Talk:Bitter Sweet Symphony/Archive 1

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Lithuanian folk song elements?

The catchy tune of the song is very similar to a slowed down version of a Lithuanian folk song "Bitute Pilkoji". The origins and similarity is yet to be confirmed, but there is a discussion going on if it's a coincidence or not. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:00, 22 August 2009 (UTC)


There's a quote by someone called "Jones". Who is the article refering to? I've reread it several times, and I'm just not seeing it. Can someone point out (the probably simple fact or sentence) I'm missing? AnarchyElmo 23:20, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

The three people credited with providing additional material (Laurence Nelson, Alastair Johnson & Nick Carter) are collectively known as Canny, and under that name have remixed Electribe 101, Poloroid (sic) and Tin Tin Out. Readers unfamiliar with those names are most likely to have heard the Electribe 101 remix (Talking with Myself 98(7" Canny Remix)), a staple on chillout CD's ever since. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:38, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

Moby remix?

I believe that the Moby remix claim is false. Many unauthorized remixes are traded on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks and are ascribed to incorrect artists. Moby is often miscredited, for example as having written the dance music version of the "Mission Impossible" theme. I deleted this statement from the article. I'm willing to let someone put it back if they can cite an authoritative source. Moby's website does not claim such a remix. Also, a group known as "Rest Assured" released a song called "Treat Infamy" that uses the famous orchestral sample. I have read in places that The Verve suffered from using a sample already in the public domain which is why so many alternative versions have been produced. --nertzy 09:27, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

Another user posted a response to my comment above to my user discussion page. I will copy it below. --nertzy (talk) 00:28, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Hi, Regarding your comment here: , you can find Moby's remix of Bitter Sweet Symphony at this URL,
Although not a good place for a citation, it is most certainly proof of a remix of the song by Moby (talk) 10:11, 8 February 2008 (UTC)
I am going to remove this statement again. As you have already claimed, this is not a good citation. The site is not a definitive source and appears to spider for content, which opens the almost certain possibility that the site simply found an improperly tagged MP3 file elsewhere on the web: has number of automated features which are out of operator's control. The links are gathered automatically either through the submission tool, or through our spiders which automatically scan thousands of webpages for audio files. Since we do not manually select any particular files, we do not assume any responsibility or liability for the audio file, from completeness to legalities. However, is sensitive to the rights of copyright owners, and will try its best to remove any offending links or listings.[1]

--nertzy (talk) 00:33, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

I've added a quote from the Sage Gateshead and mentioned his VH2 live performance. I've also thrown in a Nick McCabe quote from his 'Excellent Online' interview. I've added a box to show the cover/running length/over general information. Gatesy 3:18, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

Rolling Stones

I haven't added this to the article yet, as I'm not sure how relevant it is: Carter USM, another indie band, had earlier troubles with the Rolling Stones' publishers. IIRC, full ownership of the song and a Jagger/Richards credit was demanded. What did Carter borrow? The words "And it's goodbye Ruby Tuesday" in the chorus! See Carter_USM#Rough_Trade; the song was After the Watershed (Early Learning The Hard Way). You may or may not want to add a reference here to put some historical perspective on to the Verve's battle. Your call. --kingboyk 20:18, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Surely in this case only the music credit would have gone to Jagger/Richards (and probably fairly)? Isn't it 50% music, 50% words? Or did they grab the whole damn lot?? --kingboyk 20:20, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm not precisely certain, but I think 'the whole damn lot'. The Verve were in a very bad bargaining position since it was holding up release of their album, and they needed the income. And I think the Stones group knew this, so were able to hold out for extremely favourable terms.WolfKeeper 23:11, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Hi, Just wanted to say this is an excellent article. Would love to see a quote from Mick on the affair, but I guess you would have added it if there was a source. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:52, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

I'm a bit puzzled by the whole "sampling" issue - while the song's melody and backing are clearly based on the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Last Time (actually just using a repeated 2-bar phrase), it's pretty obvious to my ears at least that it does not use an actual sample from the AOO recording, but a re-arranged and re-recorded version. The orchestration is markedly different; and it's a clean, modern recording as opposed to what even for the mid-60s was a muddy, mushy, over-compressed mix. As for what Mick thought about it, I seem to remember a quote at the time that he considered the Stones' songs to be effectively public domain so he wasn't really bothered. I also have a recollection of Andrew Oldham actually being behind the claim - perhaps he just recognised the alleged sample when he heard it, although it's also possible that he still earns a percentage from the Stones' songs and recordings made while he was their manager. Phosph (talk) 11:51, 29 September 2008 (UTC)phosp

I agree about the sampling issue - the song in itself is based on the Oldham track, but doesn't necessarily use a sample at all. The reason why I haven't changed the wording for the article is that I couldn't find a good source that would have stated the obvious. In the end someone linked to an article that had the often stated but seemingly incorrect guesses about sampling, and that has satisfied most editors so far. Liffey (talk) 19:54, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

The real name of the song ?

I think the real name of this song is "Bittersweet Symphony". That what we can see on this web site : So we may change the link of the page and other redirections ...

(Sorry i'am french :p)

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I think the two are used fairly interchangably. For example, see the CD cover used in the article: Image:Bitter Sweet Symphony CD1.jpg. GeeJo (t)(c) • 19:53, 2 July 2006 (UTC)
I can confirm this. On my computers, I have MusicMatch, iTunes, WMP, & RealPlayer. They all ID the track as Bittersweet Symphony. They all use the name above (the software uses Gracenote's CDDB to ID CDs). FreeDB uses the title of the article in their CDDB; see the record here. AllMusic uses Bittersweet Symphony as well; see their review of the track. So, I guess the name of this track is still up in the air. - Thanks, Hoshie 10:13, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
Hmm, well if the CD itself says its "Bitter Sweet", then that's probably the artist's intended spelling. However, my digital copy of the song says "Bittersweet", but I am guessing that's wrong. -- 06:20, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes,, iTunes, MusicMatch, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, RealPlayer and MySpace Music are a few of the examples of music websites that feature the name Bittersweet Symphony, but if we were to change the article name, remember that it would also be more correct to change the article name to Bittersweet Symphony (song). 最後の最初のチップを提供する (talk) 01:16, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

The video

The article states that the video was shot without using extras and that a member of the public attacked Ashcroft after he bumbep into him as part of the video. What a pile of shlock: common sense combined with even the tiniest insight into the amount of effort required to create 4:15 seconds of music television will quickly make people realise that the video was fairly meticulously scripted. A couple of examples; why arent all those people staring at the camera? Why does the driver of the car wait for the camera to pass her befor hopping out of the drivers seat and arguing into the lens?

I propose this remark be extracted a.s.a.p. unless someone can find a citation or clarification of any related events that did occur. Brigman 01:08, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

To the above:

The filming you are referring to was the first attempt, the one seen everywhere is the second, scripted event.

To the unsigned comment above:

Can you please cite that. Pro66 19:38, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Acoustic Version?

There's an acoustic version of this song occasionally played on the radio that only includes chords played on a guitar and Ashcroft's voice, but I can't find what album it's from or any other information about it. The length of the song is about 5:56 for reference. Does anyone have more info on this? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:57, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

link Enigmamsg 05:05, 18 February 2009 (UTC)