It just so happened to be their first record as a four-piece in 16 years. In anticipation of The Magic Whip 's release on Monday April 27 , we underwent the nigh-impossible task of whittling down Blur's ten greatest singles. Here are the results. You know, the "woohoo" one. It also happens to be a bit of a pisstake, lightly poking fun at the mighty grunge movement rolling on in the '90s.
9 To the End
If you really want to read this, try using The Internet Archive. The return of Blur sent the DiS team into a tizzy. To celebrate, we've attempted to compile a "definitive list" of their best songs. Blur are back??? Yes, if you didn't catch wind of their big announcement earlier, they play Hyde Park on Saturday 20th June more info. Plus you should probably mark 27th April in your diary, as that day will see the release of a brand new album from Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave. Marc Burrows: Of all the eras of Blur to return to, you'd not expect The Great Escape to be their go-to for a new single, yet that's exactly the era of the band most heavily invoked here. The "oh-oh-ohs" and Coxon's blazing anti-solos and dischord is all from that era. Albarn is back to sketching characters too- this is the Hong Kong of "too many western men, top button left undone," it's fizzy and brilliant and completely unexpected, and totally, uniquely Blur.
This year, Damon Albarn has been in the spotlight again due to Humanz , the long-awaited comeback of Gorillaz. As one of the defining bands of the Britpop movement of the s, Blur released songs that blended memorable instrumentation with clever social commentary and, later on, more personal lyrics. Blur makes it its own, though, with some lyrical introspection. From Leisure Video dir: David Balfe. From Think Tank Video dir: Shynola. Laced with gentle, rhythmic guitar strumming and mellow vocals, it sounds like it could be an underappreciated Gorillaz ballad. Change can be good, and the psychedelic vibe that the band adopts here gives the song an enthralling out-of-this-world feel that would make it the perfect soundtrack for a futuristic dance party. The verses speak of people who find themselves facing sleeplessness and loneliness. Although it starts off sparse, once the twinkling noises appear during the chorus, it becomes something delicate and magical. Soon, tambourines and string instruments are mingling with the muffled backing vocals, resulting in a song that conjures up images of staring at a dark sky with a dizzying feeling of uncertainty.
During the great Britpop War of the Mid '90s, only two bands were left standing after all the broken records were cleared from the battlefield: Oasis and Blur. Many assumed that Oasis would be the victor, based on their bigger commercial success in the U. Here's where it all started for him. Check out our list of the 10 Best Blur Songs. The relatively straightforward alt-rock song slams mindless pop music and the vapid culture it spawns -- the very same scene that summarily ignored it. Oh, the irony. The most traditional track on the band's sixth album features guitarist Graham Coxon singing the verses Albarn handles the choruses. The celebrated video, featuring an animated milk carton, is terrific, too.