The Verve

~ Group


The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1993 A Storm in Heaven 5
1995 A Northern Soul 4 3
1997 Urban Hymns 4.35 5
2008 Forth 8

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 No Come Down (B Sides & Outtakes) 2
2004 This Is Music: The Singles 92-98 4

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
Live Wigan 1
The Acoustic Sessions 1
Voyager 1 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 All in the Mind 1
1992 She's a Superstar 1
1992 Gravity Grave 1
1993 Blue 2
1993 Slide Away 2
1995 This Is Music 1
1995 On Your Own 2
1995 History 2
1997 Bitter Sweet Symphony 7
1997 Sonnet 1
1997 The Drugs Don't Work 4
1997 Lucky Man 2
2008 Love Is Noise 5
2008 Rather Be 4


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Verve EP 1

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