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Scott Causer talks about his early encounter with The Verve  

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"I’d never met anyone from Wigan before… One guy was pretty tall and skinny, his name was Rich…"

 Scott Causer talks to Fuck Yeah The Verve about his early encounter with The Verve, and explains how a Stone Roses gig in Blackpool changed the landscape of British rock 

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Scott Causer is a musician and a co-founder of Northern Star Records, an independent British record label that has launched the careers a multitude of bands and featured some of the big names of psych rock. Founded by Causer and Andy Oliver in 2005, and launched in March 2006, Northern Star Records continues to release records in the vein of early-Verve psychedelia.
Indeed, Causer carries The Verve’s legacy in his label’s name. 
"To be honest there wasn’t that much thought behind it," he says.
"The truth is we were called Levitation Records. Then I wanted to change it to Northern Soul Records after The Verve, but then I thought there may be confusion with the genre so changed it to Northern Star."
A fan since the release of All in the Mind in 1992, Causer was lucky enough to see The Verve live in 1997, a year he says was important to him in the way of life-changing events.
"I saw them once at a festival in Reading and they were MINDBLOWING! One of the greatest live bands ever!"
But seeing the band live is not the only Verve experience Causer has had, nor the closest. 
"I’ve never met Nick McCabe, but the lads (Nova Saints) have told me stories about him," he says.
"I’ve had some emails off him.  He loved Psychedelica 3.  Was really enthusiastic about it and sent me a really nice message.  I know Mig [Shillace of Black Submarine] really well.  I once spent a New Year’s Eve at his place  - The Louisiana in Bristol.”
Causer reveals he also had a personal encounter with a very young Richard Ashcroft. 
"I was a teenager and the second gig I ever went to see was The Stone Roses in Blackpool," he says.
The date was August 12, 1989, and though the show would go down in Northern rock folklore in its own right, Causer remembers it for a distinctly personal reason.
 "Before the show we were (underage) drinking with some guys.  They were from Wigan.  They were older than us and we were all small-town boys. I’d never met anyone from Wigan before and they’d never met anyone like us.
"One guy was pretty tall and skinny, his name was Rich (… you know what’s coming now, don’t you?)."
Though Verve fans reading this have most likely made the connection between this skinny guy named Rich and The Verve, at the time Causer knew nothing of the would-be rockstar.
"Now me and my friend Adam Walton were both in bands, and Rich tells us of this band he’s in - they’re gonna be bigger and better than The Stone Roses. I thought he was funny and liked his cockiness, but Adam’s very competitive and they started having a ‘friendly’ argument about music.  Adam didn’t like him at all.
"Anyway, we went to the show. Next day we see these lads at the station and Rich is going, ‘Watch out for us, watch out…’ "
Unknown to Causer and Walton at the time, there was truth in the quirky frontman’s playful prediction. 
"18 months later I’m watching the TV and this band comes on," Causer recalls.
"It’s Rich with his band Verve doing ‘All in the Mind’. Blew me away!" 
Causer still reminisces about The Stone Roses’ Empress Ballroom show and his encounter with Ashcroft.
"I think Richard was the only one from the band there that night, but I distinctly remember him, and Adam remembers it too," he says.
The fateful gig was also attended by two other young Northerners, who too would go on to change the very landscape of 1990s British rock.
"Noel and Liam Gallagher, as well as Ashcroft, were in the audience," Causer says.  

Touting it as a classic gig that defined the band, Louder Than War’s Carl Stanley considers The Stone Roses’ 1989 Blackpool gig as “a show that’s etched deeply into the band’s live history, marking that point when The Stone Roses put themselves and Manchester on the map”.
Causer agrees.
"We knew The Stone Roses and the Blackpool show was going to be legendary," he says. 
There’s essentially no need to explain where Ashcroft and the Gallagher brothers ended up, but they weren’t the only punters influenced that night.
"Adam is now a DJ at the BBC and I run a record label and play in bands," Causer explains.
"That night changed our lives and a lot of others by the looks of it, too."

All credits to Fuck Yeah The Verve
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