Bitter and not very sweet Symphony

Bitter Sweet Symphony, the lead single off The Verve’s Urban Hymns album, is what I consider to be one of the greatest songs of all time. If I had to pick one song to listen to for the rest of my life, this song will be my top pick. It doesn’t get old. It was released on the 16th of June, 1997 and was nominated for a Grammy award.

I only recently discovered that The Verve made no money from this song because they plagiarized the Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s version of The Rollin Stone’s song, ‘The Last Time’. When I first found out, I was a peeved at The Verve. After doing some research, I changed my mind.

The Last Time actually sounds nothing like ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. I am not a fan of this song.

The Verve managed to get the rights to use the sample of the orchestra version but used a bit too much. Take a listen:

Wow, great song, but I still don’t see how the Andrew Oldham Orchestra created this from ‘The Last Time’. It does not have the same impact ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ has.  The song lyrics of ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ were written by The Verve’s vocalist Richard Ashcroft. Regardless, the band lost all rights to the song due to its popularity. “The Rolling Stones got greedy when the song became successful” (Superwells). This is where it’s unjust. The Verve made the song their own and it is way better than the original. He wrote the lyrics! The Verve deserved fifty percent of the rights. At the Grammy Awards the nominees for the song were Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Well, that’s all in the past now. Let’s all remember what a brilliant song The Verve revolutionized and the impact it left on this planet.

*Purchase their last album, which was released in 2008, titled “Fourth”. The band has broken up and gotten back together so many times, I don’t know if they’re still together or not.

Source: Superwells – Sampling Law

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Truly Mad!

I’m back, as promised! As mentioned in my previous post, Savage Garden has two albums, ‘Savage Garden’ and ‘Affirmation’. They have a third album with all their songs together on one CD called, ‘Truly Madly Completely’. Here’s a quick review of the first two albums.

Australian release of ‘Savage Garden’

  1. “To the Moon and Back” – 5:41
  2. “Carry on Dancing” – 3:45
  3. “Tears of Pearls” – 3:46
  4. “I Want You” – 3:52
  5. “Truly Madly Deeply” – 4:37
  6. “Violet” – 4:04
  7. “All Around Me” – 4:11
  8. “Universe” – 4:20
  9. “A Thousand Words” – 4:00
  10. “Break Me Shake Me” – 3:23
  11. “Mine” – 4:30
  12. “Santa Monica” – 3:37

Released on March 4, 1997, this album sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. It debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts for 6 weeks. If you happen to buy the album, you MUST listen to their signature songs, ‘To the Moon and Back’, ‘I Want You’ and ‘Truly Madly Deeply’. As with all other songs on the album, these three songs are by far the most popular ones. With a catchy tune and romantic lyrics, these songs will definitely make any Valentine’s Day dinner a very special occasion. Rating: 8.5/10.

Australian release of ‘Affirmation’

  1. “Affirmation” – 4:56
  2. “Hold Me” – 4:50
  3. “I Knew I Loved You” – 4:10
  4. “The Best Thing” – 4:19
  5. “Crash and Burn” – 4:41
  6. “Chained to You” – 4:08
  7. “The Animal Song” – 4:39
  8. “The Lover After Me” – 4:50
  9. “Two Beds and a Coffee Machine” – 3:27
  10. “You Can Still Be Free” – 4:18
  11. “Gunning Down Romance” – 5:34
  12. “I Don’t Know You Anymore” – 3:50
  13. “The Animal Song (Hector Hex Club Mix)” (Bonus track which appears on the Australian edition)

Following the success of their debut album, they released another album two years later. The MUST listen songs on this album include, ‘Affirmation’, ‘I Knew I Loved You’ and ‘Crash and Burn’. ‘Affirmation’ has meaningful lyrics, so meaningful that Savage Garden was asked to perform the song live during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. ‘I Knew I Loved You’ and ‘Crash and Burn’ covers pretty much the same scope as the previous songs, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ and ‘To The Moon and Back’ respectively. All the other songs on this album are catchy as well, with meaningful lyrics that will definitely make you reflect about your life and make comparisons. Rating: 8/10.

In all, Savage Garden did a marvellous job in appealing to Australian music critics and music enthusiasts. Too bad the band broke up too early. Hope they will reunite sometime in the near future.

Source(s): Wikipedia