Album: My Way (2009)
Charted: 31


  • This is the first single from former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown's sixth solo album, My Way. Brown explained the song title to Clash Magazine: "On each album, I try and get a word in on a Pop song that I've never sung before... that's right back to 'Waterfall' and 'Roses.' I've never heard the word brigantine in a song before and it's like find the word and on this one it was 'inclement,' like this inclement weather. I'd never heard before and then I came across 'stellify,' the one before that was 'solarised'. Yeah, I just try and put one in each album."
  • Brown told Clash Magazine that this song is, "probably about being a young guy, and probably the most important thing in the world is women." He added: "It's kind of a love song, and I don't feel like I've ever written a proper love song before. I 'ave done but, I sort of consciously sat down and decided to write a love song, it's the feeling when you first meet someone."
  • Brown revealed to XFM that this song was originally intended for Rihanna. The track was co-written with his frequent collaborator Dave McCracken, who had just been signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation company. "I co-wrote 'F.E.A.R.' with Dave and he's had a hand in all my albums in some way," Brown told XFM's Pete Mitchell. "He got asked to write a song for Rihanna, so he wrote 'Stellify'. At teatime, he thought she's gonna kill this song. Next morning, he thought I need a tune for myself, I'll keep it. Six piano notes repeating, how did we get away with it?"

Comments: 1

  • Darren from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdompure catchy!!!! - last album was dire but this tunes leeting us know what we're in for with his new one!!!

    hail hail
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesSong Writing

From "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.

Dave Pirner of Soul AsylumSongwriter Interviews

Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.

Al Jourgensen of MinistrySongwriter Interviews

In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.

Matthew Wilder - "Break My Stride"They're Playing My Song

Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.

Songs Discussed in MoviesSong Writing

Bridesmaids, Reservoir Dogs, Willy Wonka - just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.

Lace the Music: How LSD Changed Popular MusicSong Writing

Starting in Virginia City, Nevada and rippling out to the Haight-Ashbury, LSD reshaped popular music.