Verve Song Named Saddest In British Rock

    Apparently the hard-working researchers at the Bristol Medial School have never seen “The Saddest Music in the World,” the indie flick of a few years ago that revolved around a contest to find… wait for it… the world’s saddest music. An article from Sound Generator discloses the results of a clinical test in which volunteers’ heart rates were monitored while they listened to music. The data sought to find what songs made respondents excited, sad, or happy.
    The Verve’s “The Drugs Don’t Work,” written by frontman Richard Ashcroft as he grappled with the death of his father, made volunteers more melancholy than any other in the study. Other Top of the Tearjerkers tunes included Robbie Williams’ “Angels” and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.” Newcomer Lily Allen was responsible for the happiest song with her good-times single “LDN,” while the Most Exciting category was topped by the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up,” Blur’s “Song 2,” and “Beautiful Day” from U2.
    If I was Richard Ashcroft, it would certainly be another song, “Bittersweet Symphony,” that caused my heart to sigh loudest. You’ll remember that a court ruled the band used too much of the Stones’ “The Last Time” in the song, forcing them to cede their copyright on the song to the otherwise destitute Jagger and Co. Ow-ee!