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Ian Brown says he’s ready to record a song with Primal Scream following GARY ‘MANI’ MOUNFIELD‘s recent declaration in the NME that he’d love to work with his old STONE ROSES partner.

Speaking to NME last week, Ian confirmed he’d like to record with the Scream, saying: “If they come up with a decent tune, yeah, sure.”

Brown also revealed that he’s started work on the follow up to 1999’s ‘Golden Greats’ album. He’s written five new songs toward an album he hopes to finish by the end of this year, for release early next year.


In addition Brown is continuing work on a book of his prison memoirs.

He said: “I want it to have literary merit, be of literary worth but I want it to be really funny as well. I’ve got loads of funny stories in there.

“I’m gonna do a chapter about Stone Roses. I’m gonna do a chapter on my feelings on the music business and I’m gonna do a chapter on the year 1999, and contrast it with what it was like in prison at the end of 1998.”

Currently in Manchester at home with his new baby, Brown is “slowly” learning Spanish, the language he is hoping to re-record his material in for release at a later date.

Brown’s next UK gig meanwhile will be at the Homelands festival May 27 with Public Enemy where he hopes to entice PE’s Flavor Flav onto stage with him. He said “If there’s two acts you wouldn’t want to follow it’d be Busta Rhymes and P.E. It’ll get us in the mood for definite.

“I’m gonna ask Flav if he’ll come and do a bit with us at the end. Hopefully I’ll meet him and ask him if he fancies joining us for a ten minute spot.”


Ian Brown may get his chance to discuss his collaboration plans with Primal Scream when they both headline the Reading/Leeds Carling Weekend festival held over the August bank holiday weekend.

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To read the rest of this exclusive Ian Brown interview, where he talks more about the Stone Roses and the glut of remixes and reissues of the band’s old material, see this week’sNME, issue dated April 22, in shops throughout the UK from tomorrow (Wednesday April 19).