Verve, those neo-psychedelic thrash meisters, hired Owen Morris to
record their latest album, A Northern Soul and got more than
they bargained for. Morris, who produced Oasis's Definitely
Maybe trashed a recording studio, causing thousands of dollars of
damage. Wielding a chair, he demolished a speaker stack, and then
smashed the huge window between a studio and mixing room. Richard
Ashcroft, a member of The Verve, revealed that "Owen put the speaker
through because he was enjoying a song so much! He's the best
putter-through of windows I've ever seen. He was having a bit of a
nervous breakdown at the time. But then he's worked with Oasis--and
that would push most people close." Ashcroft was very effusive, after
he found out that the damages weren't coming out of his royalties.
A Northern Soul is due for release on July 3, and features Owen's
buddy, Liam Gallagher, adding his own special brand of nonsense to the
track titled "History." The single, "This Is Music," will be out May
1. According to Ashcroft, "Oasis came down when we were doing the
record. 'History' includes Liam clapping his head off." Ha Ha Thump.
Ashcroft admitted he also had personal problem during the making of
the album. "I broke up with someone I was with for six years. If I
hadn't had the album I would have fallen down to the bottom. I've been
everywhere these past six months. But I think everyone has a breakdown
once in a while. Now people are just treating me with kid gloves."
Maybe it's Owen they should be treating that way. Anyway The Verve
(formerly just plain Verve; in America they were forced to change
their name to The Verve, in order to avoid a lawsuit with Verve
Records) supports Oasis on their upcoming swing through the UK and
Paris during the next two weeks.