30 Songs in 30 Days Challenge – Day 11 – the guilty pleasure one

My lovely and talented friend Sarah (see day 1 for link) started this challenge.

I am going to do this the way Sarah did – a song every day and with a few lines about why I like each artist and song, and why it is significant for me. I am as much about the music as the words by the way, so I have to like both if I include a song.

Please feel free to join in this challenge with your own lists!

‘Ten Storey Love Song’ by the Stone Roses

As a Northern lad of a certain age group I am expected to like the Stone Roses, and indeed I do. But I am also a contrary bugger which is why I am going to pick a song from their underrated second album rather than one from their esteemed debut. When this album came out in late 1994 it had been feverishly awaited for the 5 years it took to make. No way could it ever live up to that expectation. The negative response it got (even from the band) triggered the end for the group. It has gained a grudging respect in the years since, though still divisive as a gag in the movie ‘Shaun of the Dead’ illustrated.

I first heard it soon after release when I was loaned the CD by an MSc student I had working with me for a year. A big music fan, Emma was largely responsible for reigniting my interest in music in the mid 1990s. This song is one of the real gems from the album.


  1. Thanks so much for introducing me to The Stone Roses, Darren!! πŸ˜€ I’ve never heard them before but instantly fell in love which makes me wish I had discovered them in my teens instead of now, but better late than never. πŸ˜‰ This song really speaks to me, and if you say that their debut album is even better than I can’t wait to hear it!! πŸ˜„

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    1. Wow. So delighted you liked this Sarah😍. I always wonder how far some bands ‘travel’ and I think that the Roses were very much a North-of-England thing but made some inroads in the rest of the UK but maybe little further? My gig-going colleague and friend Simon was at Uni in Manchester when they were huge and was at their legendarily shambolic Spike Island gig. Even though it was a shambles I almost wish I had been there. That first album, just called ‘The Stone Roses’ is amazing.

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      1. It’s funny how some bands make it and some don’t. Like with MUSE, one of my favs – when I started listening to them you could get tickets for say 30 or 40 Euros, now they play in a league with U2 and you can easily pay 120 up to 200! That’s just so crazy!

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