The Stone Roses’ third single ‘Elephant Stone’ was produced by New Order’s Peter Hook, brought in by the band’s label who saw him as a potential producer of their debut album. In the event, Hooky was committed to his own band’s arguably equally astounding ‘Technique’ and couldn’t spare the time.
“I like it enormously. It was worth the wait,” said Tony Wilson on ‘Second Coming”s release, but the Manchester media guru hadn’t always been so supportive. “He actively tried to stop us doing anything,” said former Roses guitarist Andy Couzens. “Every corner we turned we felt like he was there shutting the door.”