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Releasing a single called 'Money to Burn' from his upcoming solo album suggests that Richard Ashcroft, until recently lead singer of pop group The Verve, enjoys extravagance. He admires Californian architecture: 'Some of the classic, well-designed Los Angeles Modernist pads that were built in the 50s and 60s are very angular, with beautiful glass windows . . . Although they're really vulgar in places, there are a few key late 60s houses in the hills that are absolutely stunning.'