RETRO: The Stone Roses “Elephant Stone” live in Blackpool 1989

Posted January 8th, 2008 by eric

I’ve been watching the 7 Ages of Rock on VH-1 Classic, which has been decent, if a bit thin in its scope (the American Alternative section studied Nirvana and R.E.M. with only a perfunctory acknowledgment of anything else). During the British Indie section, The Stone Roses were given wild accolades, which I will cede on record. But live? Not so much. Ian Brown sounds like shit in every clip. Off-key, out of tune, whatever you want to call it. Just bad.

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  • 1 K // Jan 9, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Nothing ruins a show for me more than off-key/out of tune singing. It’s like finger nails on the blackboard. I would have pulled my hair out at that show.

  • 2 Adam O // Jan 19, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, half the punters in the crowd coulda sung that better. Can’t believe Ian subsequently managed to have enough of a solo career to merit a best-of, but that’s the music biz for you.