Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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the troth bracket?

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

To whom did he pledge it?

Mark G, Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

53. Inertia
(2 votes, 62 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:47 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink


Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:43 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Do like this song a lot.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:36 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink


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

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:39 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink


50. Parklife
(5 votes, 75 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:13 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink


49. Charmless Man
(4 votes, 77 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

ok i take back what i said about the last 2

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:05 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

It got beaten by "Charmless Man" !

Mark G, Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:28 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

48. Ambulance
(4 votes, 84 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:40 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

47. 1992
(four votes, 87 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:57 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

46. Essex Dogs
(four votes, 97 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 26 May 2011 21:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

If "Blur" hadn't had that tracck, the album would still have been way long enough, so it always seemed like a bonus track.

And all the better for it...

Mark G, Thursday, 26 May 2011 21:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

hurray. 1992 is the first of mine to make it.

spellcheck is really advanced these days (cajunsunday), Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

51. Country House

TOO FUCKING LOW!!!

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Globe Alone's music is a brilliant representation of the madness going on in the head of the subject of the song. Ugh, crap sentence. Anyway. Love the shit out of it.

Charmless Man is mainly a great tune, really, but to its benefit/detriment (take yer pick) it continues that album's theme of characters that Damon hates/pities (including himself obv). In retrospect it's not that surprising that he effectively disowned the album – it's sooo negative, and not in the dull-fondness way that makes Parklife so appealing.

'er indoors LOVES Ambulance. I don't mind it but I have enormous prejudice against everything off Think Tank because I do not like Think Tank.

btw I don't recall voting for many tracks off 13 but it's my favourite Blur album by some distance.

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

You people are savages. Country house below 1992 and charmless man, I mean...?!?

broodje kroket (dog latin), Friday, 27 May 2011 03:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes I'm talking about the 'blow blow me out' bit which is pop genius as opposed to drivel like 1992 and embarrassing nonsense like charmless man. A pox on ya!

broodje kroket (dog latin), Friday, 27 May 2011 03:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Woo-hoo!

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 06:58 (3 years ago) Permalink


45. Song 2
(5 votes, 98 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 07:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Woo-hoo!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 27 May 2011 07:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Song 2: A song largley unknown outside of Britain - rejected in American for being "too darn rock". Most Americans, when asked about Blur, give a blank look - but if you play them the chorus of 'Yuko & Hiro' they immediately recognise it as the soundtrack to countless games of Ice Hockey, Baseball and 'Football'.

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 07:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

heh

Johnny Fever, Friday, 27 May 2011 07:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not to mention Soccer.

Mark G, Friday, 27 May 2011 07:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

It was huge here.

百万个叉烧包 (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 27 May 2011 08:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

oddly enough i have felt Heavy Metal on many occasions but none of them induced by Blur.

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 May 2011 08:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Emasters -- when you want your tape mastered electronically.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

new songs here, starting at 6.15 uk time.

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

Excited!!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Monday, 2 July 2012 17:03 (2 years 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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