(Original post by Picnic1)
Some people say that The Stone Roses blew it by splitting up after only 2 albums.
But they'd been together for 13 years when they split. It's just that it took them 6 years to release their first album and then 5 more to release their second.
At that rate, we'd have had their third album in about 2000 by which time loads of water would have passed under the bridge in the indie music industry, the end of the heyday of the 90s Britpop era and the rise of Radiohead and their bland copiers. It's hard to know what would have been an apt musical style for The Stone Roses to go for then other than some kind of back to basics / White Stripes type thing.
Apart from what is on their 2 albums other very decent songs appeared on The Complete Stone Roses:
So Young, Tell me, Sally Cinnamon, Here it comes , All across the sands , Full Fathom Five (Elephant Stone backwards). The Hardest Thing in the world, Going Down, Mersey Paradise, Where angels play, What the world is waiting for, Somthing burning, One Love. Both Elephant Stone Fool's Gold weren't originally on the debut but were put on some later editions.
So there's essentially another album's worth of songs there. That's not including most of the songs that are on Garage Flower, an early collection of songs that they weren't happy with.
So if they'd released all that you could say that they made 4 albums worth of stuff.
After their debut, Ian Brown wanted to go more in the direction of Fool's Gold. John Squire wanted to go more in the direction of classic rock. The guitarist mainly 'won' because he wrote a lot more of the songs.
Although drugs and lack of communication are part of the story, after the Second Coming, with some great songs like Breaking in to heaven and some dark and indulgent, yet introspective, rock as the album got in to its second half the only apt thing for such an iconic band must have seemed to disappear in to the shadows in their own mystery and let hungry newcomers like Oasis have the lager swilling spotlight of Britpop's mid to late 90s.