And Finally Beef Of The Week

CMU Beef Of The Week #83: The Stone Roses v The Daily Mail

By | Published on Friday 21 October 2011

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses announced they are back together this week. You might have noticed. They held a big press conference at the Soho Hotel in London, where the media flocked to hear how the band were planning to justify reforming when they said they never would – John Squire going to far as to once claim (via the medium of art) that such a thing would be a desecration of the memory of the band. To be fair to the former and now current bandmates, they actually did a pretty good job of it.

Together the four of them were open, honest, and jovial. Funny even. Towards the end of the Q&A session, Ian Brown showed a barbed sense of humour in an exchange with Daily Mail reporter Ben Todd. It went something like this:

BT: Hiya. Um, quick one. When you were writing the songs…
IB: Quick one for you, what does it feel like to represent the newspaper that used to support Adolf Hitler?
[Audience laughs and applauds]
BT: Um…
IB: That supports the banker cabbalists that are ruining the world…?
BT: I’m not gonna go into that…
IB: No, but I am.
[Audience laughs]
BT: We’ll have a chat about it another time.
IB: Did you vote Tory?
BT: No.
IB: No one ever votes Tory, do they?

Todd did eventually get to ask his questions, and have them answered, but the preamble was, frankly, much more interesting. Watch it unravel here (jump to the seven minute mark if you want to get straight to the action):