Love Spreads - The Stone Roses.
I have been agonising over what track to pick this week. Not because of the artist — The Stone Roses were a foregone conclusion ever since I heard about their upcoming documentary. (Good Lord, I’m excited to get my grubby paws on that thing.) It’s more a problem of selecting one song at the expense of others…
I was ultimately swayed by Rob Flemming, the reluctant protagonist of Nick Horny’s classic, “High Fidelity”. You see, Rob decides that his most recent life crisis is an opportune moment to arrange his music collection. Of course… but how to do it? Alphabetically? Chronologically? No, Rob already has the perfect answer: autobiographically.
I was only seven when the Stone Roses eponymous début came out. An early teen obsession with the grunge scene is perhaps partially responsible for keeping them off my radar in the years that followed. However, I’m glad to say that I eventually came round and have since come to the same conclusion as many others, i.e. that it is one of the seminal albums to come out of England. (Of any decade.) “I Wanna Be Adored”, “Elephant Stone”, “Made of Stone”, “Fools Gold”… Virtually every track is enough to reaffirm your faith in popular music.
However, “Love Spreads” is the song that introduced me to The Stone Roses. It is taken from their (less fêted) sophomore album, “Second Coming”. Unbeknownst to me, some kindly soul in the early 2000s had uploaded it onto my iPod. I was minding my own business, distractedly listening to the device on shuffle one day… when all of a sudden this rip-roaring, bluesy beast of a slide guitar riff exploded into my headphones. The rest, as they say, is history.
Personal history, of course. But that’s what makes us fall in love with music in the first place.
Contributed by @grant_mcdermott