by Herb Wright
TransAction London Correspondent
I Am The Ressurection an 8-minute blissful generation anthem. They inherited the disarming honesty of fellow Mancunians the Smiths but drew on the sorted dance sensibilities of the Baggy Scene centred on the infamous E's-and-gangsters Hacienda Club. A megagig at Spike Island directly inspired the likes of Oasis and many other Britpopers to shape the 90s.
IB: The actual words were written by our keyboard player (Nigel Ippinson). It was just a couple of days after Squire had left the group. No coincidence. It was the way he left the group
HW: How do you feel about Squire anyway and what do you reckon to his new band the Seahorses?
IB: They're flat
HW: Was Oasis the real inheritor of the Stone Roses as the best, and are the Verve or Embrace now in that position?
IB: No disrespect to any of those bands, they're all great bands. But the difference is we had a great beat. Reni and Mani, they're the best rhythm section in the world. The best.
HW: Is there something special about Manchester that it's dominated UK music so long?
IB: It's the fact that it's not London.... there's not that pressure. If you play your 3rd or 4th gig in London, after you've got a buzz going, (and it's not right) that's it. You can grow in Manchester, away from all that music business. There's only 3 or 4 places to rehearse. (But) there is a Manchester mafia and you do need to deal with them.
HW: Like Tony Wilson (legendary Factory Records head and Manchester's music guru)?
IB: I've got no problem with Tony!
HW: How much money would need to be put on the table for you to consider a Stone Roses reunion if Squire, Reni and Mani could be up for it?
HW: So it's just down to Squire.
HW: You seem happy to have left the indie-guitar vibe behind- how would you catagorise
Unfinished Monkey Business ?
IB: You can't catagorise it. It's just music that makes you feel good.
HW: My Star was out-and-out commercial brilliant pop- any more songs like that?
IB: I've got about 5 or 6 tunes I'm working on at the moment... I'm just about to record with DJ Shadow, I'm doing the vocals on something called Be There. It should be out before Xmas. Then maybe a party LP without the drugs.
HB: And what's your position on drugs?
IB: Squire is a cokehead, Oasis are cokeheads, they say it. Not me. All I have to say about coke is it's a joker.
HW: Aziz Ibrahim was dismissed by many as just a session man, but his contribution here is big. How would you describe his role in your music?
IB: He co-wrote 3 of the tracks (a further 2 are joint efforts by that last Roses line up including Ibrahim- HW). He's one of the great guitarists. I was learning as I went along, learning lots of different instruments... Aziz translated a lot of what I was writing in my head into music.
HW: How do you feel about gays?
IB: I don't have any problem- what some people have said, that's bullshit. All I said was that the Roman and Greek civilisations were run by gay men. I've had scholars confirm this. I've got absolutely nothing against gays. But dead white male civilisations.... It's been blown up beyond all reason...
HW: How do you feel about America?
IB: I love it. The Roses played dates here. I'm seperated from me kids, I've got a girl(friend) in New York, so I spend a lot of time here. There's a lot more energy in New York than in England.
HW: If you could share a smoke in a remote hut on a tropical island with anyone- not your girlfriend- who would it be?
IB: Her sister!
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