their eventual neo-psychedelic dance

fusion was called the English Rose. The Rose tottered under it's own weight and

collapsed in 1984, but Squire and Brown were still bent on constructing their

own vision of rock and roll--a vision dreamt up after an adolescence spent

listening to Beach Boys and Stones compilation records. The band drafted

another childhood friend, Alan "Reni" Wren on drums, Andy Cousens on guitar,

Peter Garner on bass (eventually replaced by John "Mani" Mountford) and put

their feet upon the road that would lead to them being heralded by some as the

most important English band of the '80s. The Roses came on the UK scene in one

of those epochal moments, when it desperately needed a new Messiah who could

return rock back to the glamour, power, and insanity of the past. This

self-assured, ambitious band moved into the void and filled i the vacuum left

by the fall of punk. They were as cocksure as Noel Gallagher in their hey day,

claiming to all that would listen in 1989 that they would be massive. "How

massive? The New Order aren't massive. Michael Jackson, that's massive. That's

what we're aiming for." Unfortunately they never reached those heights, and

instead hit the self-destruct button sometime after their last live show June

2, 1990 at Glasgow Green. They canceled their American tour soon afterward,

with Ian Brown flippantly commenting that "America doesn't deserve us yet."

Soon after, the Stone Roses went to court to get out of what they deemed a

bogus contract with their record company Silvertone. After four months the

Stone Roses won their case, signed with Geffen Records for millions, and took

five years to record an album. When the irreverently titled Second

Coming was finally released in December of 1994, fans found that it had

been entirely written by Squire. (The first was written by both Brown and

Squire.) Roses fans were sorely disappointed, claiming that it was a pale

imitation of their magnificent debut. After six months the Roses began to tour

in support of the record, but had to cancel dates because mountain bike

enthusiast Squire broke his collar bone riding in the hills above San

Francisco. The band is just about to embark on a long-promised UK tour, and are

said to be planning to release a live album sometime next year. It is also the

birthday of Bev Bevan (The Move/ELO), and Pete Best (The

Beatles).