Fools Gold Became Stone Roses’s Breakthrough Hit

CHART REWIND. Managing to sell out their comeback concerts in less than two hours, WelcheMusic revisits Stone Roses’s breakthrough. ‘Fools Gold’ was the group’s sixth single, managing to place the group on the US alternative chart. Following ‘She Bangs the Drums.’  ‘Fools Gold’ was a non-album double A-side paired with ‘What the World Is Waiting For.’ Initially released in November 1989, the single peaked at No.8 in the UK – their first top ten hit. It also charted in Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands.


It was re-released no less than four times (in 1990, 1992, 1995 and 1999), yet it didn’t match the initial peak. In 1990, Run-D.M.C. samples the bassline and drum beat for the 1990 hit ‘What’s It All About.’ ‘Fools Gold’ has also been used in computer games such as FIFA Football 2004 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Further reading via WelcheMusic:

  • Stone Roses Tickets Sold Out in 68 Minutes
  • Love Spreads Biggest Hit for the Stone Roses

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Take That’s Gary Barlow Helps Westlife with Lighthouse

Westlife splits after 14 years
Lighthouse will be the first new track off Westlife's hit collection

CHART SPOTLIGHT. As previously reported, Westlife will split up. Headlining Westlife’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album in November as one of the new tracks, ‘Lighthouse’ is written by Gary Barlow and John Shanks. The track will become the group’s final single before disbanding.  Barlow/Shanks also wrote Take That’s hit ‘Patience’ and it’s described as a typical Westlife ballad.

It has already been sent to radio for airplay, and #westlifelighthouse became a trending topic on Twitter after it was played on LincsFM with Eddie Shaw. John Shanks has produced all new tracks on the ‘Greatest Hits’ album.

Further reading via WelcheMusic:

  • Westlife Splits After 14 Years
  • Westlife’s Biggest Hit Is Swedish

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