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The Stone Roses: Bonfire of the Inanities

Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, 9 December 1989

When The Maker put Ian Brown and his reluctant heroes on the cover six months ago, they were regarded as just another bunch of hopefuls. Now with their single 'Fools Gold' storming into the top ten, a sell-out show at the Ally Pally and a rejected offer to support the Rolling Stones, Manchester's favourite sons are being touted as the saviours of Eighties' pop. Are they really that good? Jonh Wilde locks horns with the band and questions their claims to greatness.

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