A classic case of an overnight success stretched over half a decade, the UK band Stone Roses evolved through a motley collection of Manchester-based non-starters such as the Mill, the Patrol, and English Rose before settling down as Stone Roses at the start of 1984. Acclaimed for their early warehouse gigs, at this time the line-up comprised Ian Brown (20 February 1963, Warrington, Cheshire, England; vocals), John Squire (b. 24 November 1962, Broadheath, Greater Manchester, England; guitar), Simon Wolstencroft (drums), Andy Couzens (guitar) and Pete Garner (bass). Reni (b. Alan John Wren, 10 April 1964, Manchester, England) replaced Wolstencroft in August 1984.
In their home town, at least, the band had little trouble in working up a following, in spite of their predilection for juxtaposing leather trousers with elegant melodies. In July 1986 guitarist Andy Couzens left, later to form the High, and Pete Garner followed a year later, allowing...
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