Why ‘F.E.A.R.’ is the best tune from Ian Brown and what spurred on The Stone Roses legend to write it?

Why ‘F.E.A.R.’ is the best tune from Ian Brown and what spurred on The Stone Roses legend to write it?

Ian Brown has been confirmed to play some solo shows during 2020.

He will be at TRNSMT Festival, Tramlines Festival and Victorious Festival, among dates already confirmed.

Brown returned in 2019 with his first album in a decade – Ripples – but it’s hard to believe it’s nearly 20 years since The Stone Roses frontman unleashed his epic F.E.A.R. single.

As Radio X reports, while most fans can remember the moment they realised how cleverly crafted the song was, not everyone knows what spurred on The Stone Roses legend to write it.

In a 2005 interview with Clash, Brown revealed he was prompted to write hundreds of acronyms while reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As told to Alex Hayley in a New York tower block.

He told the magazine: “Malcolm X’s message to people was to study etymology, the break down of language and words. He speaks of how important this is to society and why society has got so much control over people through the use of language and how you can manipulate with it.”

If Ian Brown’s lyrics for F.E.A.R were memorable, then its accompanying video was just as iconic.