The Verve – 20 Mad Facts You Didn’t Know

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Richard has a fear of rats, which caused problems during the writing sessions for ‘A Storm In Heaven’ in a house in Wales, owned by a musician called Dr Phibes – the house was riddled with the furry little bastards. Richard lasted only a few days before fleeing; the rest of the band stayed and wrote for a month.

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The Verve In Concert – V-98

After recording their debut single ‘All In The Mind’ the band decided to listen to it on acid, hated it, scrapped the whole session and re-recorded the song in two days.

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When touring ‘A Storm In Heaven’, The Verve played several gigs with a formative Oasis as support. Ashcroft and the Gallaghers became close friends, Noel eventually writing ‘Cast No Shadow’ about the Verve frontman.

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Ashcroft claims he wrote the entire Verve album ‘Urban Hymns’ on his own and planned to release it under his own name before “bottling it at the end”.

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