"Believe it or not, this is about Richard Ashcroft. He always seemed to me to not be very happy with what was going on around him, almost trying too hard. That’s why it goes, ‘He was bound with the weight of all the words he tried to say’. I always felt he was born at the wrong time, and in the wrong place, and he was always trying to say the right things, but they came out wrong.
"I played him the song, and he nearly started crying. I was like, ‘Come on, hold yourself together, son! Easy now.’ In a way, it’s about all my friends who are in groups. We are bound with the weight of all the words we have to say. We’re always looking for more." - Noel Gallagher on Cast No Shadow (‘95 Select Magazine)
The Dark of The Matinee by Franz Ferdinand
You must follow, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It’s better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes, it’s mine
Liam: “I’d like to build myself a house out of tangerines”
"I’d love to slap you on the shin for my mate, Mr. Flea"
Sing along, everybody!
Four wonderful ink drawings of the Verve by a fan known only as Ashley. I found her work on an old fan site from the ’90s. If you’re around, Ashley, contact me and I’ll give you proper credit!
From top: Richard, Simon, Nick, and one of Richard dancing.