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90s Kids: Richard Ashcroft is still livid over Bitter Sweet Symphony

90s Kids: Richard Ashcroft is still livid over Bitter Sweet Symphony
The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony was a massive hit in the 90s, but an ensuing lawsuit over a sample led to other writers being credited and money being, well, let’s say moved. It turns out that, years later, singer Richard Ashcroft is still very bitter…
…and declaring war.
Below is the text of an interview he gave on Kyle Meredith With… (via NME), and it appears he’s going full bore after ABKCO (the company behind the suit), and the son of former boss Allen Klein.
“Fucking Mr. Junior now has taken over that company. I’m coming for that money...Someone stole god knows how many million dollars off me in 1997, and they’ve still got it. In terms, in normal basic terms, I don’t care where you come from, that’s serious matter. So I’m telling him, I’m telling Allen Klein Jr., I’m coming for my money, man. You know, when his dad was around, people could intimidate people by being a gangster in the music industry… Unfortunately, anyone who takes over that business, we now live in a world where anyone can be a gangster, anyone can be a virtual gangster, you can be a gangster in whatever way you want, you can form two phone calls, you can find a gangster. Everyone’s a gangster.
So, there’s no gangster fucking attitude anymore. There’s no fear with this shit, with like some big figure. You know, it makes me laugh when I hear about these big managers from the ’70s and stuff. It’s like, ‘Get out of here. You wouldn’t last five minutes…’, these guys now. Because it’s a different world now, and anyone who would work for that company would know that… If I was them, I would sign for a real-life sort of TV show of ABKCO records over the next few years because it’s going to be so funny, some of their internal meetings on how they handle this shit… Because at the end of the day, they’re just people, going to work, ultimately. Most of the people who worked there are dead anyway. You know what I mean?
It’s like, The Rolling Stones don’t even have the balls to fucking have it. It takes me on my own to fucking do it. The Rolling Stones can’t even have fucking have ABKCO, that’s how fucking bizarre it’s got. You’ve got a super fucking big Mack truck, and they don’t even want to turn left and run over the bug. They don’t even want to go turn left, but I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m happy now.’ I understood.
“Basically, something happened a few weeks ago, and I’m like, ‘Okay, I get it. I understand what’s necessary now,’ I realised, I filtered it down what happened back in ’97, filtered it down to its raw essence – a gangster stole 50% of something that’s worth at least a hundred million dollars already. So, you know, I’m never going to forget that.”
This part of my life story is good because it’s part of this epic story, which started with The Staple Singers, which starts again with the story of music, and the story of the manipulation, and the kind of outright dilution of the spirit, the capturing of the spirit, the marketing of the spirit, the death of the spirit, the reawakening of the spirit — not only personally, but as a community… That we’re no longer going to be used as little pawns, some pathetic little political bullshit game. Because we hold the keys, something way more powerful, it’s just that, if you don’t realise you got the keys, then you don’t realise you got the keys, you know what I’m saying?”
Watch out.

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