A Northern Soul - "The Verve" - Play this track here.
Released June 1995, A Northern Soul is the second studio album by English rock band The Verve. The title is a reference to Northern Soul, a popular soul movement in Britain during the 1960s at which Wigan (The Wigan casino) was near its epicentre.
The Verve formed in 1990 in Wigan with Richard Ashcroft on vox, guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones, and drummer Peter Salisbury. Simon Tong later became a member. Beginning with a psychedelic sound indebted to shoegazing and space rock, by the mid-1990s the band had released several EPs and three albums.
I had first heard a track from their first album on a magazine compilation and was then hooked.
For this 2nd album the band de-camped to their Wigan-based practice room to begin writing and recording songs for their second studio album. Commenting on the effect that working in the "dank rehearsal room" had on the band's songwriting process, frontman Richard Ashcroft stated:
"Practising in a dungeon in Wigan for this record, you're devoid of any kind of fashion, or thought of 'This is what we should be doing'. Like a band that goes into the studio and plays the music they hear in their heads rather than what they read in magazines".
Critical acclaim was heaped upon the album (justifyably). Guitar Magazine writer Dan Eccleston claimed "the band retreated to their Wigan rehearsal room and plugged in, tuned up and flipped out into that parallel universe wherein the Verve song resides. And the result is A Northern Soul - a record whose deep, dark funky rock makes their actually rather lovely '93 debut A Storm in Heaven sound almost limp. The Verve essence remains - swirling guitar arpeggios, grand rock themes, sprawling structures - but it's warmer, denser and more powerful in every way."
If you like this track, this album or Urban Hymms which followed it should be your starting point. Tell 'em I sent you!
Wigan Athletic Football Club is a professional football (Soccer ! ) team based in Wigan, Greater Manchester. They compete in the Premier League, in which they have been playing since their promotion from the Championship in 2005. Wigan's current spell in the Premier League is the only top flight run in the club's history.
They have played at the DW Stadium since 1999, which they now own, sharing the stadium with rugby league club Wigan Warriors. They previously played at Springfield Park for 67 years.
As of the 2009–10 season, Wigan Athletic are the youngest club in the Premier League, having only been formed in 1932. Sporting goods retailer JJB Sports—whose former chairman Dave Whelan owns Wigan Athletic and his company DW Sports Fitness is currently the stadium's main sponsor.
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