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The Stone Roses - Fools Gold

Released in 1989. Lyrics inspired by the Humphrey Bogart classic The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre.

“Again, this came out at a time when I was just on the cusp of discovering alternative music. And I remember feeling a bit left out, because I was the right age to get into The Stone Roses, but never quite dived in. When I was in sixth form, the kids in the year below were dressing up like them, wearing the flared jeans. And I was left thinking, ‘I’m not part of the cool club.’ Fools Gold was one of the first indie tracks to break through into the mainstream; it was no longer just the preserve of The NME and John Peel. I remember seeing them perform it on Top Of The Pops — it was a memorably nonchalant performance. They were trying to be too cool for school by not really miming properly. I love this track.”

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