In the late 80’s, something wonderful was happening in the UK. I’d always been a fan of British music growing up, but now my Anglophilia was being cemented with 3 distinct movements on the horizon. The first was what would later be termed “Baggy“. Lazy journalism is what coined such a term, but living in the states it did make a nice little package. The first of the “Baggy” bands that i’d heard and fell in love with was The Stone Roses. At the onset, i loathed this band. The first thing i’d seen or heard was the video for ‘I Wanna Be Adored‘, and my first reaction was “what a bunch of arrogant _______!” Somehow though, i got sucked in and when i bought their now classic self-titled LP, that was it, i was hooked.
There are lots of things one could write about on this album, but it seems that no one really mentions the drumming, which is phenomenal! Even more amazing when you consider that Reni was only using a 3 piece drumkit. Even the “Grunge” and “Indie” poseurs used 4! Add to that, background vocals that are more in tune than the lead vocals, and you’ve got one of the best drummers of all time! Check it out…
Reni’s beats were powerful and innovative, all the while able to make you wanna get up and move…