. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – The Verve in session for John Peel – Feb. 13, 1992 – BBC Radio 1
Ending up a hectic and strange week with a session from The Verve, recorded for John Peel at The BBC on February 13, 1992. Fronted by the charismatic Richard Ashcroft, The Verve had been around for a while before their fortunes changed in 1997 with the release of Urban Hymns,containing the masterful Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Drugs Don’t Work and Lucky Man. Bitter Sweet Symphony was Grammy nominated for Best Rock Song in 1999. A sign their popularity became worldwide.
Through several breakups and plagued with drama, drugs and lawsuits, The Verve kept things going, until the final breakup in 2009 – and even then, there have been rumors of a reunion, despite the members going off on different directions.
Tonight it’s The Verve during their first taste of critical success. The release of their first three singles solidified much of the buzz the band was getting, almost since their inception in 1990. This session comes around the time of their first record deal (having signed with Hut Records in 1991) and the release of those first three singles.
One of the truly great bands of the 90s, The Verve were never predictable and far from formulaic. They were originals and they were part of a very fresh breath of air, that still resonates today.
Play loud and get ready for the weekend.