Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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I only knew about three of the b-sides before this poll and I've never been a fan of Leisure so I don't really know most of the songs on that.

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 30 May 2011 18:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Inertia is the best one that I'd never heard before.

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 30 May 2011 18:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

=28. Resigned
(8 votes, 149 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 30 May 2011 18:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol okay thought it were gonna be Dr Mango's Quango Bingo for a minute

now at least you know what old-school doctor who fans are like (Noodle Vague), Monday, 30 May 2011 18:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's not what I thought you thought - I thought you thought it was Don't Bomb When You're The Bomb, that's what I was thinking you'd though

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 30 May 2011 18:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

thought that'd been up already for some reason

now at least you know what old-school doctor who fans are like (Noodle Vague), Monday, 30 May 2011 18:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Battle is sick.

billstevejim, Monday, 30 May 2011 18:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Theme From An Imaginary Film.. yay!!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Monday, 30 May 2011 19:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

Resigned is unusual in that the emotion is all in the music - the vocals are quite flat.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 30 May 2011 19:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

Erm....so, er, that =28 up there should obviously be an =27...

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 30 May 2011 20:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

=27. Oily Water
(7 votes, 149 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 30 May 2011 20:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cheers for the Young & Lovely tips, everyone. Looking forward to hearing it (and yes, simultaneously in despair that there's so much Blur I've never heard). Stoked that so many of these results are from the MLIR era.

Imaginary Film was my top pick, although I'm still not quite sure why. It thoroughly deserves its placement, though.

Horsebortion Horror (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 30 May 2011 20:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oily Water is a jam.

bloomps! (there it is) (Pillbox), Monday, 30 May 2011 20:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

its pretty much consensus among blur fans about young and lovely being best bside, I'd probably put all your life above it, but yeah, its a good'un.

was reading this article which gives a blurb on every single blur song up until the last parklife single and it struck me how many of these are non-album tracks, like 50% almost. http://www.vblurpage.com/articles/print/stories/select_95.htm

spellcheck is really advanced these days (cajunsunday), Monday, 30 May 2011 22:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

shocking fact = I am now listening to this song for the first time ever. it is very nice!

bloomps! (there it is) (Pillbox), Monday, 30 May 2011 22:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

(xp) That article is the basis of the Select article from 95 that Dog Latin was talking about (maybe on the voting thread instead of the results thread), which in itself is massively expanded in this book from 1999.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 07:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

A Mr J4gger, once of these parts, has drawn my attention another small error: earlier I said that 'Me, White Noise' was the first track in the top 60 to have been given a number one vote. It was actually 'Essex Dogs' (no prizes for guessing whose number one vote that was). The only first-placed vote outside of the top 60 was for 'Dizzy'.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 08:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

He lives!

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 08:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

HA

Horsebortion Horror (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 09:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

hmm, leg involved?

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 09:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

26. Battery In Your Leg
(7 votes, 152 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 09:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I still wonder what song they were working on before Graham quit and they (presumably) changed the lyrics to suit the occasion.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 09:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

25. Death of a Party
(8 votes, 168 points)

Definitely not filler, imo. One of the better tracks on the album and I love the eerie organ.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 09:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah (oops missed it off my vote)

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

I realized only now that "Death of a Party" was named as one of the unfinished songs at the end of the "Compleat Blur" article in Select. None of the other eight unfinished songs appeared on "The Great Escape" either.

Every song from MLIR is going to make this list besides "Villa Rosie", "Commercial Break", and "Turn It Up"?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

slight diversion then:

88-96. Blur have recorded nine songs – to various stages of completion – that’ve never been released. ‘I Love Her’ (Seymour-era, recorded at Diorama in Great Portland Street in 1991); ‘Close’ (produced by Stephen Street for the ‘Leisure’ sessions in 1991); ‘Seven Days’ (produced by Andy Partridge for the aborted ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ sessions – see 44); ‘Death Of A Party’; ‘Singular Charm’; ‘Pleasant Education’; ‘Bleached Whale’; ‘Pap Pop’; and ‘One Born Every Minute’ (see 52). ‘Seven Days’ was recorded for a Mark Goodier Radio One session on April 11, 1992, engineered by Martin Colley and broadcasted on May 5, 1992.

"I love her" was released on a fan-club CD, and as such was eligible for this poll.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

"One Born Every Minute" was a Country House b-side
"Close" was also a fan-club CD, I haven't heard it.

The rest? I assume some got titles changed..

"Pap Pop" sounds like it was no great loss.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Death of a Party was by far their best dalliance w/ trip-hop imo

bloomps! (there it is) (Pillbox), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Interesting that Death of a Party was written so early, considering it's regarded as their classic Britpop's-last-rites song.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah Death Of A Party was very much written in the era when Suede were getting big and Blur were being written off. it's brilliantly miserable. the 7" remix by Adrian Sherwood is a blinder. you could only get it as a kind of official promotional CD single and it cost me a fortune back in the day. loved the sleeve too

it was great to see it revived as a band favourite 2 years back, appearing not only on the MidLife compilation but also rather amazingly and incongruously bang in the middle of the encore at Hyde Park, right after Song 2 and just before
For Tomorrow.

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 11:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Great Specials influence on that one. The spooky organ + the morose, Terry Hall-esque vocal.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes, I was going to say it reminds me a lot of Ghost Town, then I thought about the total lack of brass and thought better of it.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

24. Popscene
(8 votes, 177 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Popscene" is a shade over-rated imo compared to maybe some other singles of the era which will be coming up shortly.

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Love 'Popscene'. Probably has added appeal to me cos it was a stand alone single not on any album which shouldn't really make any difference but somehow kinda does. My favourite of the shouty blur ones.

pandemic, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

See, when "The Celtic Soul Brothers" failed to be a hit, Kevin Rowland did give pause, but carried on with "Come on Eileen" and all went well. Whereas Blur went "oh" and packed it.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

which is why we're having this poll now rather than 3 people bigging up their only album and "Popscene".

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Popscene" is undoubtedly over-rated, but its' still great! It has such a great back-story: songwriting breakthrough -> failed single -> left off album -> live favourite. The article from Select lays it out really well. Thanks a mill for linking that btw cajunsunday; brought back happy memories of poring over it and discussing at length with my mates in secondary school. A genius bit of mythmaking.

(xposts)

Volvo Twilight (p-dog), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

well....

Had they then released "Never Clever", then carried on with "For Tomorrow", etc, things would have been only slightly different.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp Seven Days came out somewhere too... Music is my Radar bside maybe? I know I say it on something.. though very possibly a live version

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

I got that remix single of Death of a Party from a record fair in my completist days. I love popscene, I had it at 3 on my list. Was really gutted when they didn't put it on the best of.

spellcheck is really advanced these days (cajunsunday), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://www.vblurpage.com/info/songlist/all.htm

No sign of "Seven Days" on here.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

The story > the song. I love how Blur and Radiohead almost moved in parallel - a weak debut with big enough hits to put them in the charts while also creating a press backlash, followed by a period of misery and resentment, then the point-to-prove interim single (Popscene, My Iron Lung EP) and the brilliant second record. Both had clever, thorny frontmen who felt they'd been misunderstood and therefore had an "I'll show those fuckers" agenda. It's like a recipe for how to make a classic second record.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah Seven Days (BBC session version, 1992) was on Music Is My Radar CD2 . great it is too.
most comprehensive discography is, as always, hither: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Blur

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:52 (3 years ago) Permalink


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