Richard Ashcroft: ‘I’d rather listen to Rihanna than 90% of this critically-acclaimed shit’

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The Verve man speaks out on the state of indie

Richard Ashcroft has spoken out about the state of modern indie, saying that he’d ‘rather listen to Rihanna than 90% of this critically-acclaimed shit’.

The former Verve frontman turned solo icon was speaking to Radio X, when he said that a song having ‘indie credentials’ didn’t necessarily make it better.

“Just because something’s kinda indie and whatever and only a few people know it, it doesn’t give it more authenticity over Rihanna’s Work work work,” he said.  “I’d rather listen to the intro of her tune than 90% of the shit that is supposedly critically acclaimed or alternative rock.”

Speaking of how The Verve’s seminal hit ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ opened his eyes to more mainstream music, he added: “It proves to me you can do something unique and the public can still accept it and it can still be huge and popular.”

Last year while completing a huge UK arena tour, Ashcroft explained why he chooses not to play certain songs from The Verve’s back catalogue.

“I think I’ve just avoided over the years the tunes I think we wrote as a collective in a way,” he told Kay, before adding, “these are the songs I wrote and arranged etcetera. The other ones are the ones the band wrote collectively. Yeah I wrote the lyrics and whatever, but you know Nick (McCabe) would come up with the riff or etcetera.”

Richard Ashcroft’s upcoming 2017 tour dates are below

Tue April 18 2017 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Thu April 20 2017 – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
Sat April 22 2017 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Fri June 30 2017 – MANCHESTER Castlefield Bowl