One of the U.K’s biggest selling Indie bands of the 90s!
The Verve are a British rock band formed in 1989, in Wigan. Among their bigger hits, you find Bitter Sweet Symphony, Lucky Man and The Drugs Don’t Work.
Since their first debut album, A Storm In Heaven, critics have always favored The Verve as one of the main 90s British rock acts.
After ten years of success, the band broke up in 1999.
Seen by many as one of the giants of British indie music of the 90s, The Verve made a big impact on English popular culture alongside bands such as Radiohead, Blur, Oasis, and Elbow.
Not about illegal drugs
The Drugs Don’t Work has had a massive reach globally. When Ben Harper covered it on his Live From Mars album, the song effectively broke America for The Verve.
As the title indicates, most people would have thought that it was an anti-drug song, which it is, but not in the way we may have first believed.
Originally having the meaning that drugs didn’t work for Richard Ashcroft’s father who was dying of cancer, the song had its meaning slightly tweaked in order to give off a more ambiguous statement.
Being one of three massive hits (including Bitter Sweet Symphony and Lucky Man) from the album Urban Hymns in 1997, The Verve managed to cross over from indie to mass market during 1998.
Interestingly enough, the band had actually split up prior to the making of Urban Hymns which was their third record.
Luckily, Richard Ashcroft managed to quickly gather two new members and got the album finished.
Ashcroft pursued a solo career a few years later but he didn’t reach the same heights as with the band. In 2007, when they reunited, all seemed to fall into place again. When the tour was booked, it sold out in twenty minutes.
The Drugs Don’t Work – Chords & Guitar Lessons
The Drugs Don’t Work is a seemingly easy song to play for a beginner, having simple chords with just a few extensions here and there.
Using only simple open position chords, it is only the F chord that may present a problem, or is it?
The Drugs Don’t Work – Lyrics
All this talk of getting old,
it’s getting me down my love.
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown,
this time I’m comin’ down.