Full Fathom Five



Lyrics by:
Full Fathom Five is Elephant Stone played backwards and has no (decipherable) lyrics.

Music by:
Squire

Written:
1988

Personnel:
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums)

Produced by:
The Stone Roses

Available on:
Elephant Stone single (b-side)
The Complete Stone Roses (3.18)

First live performance:
Never performed live.

Details:

Full Fathom Five, Elephant Stone reversed, was the first of five backwards tracks by The Stone Roses and easily the weakest of the backwards catalogue. Two edits are available: the version on The Complete Stone Roses compilation and the rawer version on the Elephant Stone single. 'Full Fathom Five' was the title of a Sylvia Plath poem from 1958, but the direct inspiration for the choice of title here is most likely the 1947 painting of this name by Jackson Pollock (1912 - 1956).

'Full Fathom Five' (1947) by Jackson Pollock.

Five previously unreleased backwards tracks can be found on the 2009 legacy edition reissue: Untitled1; Untitled2; Untitled3; Untitled4; Untitled5.


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