Mani (musician)

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Gary Mounfield
Mani in 2009
Mani in 2009
Background information
Also known asMani
Born (1962-11-16) 16 November 1962 (age 61)
Crumpsall,[1] Manchester, England
GenresAlternative rock, Madchester, indie rock
Instrument(s)Bass guitar
Years active1987–present
LabelsMVB, Silvertone, Geffen, Creation, Sony, B-Unique

Gary "Mani" Mounfield (born 16 November 1962[2]) is an English rock bassist, best known for being a member of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream.


Mounfield attended Xaverian College in Rusholme, Manchester. He developed an interest in darts, a sport he went on 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. Mounfield used a Rickenbacker 4005 Jackson Pollock-influenced paint-splattered bass guitar in the period after the Stone Roses debut album. He joined Primal Scream after Stone Roses disbanded. He claimed that Primal Scream were one of three other bands that he would be willing to join; the Jesus and Mary Chain and Oasis being the others.[3] In 2003, with Damon Minchella having left Ocean Colour Scene, he toured with the band supporting the Stereophonics, and he also did a DJ set for Ocean Colour Scene at their December 2008 Manchester gig. He was a full-time Primal Scream member until 2011 when he left to rejoin the Stone Roses.[4]

Mounfield has often been viewed as the most amiable member of the Roses, both while the band were still together and following their break-up. Whilst in the past he had claimed that the band would reform only after "Manchester City won the European Cup", he was also viewed as the most likely member to be up for a Roses reunion. During the band's split, he occasionally joined Ian Brown on stage for renditions of songs by the Stone Roses ("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. 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, which involved a rare partaking in backing vocals.[citation needed]

Mounfield has a guest role in the movie 24 Hour Party People (2002), and was in a supergroup band called Freebass with bass players Andy Rourke (ex-the Smiths) and Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order). Freebass disbanded before releasing its debut album, It's a Beautiful Life, in 2010.[5]

In 2006, Mani fulfilled a long held ambition by playing live the album he described as the "most influential of his life" in full at the 100 Club, with two of the original artists when he played with Rat Scabies & Brian James of The Damned, at the 30th anniversary[6] of their debut album, Damned Damned Damned.

Mounfield appeared at the "Manchester Versus Cancer" event on 30 March 2007, performing a DJ set and appearing with Ian Brown for the finale, the Stone Roses' "I Am the Resurrection".[citation needed] He also appeared as a celebrity guest at the 2009 World Darts Championship. He made a guest appearance at Paul Weller's performance at the Manchester MEN arena on 4 December 2010, playing tambourine.

On 18 October 2011, after touring the album Screamadelica with Primal Scream for most of that year,[citation needed] Mani revealed he had left Primal Scream to reform the Stone Roses.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Mounfield is a supporter of Manchester United and appeared on Sky One's programme Football Years.[8] He also revealed on Play UK programme Nu Music that although he supports Manchester United in England, he is Mancunian Irish and was brought up to support Ireland.[9] He has twin sons with his wife Imelda.[10] His wife Imelda died of cancer in November 2023.[11]

In 2019, Mani accepted the Made of Athy Award from his mother's hometown in Athy, Co. Kildare.[12]

Mani accepts his Made of Athy Award


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)


  1. ^ [1] [dead link]
  2. ^ Warshaw, Aaron. Mani.
  3. ^ "Mani (Primal Scream) Interview". YouTube. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2011.[dead YouTube link]
  4. ^ Jack, Malcolm (31 March 2016). "Primal Scream review – Bobby G's barmy army earn Glasgow kiss". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  5. ^ Murray, Robin (9 September 2010). "Freebass to Split". Clash. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ [2] [dead link]
  7. ^ "The Stone Roses confirm reunion and two homecoming shows for 2012". NME. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  8. ^ Maguire, Anna (24 August 2012). "So much for hellraisers. Now it's tea in the city for Stone Roses bassist Mani". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  9. ^ Stone Roses's Mani returns to his proud Kildare roots. Leinster Leader. Published 10 November 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  10. ^ Fitzgerald, Todd (14 December 2012). "Stone Roses bassist Mani and wife Imelda announce birth of twin boys". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  11. ^ "Imelda Mounfield, wife of Stone Roses bassist Mani, dies from cancer". 19 November 2023. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  12. ^ "Stone Roses legend Mani: On receiving Athy's highest honour".

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