other bands & influences

What makes the Verve so unique and powerful is the eclectic set of bands that comprise the list of influences they have. When Richard was interviewed in October of 1997 on Modern Rock Live, he was asked what he and the rest of the band listen to. His response was this:

"It's very difficult when people ask us what our influences, or what we're listening to. It's very vast and varied. It could be Funkadelic. It could be Big Star. It could be hip-hop. It could be a DJ Shadow track. It could be something from the Mo-Wax label. It could be, the Stooges. It could be rock and roll. It could be Miles Davis. It could be... Basically we were lucky at the age of 16. We had a friend and we were getting very interested in music and he was the obsessive. He was the guy who went and stole money to buy records and brought them back. We listened to them and devoured them."
"The same old giants seem to come back into the cd player every once in a while. You revisit them like a great film. You can watch a great film again when you get a bit older and you see it in a different light. I think that's the kind of music that turns me on: it's music that has that kinda of depth."
So what exactly is in the mixture of bands and sounds that have inspired the band?

Like Richard has said there are many. To list them all would be difficult, but Alternative Press breaks it down this way: (May 1998 issue)

The Stooges

The Verve can be raw, sexy, and powerful, especially live; the source of those qualities largely comes from the Stooges

Recommended: Fun House (Elektra, 1970)


Funkadelic's spacious jams and irrestistably funky rhythms never fail to satisfy the Verve's psychedelic jones. Eddie Hazel probably inspired Verve guitarist Nick McCabe.

Recommended: Maggot Brain (Westbound, 1971)

Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page's talent for combining guitar virtuosity with memorable song structures served as another blueprint for McCabe.

Recommended: Physical Graffiti (Atco/Atlantic, 1975)


The German band's repetitive, hypnotic rhythms and transcendental jamming inspired the Verve's more psychedelic excursions.

Recommended: Tago Mago (Mute, 1971)

Al Green

Possessor of arguably the silkiest soul voice ever, Green set an unattainable standard for interpreting heart-wrenching love songs. Richard Ashcroft surely admires Green's ability to emote profoundly while staying in tune.

Recommended: Greatest Hits (Motown, 1975)

John Lennon

The Beatle's soul-baring solo albums obviously meant a lot to Ashcroft; both of these Northern Souls went through emotional hell and came back to write great songs about their travails.

Recommended: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (Apple, 1970)

Patti Smith

It's all about the passion, man - and the poetic imagery. Plus, Patti didn't take shit from anybody.

Recommended: Horses (Arista, 1975)

Nick Drake

This morose, tuneful balladeer wa the epitome of sadder-than-thou songwriting in the early '70s; Ashcroft aspires to reach Drake's intimate delivery and eloquent melancholy in his stripped down ballads.

Recommended: Fruit Tree box set (Hannibal, 1986)

There are also some bands that share the same fanbase as the Verve does. Discussion on the Verve list has shown that these artist are some, but not all of the favorites of most Verve fans:


Most Verve fans enjoy J. Spaceman's beautiful symphonies of noise, melody, floaty guitars, and free-form jazz.


Radiohead's strength lies in their abilty to create brilliant, complex, passionate rock, the likes of which has never been heard before.

Recommended: Ladies and Gentleman, We Are Floating In Space
Recommended: OK Computer


Soaring, echoey guitars combine with haunting melodies. Shoe gazing at its most sublime.

The Stone Roses

Richard has even said it himself: this band proved that it was possible for the younger generation to make just as powerful music as their elders.

Recommended: Souvlaki
Recommended: The Stone Roses

Smashing Pumpkins

This band was one of the first bands the Verve supported in their early days. Their earlier material will satisfy your rock jones.

Massive Attack

This Bristol outfit pioneered slower beats and smooth sampling to creat a genre called "trip hop".

Recommended: Gish
Recommended: Blue Lines

Catherine Wheel

This band takes some of the shoe gazing guitar sound and added a whole bunch of adrenaline to make passionate breathtaking music.

DJ Shadow

This DJ is one of the Verve's favorites, so much that Richard has worked with him on the side project U.N.K.L.E.

Recommended: Chrome
Recommended: Entroducing...


How could you forget these guys? Remember that Oasis opened for the Verve at one point!


As the original shoe-gazers, Ride helped create the scene in which the Verve thrived.

Recommended: Definitely Maybe
Recommended: Nowhere

Primal Scream

Another band with a list of influences as eclectic as the Verve's.


Many Verve fans have been fans of this band also.

Recommended: Screamadelica
Recommended: The Unforgettable Fire

You can always investigate the tastes of the person who made this page.

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