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Manchester, United Kingdom (1984 – 1996, 2011 – present)

The Stone Roses are an influential alternative rock band which formed in Manchester, England in 1984. For most of their career, the band consisted of Ian Brown (vocals), John Squire (guitar), Gary “Mani” Mounfield (bass) and Alan “Reni” Wren (drums).

Meshing ’60s-styled guitar pop with an understated ’80s dance beat, the band defined the British guitar pop scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s. After their eponymous 1989 debut album became a British sensation, countless other groups in the same vein became popular, including The Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets, and Happy Mondays. However, the band was never able to capitalize on the promise of their first album, waiting five years before they released their second record and slowly disintegrating in the year and half after its release.

The Stone Roses emerged from the remains of The Garage Flowers, a Manchester-based band formed by schoolmates John Squire (guitar) and Ian Brown (vocals). In 1984, the Stone Roses officially formed, as Squire and Brown added drummer Reni (born Alan John Wren), guitarist Andy Couzens, and bassist Pete Garner. The group began playing warehouses around Manchester, cultivating a dedicated following rather quickly. Around this time, the group was a cross between classic British ’60s guitar pop and heavy metal, with touches of goth rock.

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