One Love (The Stone Roses song)

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"One Love"
One Love (The Stone Roses song album cover).jpg
Single by The Stone Roses
B-side"Something's Burning"
Released2 July 1990 (UK)
  • 7:45 (12" version)
  • 3:35 (7" version)
Producer(s)John Leckie
The Stone Roses singles chronology
""Fools Gold What the World Is Waiting For""
"One Love"

"One Love" is a non-album single by The Stone Roses. The single was released in the UK, U.S., Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Spain, and France, peaking at #4 in the Roses' home country of the UK, their highest charting single up until that time. "One Love" has appeared on the compilation albums Turns into Stone, The Complete Stone Roses and The Very Best of The Stone Roses.

The song has a decidedly mixed reputation among Roses fans, with some denouncing it for borrowing too much from the success of "Fools Gold". Nevertheless, the song contains vivid biblical references prevalent throughout their catalogue.

The original artwork for the single was said to have resembled a swastika. It was later used for The Complete Stone Roses. John Squire ripped it up and used the torn pieces for the cover, photographed by his brother. The band set fire to the ripped up artwork in the video for the song.

The song was used in an episode of the popular British television series Shameless. In the scene in which the song appears, Frank Gallagher is seen dancing in the pub with his shirt over his head as he is drunk and high on ecstasy.

It is believed that John Squire played a Custom Fender Jaguar guitar with a variety of flanging and wahwah effect pedals to create the song's distinctive sound.

The song is referenced in a banner that hangs from the Stretford End tier two at Manchester United's FC's ground, Old Trafford. The banner says "One Love – Stretford End – MUFC".

The music video featured The Stone Roses performing outdoors, with fires blazing in the background.

Ian Brown on "One Love": "The chorus wasn't strong enough. We tried for an anthem. We wanted to cover all bases and ended up covering none."[1]

Track listing[edit]

UK release[edit]

7" vinyl (Silvertone ORE 17)
  1. "One Love" – (3:35)
  2. "Something's Burning" – (7:50)
12" vinyl (Silvertone ORE T 17)
Cassette (Silvertone ORE C 17)
CD (Silvertone ORE CD 17)
  1. "One Love" – (7:45)
  2. "Something's Burning" – (7:50)

US release[edit]

12" vinyl (Silvertone 1399-1-JD)
Cassette (Silvertone 1399-4-JS)
CD digipak (Silvertone 1399-2-JS)
  1. "One Love" – (7:45)
  2. "Something's Burning" – (7:50)
  3. "One Love" (7" version) – (3:35)

Japanese release[edit]

CD (Silvertone/Alfa ALCB-103)

Track 3 incorrectly listed as "Something' Burning"

  1. "One Love" – (3:35)
  2. "One Love" (12" version) – (7:45)
  3. "Something's Burning" – (7:50)

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