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The Verve - British Alternative Rock Band ~ Biography


The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. The guitarist and keyboard player Simon Tong became a member at a later date.

Beginning with a psychedelic sound, by the mid-1990s the band had released several EPs and three albums. It also endured name and line-up changes, break-ups, health problems, drug abuse and various lawsuits. The band’s commercial breakthrough was the 1997 album Urban Hymns, one of the best-selling albums in UK Chart history. The album features the hit singles “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, “The Drugs Don’t Work” and “Lucky Man”. In 1998, the band won two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in March, and in February 1999, “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

Soon after their commercial peak, The Verve broke up in April 1999, citing internal conflicts. According to Billboard magazine, “the group’s rise was the culmination of a long, arduous journey that began at the dawn of the decade and went on to encompass a major breakup, multiple lawsuits, and an extensive diet of narcotics”. During an eight-year split, Ashcroft dismissed talk of a reunion, saying: “You’re more likely to get all four Beatles on stage.” The band’s original line-up reunited in June 2007, embarking on a tour later that year and releasing the album Forth in August 2008, which spawned the hit single “Love Is Noise”. Amid revived tensions, the band broke up for the second time in 2009.

Main article: The Verve discography
A Storm in Heaven (1993)
A Northern Soul (1995)
Urban Hymns (1997)
Forth (2008)

After The Verve split in 1999, many of their songs have been covered or reinterpreted in recent years, such as in these examples:

Limp Bizkit created a mashup of “Bitter Sweet Symphony” on their Greatest Hitz album.
Singer/songwriter Ben Harper covered the song “The Drugs Don’t Work” in live shows, an instance of which is found on the live album Live From Mars.
The string section of “Bitter Sweet Symphony” has been sampled by artists such as Madonna and Kanye West in live concerts.
Moby has created a remix of the song “Bitter Sweet Symphony”.[52]
In the movie Cruel Intentions, “Bitter Sweet Symphony” is played at the final scene.
The music video for “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was parodied by Fat Les for the 1998 World Cup song “Vindaloo”.
Also notably Vernon Kay is a big fan of The Verve, and conducted his last interview on T4 with Richard Ashcroft.
Noel Gallagher of Oasis has covered “Bitter Sweet Symphony” on a few occasions, most recently on the 2006 Acoustic Stop The Clocks Tour. Also, the song “Cast No Shadow” was written as a homage to Richard Ashcroft, who in turn wrote “A Northern Soul” from the band’s second album for Noel Gallagher.
“Lucky Man” is featured in the 2004 film The Girl Next Door.
Both “Lucky Man” and “Rather Be” are featured in the 2008 film Marley & Me.
“Slide Away” is featured in the film The New Age, during the jacuzzi/party scene, and has also been featured in the House M.D. episode “Ugly”.
“Star Sail”, the opening track of A Storm in Heaven, is featured in the 1993 film Sliver and is featured on the Virgin Records US release of the soundtrack.
“Appalachian Springs” is featured in season 4, episode 19 of the show The Unit.
“Lucky Man” is featured in the sixth season premiere of Entourage.
In 2009, “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was voted number # 14 in Triple Js Hottest 100 of all time.[53]
“One Day” and “The Drugs Don’t Work” are played on BBC Two comedy-drama Home Time.
Three Days Grace’s Adam Gontier did an acoustic cover of “The Drugs Don’t Work”.
In the 2015 Super Bowl, “Bittersweet Symphony” was the song to which the Seattle Seahawks’s took the field.

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