The Verve tonight. One of the pivotal bands of the 90s in a session for BBC Radio 1’s Mark Radcliffe and recorded on December 7, 1993. Their uniqueness and avant-garde sensibilities worked in their favor almost from the get-go. The Verve initially got together in 1990, and by 1991 they were already signed to their first label deal and were already getting a solid fan base. Their debut album, A Storm In Heaven was a critical success, but only a moderate success in sales. That would soon change as the band embarked on a number of tours, supporting a number of acts, from Oasis to Smashing Pumpkins, and were a highlight of the 1994 Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.
And with their increased popularity and their increased touring also came stories of increased wretched excess with tales of massive amounts of drugs and veritable seas of alcohol fueling speculation that the band were on a crash course to oblivion. The drugs and the alcohol did take their toll, and The Verve broke up at one point in 1995, only to resume in 1996. However, even that was short-lived as Richard Ashcroft announced in April 1999 that The Verve were now relegated to history.
So this session, one of at least two for Mark Radcliffe during their tenure, puts them right around the time of their debut album, when things are news and the drugs and alcohol are still fun.
If you missed them this first time around, check this one out and catch up. They were an astonishing band who have emerged over the years as one of the leading lights in the 90s Indie/Alternative scene. Okay . . .they were considered Brit-Pop too, but I tend to disagree with that. Check it out and see for yourself. Play loud.
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