‘THE DRUGS DON’T WORK’ By THE VERVE – No 1 Hit In The UK 24 Years Ago Today

Knockouts from the past

13 September 2019

Band: The Verve
SongThe Drugs Don’t Work
Album: Urban Hymns  – released 29 Sept 1997
Note: With this emotional ballad frontman Richard Ashcroft
tackled the hardship of watching his father dying of cancer
when he was only 11 years old. The drugs given to his father
were no longer working
Success: The Single hit the spot of the UK Charts
on 13 September 1997, 22 years ago today

Here’s the bittersweet gem…

RICHARD ASHCROFT: Facebook

THE VERVE Released Mind-Blowing Debut LP ‘A STORM IN HEAVEN’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

21 June 2018

Band: THE VERVE

Album: A STORM IN HEAVEN

Released: 21 June 1993 – 25 years ago today

ALL MUSIC wrote: “The group’s 1993 full-length debut, ‘A Storm in Heaven’, was based on buoyant, extended psychedelic passages. Looking back today, it was an interesting and original musical direction, since at the time, angst-ridden Seattle bands (and their many copycats) were all the rage. A fine debut, the important connection between the Verve’s expansive early work (1992’s self-titled EP) and their later worldwide pop hits.”
Score: 4/5 – Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Far-out longplayer in sound and vision. Add Richard Ashcroft‘s imposing voice and his state of madness and what you got was breathtaking psychedelic paranoia.

TOP TRACKS: Slide Away / Star Sail / Blue

* SLIDE AWAY – way-out, sky-high…

* BLUE – spiritual rocker

* STAR SAIL – insane live rendition…

The exorcism in full

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THE VERVE Facebook – Biography – All Albums


Northern souls and fans

THE VERVE Released Their Spaced Out 4-Track Debut E.P. 25 Years Ago…

When timeless in sound and vision it’s a…

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Artist: THE VERVE
Record: 5-track debut E.P.
Released: 7 December 1992 – 25 years ago…
NME wrote: “one of the few bands who still believe that the space between your ears is infinite, that nothing is impossible, that it’s all within our reach…they soar…This is no easy ride but it’s a hell of an adventure, a risk well worth taking…”
Notes: the E.P. features songs that never appeared on a studio LP. The EP’s 2 singles – ‘Gravity Grave’ and ‘She’s a Superstar‘ – reappeared on the compilation album This Is Music: The Singles 1992 – 1998. The record’s cover was taken in Ashcroft‘s flat in Wigan.
Score: the striking and spacey start of a tumultuous ride for a spectacular anthems band
fronted by charismatic singer/songwriter and – then – eccentric Richard Ashcroft.

Here’s top stroke ‘She’s A Superstar’

The E.P. in full

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THE VERVE: Facebook – Biography – Discography


Northern souls

Anniversary Albums – 20 Years Ago Today THE VERVE Launched Their Masterpiece ‘URBAN HYMNS’…

Going back in sonic history…

29 September 2017

Band: THE VERVE

Album: URBAN HYMNS – their third longplayer

Released: 27 September 1997 – 20 years ago today

Anniversary re-issue: a deluxe 20th anniversary edition came out
a few weeks ago – all details, formats and order facilities here

NME’s tribute: ” ‘Urban Hymns’ had the right time/right place thing sorted – fag end of Britpop, wide-eyed endorsement from incumbent King of Rock Noel Gallagher – but in another sense it was timeless. Its unwithered status today is thanks to deathless anthems like ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ and ‘Lucky Man’ that will pass down the generations, tough-guy-with-a-heart ballads ‘Sonnet’ and ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, still affecting whatever their associations and a bruised bullish soul encapsulating Ashcroft, Captain Rock himself…”

Turn Up The Volume!: says: An epic magnum opus with several
outstanding symphonies…

Three Top Tracks (hard choice): Bitter Sweet Symphony / The Drugs Don’t Work / Come On

* BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY – “I’m heard this a million times from one day to the next…”

* THE DRUGS DON’T WORK – heavy-hearted and melancholic tristesse that touches the soul…

* COME ONsmashing psych jam as knockout album closer

Masterpiece in full…

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THE VERVE: Facebook – Biography – Discography


Absolutely great to see charismatic frontman Richard Aschcroft (again) at the start of this month playing several Urban Hymns in Belgium (Crammerrock, 1 September 2017)…

(photos: JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

Today’s Yesterday Track – THE VERVE Released Masterstroke ‘THE DRUGS DON’T WORK’ 20 Years Ago As A Single…

Golden oldies to soundtrack the summer of 2017…

Band: THE VERVE

Track: THE DRUGS DON’T WORK – 2nd single from blockbuster ‘Urban Hymns’

Released: 1 September 1997 – 20 years ago

Note: with this masterstroke frontman Richard Ashcroft tackled the hardship of watching his father dying of cancer when he was only 11 years old. The drugs given to his father were no longer working…

All this talk of getting old
It’s getting me down my love
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown
This time I’m comin’ down

And I hope you’re thinking of me
As you lay down on your side
Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

But I know I’m on a losing streak
‘Cause I passed down my old street
And if you wanna show, then just let me know
And I’ll sing in your ear again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

‘Cause baby, ooh, if heaven calls, I’m coming, too
Just like you said, you leave my life, I’m better off dead

All this talk of getting old
It’s getting me down my love
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown
This time I’m comin’ down

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

‘Cause baby, ooh, if heaven calls, I’m coming, too
Just like you said, you leave my life, I’m better off dead

But if you wanna show, just let me know
And I’ll sing in your ear again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again

I’m never going down, I’m never coming down
No more, no more, no more, no more, no more
I’m never coming down, I’m never going down
No more, no more, no more, no more, no more

[Repeat and Fade Out]


Masterpiece LP released 29 September 1997…


Spectacular coincidence – see you in the front row, Mr. Ashcroft…

THE VERVE Released Their Mother Of All Power Ballads ‘BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY’ 20 Years Ago…

When timeless in sound and vision…

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‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by THE VERVE

Twenty years ago – 16 June 1997 – THE VERVE released BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY,
their most famous song ever. An epic and timeless masterstroke. An imperishable
anthem with the lyrics written by charismatic frontman Richard Ashcroft. But as
the band sampled strings arrangements from the 1965 Andrew Oldham Orchestra symphonic recording of ‘The Last Time‘ (composed by a certain David Whitaker but
inspired by The Rolling Stones‘ song of the same title) 60s greedy Stones’ manager
Oldham and poor guys Jagger & Richards were added to the songwriting credits.
Whatever. It became The Verve’s biggest hit (No 2 on the UK singles chart). Here
we go, at the top of our lungs…

‘Cause it’s a bitter sweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
You’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road
I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah,

No change, I can’t change
I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

Well I never pray
But tonight I’m on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds
that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine,
let it cleanse my mind,
I feel free now
But the airways are clean
and there’s nobody singing to me now

No change, I can’t change
I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no
I can’t change
I can’t change

‘Cause it’s a bitter sweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
Try to find some money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road
I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the things meet yeah

You know I can’t change, I can’t change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no,
I can’t change
Change my
No, no, no, no, no

Its justs sex and violence melody and silence (x2)
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
It justs sex and violence melody and silence
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
Been down
Ever been down (x4)
Have you ever been down? (x3)


From classic album URBAN HYMNS (released 29 September 1997)

10 Stellar Singles Turning 20 in… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!

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10 Smashing singles turning 25 in 2017. Here’s some timeless magic. Start the jukebox!…

1/ ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by THE VERVE
The Verve diamond everybody knows…
Released: 16 June / Album: ‘Urban Hymns’
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2/ ‘Song 2’ by BLUR
Scream it loud… ‘Woo-hoo Woo-hoo Woo-hoo Woo-hoo’
Released: 7 April / Album: ‘Blur’
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3/ ‘Kowalski’ by PRIMAL SCREAM
Hell of a ride with a smoking groove…
Released: 5 May / Album: ‘Vanishing Point’
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4/ ‘Paranoid Android’ by RADIOHEAD
Going massive with 4 songs in one…
Released: 26 May / Album: ‘OK Computer’
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5/ ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
Another bitter sweet symphony and Liam Gallagher going… lalalalalala
Released: 20 June / (Comeback) album: ‘Evergreen’
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6/ ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Crushing beats for hyperkinetic dancing…
Released: 18 March / Album: ‘Dig Your Own Hole’
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7/ ‘Electricity’ by SPIRITUALIZED
Spacey Jason Pierce on his best album ever…
Released: 28 July / Album: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space’
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8/ ‘Get Higher’ by BLACK GRAPE
Dance floor killer and hilarious lyrics…
Released: October / Album: ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’
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9/ ‘D’You Know What I Mean?’ by OASIS (7 juli)
Best song on their worst album…
Released: 7 July / Album: “Be Here Now’
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10/ ‘All You Good Good People’ by EMBRACE
Epic ballad, the band’s best shot…
Released: 17 February / Album: ‘The Good Will Out’
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