The star also admits he considered selling bootlegs of the Stone Roses when the band split in 1996 - because he didn't think he was trong enough to have a solo career...
BROWN spoke about the tail end of the STONE
ROSES career and responded to accusations about his alleged flat singing
voice during a documentary about the singer presented by music impresario
ANTHONY WILSON last night (September 13).
The star spoke frankly about the disintegration of the
Roses, which culminated in the band’s – then containing only two original
members in Brown and bass player Gary ‘Mani’
Mounfield – disastrous Reading Festival appearance in
1996, when Brown’s vocal performance was the subject of much
“I’ve done a few bad shows,” Brown admitted, “but I used to play the guitar with four
Marshall amps so sometimes I couldn’t hear myself singing, so
maybe I’d shout and that was shit. When I first came out they (the press) said I
sounded like an angel, a eunuch!”
Remembering the disastrous final chapter in
Stone Roses’, Brown said: “We met [US label boss] David
Geffen and he said ‘Your music, I don’t care, do what you want. Just give
me three great videos and you’ll be a star’. Did we ever give him three videos?
Yes, but they weren’t great. We needed someone at that time to give us a kick up
Following the Stone
Roses split, Brown said: “I thought I’d start collecting Stone
Roses bootlegs and sell them. I thought ‘I don’t wanna start another band cos
I’ll never get another band as good. I’m not strong enough to be solo, I don’t
wanna be a pop star’. My first LP was 12 years ago. I’m not one of those big
artists like Bowie.
I shouldn’t be here. But I am.”
Finally, recognising that his first two solo
albums may lack a certain strength, Brown conceded that he “took too much on”. Speaking of his new album,
‘Music Of The Spheres’, Brown said: “I needed to concentrate on my lyrics and melodies, especially
my lyrics must be much, much stronger. I needed someone to come in and take the
weight off the music. Dave [McCracken], the producer and
co-writer did that.”
‘Music Of The Spheres’ is released on