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Gary Mounfield

Mani at Apres, Southport in 2009
Background information
Birth name Gerald Mounfield
Also known as Mani
Born 16 November 1962 (1962-11-16) (age 47)
Crumpsall, Manchester, England
Genres Madchester, Indie rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1987 - Present
Labels Silvertone, Geffen, Creation, Sony, B-Unique
Associated acts The Stone Roses
Primal Scream
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker 4005, Rickenbacker 3000, Rickenbacker 3001,

Gary Manny "Mani" Mounfield (born 16 November 1962 in Crumpsall, Manchester),[1] is an English rock bassist, formerly of The Stone Roses and currently in Primal Scream. He has a distinctive rich playing style that combines a fast moving rock style with a dance rhythm or dub groove. During The Stone Roses first album period Mounfield became synonymous with a Rickenbacker 4005 Jackson Pollock-influenced paint splattered bass guitar.

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Biography

Mounfield attended Xaverian College in the Rusholme district of Manchester. At that time his declared ambition was to be a chef. He left school aged sixteen in 1979 and joined the band The Stone Roses (part of the "Madchester" music scene) in 1987. Playing on both of the band's albums, Mounfield was in The Stone Roses until they disbanded in 1996, when he joined Primal Scream who he claimed were one of three bands other than the Roses that he would accept the offer from to become a member (the others are reportedly The Jesus and Mary Chain and Beastie Boys)[2]. In 2003 he toured with Ocean Colour Scene and did a dj set for them at their December 2008 Manchester gig, whose own bassist Damon Minchella had recent Stereophonics. He is still a full time Primal Scream member.

He has a guest role in the movie 24 Hour Party People (2002).

Mounfield has often been viewed as the most amiable member of the Roses, both while the band were still together and since their break-up. Whilst in the past he had claimed that the band would reform only after "Man City won the European Cup", he is also viewed as the most likely to be up for a Roses reunion. He occasionally joins Ian Brown on stage for renditions of Stone Roses songs (Waterfall, Made of Stone, I Am The Resurrection), as happened in 2008 at Summercase Festival (in Madrid and Barcelona), when both Primal Scream and Brown were playing on the same day.

Recently, Mounfield and ex-Stone Roses drummer Reni were interviewed for the Manchester Music show on BBC GMR whilst attending a gig by The Coral. Mounfield toured with The Enemy on their UK tour.

Mounfield is an enthusiastic Manchester United F.C. fan. He regularly showcases his love for the team on the Sky One programme, "Football Years," giving his views on football seasons of the past. He also revealed on Play UK programme "Nu Music" that he supports Celtic F.C. in Scotland and, although he is English, he was brought up to support the Republic of Ireland national football team. He has also appeared on the football programme Soccer AM numerous times, earning himself a "Hat-trick Ball" from the show as a result.

He is currently in a band called Freebass with bass players Andy Rourke (ex-The Smiths) and Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order).

Mounfield made a guest appearance on the stv fishing show Trout 'n About along with former Primal Scream guitarist Throb and presenters Gregor Rankine and Paul Campion as they go trout fishing at Drummond Trout Farm & Fishery in Scotland.

Mounfield appeared at the "Manchester Versus Cancer" event on 30 March 2007, performing a DJ set and appearing with Ian Brown for the finale, which was the Stone Roses classic "I Am The Resurrection".

Awards

Year Award
2005 Muso Awards - Best Bass Guitar
2005 Muso Awards - Muso's Muso (as part of Primal Scream)
2007 NME Awards - Godlike Genius Award (as part of Primal Scream)

References

  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0 7535 0231 3
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alc7ZGYkIcc

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