Unfinished Monkey Business

Unfinished Monkey Business

Infobox Album |
Name = Unfinished Monkey Business
Type = Album
Artist = Ian Brown


Released =February 2, 1998
Recorded =?
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 53:02
Label = Polydor Records
Producer = Ian Brown
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|2.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fvfrxqujldte link]
Last album =
This album ="Unfinished Monkey Business" (1998)
Next album ="Golden Greats" (1999)

"Unfinished Monkey Business" is the first solo album released by Ian Brown after the break-up of The Stone Roses. The album was self-financed and produced by Brown. Ex-Roses including Mani, Reni, Nigel Ippinson, Aziz Ibrahim and Robbie Maddix helped pen and perform the instruments on many tracks. "Ice Cold Cube" which premiered at The Stone Roses final concert was officially released in this album.

Much of "Unfinished Monkey Business" focuses on the acrimonious split between Brown and former Roses' guitarist John Squire. Brown shares his unabashed opinion of his ex-bandmate on tracks like "Ice Cold Cube", "Can't See Me", "What Happened To Ya" and "Deep Pile Dreams", focusing in particular on John's self-centredness, two-facedness and dependence on drugs, specifically cocaine.

The track "Intro Under The Paving Stones: The Beach" was inspired by a slogan from the French May 1968 protests, an event that also inspired the song "Bye Bye Badman" from "The Stone Roses (LP)". A popular protest slogan at the time, "Sous les pavés, la plage!" is translated into English as "Beneath the pavement, the beach!", and refers to the sand found under paving stones ripped up by rioters to use as projectiles aimed at the police.

The words 'deep pile dreams' also appear in Babyshambles' second album, Shotter's Nation. As a result, Brown has songwriting credits on the track "French Dog Blues".

Many critics consider "Corpses In Their Mouths" to be Brown's best musical output in the 1990s.

Track listing

# "Intro Under the Paving Stones: The Beach" – 1:50
# "My Star" – 5:13
# "Can't See Me" – 4:54
# "Ice Cold Cube" – 6:27
# "Sunshine" – 3:58
# "Lions" – 6:52
# "Corpses In Their Mouths" – 4:09
# "What Happened To Ya Part 1" – 3:15
# "What Happened To Ya Part 2" – 5:38
# "Nah Nah" – 3:55
# "Deep Pile Dreams" – 3:39
# "Unfinished Monkey Business" – 3:11


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