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Wednesday, 7 August, 2002, 10:05 GMT 11:05 UK
Stone Roses star sings his own tune
John Squire with the Stone Roses on Top of the Pops in 1989
Squire (left) first found success with the Stone Roses
Former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire will sing lead vocals for the first time on his debut solo album, he has revealed.

The album - Squire's first new material for five years - has been described as a collection of simple songs with an acoustic sound that is reminiscent of Bob Dylan.

John Squire
Squire's solo album will be released in September
He will sing as well as play guitar on the album, called Time Changes Everything, which will also feature a full backing band.

Squire became one of the most revered guitarists in UK rock after helping the Stone Roses to success in the late 1980s before forming his own band, The Seahorses.

He said he had looked for a different singer, but none were right and ended up working alone.

"It was the first time since the Roses that I didn't have a plan," he said.

But he decided to take on the vocal duties himself because he did not want "my ideas refracted through someone else", he said.

A spokesman for Squire said Stone Roses fans would like it, and that they would be quite surprised by the sound of his voice.

Choir

His backing band includes three acquaintances who are relatively unknown musicians.

Squire has sung on record before - but only as part of a campfire choir that appeared on the song Tightrope on the Stone Roses' second album, Second Coming.

He found fame when the Stone Roses rose out of the Manchester "baggy" scene with their 1989 debut, which many people consider to be one of the best albums of the last 20 years.

Squire left in 1996 and formed his own rock group, The Seahorses, with Chris Helme on vocals, who released one album and enjoyed chart success but less critical acclaim.

The new album will be released in the UK on 16 September.

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