Gary Mounfield

Gary Manny "Mani" Mounfield (born 16 November 1962, Crumpsall, Manchester), is an English rock bassist of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream. He has a distinctive 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. Mounfield attended Xaverian College in the Rusholme district of Manchester. At that time his declared ambition was to be a chef. It was also around this period when Mounfield developed a fanatical interest with darts, a sport he'd come to champion throughout his career. 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, shortly after the birth of his son – Joseph Mounfield (also an enthusiastic bassist), 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).

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