The Stone Roses have teamed up with Cadbury to re-release their 1992 single I am the Resurrection in the form of an Easter egg.
The chart-eligible single- which contains a chocolate egg, six miniature monkey chocolates and a CD copy of the single- will be available to buy at Forbuoys newsagents for £3.99 from Monday, despite singer Ian Brown being the only member of the band involved in the project. The egg (below) has divided opinions from both ex-members of the band and religious groups who feel the egg looses sight of the real meaning of Easter.
Ian Brown has also angered ex-bandmate John Squire who last night tweeted:
" When will he stop soiling the memory of the greatest debut album ever made? :( #dick "
Meanwhile a statement on the Stone Roses official website reads as follows:
"The Stone Roses™, the Stone Roses Merchandise Corporation™, Cadbury™ The Ian Brown Estate™ and the I Wanna Be Adored Save a Child Registered Charity™ are pleased to announce the release of the I Am The Resurrection Easter Egg. A foil wrapped Cadbury chocolate egg encompasses six miniature Ian Brown 'monkey' chocolate figurines with a copy of the classic 'I am the Resurrection' single. Strictly limited to 75000 and with a percentage* of sales going to the I Wanna Be Adored Save the Child Registered Charity™ this is an exciting opportunity for fans of the Stone Roses and Easter alike.
*At least 0.26%
The I Wanna Be Adored Save the Child Registered Charity™ has been in trouble in the past with claims that little or no money actually reaches its charitable destination. Treasurer Ian Brown has blamed this on "bureaucracy".