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The Stone Roses 'should make up'

By Damian Jones
6 Music News reporter

The Stone Roses
Mani said he knew The Stone Roses were going to be big

Ex-Stone Roses bassist Mani has said that he would love to see former band members Ian Brown and John Squire finally bury the hatchet.

The pair haven't spoken to each other since Squire quit the Manchester band in April 1996.

Mani believes it's about time they put their differences behind them.

"We've released a 20th anniversary edition of our debut which we won't celebrate because unfortunately Ian and John still aren't talking," he said.

He continued: "It's getting very boring that one now isn't it? I don't know why they don't kiss and make up".

Rumour mill

Earlier this year, rumours of a Stone Roses reunion started to circulate again with the news that the band were re-releasing their 1989 self-titled debut album.

However, Squire quickly ended any speculation when he issued a piece of his own artwork declaring: "I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses."

Telling the Stone Roses to reform is like asking someone to go back to their old partner
The Stone Roses producer John Leckie

John Leckie, who produced the record and has previously worked with The Verve and Radiohead, believes that it is too much to ask the original line up to reform.

"If you split up from your boyfriend or your girlfriend and someone says, 'You must go back to him again', you'd take it as being a bit rude," he explained.

"That's a bit like telling the Roses to reform."

The Stone Roses: 20th Anniversary Edition, which is available in three different formats that includes previously unreleased demos, special slipcases and booklets, has been re-mastered by Brown and Leckie.

"Knowing Ian, I think he'd probably have turned up the bass and the drums and made it a bit more rhythmic," Mani said.

"There's unheard-of demos as well on there which which I'd really like to hear."

'Something special'

The ex-Stone Roses bassist also admitted that he knew the band had made something special when they finally completed their landmark debut.

"We knew the power of the songs," he enthused.

"There was no-one else doing anything like that and we thought, 'If we find the right person to record them it'll be a breeze because we've got better songs than everybody else'.

"There hadn't been songs this good coming out of Manchester since The Smiths. So we were quietly confident."

Leckie added: "Even back then it did stand out as something quite special, especially the way the band put forward this, 'We're going to take over the world' vibe.

"All them knew that this was one of the greatest things ever."

The Stone Roses: 20th Anniversary Edition is out now.

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