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(Richard Ashcroft, Simon Jones, Peter Salisbury, Nick McCabe, Simon Tong)
[1989-2009], Wigan, Great Manchester, United Kingdom |
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The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990.

The band was founded by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. The guitarist and keyboard player Simon Tong became a member at a later date.

Beginning with a psychedelic sound, by the mid-1990s the band had released several EPs and three albums. It also endured name and line-up changes, break-ups, health problems, drug abuse and various lawsuits. The band’s commercial breakthrough was the 1997 album Urban Hymns, one of the best-selling albums in UK Chart history. The album features the hit singles “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, “The Drugs Don’t Work” and “Lucky Man”. In 1998, the band won two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in March, and in February 1999, “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

Soon after their commercial peak, The Verve broke up in April 1999, citing internal conflicts. According to Billboard magazine, “the group’s rise was 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”. During an eight-year split, Ashcroft dismissed talk of a reunion, saying: “You’re more likely to get all four Beatles on stage.”

The band’s original line-up reunited in June 2007, embarking on a tour later that year and releasing the album Forth in August 2008, which spawned the hit single “Love Is Noise”.

Amid revived tensions, the band broke up for the second time in 2009.

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17 – The Verve – Rather Be – 2008
15 – The Verve – Love Is Noise – 2008
13 – The Verve – Sonnet – 1998
12 – The Verve – Lucky Man – 1997
11 – The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work – 1997
10 – The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony – 1997
8 – The Verve – On Your Own – 1995
3 – The Verve – Gravity Grave – 1992
2 – The Verve – She’s a Superstar – 1992
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