Mani of The Stone Roses gives Stereo Embers his favorite New Order and Joy Division moments



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From the ominous prowl of “I Wanna Be Adored” to the infectious pop swing of “She Bangs The Drums,” Mani has always been the secret weapon of The Stone Roses.

Well, maybe not so secret of a weapon–after all, his bass lines lit up the band’s seminal debut album with a fiery and dark buoyancy, punctuating each number with an undeniable groove. After the follow up Second Coming, the group disbanded and Mani was wisely poached by Primal Scream, who benefitted greatly by the bassist’s presence.

The Stone Roses’ reunion–now rounding out its second year–has been nothing short of triumphant. With their original lineup intact, the legendary Manchester band has been touring the world to rave reviews and a new album is said to be in the works.

Mani was kind enough to give Stereo Embers his favorite New Order and Joy Division moments.

Five Favorite New Order Albums

1. Movement, 1981

2. Power, Corruption & Lies, 1983

3. Technique, 1989

4. Substance 1987, 1987

5. Low-Life, 1985

Five Favorite Joy Division and New Order Singles

1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Joy Division, 1980 (Rereleased on Substance, 1988)

2. “She’s Lost Control,” Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures, 1979

3. “Ceremony,” New Order, 1981 (Rereleased on Substance 1987)

4. “Everything’s Gone Green,” New Order, 1981 (Rereleased on Substance 1987)

5. “Temptation,” New Order, 1982 (Rereleased on Substance 1987)

Five Favorite Peter Hook Bass Lines

1. “Age of Consent,” New Order, Power, Corruption & Lies, 1983

2. “In a Lonely Place,” New Order, Single, 1981 (Rereleased on Substance 1987)

3. “Ceremony,” New Order, Single, 1981 (Rereleased on Substance 1987)

4. “Walked in Line,” Joy Division, Still, 1981

5. “Shadowplay,” Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures, 1979

Five Favorite Ian Curtis Lyrics

1. “Walked in Line,” Joy Division, Still, 1981

Especially “They walked in uniforms so fine, / They drank and killed to pass the time.”

2. “I Remember Nothing,” Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures, 1979

Especially “Violent, more violent, his hand cracks the chair, / “Moves on reaction, then slumps in despair.”

3. “In a Lonely Place,” New Order, Single, 1981 (Rereleased on Substance 1987)

All of it.

4. “Decades,” Joy Division, Closer, 1980

All of it.

5. “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Joy Division, Single, 1980 (Rereleased on Substance, 1988)

Especially “You cry out in your sleep, / All my failings exposed. / There’s a taste in my mouth / As desperation takes hold.”