Friday, May 13, 2016

Stone Roses, "All For One"; Radiohead, "Daydreaming"

AKA two big comebacks that broke the internet ... with cynicism and snark!  To the music!

The first new Stone Roses track in twenty years is lovably stupid, and contrary to most of the reactions I've seen, it's very difficult to hate.  If a bunch of teenagers followed up their "Battle of the Bands" upset win with a simplistic song about positivity for their upcoming graduation ceremony, it might sound like "All For One".  It's an absurdly simple song that sounds like it was written in less than ten minutes, but perhaps that's the point.  Remember this?  Songs like these are too dumb and innocent to truly hate.

Granted, the Roses are supposed to be 50-something professionals with a century of music biz experience between them, and instead of trying to live up to their legacy, they took the quickest route to writing a new sing along for their festival appearances this summer.  Of course they could have done better.

On the other hand, after more than twenty five years, the Stone Roses finally sound almost exactly like the La's!  I never could hear the ressemblance back in the day, even between "Sally Cinnamon"-era Roses.  Tell me that "All For One"doesn't capture the banal jauntiness of The La's "IOU"!

Those first ten seconds (the guitar fade in, that first unmistakable John Squire lick) sure had people anticipating another "I Wanna Be Adored", didn't it?

On the bright side, at least the Roses had the good sense to get to the point with their new song -- after the first thirty seconds, you've heard all the song has to offer and can pretty much fill in the next three minutes in your head.  On the other hand, Radiohead's "Daydreaming" starts with a few intruiging sounds and textures that could potentially go somewhere but ends up building to absolutely nothing that's the least bit interesting.  Hey, it's a microcosm of Radiohead's entire career!

In the video, Thom Yorke walks around doing nothing.  He walks through a laundromat and walks up a snow covered hill, to name just two examples.  Somebody please hold on to me before I fall off the edge of my seat!  One of many takeaways from Prince's death is the lost art of rock stars carrying themselves like rock stars.  Prince never looked like a slob in public, and he didn't take promo shots for his albums that looked like black and white mug shots. Actually, even common criminals spend more on hair care than Radiohead. Replace comotose Thom Yorke in this video with any random down on his luck goof and what do you get?  You get exactly the same turd of a video.  

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