Maximo Park have confirmed the release of a new single to be taken from their recent ‘The National Health‘ album.
Coldplay, Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons are among the artists to have their tracks re-worked by African musicians Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate, the Ali Farka Touré Band and Rokia Traoré for a new charity album.
The video was shot earlier this year in the scorching heat of California’s San Fernando Valley by Pablo Balderas and features a cameo from a beautiful 1970s Mustang.
How could it ever come to pass? All four of the Roses, onstage together again… in our lifetime? This wasn’t in the script.
So many of us missed out on The Stone Roses at their pinnacle the first time around; those glory years when they were what the world was waiting for – standing on the verge of going stratospheric – those days were long gone.
And yet, for that whole new generation, the Roses became an obsession. There was a mystique about them; a less-boorish quality to them than, say, Oasis; a real gang, a phenomenal look and most of all, truly unbelievable songs.
It was truly disheartening, but understandable, to hear Ian Brown spend over a decade refuting reformation rumours: “Not for Mars and Jupiter” would the Roses reform. Meanwhile, John Squire’s artwork blatantly spelt out the same sentiments – we would never again get to see The Stone Roses.
And then it happened. The reunion was on.
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