Video Vixens: The Verve

As we all know, one of the questions I'm most fond of asking folks is what they consider to be the best song ever written. It's definitely an impossible question, and everyone has a different reply. I don't know that I could ever truly choose a favorite song, but I've got a handful of songs that are pretty close. Naturally, several of them come courtesy of The Verve.

Pardon me if I've already told this story, but I can still remember sitting in a class whilst in college and having an incredulous realization one day as I read a William Blake poem. It was so strange, that feeling of deja vu, knowing that I had somehow known those lines before, though I was reading "London" for the first time. The reason, of course, is simple. Captain Rock himself, the one and only Richard Ashcroft, had "borrowed" heavily from Blake for the song "History." But as I always say, if you're going to borrow, take from the best. And Ashcroft most certainly did. 

Much like the poem, the song "History" is thought-provoking, moving, and terribly beautiful. The video, for its part, is actually a compendium of clips from other Verve videos, but I think the shots fit the song (though they ultimately take a backseat to the music). An overcast September day such as this feels just right for listening to some classic, impeccable Verve greatness. I can't even begin to express to you just how very much I love this song, and I do hope that if this is your first time hearing it, you love it as well.


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