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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Festive Fifty #37: The Verve – Sonnet.

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Richard Ashcroft can be held at least partially responsible for the significant rise in the number of people being barged over in the street by blokes singing anthemic rock songs that occurred in 1997.

It’s something of a miracle that Urban Hymns ever got made at all. The relationship between founding members Richard Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe was particularly fractious. The band first split in 1994 up after a disastrous stint on Lollapolooza left Ashcroft in hospital and drummer Peter Salisbury in jail. They got back together long enough to record 1995’s A Northern Soul and managed to stay together for three months before Ashcroft left after a series of rows with McCabe.

Ashcroft reformed the band but was, initially, unable to convince McCabe to rejoin. He eventually relented and the group recorded their masterpiece and, as it turned out, swansong. The feud between Ashcroft and McCabe quickly resurfaced and no amount of success could stop McCabe quitting the band for good in 1998. The group limped on with BJ Cole on guitar but eventually split once and for all in 1999.

I’m not sure why Sonnet is singled out for inclusion in the Festive Fifty as it is far from the strongest track on the album. I also don’t remember Peel ever playing a Verve track but I wait to be corrected.

If you want a literate overview of The Verve’s career – firstly, what the hell are you doing here? - then read Hannah’s post.

The Verve – Sonnet

Buy Urban Hymns.


At 3:54 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Sonnet's not the strongest, true, but it was more obscure - charting at 74 in 1998 - and I bet everyone else was sick to death of the big two. I'm not exactly sure why - was it limited edition or something?

What are your favourites on the album then, Woodshed? I'm curious.

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Woodshed said...

Ah, the 'Now series'. Of course, when I was a lad it was called 'Now That's What I Called Music', it was still in single digits, it included bands like S-Express, T-Pau and Bros, and people doffed their caps to the mill owner when he walked down the street.

Anyhoo, on to more serious matters. I love Rolling People and I have a soft spot for One Day (even though it strays dangerously close to Paul Weller territory). My favourite has to be Bitter Sweet Symphony. No matter how many times I've heard it it's still great. Yours?

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Well, it still has the 'that's what I call music' suffix, but nobody really pays any attention to it.

Ah, not Rolling People for me - I just find it painfully long and tedious. I do definitely have a soft spot for One Day though.

My favourites are Sonnet and The Drugs Don't Work. I still like Bittersweet Symphony, but I think I've heard it far too many times. Lucky Man's not bad, either.


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