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The Stone Roses — Made of Stone
Album: The Stone Roses
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7.4

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Total ratings: 989









Released: 1990
Length: 4:09
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Your knuckles whiten on the wheel
The last thing that your hands will feel
Your final flight can't be delayed

No earth, just sky it's so surreal
Your pink fat lips let go a scream
You fry and melt I love the scene

Sometimes I fantasise
When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Don't these times fill your eyes

When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Are you all alone
Is anybody home?

I'm standing warm against the cold
Now that the flames have taken hold
At least you left your life in style

And for far as I can see
Ten twisted grills grin back at me
Bad money dies I love the scene

Sometimes I fantasise
When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Don't these times fill your eyes

When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Are you all alone
Is anybody home?

Sometimes I fantasise
When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Don't these times fill your eyes

When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Are you all alone
Are you made of stone?
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I wore this CD out in college!
Terrific cut. Great production, guitar, drums and hook.  Have I under rated it at a mere 8? 
The whole album is fantastic.  It was actually released in 1989.
There's a great clip from The Old Grey Whistle Test (I think, introduced by Annie Nightingale) featuring TSR singing this and the sound system breaks down much to Mr Brown's annoyance (sorry, I haven't got the link)
OK, gotta bump that. 7 > 8.  
I recall the thrill of discovering this band in the early 90s, and how fun it was driving all the 4-WD back-roads of the rugged, picturesque Noto Peninsula, in the wilds of Ishikawa-ken, from '93 to 2000, with this and other contemporary jammers in the tape deck... I must say, I also enjoyed guitarist John Squire's splinter group, The Seahorses, too; they picked up and rocked solid where these sounds left off...
Would be better if done with a banjo. 
Godlike Mr Squire effort, to these ears.
SOoooo lightweight it's not really there. This following Snow Patrol?" Signing off to listen to records now,
 cShaggy wrote:
..was an album marking the change from 80s to the 90s, to me..brilliance!..
 
...... yer not wrong - landmark album
..was an album marking the change from 80s to the 90s, to me..brilliance!..
T-9 days to Stone Roses in Finsbury Park.  Pumped.  
A tasty serving from a delicious post-psychadelic album.
 fatcatjb wrote:
not sure what a saturated flanger is, but I want one
 
Complicated explanation here, but with excellent sound bite example.  Simple explanation here.  'Saturation' refers to how deeply the effect is dialed-in, if that makes any sense.

If you're a guitar player (or a bass player) you sure do want one.  They're about the coolest toys I've ever messed with.
Gotta love da flange!
 fatcatjb wrote:
not sure what a saturated flanger is, but I want one
 
On_The_Beach wrote:

A saturated flanger? Better ease off on the Viagra.   ; )
 
 
well put!! LOL
 
 Zigi wrote:
Bonus points for the saturated flanger in the climax.
 
That's what she said.
 lmic wrote:
Sort of like if Belle & Sebastian had jammed with The Byrds....?
 
totally!!

not sure what a saturated flanger is, but I want one
 
On_The_Beach wrote:

A saturated flanger? Better ease off on the Viagra.   ; )
 


 Zigi wrote:
Bonus points for the saturated flanger in the climax.
 
A saturated flanger? Better ease off on the Viagra.   ; )

Bonus points for the saturated flanger in the climax.
 westslope wrote:
Automobile accident?  
 
What.
Are you a lawyer?

Automobile accident?  
Sort of like if Belle & Sebastian had jammed with The Byrds....?
I have this and I don't listen to it enough. I'll have to change that!
 peter_james_bond wrote:
I like this song but, like the rest of the album, it has a dark, sinister tone - check out the lyrics:
 
Thanks for posting the lyrics! They made a good song even better!

 peter_james_bond wrote:
I like this song but, like the rest of the album, it has a dark, sinister tone - check out the lyrics:
 
Such a cheery little tune to describe a psychopathic fighter pilot's thoughts about his job. Disturbing. {#Eek}
One of my favorite S.R. songs.
I like this song but, like the rest of the album, it has a dark, sinister tone - check out the lyrics:

Your knuckles whiten on the wheel
The last thing that your hands will feel
Your final flight cant be delayed

No earth, just sky its so surreal
Your pink fat lips let go a scream
You fry and melt I love the scene

Sometimes I fantasize
When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Dont these times fill your eyes

When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Are you all alone
Is anybody home?

Im standing warm against the cold
Now that the flames have taken hold
At least you left your life in style

And for far as I can see
Ten twisted grills grin back at me
Bad money dies I love the scene

Sometimes I fantasize
When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Dont these times fill your eyes

When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Are you all alone
Is anybody home?

Sometimes I fantasise
When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Dont these times fill your eyes

When the streets are cold and lonely
And the cars they burn below me
Are you all alone
Are you made of stone?

A song that reflects these dark economic times?
Wow - when was this recorded? It has that 80s alternative vibe, almost like the Chameleons or the Smiths. Nice...

i don't get this vibe

DoctorHooey wrote:
Saying that a band sounds like another band is not an insult. Music is a continuum of influences and expressions - everyone sounds like each other and distinct from one another. I think for a lot of people it helps them appreciate something MORE, not LESS, to refer to influences. It's also a very basic tenet of critical thinking - hearing similarities helps emphasize differences, and can help one articulate what one likes in a song or artist.
I agree with Dr. Hooey's comment and with his extremely articulate presentation of his reasoning! So good to meet a rational intellectual now and then . . . :yes:
DoctorHooey wrote:
Saying that a band sounds like another band is not an insult. Music is a continuum of influences and expressions - everyone sounds like each other and distinct from one another. I think for a lot of people it helps them appreciate something MORE, not LESS, to refer to influences. It's also a very basic tenet of critical thinking - hearing similarities helps emphasize differences, and can help one articulate what one likes in a song or artist.
Yeah, plus it's just kinda fun. If you like football, you might say "How 'bout that Eli Manning in the Super Bowl?" ... it doesn't really need to be said, but then again, what does? (OK, there's a few things that truly NEED saying ... if you are in a burning building, say "Fire" ... if you ever get captured, you need to say name, rank, and serial number ... I'm sure there's a few more I'm leaving out, but most discourse is basically for entertainment purposes only).
Pips914 wrote:
Your comment sounds like so many other comments on every single song in this gosh darn Radio Paradise thing. I think this sounds very Stone Roses-ish. The singer sounds exactly like Ian Brown, and the guitar sounds just like something John Squire would do. In fact, I don't think this sounds like anything other than the Stone Roses. And even if I did, I can't imagine anyone would find it the least bit interesting to hear my opinion on who else it may sound like!
Saying that a band sounds like another band is not an insult. Music is a continuum of influences and expressions - everyone sounds like each other and distinct from one another. I think for a lot of people it helps them appreciate something MORE, not LESS, to refer to influences. It's also a very basic tenet of critical thinking - hearing similarities helps emphasize differences, and can help one articulate what one likes in a song or artist.
That's some damn ugly cover art, isn't it?
Pips914 wrote:
Your comment sounds like so many other comments on every single song in this gosh darn Radio Paradise thing. I think this sounds very Stone Roses-ish. The singer sounds exactly like Ian Brown, and the guitar sounds just like something John Squire would do. In fact, I don't think this sounds like anything other than the Stone Roses. And even if I did, I can't imagine anyone would find it the least bit interesting to hear my opinion on who else it may sound like!
....but sometimes a band is influenced by other bands, and on purpose try to sound like them. What's the harm in saying you hear those influences?
the debut!-and they even never came close to this one again.
Sounds like the Beach Boys to me. Girls dancing on the beach is all it needs :)
Pips914 wrote:
Your comment sounds like so many other comments on every single song in this gosh darn Radio Paradise thing. I think this sounds very Stone Roses-ish. The singer sounds exactly like Ian Brown, and the guitar sounds just like something John Squire would do. In fact, I don't think this sounds like anything other than the Stone Roses. And even if I did, I can't imagine anyone would find it the least bit interesting to hear my opinion on who else it may sound like!
I concur. Sounds very Stone Roses-ish to me.
Pips914 wrote:
I think this sounds very Stone Roses-ish.
I agree with this sentiment. Hearing that artist A sounds like artist B always begets an insecurity in me -- as if there were some deep or obscure technical characteristic of musicianship I'm missing. Much of the time, there's nothing in me beyond "I like it."
winter wrote:
Sounds very Kinks-y.
Your comment sounds like so many other comments on every single song in this gosh darn Radio Paradise thing. I think this sounds very Stone Roses-ish. The singer sounds exactly like Ian Brown, and the guitar sounds just like something John Squire would do. In fact, I don't think this sounds like anything other than the Stone Roses. And even if I did, I can't imagine anyone would find it the least bit interesting to hear my opinion on who else it may sound like!
Yeah it does sound very Kink-sy doesn't it. Good call. UNCUT ran a great feature on this band last issue. Very interesting and worth seeking out. UNCUT is the best music mag out there by the way. If you haven't read it I would recommend it highly. It won International Publication of the Year and virtually kicks the living sh*t out of all the competition.
I like them but this one is not doing much for me - it does sound like early Kinks though.
Sounds very Kinks-y.
LordBaltimore wrote:
I wish they'd be a little less hostile and violent...it's really not necessary.
"Are you made of stone?" This is too violent for you? Man, don't listen to any Nick Cave! (For example, https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nickcavethebadseeds/staggerlee.html)
LordBaltimore wrote:
Great music, unsettling lyrics. Not unlike most other Stone Roses songs. I wish they'd be a little less hostile and violent...it's really not necessary.
Humph. What hapens when someone tryies to protest or arosue awareness of an important issue in a non-threatening, peaceful way? nothing. Hostility is the only way to get yourself heard. of course you still have to speak with intelligence and respect. But this song isa little hostile/violent, and you noticed, didn't you?
Unconvincing.
Great music, unsettling lyrics. Not unlike most other Stone Roses songs. I wish they'd be a little less hostile and violent...it's really not necessary.
drover wrote:
Hmm, last I heard they still hated each other. I bet you're wrong but I hope you're right. That's a reunion tour concert I'd pay gobs of money to see.
Me too ...
Aahh, it's so satisfying to raise a 6.9 song to a 7 by rating it a 9. I think this one is severely underated and will keep on rising from now on.
warderblu wrote:
The Ned's broke up a while back ... See more info here: https://www.nedsatomicdustbin.com/home.asp
Thanks for the info, warderblu! I still think this sounds like "Paint it Black"...maybe that's the Stone in the title... ;-)
warderblu wrote:
BTW - Latest rumors are that The Stone Roses will be getting back together sometime late 2005 or 2006.
Hmm, last I heard they still hated each other. I bet you're wrong but I hope you're right. That's a reunion tour concert I'd pay gobs of money to see.
BTW - Latest rumors are that The Stone Roses will be getting back together sometime late 2005 or 2006.
Roverfish wrote:
Paint it Black. Solid tune from another great band from that time. Makes me wonder about Ned's Atomic Dustbin...where are they now?
The Ned's broke up a while back. John the singer formed a new band called Groundswell UK for awhile but decided he didn't want to have to start all over with a new band. Then he tried to get the Ned's back together - some members agreed to and some didn't. With some original and some new musicians the Ned's toured in 2001. They were scheduled to play in the US in New York Fall 2001 - but the show got cancelled due to the Sept 11 attacks. Since then they played some more dates in the UK and released a live CD. Looks like they may continue touring and possibly release a new album? See more info here: https://www.nedsatomicdustbin.com/home.asp
Paint it Black. Solid tune from another great band from that time. Makes me wonder about Ned's Atomic Dustbin...where are they now?
8)
warderblu wrote:
Agreed - The Stone Roses are amazing. Glad to see them getting some notice here. I know the second album was a change from the great Brit Pop first album to sub standard zeppelin-esque Rock - but some tracks are brilliant like "Ten Story Love Song." There would be no Oasis without The Stone Roses
i'll upload "ten story...." the next go around.
Frawg wrote:
A new tune (here anyhow) from one of my favorite albums of all time! Too bad they couldn't continue on with what they did in this album - one of my top 10 of all time. s
Agreed - The Stone Roses are amazing. Glad to see them getting some notice here. I know the second album was a change from the great Brit Pop first album to sub standard zeppelin-esque Rock - but some tracks are brilliant like "Ten Story Love Song." There would be no Oasis without The Stone Roses
A new tune (here anyhow) from one of my favorite albums of all time! Too bad they couldn't continue on with what they did in this album - one of my top 10 of all time. s