ABOUT 'SkidVid Gold' VIDEOS. Over the coming months I will occasionally be releasing a series of videos tagged 'SkidVid Gold'. These are all songs/videos that have been selected by myself, and have been a success commercially, or simply because they are some of my all-time favourites. I hope you like them too. [skirgsk]
THE VERVE - BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY [SkidVid Gold_XviD], single/video released June 16th 1997.
Disc rip, no logos, edited and encoded 720x540 XviD
[ NOTE: The video was shot using a blue filter, so don't adjust your monitor's colour settings]
ScreenShots included in file.
'Bitter Sweet Symphony' is a song by British alternative rock band The Verve, and is the lead track on their third album Urban Hymns . It was released on June16th 1997 as the first single from the album, reaching No.2 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was released in the United States in early 1998, peaking at No.12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also became infamous for the legal controversy surrounding its use of an orchestral sample as its hook. Rolling Stone ranked 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' as the 382nd best song of all time. In May 2007, NME magazine placed 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' at No.18 in its list of the "50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever". In September 2007, Q published a list of "Top 10 Tracks" as selected via a poll of 50 songwriters; 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' is included.
The video for 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' features Richard Ashcroft lip-syncing the song while walking down a busy street, Ashcroft refuses to change his stride or direction throughout, apparently oblivious to what is going on around him. He repeatedly bumps into passers-by [causing at least one to trip and fall], narrowly avoids being hit by a car, and jumps on top of the bonnet of another vehicle stopped in his path. Ashcroft starts walking from the southeast corner of the intersection of Hoxton and Falkirk Streets in Hoxton, North London, subsequently proceeding north along the east side of Hoxton Street. The "sidewalk journey" format was inspired by the music video for the Massive Attack song 'Unfinished Sympathy', in which Shara Nelson sings while walking through a Los Angeles neighborhood. Filming for the video took two days due to an interruption on the first day; a passing man, unaware of the nature of the video shoot, attacked Ashcroft after he bumped into him. Extras were used during the second day of filming.