Songs I Wish Everyone Knew: “Standing Here” by The Stone Roses

Very few bands get to walk with “legend” status after only 2 albums, but seminal British rockers the Stone Roses managed to find their way into that circle. Quite honestly, they were there after their first (their self-titled debut is unanimously heralded as one of the greatest British albums of all time.) The group were trailblazers of the Madchester scene that took place in the late 80s into the early 90s, and despite how (comparatively) little music they’ve actually made, their catalog is held on a pedestal that few achieve. Now, I’m talking from the perspective of the music world. The group did achieve their fair share of commercial success, mostly in their native UK, and they’re far from no-namers, but for how much esteem critics and aficionados hold them in, they might as well be. Regardless, for those who have had the sincere pleasure of knowing tracks like “I Wanna Be Adored,” “Fools Gold,” and “Love Spreads,” here’s one that may have slipped through the cracks. “Standing Here” was originally released as a b-side, along with the impeccable “Mersey Paradise,” to their single “She Bangs The Drums.” As far as b-sides go, this track certainly leans more towards the “famous” side of things (they even made a video for it,) and it’s certainly earned that position. The song is a driving, guitar-heavy, almost slow-jam for the first three minutes, but it’s the 2 minute coda that really makes the song. In addition to a light, shuffling beat from Reni and a beautifully pulsing bass from Mani, John Squire’s sweet, arpeggiated guitar riff and Ian Brown’s soft and fragile vocals really create a sound that will give you chills every single time. “Standing Here” is an incredibly brilliant song from start to finish that deserves to be held in the same esteem of some of their more recognized material. Turn off all distractions and give it a listen; I almost guarantee that you’ll love it.

1 Comment

  1. Huge stone roses fan, and I consider this their most genius song. Really in the same level as IATR. Shame that it was third song on B-side. What a waste

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