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.

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Love Spreads Biggest Hit for the Stone Roses

CHART REWIND. On the back of the Stone Roses reunion, WelcheMusic takes a look back on the group’s career. ‘Love Spreads’ is the biggest hit of The Stone Roses’s career. Released in December 1994, the track peaked at No.2 on the UK singles tally as well as on the US alternative charts. It is also the only entry on the Swedish singles tally to date is the single ‘Love Spreads’ from December 1994. It only spent three weeks on the chart and peaked at No.13.

The Stone Roses’s eponymous debut album spent six weeks on the Swedish album chart, peaking at No.30. Second Coming peaked at No.26 and spent nine weeks. Their debut peaked at No.5 in the UK and No.3 in Ireland. While the group had a giant success in Ireland with the debut, the follow-up set only peaked at No.53 in the country.

In 1995, The Complete Stone Roses set peaked at No.4 in the UK and a 20th anniversary compilation from 2009 peaked at No.9.

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Stone Roses Tickets Sold Out in 68 Minutes

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The Stone Roses reunion is nothing but a success. It only took 68 minutes to sell out 220,000 tickets to the group’s three concerts in Manchester Heaton Park in June and July next year, as reported on the band’s homepage. Initially, only two concerts were planned on June 29th and 30th. These tickets sold out in just 14 minutes and consequently a third concert was added on the same venue, according to BBC News. Earlier this week, Stone Roses, announced that they will reunite and embark on a world tour. In addition to the three planned concerts in Manchester, the rest of the world tour isn’t presented yet.

Stone Roses got its breakthrough at the end of the ‘80s with its eponymous debut album and the two singles ‘Fool’s Gold’ and ‘One Love.’ The band broke up in 1996, two years after the release of the sophomore set Second Coming.

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