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The Verve

Long acclaimed as one of the most innovative and spellbinding bands on the contemporary British pop scene, the Verve finally broke through to a mass international audience in 1997 with the instant classic "Bittersweet Symphony." By no stretch a study in overnight success, the group's rise was instead 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. Perfecting an oceanic sound that fused the exploratory vision of '60s-era psychedelia with the shimmering atmospherics of the shoegazer aesthetic, the Verve languished in relative obscurity while waiting for the rest of the music world to play catch-up, creating one of the most complex and rewarding bodies of work in modern rock & roll long before most listeners even learned of the group's existence -- only to again fall apart at the peak of their success.

Originally known simply as Verve, the group was formed in the small Northern English city of Wigan in 1989. Richard Ashcroft -- a swaggering, shamanic figure in the classic rock star mold -- led the band, whose original lineup also included guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones, and drummer Peter Salisbury. Sharing a collective fondness for the Beatles, Funkadelic, and Krautrock -- as well as a legendary appetite for psychedelics -- the quartet signed to the Hut label within months, debuting in March 1992 with the single "All in the Mind," the first in a series of indie chart-topping efforts featuring the eye-catching artwork of designer Brian Cannon. Subsequent efforts like "She's a Superstar" and "Gravity Grave" captured an original musical identity growing by leaps and bounds, distinguished chiefly by Ashcroft's elemental vocals and McCabe's echoing guitar leads.

While Verve's long, liquid jams found favor on the British indie charts, pop radio looked the other way. Their majestic debut LP, 1993's A Storm in Heaven, was a critical smash, but positive reviews from a variety of critics failed to translate into strong record sales. The following summer, Verve appeared on the second stage at Lollapalooza, a tour tempered by a string of disasters -- not only was Salisbury arrested for destroying a Kansas hotel room, but Ashcroft was also hospitalized after suffering from severe dehydration. Around that same time, the American jazz label also dubbed Verve slapped the band with a lawsuit, forcing the quartet to officially change its name to "the Verve." Sessions for the 1995 follow-up, A Northern Soul, proved to be the last straw -- admittedly recorded under the influence of a massive intake of Ecstasy, the album's harrowing intensity was met with disappointing sales and little media recognition, and just three months after its release, Ashcroft made his exit.

Although Ashcroft quickly reassembled the Verve a few weeks later, McCabe initially refused to return, and was replaced by guitarist/keyboardist Simon Tong. Finally, in early 1997, McCabe came back to the fold, and as a quintet they recorded Urban Hymns, their breakthrough LP. Heralded by the smash "Bittersweet Symphony" -- a single built around a looped sample of a symphonic recording of the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" -- Urban Hymns launched the Verve among the U.K.'s most popular bands. Even at their peak, however, the curse of the band's past lingered on, as legal hassles awarded 100 percent of the song's publishing rights to ABKCO Music, which controlled the Stones' back catalog. The second single from the album, the haunting "The Drugs Don't Work," became the Verve's first U.K. number one smash, while the hit singles "Lucky Man" and "Sonnet" soon followed. However, when McCabe pulled out of the group's 1998 U.S. tour, the group suffered yet another blow. After months of rumors, the Verve officially split the following spring.

Ashcroft launched a solo career in the early 2000s and enjoyed success with a number of singles, including "Break the Night With Colour." Meanwhile, Nick McCabe remixed a track for the Music and collaborated with British songwriter John Martyn, while Tong and Jones formed a short-lived band named the Shining. Tong later joined the Good, the Bad & the Queen in July 2006, and although he continued to focus on his post-Verve projects, the remaining members of the Verve reunited in 2007 for an international tour. The band also set to work on another studio album, Forth, which was released in August 2008 following a successful year of sold-out concerts and festival dates. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Kiss your left hand Post this on another song Your crush will kiss you tomorrow
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hottubbill
I'm 1 million different people
No No No
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That's it !!!!
jackyak71
Say iPhone 5
Post this on 5 stations
Look under your pillow
Love this song ��
This song takes me back to junior year of high school.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. However, if u do not post this you will die in two days. Now u have started reading this, u can't stop! This is so scary! Post this at least on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When u are done press the f6 button and ur lovers name will come up on the screen. This is scary because it actually works!
avictorinowi l s o n
Try to make ends meet...
damitab5
This song never gets old. ♡
The best
powell717
I love this song so much. I could listen to it for hours!����
Love the song - love the band........ . . . . . . s o sorry they broke up!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
makes you want to take a dump !!!
I love this song! ♥
So much has changed..
I remember when I first heard this song
LOVE this song!!!
Kiss ur hand Close ur hand Say a week day Say ur name Post this 15 times Ur crush will ask u out on that day
Love this band!!! Fav song <3
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Love this song♡ follow if you want. My new phone and Pandora I lost my followers all 2100
Like rain ? Then burn natural wooden logs in a free air enviroinment like outside and after two days, it will begin to rain and our drout will be no more, all in season of course
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
This is a great station . I love you music.
Drug homework is better ,especially listening to A Man Called Sun!!!!
elmcg794
oops. lol math homework
elmcg794
For a triangle with an angle θ, they are calculated this way:

Sine Function:
sin(θ) = Opposite / Hypotenuse
Cosine Function:
cos(θ) = Adjacent / Hypotenuse
Tangent Function:
tan(θ) = Opposite / Adjacent
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I could listen to this all day!
If your a fan of the music then feel free to find some of their B sides. I see the door is a great one. Some of the B sides from A storm in heaven are good. However your best ones are from A Northern Soul. Cant get them on CD either. Only vinyl. Either way enjoy.
gsrlodi
It wasn't the Stones who sued. A company who owns there catalog, including that song sued!
Step off ......fuckhe a d . . . n i c k o . . p r i c k o
nicko252008
Pansy music
fluffydolphi n 9 9
I think this might be the most depressing backstory I've ever read... Gin Blossoms comes close though.
I love the Stones but really they have more $$$ than they could possibly know what to do with it, I mean C'mon it doesn't sound anything like The last time at all. Total greed by The Stones and their constitutes to completely crush and break a band from catapulting to success the story still breaks my heart.
Who cares what people say and think about this band. I love this song and "Sonnet"
1545752686
That's life.
Sued for what
ph724
Mick and the Boys sued these poor b**tards.
Say iphone 5 times
Say a color
Repost 5 times
Look under your pillow
Follow for follow!
Yolande: that's the only reason i even like or know this song...becau s e of Cruel Intentions! ever since that movie, every time i hear this song i immediately flash to that movie
Rayna - that's how I recognized this song. Who can forget the ending of Cruel Intentions where Reese is driving and that song is playing?
They totally copied this song!!!
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ahhhh memories


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