She Bangs the Drums

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"She Bangs the Drums"
Single by The Stone Roses
from the album The Stone Roses
B-side "Standing Here"
Released July 1989 (UK)
Genre Madchester[1]
Length 3:43
Label Silvertone
Writer(s) Ian Brown and John Squire
Producer(s) John Leckie
The Stone Roses singles chronology
  • "She Bangs the Drums"
  • (1989)

"She Bangs the Drums" was the second single from The Stone Roses' debut album. It was released in the UK, Japan, and Germany. The single was their first Top 40 hit, peaking at number 36 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1989.[2] A reissue in March 1990 improved by two places.

The single used a noticeably different mix of "She Bangs the Drums" to the album version. The hi-hat intro was omitted and it featured a slightly heavier guitar sound and a marginally different backing vocal arrangement. This single version is the one most commonly used for compilations and radio play. The CD and cassette singles were noted for their strong selection of B-sides: "Standing Here", "Mersey Paradise", and the backward playing track "Simone". Ian Brown wrote the verse lyrics, while John Squire was responsible for the chorus.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "She Bangs the Drums" at number 12 in its list of the "50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever".[3]

The "80 of the '80s" podcast ranks "She Bangs the Drums" as the #72 song of the decade.[4]

Two music videos were produced for "She Bangs the Drums". The first video showed the band recording in a studio in January 1989. The band is shown goofing around in slow motion, with Squire's artwork in the background. The second music video featured clips from the Roses' classic gig at Blackpool Empress Ballroom on 12 August 1989. This second video is more often played now than the original on television.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl (Silvertone ORE 6)
  1. She Bangs the Drums (3:43)
  2. Standing Here (5:05)
12" vinyl (Silvertone ORE T 6)
  1. She Bangs the Drums (3:43)
  2. Mersey Paradise (2:44)
  3. Standing Here (5:05)
Cassette (Silvertone ORE C 6), CD (Silvertone ORE CD 6)
  1. She Bangs the Drums (3:43)
  2. Mersey Paradise (2:44)
  3. Standing Here (5:05)
  4. Simone (4:24)


  • Ian Brown – vocals
  • John Squire – guitars and backing vocals
  • Mani – bass guitar
  • Reni – drums, piano and backing vocals

Use in other media[edit]


  1. ^ Hammond, Scott. "Throwback Thursday – Retro Track of the Week". The Fix Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Stone Roses". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthems Ever – Number One is getting close". NME. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. ^ CK1, DJ (21 February 2015). "#73: The Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums". Retrieved 27 May 2015. 

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