Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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(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


50. Parklife
(5 votes, 75 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

'Country House' really works well live imo tho I can't really listen to it on record. Didn't vote for it however. 'Inertia' was my #2 I think. Perfect.

pandemic, Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Guy I worked with at Virgin looked a little bit like Damon and one Saturday when the shop was absolutely rammed this group of maybe 10 or 11 year olds followed him round the Singles Dept screaming "PARKLIFE!" at him for about 20 mins. Kinda realisation, on my part, that Blur big-time now.

pandemic, Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Like "Country House", people who think "Parklife" was worth a vote get something completely different from Blur than I do. Probly wasn't annoying the first couple of listens.

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:24 (2 years ago) Permalink


49. Charmless Man
(4 votes, 77 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok i take back what i said about the last 2

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kind of excited to see three of their most well-known singles in a row ranking at the bottom of the poll... parklife should have fared better tho...

◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝◦ ⃝ (Moka), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

It got beaten by "Charmless Man" !

Mark G, Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've always held a place in my heart for Great Escape, because that seemed to be the first to really a get a big push in America prior to its release.

'what are you, the Hymen Protection League of America?' (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Charmless Man is my least favourite Blur single - grotesque self-parody.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

48. Ambulance
(4 votes, 84 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

At least 'Parklife' made the top 50 but really, that's robbery. Nothing not to like about that track.

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

... except the fact it's not "Country House"

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

love Miss America. easily in my top few Blur cuts. it's Alex James' fave Blur song!
i was pretty taken aback when i heard Syd Barrett's The Madcap Laughs for the first time though.

piscesx, Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

When it came to compiling my list I didn't end up putting in many of their biggest hits so I'm quite glad three have of them have are already out of the way. Parklife is one of my favourite albums of all time but I really don't ever need to hear the title track again.

Ambulence was in my top five, it's such an amazing opening track.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

47. 1992
(four votes, 87 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

FWIW I liked Parklife when it came out. I can remember hearing it for either the first or second time on the radio one morning and thinking "it's just some bloke talking about pigeons - this is brilliant", then they suddenly cut into the song to announce that John Smith had died, which took the edge off it a bit. As with 'Girls & Boys' I just feel I've heard it far, far, far too many times to want to listen to it again now. As for 'Charmless Man', while it's far from being my favourite I don't really get the intense hatred it seems to inspire in some people. '1992' on other hand, is a little bit boring and self-pitying (and I say that as a fan of most of the desolate introspection numbers).

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 21:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

46. Essex Dogs
(four votes, 97 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

piscesx, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

actually just came

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Damn. There goes my music budget for the year.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

and eeewwww at Autumn Almanac.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:57 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

(!)

Mark G, Thursday, 19 April 2012 06:58 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh man... £158 though?

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:44 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

so..

piscesx, Saturday, 21 April 2012 09:18 (1 year 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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