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The Stone Roses — Fools Gold
Album: The Stone Roses
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Released: 1990
Length: 9:51
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The gold road's sure a long road
Winds on through the hills for fifteen days
The pack on my back is aching
The straps seem to cut me like a knife

The gold road's sure a long road
Winds on through the hills for fifteen days
The pack on my back is aching
The straps seem to cut me like a knife

I'm no clown I won't back down
I don't need you to tell me what's going down
Down down down down da down down down
Down down down down da down down down

I'm standing alone
I'm watching you all
I'm seeing you sinking
I'm standing alone
You're weighing the gold
I'm watching you sinking
Fool's gold

These boots were made for walking
The Marquis de Sade don't wear no boots like these
Gold's just around the corner
Breakdown's coming up round the bend

Sometimes you have to try to get along dear
I know the truth and I know what you're thinking

Down down down down da down down down

I'm standing alone
I'm watching you all
I'm seeing you sinking
I'm standing alone
You're weighing the gold
I'm watching you sinking
Fool's gold

Fool's gold

I'm standing alone
I'm watching you all
I'm seeing you sinking
I'm standing alone
You're weighing the gold
I'm watching you sinking
Fool's gold
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No matter how many hundreds of times I hear this song, it stops me in my tracks every time and lightens the mood. 
Love it!! Great tune for the gym!!
It only seems as if it lasts a week.
We B gett'n Hi...Drink'n Rye...Being Fly....Wett'n our Dry...Gett'n Bye...with some guy...that's no lie...My o' My...I want some Pie...Tie one ON....Why?   CUZ!
Cranking it way up. (Sorry, neighbors)
Just bought this album on vinyl on a whim, then realised I got an older version without this track. 
Bill is apparently on steroids for the past hours.  Outstanding program, even exceeding previous outputs.  {#Cool} 
Stays crunchy even in milk.
Need more Stone Roses.
Rolling Stones, followed by the Stone Roses. Both in the key of A, both similar tempos. Easy to miss where one begins and another ends. This is why I keep coming back to RP. Thanks Bill.
Long Live                                                                                                                                     Radio Paradise 
Rating to me:                                                                                                                  8 - Most Excellent
SON, I LIKE THE CUT OF YOUR JIB; SAIL ON!

 
Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song, and this entire album...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...


 
addendum - I am from the clan of knock-kneed  pirate ditchdiggers, but we too shake the booty.
I like this song, but it's about 5 minutes too long
{#Devil_pimp}zesty groove !
A good song to put on if you're a DJ and wish to use the amenities.
Madchesters finest!!
this is a good example of a band's name living up to its music or the other way. most excellent for me too. 
{#Dancingbanana_2} all day with this excellent song. 
Dancing....
Love Stone Roses! 
2  Would not take to a desert island.
A Gooood Record
just so, so, great.. bouncing in my seat!

Is this the extended 12'??

(Oasis .. you can only dream about making original tunes like these) 
 
 jagdriver wrote:
Anybody else hear a little (Isley Bros.) For the Love of Money?

And, yes, this track does run too long. Bill, how about a truncated version, e.g., the AM versions of Inagaddadavida and Light My Fire?
 
"For The Love of Money" was by The O'Jays.
Honky Funk . Their own unique genre. Never would have thought singing with so little soul or emotion would work with such a groove. It does.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
 WayUpNorth wrote:
I hear the funk, but it has no SOUL ... {#Snooty}
Spot on. Growing up in the Deep South, I was weaned on the actual article. Never heard of this band before I encountered RP, but they seem to be a plastic injection mold of something real and vital. Leatherette, no matter how well made, just won't do it for me.

 
Fair enough, but SR could lay a track that had me moving for a long while...and they cut in some sounds that wake it up every now and again.  It's not classic funk, but the Stone Roses have their own groove place in the Universe!
Reminds me a lot of Birth Control: Gamma Ray. 

Almost to the point where I believe they've nicked the piece. Then again, who's ever heard of Birth Control...?
One of the best grooves of my lifetime
{#Dance}
Such a magical groove....Outstanding!  {#Bananajam}{#Guitarist}{#Drummer}
Nothing evokes a lazy laid back mood like this. Such cool groove.
ah the memories. Bray Head. Cold winters. Rain coming off the sea. Dancing to this...
{#Umbrella} 
 maboleth wrote:
Does this have an end? Man...

 
Wish it didn't! Thanks for playing the long one for Christmas. 
Does this have an end? Man...
 flodinos wrote:
On a day like this, the colours of the French flag catches my eye

 
It's more like a Dutch flag ;) About the colours you are right.
On a day like this, the colours of the French flag catches my eye
Masterful! Their Opus tune. 9
Late convert to the Stone Roses, mainly through the good office of this station! Keep it going and play plenty more.  Great bass slapping and riff
Snore.
 WayUpNorth wrote:
I hear the funk, but it has no SOUL ... {#Snooty}

  

PERFECTLY SAID!
I agree a 100%!!
You boys not listening: go low, go way low, there's soul down below...
Some epic bass slapping going on here. My subwoofer is happy.  Great vibe.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Something tells me your not a member of the Church of Scotland Lazarus.  
 
{#Roflol}
Stone Roses are epic!!!
 
I love U guys! I haven't heard this song for ages. Reminds me of my favorite discotheque, dancing barefoot... OMG
I love other Stone Roses cuts. This one is monotonous. Spinning its wheels. Rock lounge lizard lite.  
 WayUpNorth wrote:
I hear the funk, but it has no SOUL ... {#Snooty}
Spot on. Growing up in the Deep South, I was weaned on the actual article. Never heard of this band before I encountered RP, but they seem to be a plastic injection mold of something real and vital. Leatherette, no matter how well made, just won't do it for me.
okay I like the Stone Roses, but as it caught my ear while working it sounded like a 70's porn track.

Not that I would really know anything about that. 
{#Heartkiss}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Heartkiss}   .......... it is  G O D L I K E
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song, and this entire album...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
 
Something tells me your not a member of the Curch of Scotland Lazarus.
This track like most of the bands stuff relies of finding a cool grove and milking it. I mean this as a compliment as I love this track and this album
 kentbigdog wrote:


 
Wow Cool kentbigdog!  I'll look up Klingon for Righteous!

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song, and this entire album...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...


this one sounds so unbelievably good and colorful, i cant just get enough of song  

Ahhhh, clubbing on Honolulu in the late 80's. . . officially released in '89, this was a staple at The Wave and a couple of other trendy hot spots.  The servers knew us so well that they would bring us ice cold Stoli shots while we shook it on the floor.  

. . . good times, good times. . .
 
 WayUpNorth wrote:
I hear the funk, but it has no SOUL ... {#Snooty}

 

PERFECTLY SAID!
I agree a 100%!!
Roses (Not Roses)

it always makes me dance—-i feel like I probably look like Bob Fossil, the zoomanager from "the Mighty Boosh" chubby but kinda cool-looking. I wish I could see him dance to this.

 piefection wrote:
You should rename the station: Ian Stone's Paradise. Never has he had so much airplay.
 

I don't think a name change is necessary, however if you where going place a name change on RP based on  frequent artist air play I believe "Talking Heads" paradise should be near the top of the list.
 jagdriver wrote:
Anybody else hear a little (Isley Bros.) For the Love of Money? 
I hear the funk, but it has no SOUL ... {#Snooty}
 SantaFeGrace wrote: 
Looks like the same playlist! Ah well don't really care still brilliant!
 cherjr wrote:

Unfortunately, this is the only song of that particular style I ever listened... For example, rest of the same Stone Roses album is not even close... Any suggestions?
 

 

Check out some Primal Scream, Happy Mondays and you'll be happy.

And try to find the Sampler 'Rave On' (published in 1990).


 Bridieboo wrote:

This is one of the grooviest songs I know.  Love the Manchester sound! {#Good-vibes}

 
Unfortunately, this is the only song of that particular style I ever listened... For example, rest of the same Stone Roses album is not even close... Any suggestions?
 SantaFeGrace wrote: 
That's Bill's specialty. {#Notworthy}
The wimpy vocals really suck.  Take the same tune and add a good funk singer  - we'd have something.


great version, I didn't know it
Is there an end to this song or do I have to throw my computer out the window! {#Yell}
Great for walking around town to.
 heliosweb wrote:
Oooooh! Dere poor wittle attention spans just can't take it! Give 'em a 2 or 3 minute track so they can stop cryin'! I ain't about the lyrics, it's about the beat. I'm gonna buy this one, load it up on the iPod, jump on the bike and go cycling like a madman! peace out, steve
 
The "beat" is the problem. I'm OK with everything else here, but that lifeless drum loop really makes this drag.

Mancs can get pretty funky.
Love that Wah-wah!{#Guitarist}
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Actually, the short version of this song is much better. Ya see, I am currently not in a club or a rave so the effect is not the same....
 
Long version works real well as background music while I'm working and in great need of amusement.


Actually, the short version of this song is much better. Ya see, I am currently not in a club or a rave so the effect is not the same....
 AaronOfMackenzie wrote:
It's also good while on a moonlit cross-country ski.
 
Now that sounds 'kin cool. I must go to Canada one day. Either that or Finland for the moonlight skiing, though it's pee-freezingly cold over there in winter.

 Bridieboo wrote:

This is one of the grooviest songs I know.  Love the Manchester sound! {#Good-vibes}

 
{#High-five} Got my dancing shoes on! {#Dancingbanana}
It's never going to end, is it? {#Frustrated}
turned up......
Anybody else hear a little (Isley Bros.) For the Love of Money?

And, yes, this track does run too long. Bill, how about a truncated version, e.g., the AM versions of Inagaddadavida and Light My Fire?

Because even Internet Radio DJs need to take a dump sometime...
Long and boring.....


DancingbananaDancingbanana_2BananajamDrummerGuitarist
This is what I love about RP guess I got stoned and missed it but never heard this track and really like it, lol course I have been livin' in the country for loooong time


 huebdoo wrote:
How funky these stoners from Manchester are ... what ever happend to these guys?

 

Broke up, in the mid-90's.

Here's what Wikipedia says they've done since -

<edit> Post-Roses

Ian Brown (lead singer) and John Squire (guitarist) have both had successful solo careers since the Roses' break up. Squire formed The Seahorses, who released one album before breaking up, and released two solo albums. In 2007, Squire told a reporter from the Manchester Evening News that he was giving up music for good to focus on his career as a painter.<3> Brown has released 5 solo albums, all but one of which have charted within the UK top 10. A large amount of these albums featured Aziz Ibrahim on guitar.

Neither Mani (bassist) nor Reni (drummer) have pursued solo careers. Mani joined Indie/Dance act Primal Scream as their bassist in 1996, and has remained in the band consistently since. Reni has remained inactive for the most part since the Roses' breakup. He started a new band called The Rub in 1999, and played several gigs. Nothing has been heard of The Rub since that tour. In a rare interview in 2005, Reni said that he was writing new songs that he would perform with Mani.<4>

Despite mulitiple rumours that the Roses would reform, Squire and Brown have both repeatedly denied any possibility of a reunion. Past tensions haven't subsided, and the pair have not spoken since Squire resigned.<5> Squire was interviewed in May 2007 by Dave Haslam on XFM Manchester radio and further lowered the likeliness of a reunion, claiming that even if Ian Brown phoned him and asked if he would be up for gig, he would turn the offer down.<6> The only partial reunion since the breakup took place on 30 March 2007 at former Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke's charity concert in aid of Manchester Versus Cancer. Ian Brown performed a solo set and was joined by Mani and unofficial fifth member Cressa, along with Andy Rourke, Maka Simato and Steve White to perform "I Am the Resurrection". Reni was supposedly lined up to play drums, but for unknown reasons, did not turn up. The following year's show was reported by The Sun to have Mani, Andy Rourke and Peter Hook's group Freebass on the lineup, to be joined by Brown and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher. Brown denied the claim on his website and myspace later that day.


Rock rave {#Sunny}
Please Uncle Jesus- make them stop.
Gads- drugs make people think that playing longer is always better.
 Wittgenstein wrote:
Superlative track that defined an era.
 

So true! I give it a clean 10. Never got tired of it.
 heliosweb wrote:


Oooooh! Dere poor wittle attention spans just can't take it! Give 'em a 2 or 3 minute track so they can stop cryin'!



I ain't about the lyrics, it's about the beat. I'm gonna buy this one, load it up on the iPod, jump on the bike and go cycling like a madman!

peace out,

steve
 

Oh Yeah!

It's also good while on a moonlit cross-country ski.
Superlative track that defined an era.
How funky these stoners from Manchester are ... what ever happend to these guys?

This is one of the grooviest songs I know.  Love the Manchester sound! {#Good-vibes}



got here just in time to drown out the voice of John McCain on the TV in the airport bar {#Music}
piefection wrote:
You should rename the station: Ian Stone's Paradise. Never has he had so much airplay.

Ian Stone?....who's he then?....the lead singer with the Brown Roses?


You should rename the station: Ian Stone's Paradise. Never has he had so much airplay.
legendary! should be twice a long
Not too long! I like tappin' my toes for 9+ minutes. Thanks Bill for playing the non-shortened version! :bananasplit: :dancingbanana: :bananajam: :bananajumprope:
WonderLizard wrote:
Way too long. Way too over the top. Way too self indulgent
Normally I might agree with you but after listening to Steely Dan's Aja, this sounds great. These boys at least have a pulse.
I hear this song EVERY day! This and glory box. Enough already. I used to like this song...
EssexTex wrote:
You must be :drunk:
No I must agree--if you're going to do a song this long, it has to be more musically interesting.
WonderLizard wrote:
Way too long. Way too over the top. Way too self indulgent--and all with glorious verve! I was just about to write that I'd follow it with Santana's "Jingo," but "Se A Cabo" will do.
You must be :drunk:
WonderLizard wrote:
Way too long. Way too over the top. Way too self indulgent--and all with glorious verve! I was just about to write that I'd follow it with Santana's "Jingo," but "Se A Cabo" will do.
I wonder if we're related?
WonderLizard wrote:
Way too long. Way too over the top. Way too self indulgent--and all with glorious verve! I was just about to write that I'd follow it with Santana's "Jingo," but "Se A Cabo" will do.
:iamwithstupid:
Tztz... Just one attribute for this song: Awesome!
Way too long. Way too over the top. Way too self indulgent--and all with glorious verve! I was just about to write that I'd follow it with Santana's "Jingo," but "Se A Cabo" will do.
this reeeeeally is a long song....
this is really lame, but this song reminds me of George R. R. Martin's 2nd book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. There's a big battle over a city by the river and all these knights in their expensive armor get blown out of their ships and sink to the bottom of the river. "I'm standing alone, I'm watching you all, I'm seeing you sinking/I'm standing alone, your weight in gold, I'm watching you sinking/Fool's gold!"
timc wrote:
The extended mix is excellent! Just keep on grooving...
Hmmm, a little too extended maybe... :sleep: After awhile, they do kinda make their point.
:bananasplit:
pannaramma wrote:
Wow - this was playing when I left for lunch and it's still on.
Har, I went home and slept, got up the next morning, commuted, arrived back at work, and it is STILL playing! :bounce:
pannaramma wrote:
Wow - this was playing when I left for lunch and it's still on.
:roflol: Love the bass. :guitarist:
The funkiest tune a group of white Bits ever put to tape. Good stuff.
stevo_b wrote:
Excellent flick.
What the hell is Guy Ritchie up to these days, beyond suffering through Madonna's public bitchfests?
The extended mix is excellent! Just keep on grooving...
furao wrote:
Yeah! Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels soundtrack. Love this tune. Now I gotta go watch the movie again tonight.
Excellent flick.
Funkaclectic...extendorama!!
Great to hear the long version of this again. Thanks for (yet another) blast from the past. Another reminder of why I love RP.
Yeah! Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels soundtrack. Love this tune. Now I gotta go watch the movie again tonight.
the cover art is so ugly ha
eastcoast wrote:
I think it is longer than a Grateful Dead tune...at least GD has discernable lyrics.
Oooooh! Dere poor wittle attention spans just can't take it! Give 'em a 2 or 3 minute track so they can stop cryin'! :boohoo: I ain't about the lyrics, it's about the beat. I'm gonna buy this one, load it up on the iPod, jump on the bike and go cycling like a madman! peace out, steve
Diggin' that beat... :motor:
Nice Segueway Bill!