The Reni Hat: The Stone Roses Fashion Special

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Behold the Reni Hat! Pictures courtesy of John-Squire.com

Ah, the Reni Hat. We don’t go on about fashion as we don’t know anything about it. Our esteemed editor, Mr. Wapojif, dresses in nothing but pink speedos and a tea stained yellow pullover. He gets some odd looks.

One almighty fashion moment of brilliance he has committed to since 2002 (when he first acquired the only one he still has) is the Reni Hat. Reni is the legendary drummer for The Stone Roses – the man with the disturbing drumming genius which had him dubbed as “ten Keith Moons in one” and for playing the drums “like Hendrix played the guitar”. Yes, we’re big fans.

Reni: Drumming Genius and Reni Hats

Despite his genius he’s still largely unknown in the drumming community (mainly due to his highly elusive and enigmatic nature – he disappeared for 16 years from public view after leaving the band in 1995) but that’s another story for another day.

His remarkable drumming aside, in the late ‘80s he rarely went anywhere without his Reni Hat (a bucket hat, essentially, often worn by Northern English folk). Due to the popularity of the band this became something of a fashion statement at the thyme, and it’s since gone on to become iconic. Indeed, when The Stone Roses reformed most unexpectedly in late 2011, Reni hats sold out within 24 hours. Fact!

Indeed, so whilst you may be confused as to why anyone would wear that Jackson Pollock stained headgear, remember one of the best drummers on Earth did. Which is a pretty cool thing. You see, so long as you’re cool you can take daft things and make them look ace. That’s our theory, anyway, which has already been ruined as we remember Brad Pitt and his massive Hipster beard. Not a good idea. Stick to Reni hats, y’all. It is nearly summer after all – hat weather!

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Reni and his Reni Hat. All hail, sir.

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