Alan Wren

Alan John Wren (born 10 April 1964, in Manchester, England), better known as Reni, is the drummer of The Stone Roses. Reni is considered by many to be the best drummer of his generation and the "single most important drummer in UK indie circles." According to former Hacienda General Manager Howard Jones, he "played the drums like Hendrix played the guitar." His laid-back style of off-beat rhythms was influential in bringing about the blend of indie and dance music that formed much of the Manchester (or Madchester) sound of the day. During The Stone Roses he could be easily identified by the now iconic bucket hat. Reni taught himself drums in his youth as, due to his family situation, he was nearly always around musical instruments in a pub environment. A naturally gifted musician, he was equally adept at playing guitar, bass and piano. John Robb, in his 1997 book, The Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop, notes that Reni could "play guitar almost as well as he plays drums," and Mani, speaking on a BBC Radio One documentary, mentioned that Reni could play better bass than he could, quoting that he could "piss all over me on bass.


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