“Bittersweet Symphony”, The Verve

This is such a great song, and I wrote a lot more about it than I expected to. Enjoy this reblog!

What I Like Is Sounds

Bittersweet Symphony

This song was all over the place in 1998.  There wasn’t anything on the radio or MTV that sounded like it.  A powerful wave of Britpop bands were sweeping the music world, and I was happily caught up in it.  Yes, The Verve totally ripped off the Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral version of The Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time,” but that barely sounded like the Stones’ version anyway.  But the Stones still got 100% royalties from this song once the lawsuit was settled.  But let’s get back to The Verve, shall we?

I didn’t really know anything about them or Richard Ashcroft, but I probably thought he was trying to pull off some Liam Gallagher swagger in the brilliantly simple video for “Bittersweet Symphony.”  I bought the cassette single, and it was one of the songs I played repeatedly as I drove aimlessly through the summer of my 25th

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