Money Money

Album: Natural Rebel (2018)
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  • Richard Ashcroft is known for elegant tracks augmented with refined string sections, but his Natural Rebel album closes with this blistering rocker, which takes a much more aggressive sonic approach. In a Songfacts interview with Ashcroft, he explained that the song is taking aim at modern music: "I'm sick of the lame guitars, I'm sick of bands or artists that come under the guise of 'rock.' They're driving the whole genre off the cliff."
  • Money has long been of interest to Ashcroft, who famously sang:

    Try to make ends meet
    You're a slave to money, then you die


    Ashcroft's family struggled to make ends meet, but once be became a rock star and became a top earner, he discovered the problems money could cause on the other side of it. One thing is clear: It makes the world go 'round.
  • This song serves as a message that Ashcroft is planning to take action in the case of "Bitter Sweet Symphony," the song he wrote for The Verve that he signed the publishing rights to under duress. The short story: The song sampled an orchestral version of a Rolling Stones song, and although the sample itself was cleared, the publishing rights to the original song weren't, and that song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and controlled by ABKCO Records, owned by their former manager Allen Klein. In order to release the song on the Urban Hymns album, Ashcroft had to sign away all the publishing rights to "Bitter Sweet Symphony." He groused about it many times over the years, but never took legal action. That could change.

    "It's a message to ABKCO Records," he told Songfacts. "At some point in 1997 a tremendous amount of money was stolen from me and I'm coming back for it."

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