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The Verve: Manchester Roadhouse

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 17 June 1995

SO THAT’S what it sounds like. A long, curdled up intro, all ghostly pyrotechnics and a death rattle of drums, then suddenly, whoosh! And the ...

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The Verve: The Road To Wigan Fear

Profile and Interview by John Robb, Siren, May 1992

BOUNCING ONSTAGE in slow mo'...loose limbed lanky frame in shabby oxfam chic....v-necked black 'T'...shaggy barnet and flapping lips...the man is pure Jagger, Richard Ashcroft...the front ...

Richard Ashcroft: Having The Verve To Become Unashamedly Epic

Interview by Simon Reynolds, The Observer, 26 July 1992

"When you live in a place like Wigan, your senses aren't exactly bombarded with stimuli," says Richard Ashcroft, lead singer of Verve. "So when you ...

Verve: Mill At The Pier, Wigan

Live Review by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 24 October 1992

IT'S USUALLY Sunday supplement journalists who go to Wigan to hang around the notorious King Street area, sneer at the pier, observe the fights in ...

The Verve: A Lad In Spain

Interview by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, 15 May 1993

Verve were last year's second most likely contenders for world domination after You Know Who. At which point they threw several spanners in the works ...

Verve: Manchester University

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 29 May 1993


The Verve: Touched I'm Sure

Interview by Stuart Maconie, Q, September 1993

"ER, A PINT of lager, did you say?" The barmaid is distracted. She has every right to be. Her current customer cuts rather a visual ...

Verve: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, 8 January 1994

VERVE ARE stoned immaculate. Yeah, we have to talk drugs here. It's stupid not to; as stupid as people who've never taken E chucking in ...

It's The 'Looza Baby, Why Don't You Kill It?

Report by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 30 July 1994

LOLLAPALOOZA once had the chance to be the greatest rock'n'roll circus the planet had ever seen. But, in spite of the live spectacle of VERVE, ...

Cypress Hill, Lemonheads, Verve, Hole et al: Reading Festival

Live Review by Cathi Unsworth, Melody Maker, 3 September 1994

READING.It's like acid; once you've tried it you swear you'll never be back for more, and yet you always are. Perhaps it's because this festival ...

The Verve: live at Manchester Roadhouse

Live Review by John Robb, Melody Maker, June 1995

YEAH, we know that Richard Ashcroft can talk a good campaign and that The Verve are the nearly men of the great northern rock thing, ...

John Leckie: A Desk Job

Interview by Tom Doyle, Melody Maker, 3 June 1995

Fifteen years of experience has carried producer JOHN LECKIE from a-song-a-day sessions with John Lennon, to hours spent pouring over the endless noodlings of The ...

The Verve: Northern Soul Asylum

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, 15 July 1995

The Verve have split the voters ever since they appeared in '92 as The Band Most Likely To after Suede. Some loved their experimental prog-rock ...

The Verve: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 16 August 1997

Dave Simpson witnesses the miracle works of Richard Ashcroft, reunited with the apostles of The Verve ...

The Verve: Urban Hymns (Hut/Virgin 7243 8 44913 £14.49)

Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 26 September 1997

Faith, hope and even clarity: David Sinclair applauds the bittersweet symphonies of the suddenly huge Verve ...

The Verve: Urban Hymns

Review by John McCready, MOJO, October 1997

I CAN'T HAVE BEEN ALONE in not being convinced. Yet there were people from day one and the debut LP A Storm In Heaven making ...

Oasis, the Verve: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, 4 October 1997


Oasis/The Verve: London, Earl's Court

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 1997

AS PAUL Du Noyer wrote recently, somewhere along the road to epoch-making Oasis "took it as their job to cheer the country up". To which ...

The Verve: The History Man

Report and Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, November 1997

Richard Ashcroft: he goes back, you know. Once, on a groovy tide of stormy "head" rock, his band The Verve rose. Then, victims of depression, ...

The Verve: Urban Hymns

Review by Simon Reynolds, The Village Voice, 18 November 1997

Damn and blast the Verve. I'd sworn never to fall again for that classic-rock godstar-savior-shaman shtick, that it was gonna be dance music's desiring-machines and ...

The Verve: The Boston T-Shirt Party!

Report by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 29 November 1997

Welcome to the beauty of the new soul rebels. We join THE VERVE in America and discover the Wigan warriors are ready to take on ...

The Verve: Bittersweet Success

Interview by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, 11 December 1997


The Verve: Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Retrospective by Martin Aston, Select, March 1998

The Verve's astonishing eight-year pilgrimage has been littered with drugs, dehydration, mental breakdown and six-month lasagne binges. Now, somewhere over the rainbow, the world belongs ...

The Verve, Beck: Haigh Hall, Wigan

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, May 1998


Eyewitness December 1993: Oasis Support The Verve

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, July 1998

Freshly signed to Creation, Oasis venture out on UK tour earning £50 a night supporting The Verve – known at the time as just plain ...

Whose Song Is It Anyway?

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1998


My Copyright Hell

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, 1999

Tangled webs, anyone? Rock’n’roll’s got them by the skein, especially when it comes to money. But the case of The Verve, Allen Klein and Andrew ...

The Verve: On His Own

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1999

Richard punched Pete and sunbbed Simon's wife. They all treated Nick like "kitty litter". Fame, money, workload, ego and mental illness killed The Verve just ...

The Verve: This Is Music – The Singles 92-98

Review by Nick Southall, Stylus, 4 November 2004

IN 1995, as a naïve and passionate and occasionally very stoned 16-year-old, I bought a copy of A Northern Soul on spec, because I'd read ...

The Verve: Urban Hymns

Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, September 2007

As we await the comeback album, the Wiganites' third still soars. ...

The Verve: Forth (Parlophone)

Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 15 August 2008

RARELY CAN RAMPANT self-regard and billowing emptiness have combined to such vacuous effect as they do in the Verve, and particularly in Richard Ashcroft, a ...

see also Richard Ashcroft


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