Richard Ashcroft has claimed that Netflix wanted to make a TV show about ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’.
The Verve’s 1997 song with the Rolling Stones was famously at the center of a copyright row over its use of a four-second sample of an Andrew Log Oldham orchestral cover of their track ‘The Last Time’, which eventually allowed the 50-year-old singer to sing. All rights have to be given up.
And now Richard — who acquired the rights in 2019 and no longer owes royalties from the song — has claimed that the streaming service wanted to make a docudrama about the controversy.
He told the Daily Express newspaper: “by the way” [the song] Back to me is fantastic.
“I saw an absolutely terrible script Netflix was going to do about ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony.’ It was an insight into how far these shows can go from reality.”
The ‘Break the Night with Colour’ hitmaker hopes “Piece of Garbage” will never go ahead and display it on screen.
He continued: “It was an absolute piece of garbage. It’s scary enough that someone wants to make it up and make people believe it was reality. I just hope it doesn’t happen.”
The original line was spark because although permission had been obtained for the recording, the use of the song ‘The Last Time’ was not permitted, and Richard was therefore forced to relinquish all rights to the iconic track, including the total lyrical content.
But after his management appealed directly to Rolling Stones members Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, they agreed to give Richard the song back in 2019 to the extent that it is within their power to do so. Meaning that all future royalties made from the track will go. Richard.
But more importantly, Mick and Keith said they no longer needed writing credits for ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, as they admitted that as far as they were concerned, the song was the song of the ‘Sonnet’ hitmaker. Is.