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“Fools Gold/What the World Is Waiting For” is a non-album double A-side by The Stone Roses. It was released in the UK, U.S., Australia, Germany, Japan, and Spain. “Fools Gold” and “What the World Is Waiting For” are also available on the compilation Turns Into Stone. “Fools Gold” is also available as the final track on the US release of The Stone Roses self-titled LP, as well as the Very Best of The Stone Roses compilation.

“Fools Gold” became the band’s biggest commercial hit at the time. It was their first single to reach the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the Top 75 for 14 weeks, peaking at #8.

The dance-oriented song showcased the rhythm section of Mani on bass and Reni on percussion. John Squire also shone on guitar with its various wah-wah pedal effects. Finally, Ian Brown sang the vocals in a unique whispered delivery. He would also perform with this technique for the track “Something’s Burning”. The bassline was “inspired” by “Know How” by Young MC, which is a sample from the Shaft theme song, performed by Isaac Hayes. The lyrics reference Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and the Marquis de Sade.

The drum track, though played by Reni, was recorded as he played in time to a sample of Bobby Byrd’s rendition of “Hot Pants” at the insistence of Squire, angering the drummer at the apparent lack of belief in his talent. This was later said to have contributed to Reni leaving the band.

Despite its overwhelming success, the band did not intend to release “Fools Gold” as an A-side.

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