Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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=60. Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club
(2 votes, 51 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink


=60. Intermission
(3 votes, 51 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

An inauspicious start, I'm not really a fan of either of those.

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

starting to fear for Yuko & Hiro now

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink


Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

=60. Colin Zeal
(4 votes, 51 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gah! Scrub that - those three tracks are all equal 59th place (i.e. positions 59-61).

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

An inauspicious start

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

They each have 51 points, but the tie is (or should be) broken by # of ballots. i.e. Moroccan would be 61, Intermission 60, and so on.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

=57. One Born Every Minute
(2 votes, 52 points)

=57. When The Cows Come Home
(3 votes, 52 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Surprised that Moroccan is so low btw. I guess my vote and the vote of the other person who mentioned it in the orig thread were its only supporters.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

girl in front of me at the Hyde Park gig 2 years back had a neat sign saying COLIN ZEAL. i still love that one.

piscesx, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

<3 <3 <3 Intermission

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh dammit need to go to sleep but yeahy for Bowling Club and Colin Zeal! Wish they had broken into the top 50 but oh well.

◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝ (Moka), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Right one more, then that's it for tonight...

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

...actually two more because it's another messy tie...

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

So far, there haven't been any ties...except you made them ties. Your poll, though. :D

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

When The Cows Come Home

Rather like this actually

For one throb of the (Michael White), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

=55. Coping
=55. Magic America
(both 3 votes and 53 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't wear it as a tie, though

For one throb of the (Michael White), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

(xp) I hear what you're saying, and from now on will aply the Fever Rule of Tie Avoidance

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I learned it by watching ILM polls over the years. I'm just spreading the good word!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Gospel according to JF

For one throb of the (Michael White), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

"the emphasis is on coping", love the way damon delivers this line!

pandemic, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

could i be dreaming!

pandemic, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Of these, Magic America is my favourite, closely followed by Colin Zeal.

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Moroccan is my favorite so far, and I'm just glad it got included. Following traditional poll rollout protocol would've chopped it off.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Glad "When the Cows Come Home" made it even though I didn't vote for it. Pops into my head pretty frequently (usually when taking vitamins).

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Magic America. It's so very accurate (the Brit who obsesses about the US) and so very Ray Davies. imo this is the peak of that album's eulogy.

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Magic America" is the only one I've voted for so far. Can't deny they're doing some snide "lol America" bollocks here but like all of the character songs there's a sense of hopeless escape fucking things up. By the time the chorus is done hammering away it sounds more desperate than piss-takey, probly cos Magic America is the limit of Bill's surroundings and imagination, unsatisfactory as it is. Songs that sound like nervous breakdowns are usually a win in my book.

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 23:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can't deny they're doing some snide "lol America" bollocks here

Most of it is not that at all, it's mainly about the warped perception of America by the sort of person who takes all their cultural cues from Hollywood etc. I know loads and loads of people like that – they go round being all American and talking like Americans and spelling like Americans based on the idealised portrait they pick up off the telly. In this case he actually goes to America (whether in reality or in his head) and eats and shops, so really it's a slur on Bill rather than America.

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Thursday, 26 May 2011 00:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hello. I'm in Barcelona right now. Bit of a shame I won't be experiencing this run down. Think I voted for when the cows and one born every minute - two fab b sides. Wasn't coping regarded as a terrible tune? Not a fan.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Thursday, 26 May 2011 00:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

54. Globe Alone
(2 votes, 58 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was described as their 'heavy metal' track in a Select preview feature of the time. Great Escape really is one of the most peak-and-troth albums I can think of and sadly this lands in the latter bracket.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

the troth bracket?

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

To whom did he pledge it?

Mark G, Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

53. Inertia
(2 votes, 62 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^ great song. I probably should have voted for it, but I never had much of an emotional connection to early Blur, with the exception of about two or three songs.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

'Globe Alone', is the first of my votes to show up and I placed it very highly. Albarn's evisceration of the everyman is pretty mean spirited, who's not keen on Sharon Stone after all, but the sheer ferociousness of the delivery pulls it off.

Cluster the boots (Billy Dods), Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

most of the Blur songs i love the most are the mean-spirited rejections of human lol culture but i don't think "Globe Alone" made my cut. it's good tho.

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:29 (2 years ago) Permalink


Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

=51. Miss America
(4 votes, 69 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love the guitar sound on Miss America, there's a strange kind of sprawling morose quality, and I don't think anyone else has managed to sound so desperate while singing 'do-do-do-do-dooo'.

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love the story about how they Discovered Graham drunk in the studio kicking a chair leg (audible throughout the track). Graham's greeting of "Michael!" was shouted as they opened the door.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do like this song a lot.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's one of my least favourite songs on MLIR. That's always been their most undefinable album for me -- the good stuff is really good (but doesn't hit the highest highs that they're capable of) and the bad stuff is only tolerable in the context of the album. I was surprised that there were more songs on my list from MLIR than any other Blur album.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:09 (2 years ago) Permalink


=51. Country House
(4 votes, 69 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Blow me out" is quite a good bit but the rest of it? Really?? It probly wasn't annoying the first couple of listens.

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't even like the 'blow me out' bit, tbh

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

#51 seems about right for this, plenty of interesting things going on it but overall it's a lot less than the sum of it's parts.

Cluster the boots (Billy Dods), Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

i resent the use of the word noodly but they are all shit no doubt

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 5 June 2011 09:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

imo Blur (album) was always the bridge between britpop and 13. They knew where they wanted to go but hadn't yet the balls to go all the way.

It's not like we could go to Islam (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 5 June 2011 10:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

They wanted to go a bit rubbish? ;-)

broodje kroket (dog latin), Sunday, 5 June 2011 10:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

gaaaagh

It's not like we could go to Islam (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 5 June 2011 11:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was my ballot (I think - I might have swapped one or two around, but I can't be bothered to double check):

1 Badhead
2 Coffee & TV
3 Beetlebum
4 Bugman
5 Mellow Song
6 Oily Water
7 Caravan
8 Clover Over Dover
9 Country Sad Ballad Man
10 End Of A Century
11 Out Of Time
12 To The End
13 Tracy Jacks
14 It Could Be You
15 Death Of A Party
16 For Tomorrow
17 Miss America
18 Magic America
19 On The Way To The Club
20 Resigned
21 Jets
22 This Is A Low

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 5 June 2011 13:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

1. Yuko & Hiro

2. Out Of Time

3. Chemical World

4. End Of A Century

5. Coffee & TV

6. This Is A Low

7. On Your Own

8. He Thought Of Cars

9. Tracy Jacks

10. Entertain Me

11. Badhead

12. Best Days

13. Tender

14. Magic America

15. We've Got A File On You

16. There's No Other Way

17. London Loves

18. It Could Be You

19. Beetlebum

20. Stereotypes

21. Girls & Boys

22. For Tomorrow

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 5 June 2011 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

As a result of doing this poll, I've temporarily* fallen out of 2011 and I can't stop listening to Blur.

*I hope

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 10 June 2011 20:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Me too. It's so great!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 10 June 2011 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Me too! That's the single best thing about this poll.

aaaaagh xp

It's not like we could go to Islam (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 10 June 2011 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

:D

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 10 June 2011 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah i've been playing them a lot since this poll too. Along with all the talk of a possible Boo Radleys poll and my Suede reissues arriving in the post I've completely gone back to the 90's this week. It's been kind of great.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 10 June 2011 21:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Glad it's not just me

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 10 June 2011 21:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Just got two tickets for the Olympics closing gig in Hyde Park. Woo-hoo

Striking Minors (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 24 February 2012 09:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes, I have 4 tix.

Mark G, Friday, 24 February 2012 09:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

:*( happy for you guys

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 24 February 2012 12:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I need to break out some NO hits, and a Specials disc, for the kids' terms of reference.

Mark G, Friday, 24 February 2012 12:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

No surprises to see that 'This Is A Low' was up there in this poll, it's always been somewhat of a fan favourite, although it wouldn't even make my Blur Top 20.

Turrican, Saturday, 25 February 2012 01:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

holy fuck

http://blur.co.uk/blur21/

piscesx, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

and furthermore..
4 CDs of Blur rarities:

Gathering together a massive 65 previously unreleased tracks (in all over 3 ½ hours of previously unreleased material) the four rarities CDs exclusive to The Blur Box are a treasure-trove of tracks selected from the Blur vault and band member’s own archives. The rarities discs start with Seymour (Blur’s previous band name) demos and rehearsals showing the track writing process of early Blur songs, as well as the earliest known recordings of many other Blur classics. Continuing chronologically into the Modern Life Is Rubbish era, CD two of the rarities includes demos of tracks that never went on to be fully recorded and have remained unheard to this day (Beached Whale and Pap Pop) and the aborted Andy Partridge (XTC) session, recorded for Modern Life Is Rubbish before the band returned to the producer of their debut record, Stephen Street. CD three of the rarities covers the Parklife and The Great Escape era, bringing together more demo versions, a snap-shot of a band enjoying themselves in the studio with the two takes of Rednecks, the Alex James penned Alex’s Song now returned to its intended speed, the never fully recorded or released Cross Channel and the vocal version of previously instrumental Eine Kleine Lift Musik, entitled here as Hope You Find Your Suburb. The fourth and final CD of Blur rarities covers the remainder of the band’s career, presenting for the first time a jam from Mayfair Studios of the track Battle, a Bill Laswell session at Sarm Studios (which gives the first indication of the direction Damon would later take with Gorillaz), the infamously named Sir Elton John’s Cock, other never-developed session recordings and a collection of later non-album released Blur tracks.

CD15 - RARITIES 1 (SEYMOUR & LEISURE ERA):
1. Dizzy (Seymour Rehearsal & Demo)
2. Mixed Up (Seymour Rehearsal & Demo)
3. Birthday (Seymour Demo) *
4. Sing (To Me) (Sing Demo) (Fan Club Single)
5. Fool (Seymour 4-Track Demo) *
6. She’s So High (Seymour Rehearsal) *
7. Won’t Do It (Demo) (Fan Club Single)
8. I Know (Falconer Studio Demo) *
9. Repetition (Falconer Studio Demo) *
10. High Cool (7” Master) *
11. Always (I’m Fine Early Version) *
12. Come Together (Demo) (Fan Club Single)
13. I’m All Over (Demo) *
14. Wear Me Down (Demo) *
* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

CD16 - RARITIES 2 (MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH ERA):
1. I Love Her (Alt Version) *
2. Popscene (1991 Demo) *
3. Beached Whale (4-Track Demo) *
4. Death Of A Party (Demo) (Fan Club Single)
5. Pap Pop (4-Track Demo) *
6. Pressure On Julian (Demo) *
7. Colin Zeal (Demo) *
8. Sunday Sunday (Demo) *
9. Never Clever
10. Advert (Demo) *
11. Star Shaped (Demo) *
12. She Don’t Mind (Blue Jeans demo) *
13. Coping (Andy Partridge version) *
14. Sunday Sleep (Sunday Sunday Andy Partridge Version) *
15. 7 Days (Andy Partridge Version) *
16. Kazoo (Turn It Up Early Version) *
17. The Wassailing Song (The 7” Giveaway at Hibernian Club, Fulham)
18. When The Cows Come Home (demo) *
19. For Tomorrow (Mix 1 – Early Demo) *
20. Magpie (Early Demo) *
* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

CD17 - RARITIES 3 (PARKLIFE & THE GREAT ESCAPE ERA):
1. Parklife (Demo) *
2. Clover Over Dover (Demo) *
3. Jubilee (Demo) *
4. One A Minute (One Born Every Minute Demo) *
5. Badhead (Demo) *
6. Far Out (Electric Version) *
7. The Debt Collector (Demo) *
8. Trouble In The Message Centre (Demo) *
9. Rednecks (Take 1) *
10. Rednecks (Take 2) *
11. Alex’s Song (Demo) *
12. Cross Channel Love (Home Demo) *
13. Ernold Same (Demo) *
14. Saturday Morning (Demo) *
15. Hope You Find Your Suburb (A.K.A. Eine Kleine Lift Musik Vocal Demo) *
16. Rico (Fade Away Demo) *
17. Bored House Wives (Entertain Me Early Version) *
* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

CD18 - RARITIES 4 (BLUR, 13, BEST OF & THINK TANK ERA):
1. Beetlebum (Demo) *
2. On Your Own (Mario Caldato Jr Mix) *
3. Woodpigeon Song (Original Full Length) *
4. Battle (Jam, Mayfair Studios 11 August 1999) *
5. Caramel (Ambient Version) *
6. So You (Alternative Version) *
7. Squeezebox (Music Is My Radar Alternative Version) *
8. Jawbone (Black Book Alternative Version) *
9. “1” (Bill Laswell Session, 2000) *
10. “3” (Bill Laswell Session, 2000) *
11. Sir Elton John’s Cock *
12. Avoid The Traffic *
13. Money Makes Me Crazy (Deepest Darkest Devon Mix)
14. Don't Bomb When You’re The Bomb *
15. Nutter *
16. Piano *
17. Kissin’ Time
18. Fool's Day
19. Track tbc
* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

piscesx, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Andy Partridge versions of Modern Life.. tracks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

piscesx, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

So amazing. I never did get their first box set...

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Andy Partridge versions of Modern Life.. tracks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

actually just came

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn. There goes my music budget for the year.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

and eeewwww at Autumn Almanac.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

a CD quality version of the Trouble In The Message Centre demo is worth the price of purchase alone; that demo is one of the best things they ever did IMO.
also the demo of To The End had Justine on i think. maybe that's why it's missing :/

piscesx, Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

although that Wembley gig would be NO FAN's idea of one of only 2 gig DVDs to release on a 158 quid box set.

piscesx, Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

(!)

Mark G, Thursday, 19 April 2012 06:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

So, each of the box sets are £158

The Vinyl editions are £22 each

The expanded CDs are £15

Mark G, Thursday, 19 April 2012 08:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh man... £158 though?

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know. So, for 4 Cds of 'interest', and 2 or 3 DVDs of mmm, you have to buy all their albums again?

Oh, and a book too.

Mark G, Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

As an XTC fan, and out of everything in this box set, I'm definitely looking forward to hearing the aborted Andy Partridge Modern Life Is Rubbish sessions. It'll be great to hear for once and for all why they were junked!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fan club single 'Close' appears to be missing. The only other thing I could nag about would be a desire to hear the early samba/calypso version of 'The Universal' and I'm sure I recall reading about more 'Think Tank' outtakes with titles like 'Chicken & Fries' and 'Saturday'. Shortly after the album came out there was some talk of an EP containing these leftovers.

Morrissey & Clunes: The Severed Alliance (PaulTMA), Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

so..

piscesx, Saturday, 21 April 2012 09:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Remastered box set has been done proper according to Stephen Street who says this in Record Collector

".. EMI were planning to use the 90's production Emasters

piscesx, Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

(balls)

".. EMI were planning to use the 90's production EQ masters, but i wanted to make sure it was done right.. we had to go through the 1/2 inch tape archives finding the right takes.. there was quite a bit of detective work"

It's all being remastered by Street, and the same dude at Abbey Road (Frank Arkwright) who did The Smiths' box. can't wait for these.

piscesx, Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

Emasters -- when you want your tape mastered electronically.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://blur.co.uk/livestream/

new songs here, starting at 6.15 uk time.

piscesx, Monday, 2 July 2012 17:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Excited!!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Monday, 2 July 2012 17:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Didn't vote in this, basically ignored the band when they were around, found all signature hits annoying right away or soon enough--the only album I have is Blur, and "You're So Great" is the only song I liked. But I bought a very cheap double-compilation two days ago, and I think I've played "Out of Time" 12 or 15 times already. Such a beautiful, beautiful song. (Thought the great video up on YouTube was user-made, until I read otherwise.)

clemenza, Thursday, 28 March 2013 22:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

:-)

the company of wome (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 29 March 2013 08:20 (1 year ago) Permalink


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