Here's another one for PJ.
'I Am The Resurrection'
Song factsThe Stone Roses - I am the Resurrection
Album The Stone Roses
UK Chart Position 33
Clocking in it a hefty eight minutes plus, the ambitious, sprawling “I Am The Resurrection” represents for many people the high point of the ‘Madchester’ scene.
The Stone Roses fused the Sixties rock of Hendrix, The Byrds and The Beatles with their Manchester heroes The Smiths and the emerging dance sounds of late Eighties acid house. And on “I Am The Resurrection” in particular, the resultant mix is intoxicating.
Kicking off with a pounding four to the floor Motown-esque rhythm from drummer Alan ‘Reni’ Wren and bassist Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, the song negotiates three verses before singer Ian Brown makes the grandiose claim that “I am the resurrection and I am the light,” the tension finally released. He also sounds utterly at ease in doing so.
But that’s only phase one. At about 3 minutes 40 the song appears to be drawing to a conclusion. And then guitarist John Squire takes over. For the next four-and-a-half minutes the listener learns several lessons: that the words ‘indie’ and ‘dance’ can indeed go together perfectly well, that Squire is really a very good guitarist and above all, that The Stone Roses, at their best, were near untouchable.