The famous Cover Art from the I Wanna Be Adored single
“I Wanna Be Adored” is a song by the British rock band The Stone Roses. It was the first track on their debut album, The Stone Roses, and was released as a single. The US release charted at number 18 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1990. In 1991, the single was released in the UK, Germany and Japan featuring previously unreleased B-sides.
The song was meant as a forthright apology (for signing a lucrative record deal) to the Manchester fans who had been there from the start.
“I Wanna Be Adored” begins with a collage of sounds. The first instrument to enter is the bass guitar, which appears 40 seconds in. This is followed by two guitars, one of which plays a pentatonic scale riff. The bass drum enters at 1:13, and the main portion of the song begins at 1:30.
The song is performed in the key of G. The song features two main sections: a four bar G-D-G-D-Em chord progression, followed by an eight-bar bridge that shifts from D to C repeatedly. The song’s lyrics are minimalist, mainly consisting of the lines “I don’t need to sell my soul/He’s already in me” and the song’s title repeated throughout the entire song.
Oasis refer to The Stone Roses by quoting the song in “Magic Pie”: “They are sleeping while they dream/and they who wanna be adored”.