Indie stalwarts, The Verve have revealed that the in inspiration for their hit song, The Drugs Don’t Work, was their inability to be racist.

The band made the comments following this week’s admission by Roseanne Barr that it was sleeping tablets that caused her racism.

Band guitarist, John Squire said,”We always wondered why everything we wrote had no racism in it. We thought that it could be down to us not being racist. But we quickly dismissed that. We had some time in the studio looking at the reasons for it. The only thing we could think of was that the drugs just weren’t working.”

The Verve were speaking on a biopic that was made to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the release of their hit album, Moseley Shoals.

One fan said, “It makes a lot of sense now. I often wonder why bands don’t all just turn into Skrewdriver. When you think about it, lots of them do drugs. It’s obviously the bands who have rubbish dealers that don’t become racist.”

However, it doesn’t seem so simple. One expert, Dr Frederick Seddon said, “It must be limited to a particular type of drug. Otherwise the Happy Mondays would be poster boys for the Ku Klux Klan.”

The Ku Klux Klan for their part believe it is sleeping tablets that cause racism. Klansman Troy Roger-Roger IV said, “I was pretty passive about the whole thing. Then one night I took a whole load of Night Nurse. Next thing I know I’ve got the urge to burn big wooden crosses in my front garden. Before the bottle was finished I’d took part in my first lynching.”

Fact checked by Snopes; Plagiarised by Andrew Neil; Nancy Sinatra's favourite Rochdale satirist; sued by Chris Froome and winner of the 1922 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.* *Not all of these necessarily true.