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Sunday, October 17, 2004

The Verve - 'The Drugs Don't Work'

The amazing 'Bittersweet Symphony' provided newly christened The Verve with their first ever top 5, top 10 and even top 20 hit at the end of June, 1997. Since 1992, chart success had never been one of those things you associated with the band, then just 'Verve', but one strings riff changed all that. Going in at number 2, and lingering around the chart for months, 'Bittersweet Symphony' has been firmly imprinted into the mind of any music fan. But we aren't on about that. We're talking about something even bigger...

What happened next...?
Inevitably, their next release, 'The Drugs Don't Work' went straight in at number one on the 13th September 1997. A tender, sad, largely acoustic song, it utilised the idea of strings once again, combined with stunning lyrics and vocals from Richard Ashcroft. It's wonderfully emotive, and powerful - one of those songs to cry to. It's indie perfection and something that you have to hear to truly describe. 5/5

So, where are they now?
Of course, shortly afterwards Ashcroft was to leave the band, to forge his own solo career. Most would say he jumped the shark pretty soon after his number 3 hit 'Song For The Lovers', but no, he's still going strong and his 3rd solo album is due in 2005. But in the meantime we'd advise checking out the awesome video for 'Check The Meaning'. This could be done by tuning into The Amp, because, to be honest, it's the only channel that'll play it.

Very soon, The Verve are releasing their greatest hits album. The Singles - 1992-1998. It's probably worth buying for the extra tracks, and for an extra slice of The Verve that wasn't Urban Hymns.

How can I hear this track?
For sampling purposes only. We strongly advise you buy the album Urban Hymns or the brand new greatest hits album.

The Drugs Don't Work (available for 7 days only)


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