The roots of the Stone Roses can be traced back to 1980..To most people they were in their mid-twenties when their self titled album was released, but in reality they were all almost 30..Good thing there was no Wikipedia back then..
And yes Andy sounds fantastic here. A little bit of Barbarisim at times.
Johnny and Ian are still friends..wonder why they never did a project together.
Loads. One of my favourite finger bass lines is 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now', which would be impossible to play with a pick. Andy does some nice double note octave chords in there as well (under the 'people who I'd much rather kick in the eye' bits), which probably a lot of casual fans miss by focusing on the guitar. Johnny is amazing, for sure, but this is one of several songs where I think Andy's bass line outshines the main guitar riff.
Lest we forget, Andy also contributed great bass parts to some of the early solo songs also (e.g., "Interesting Drug," "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference," "November Spawned a Monster," "He Knows I'd Love To See Him").