She Bangs the Drums

"She Bangs the Drums" is a song by English rock band the Stone Roses. The song was released as the second single from their eponymous debut album (1989). 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.[3] A reissue in March 1990 improved by two places.

"She Bangs the Drums"
Single by The Stone Roses
from the album The Stone Roses
B-side"Standing Here"
Released17 July 1989
Producer(s)John Leckie
The Stone Roses singles chronology
"Made of Stone"
"She Bangs the Drums"
"I Wanna Be Adored"

The single used a noticeably different mix of "She Bangs the Drums" from the album version. The album version's 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". The song was written by Ian Brown and John Squire, with Brown writing the verse lyrics, while 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".[4] The track was also featured as number 26 on PopMatters' "The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s" list.[2] The song is featured in the 2007 music rhythm game Guitar Hero III as a bonus song, though not as a master recording.

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 listingEdit

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


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Gold 400,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


Chart (1989–1990) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 34
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[7] 9


  1. ^ Hammond, Scott. "Throwback Thursday – Retro Track of the Week". The Fix Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Gerard, Chris (1 October 2015). "The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s". PopMatters. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Stone Roses". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  4. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthems Ever – Number One is getting close". NME. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  5. ^ "British single certifications – Stone Roses – She Bangs the Drums". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  7. ^ "The Stone Roses Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 September 2020.

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