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The Drugs Don't Work

Features of This Track

mellow rock instrumentation
a subtle use of vocal counterpoint
a subtle use of vocal harmony
extensive vamping
major key tonality
string section beds
melodic songwriting
mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
acoustic rhythm guitars
sad lyrics
emphasis on instrumental arranging

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mikedearmas1
At one time the drugs stop working for everyone. 10-14-2007
One of the best songs I've ever heard from one of the best albums of the nineties.
exquisite_so l a c e
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exquisite_so l a c e
The verve’s 1997 dirge “The Drugs Don’t Work” is about lead singer Richard Ashcroft’s dad as he lay dying in his hospital bed. It’s so depressing that it may affect people physically. In 2006, Harry Witchel, a physiologist at the University of Bristol in England, examined the body’s response to pop music. Of all the songs he studied, “The Drugs Don’t Work” had the most profound impact, slowing down heart rates and breathing. “It works like the emotional state of sadness,” says Witchel.
Pheeeew, depressing song. Gotta love it though, we've all gone through bad stuff, and we need something to remind ourselves that we had the strength to push on.
Took me awhile to like this song but I love it now. Visit Verve's website to see video.

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