This list of songs is inspired by a list published by radio station, KEXP, from Seattle in 2010. For the most part, I will faithfully countdown from their list, from Song #500 to Song #1. So, when you see the song title listed as something like: “KEXP: Song #XXX”….it means that I am working off of the official KEXP list. If I post the song title as being: “KTOM: Song #xxx”….it means I have gone rogue and am inserting a song choice from my own personal list of tunes I really like. In either case, you are going to get to hear a great song and learn the story behind it. Finally, I am not a music critic nor a musician. I am a music fan and an armchair storyteller. Enough said! Let’s get on to today’s song.
KEXP: The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History.
Song #422: I Am The Resurrection by Stone Roses.
The Stone Roses are from Manchester, England. They burst on to the UK music scene in the late 1980s, just after The Smiths, The Happy Mondays had established themselves. The Stone Roses were hailed as “The Next Big Thing” at the time. Their self-titled debut album contained their biggest hit, “I Wanna Be Adored”, along with “She Bangs The Drum” and “I Am The Resurrection”. The band consisted of Ian Brown on vocals, John Squire (lead guitar), Mani (bass guitar) and Reni (drums).
This particular song, “I Am The Resurrection” reads like a break-up song, in which the male sings of having enjoyed the relationship but now, being happy to be past it. However, most people feel that the message of the song is either about one, of two, things:
1- Ian Smith was a vocal critic of organized religion and, in particular, what he believed was the hypocrisy that lay at its core. Smith’s issues with organized religion were myriad and included topics such as The Catholic Church preaching about abstinence when pedophilia was rampant among priests or, that Christianity held up Jesus as an example of the humble lifestyle parishioners should follow, all the while building ornate cathedrals for themselves. Lines from the song such as,
“Turn, Turn, I’d wish you’d learn, there’s a time and place for everything…” are said to be a play on the song, “Turn, Turn, Turn” by The Byrds, which is famously based on a Bible verse from Ecclesiastes.
2- If I was the one making an educated guess, I am more apt to say that the song is a break-up song disguised as an homage to The Beatles. As you may know, John Lennon famously caused a media storm when he was asked about the popularity of The Beatles and he answered by saying that, in his opinion, they were more popular than Jesus and that, by extension, Christianity was in decline and that Rock n’ Roll might just end up outlasting it. The Stones Roses song, “I Am The Resurrection” picks up on that theme by denouncing Christianity and ending with Smith proclaiming that he (Rock n’ Roll) is the real resurrection and the source of everlasting life.
The song is, also, noteworthy because it plays in two parts. The first half of the song is the traditional music and lyrics combined while, the second half of the song is all instrumental. The guitar work through “I Am The Resurrection” has been hailed as one of top guitar performances in UK Music history. So, with that having been said, it is time for you to experience “The Resurrection”, Stone Roses-style! Enjoy.
The link to the music video for I Am The Resurrection by Stone Roses can be found here.
The Stone Roses have a website that can be accessed by clicking on the link here.
Thanks to KEXP for helping to inspire the writing of this post. A link to their website can be found here.