Or maybe that’s totally wrong, and the song isn’t even about recreational drugs, but concerns medication. In interviews Ashcroft said he’d suffered from depression. And some interpretations tie the song to the loss of his father when Ashcroft was a boy.
Either way, this song, whose video follows on immediately from Bitter Sweet Symphony’s, was The Verve’s only UK #1.
Extract from page 325 of 2000 Tunes: A History of Manchester Music by M. H. Rees; used with permission. Read the whole series (25 extracts) here; or my summary post. Readers might be interested in my forthcoming novel about a man obsessed with Manchester music - confusingly, it is also called 2000 Tunes!