One of the U.K’s biggest selling Indie bands of the 90s!
The Verve are a British rock band formed in 1989 in Wigan. Among their bigger hits you’d find Bitter Sweet Symphony and the Drugs Don’t Work.
Since their first debut album A Storm In Heaven critics have always favored the Verve as one of the main 90s British rock acts.
After the huge success with The Drugs Don’t Work and Bitter Sweet Symphony the band broke up in 1999. Ashcroft pursued a solo career until the 2007 reunion which had its first tour sell out in 20 minutes.
By many seen as one of the giants of British Indie music of the 90s, The Verve made a big impact on English popular culture along bands like Radiohead, Blur, Oasis and Elbow.
The Drugs Don’t Work is not about illegal Drugs!
The Drugs Don’t Work by British The Verve has had massive reach around the globe.
Ben Harper played it as a cover live, which ended up on his ‘Live From Mars’ album enabling the song to effectively break America for the Verve.
As the title indicate most people would have thought that this is an “anti drug song”, which it is, but not as we may first believe.
Originally having the meaning of that drugs didn’t work for Richard Ashcroft’s father who was dying of cancer, the song had it’s meaning slightly tweaked in order to give off a more ambiguous statement.
The Verve politics
Being one of three massive hits (including Bitter Sweet Symphony and Lucky Man) off the album Urban Hymns (1997), The Verve managed to cross over from indie to mass market during 1998.
Interestingly enough, the band had actually split up prior to the making of Urban Hymns which was their third record.
Luckily, Richard Ashcroft managed to quickly gathered two new members and got Urban Hymns done.
As Ashcroft pursued a solo career a few years later he didn’t reach the same heights as the band and in 2007 when they reunited all seemed to fall into place again.