It can only be everyone’s favourite band from Manchester after Oasis, The Smiths and Doves. Of course it can only be The Verve, led by miserable-looking git, Richard Ashcroft. Hecklerspray aims to start a campaign to name 2007 the Chinese year of past-it bands that everyone was glad to see the back of reforming because they’ve spent all their money on cocaine, booze, women or a combination of all three.
This year we’ve been subjected to bands reuniting for, ahem, their love of music and definitely not because their solo careers have gone tits up, or their ventures in to the zany world of catering have not gone as successful as planned. Even Sting, the man who boasted that he can have sex longer than any human in the whole wide world, declared that The Police were going to sing some songs and prance around on stage for a few hours. They currently are doing this, even though one of them said they are shit.
Other artists that have realised it's easy to reunite then go busking in the street include East 17 who came back together for a one off gig, Take That even though pie-munching Robbie Williams said no and Crowded House who disappointed millions by planning to record more godawful records. And now The Verve have announced they are to return at the end of the year with a few gigs and a potential new album.
Everyone knows who The Verve are don’t they? Their only real hit that everyone remembers is Bitter Sweet Symphony. Still unsure? Most of the time when England gets knocked out of a major sporting competition, the tune is used in the credits to pull the heartstrings of the nation. Just wait till Tim Henman gets knocked out of Wimbledon, it’ll be used then. It’s the video where pasty-faced Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft knobs down the street thinking he owns the place as he bashes into various members of the public and even prances on somebody’s motor.
After splitting in 1999 due to various arguments that probably went along the lines of “My guitar is bigger than yours,” “You only have the 1987 version?” and “My amp has power than yours” the band went off to do all manner of different things, the more notable being Richard Ashcroft’s dodgy solo career.
The media reported many bitter arguments between the various members, so it strikes us as odd that a band who once hated each other would reunite eight years on. A few measly tour dates have been announced for the arse-end of the year where we expect them to sell for much more than the probably hefty price they’ll originally be sold for.
The Verve Reform – Monsters And Critics