Soul Asylum is an indie band formed in 1983, perhaps best known for their song "Runaway Train".
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Soul Asylum is an indie band formed in 1983, perhaps best known for their song "Runaway Train". The debut album has consistently performed well in critics' best album lists, eg:. Close (1999).
String Of Pearls (1995).
Runaway Train (1993). Brown was also joined by Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher to perform the single they wrote together, "Keep What Ya Got," and DJ James Lavelle, whose group UNKLE released "Reign" featuring both Brown and Mani later in the year, reaching number 40 in the UK singles charts. Somebody To Shove (1993). At his return gig in Manchester, not only did he perform seven Roses tracks, including "Waterfall", "I Wanna Be Adored" and "She Bangs The Drums," but was joined on stage for a bow by Mani, bringing the two former Roses members on stage together for the first time in over 8 years. All The King's Friends (1991). Brown followed this up by performing a mixture of Roses numbers and his own material on his UK tour later in the year. We 3 (1991). In August 2004, Ian Brown surprised fans in Belfast and Surrey by playing sets consisting mainly of old Stone Roses numbers from the 1989-90 set.
Spinnin (1990). Nothing has been heard of The Rub since that tour, although in early 2004 John Squire claimed that Reni had recorded an "interesting" solo album. Easy Street (1990). Reni started a new band called The Rub in 1999, and played several gigs, the Manchester University concert the most notable as the band, including former Rose Pete Garner, was introduced by Mani. Cartoon (1989). Ian Brown has released four solo albums to some success, and has regularly entertained crowds at some of Britain's biggest music festivals. Beggars And Choosers (1989). Mani joined indie-dance act Primal Scream as bassist.
Sometime To Return (1989). In 2002 Squire released his first solo album, Time Changes Everything and followed this up with 2004's Marshall's House. Black Gold: The Best of Soul Asylum (2000). John Squire formed the Seahorses, who released one album before breaking up. Candy From a Stranger (1998). The band persevered for another year before Ian Brown and Mani dissolved the group after a disastrous performance at the Reading Music Festival at which disappointed fans booed the band, and threw things at the stage. Let Your Dim Light Shine (1995). The band began to dismantle with the departure of Reni, who was followed on 1 April 1996 by John Squire.
Grave Dancer's Union (1992). Rather than throw a brick through the nearest studio window (which would have been quite acceptable), they brought along a pane of glass, a brick and a dustpan with brush. And the Horse They Rode On (1990). During one session, they required a sample of breaking glass. Hang Time (1988). During the recording of Second Coming, their character showed if their music did not. Clam Dip & the Other Delights (1987). In the five year gap since The Stone Roses, expectations were high, and the album was seen as a let-down by much of the music press.
While You Were Out (1986). The music was heavily influenced by John Squire's guitar, with a heavy rock sound reminiscent at times of Led Zeppelin. Time's Incinerator (1986). In early 1995, the Stone Roses released their long-awaited follow-up album, Second Coming. Made to Be Broken (1985). Eventually they wrangled themselves out of their contract with Silvertone and signed a large contract with Geffen Records. Say What You Will, Clarence...Karl Sold the Truck (1984). They played several legendary live shows, including the 'Ally Pally' gig at North London's Alexandra Palace on November 25, 1989, and one on Spike Island in the middle of the River Mersey, surrounded by chemical plants, May 27, 1990.
The band failed to consult a specialist lawyer and so signed a contract which was a "restraint of trade", grossly favourable to Silvertone, and therefore illegal. A flood of re-issued singles followed during the next few years, as well as an extended legal battle with their record label, Silvertone (They were Silvertone's first signing, the label was created to get the "new rock beat" by Jive/Zomba, a profoundly dance and R&B label). Their double A side single originally titled 'What the World is Waiting For' but more famous for Fools Gold on the flip side charted in the UK at no. 8 in November 1989 - at the time a true rarity for an "indie" record, and is still regarded as a classic of the genre. They released a self-titled album in 1989 after five singles, "So Young/Tell Me", "Sally Cinnamon" (both with different labels) and the Silvertone singles "Elephant Stone", "Made Of Stone" and "She Bangs The Drums" followed to moderate success.
His style has also been mirrored in the likes of The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess and, in their early days, Blur's Damon Albarn. Although Ian was a technically poor singer, he was a natural showman and held the crowd in the palm of his hand throughout. Indeed, Liam Gallagher got his desire to be a rock star after he seeing a Stone Roses performance as part of the anti-Clause 28 concert at Manchester's International Two venue (May 30, 1988) and had been blown over by Ian's stage presence. They are considered to be one of the founders of the Britpop music genre (see Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead).
Early members such as Andy Couzens and Pete Garner had a great influence on them, but aren't regarded as members of the band. The line-up featured Ian Brown (vocals), John Squire (guitar), Gary Mounfield - "Mani" (bass), and Alan Wren - "Reni" (drums). Formed during the early-1980s from the remnants of a local Manchester band called 'The Patrol' among other early names. Ian Brown hated the term "Madchester" and took offence with interviewers who referred to them as such.
Certainly, they weren't a Factory Records band. Along with the Happy Mondays, they comprised the core of the Madchester Baggy scene, centered around Manchester, England, though purists would argue that "Madchester" happened around The Stone Roses without them being an active part of it. The Stone Roses were one of the most influential bands to come out of Britain during the late 1980s and early '90s.  (http://observer.guardian.co.uk/omm/story/0,13887,1240034,00.html).
In June 2004, the British newspaper The Observer listed their debut album as the #1 best British album of all time (beating The Beatles and The Rolling Stones) after compiling the views of 100 newspaper staff and musicians.  (http://www.rocklist.net/nmes_100_best_albums.htm). In 2003, the music magazine NME voted their debut album the #1 greatest album of all time, ahead of Pixies and The Beach Boys. Begging You (November 1995).
Ten Storey Love Song (Feburary 1995). Love Spreads (November 1994). I Am The Resurrection (April 1992). Waterfall (January 1992).
I Wanna Be Adored (September 1991). One Love (July 1990). Fools Gold/What The World Is Waiting For (November 1989). She Bangs The Drums (July 1989).
Made Of Stone (Feburary 1989). Elephant Stone (October 1988). Sally Cinammon (May 1987). So Young (September 1985).
The Very Best of The Stone Roses (2002). Remixes (1996). Garage Flower (1996). The Complete Stone Roses (1995).
Turns Into Stone (1992). Second Coming (1994). The Stone Roses (1989). He replaced John Squire in April 1996.
Aziz Ibrahim, guitar. Performed keyboards with the band during the latter stages of the Second Coming tour from July 1995 onwards. Nigel Ippison, keyboards. He replaced Reni in April 1995.
Robbie Maddix, percussion. Cressa, (Steve Cressa) unoffical 5th member of band and live guitar effects technician (1989-1990). (February 1984 to August 1987). Pete Garner, bass.
Left band in July 1986. Andy Couzens, guitarist. Reni (Alan Wren), percussion, backing vocals. Mani (Gary Mounfield), bass.
John Squire, guitar and backing vocals. Ian Brown, lead vocals.