Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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42. Strange News From Another Star
(6 votes, 111 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 14:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

my favourite damon vocal performance...maybe.

pandemic, Friday, 27 May 2011 14:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Think I put Strange News From Another Star in my top 10. I remember when John Peel died Radio 1 did a tribute show and Damon came in and did a solo version of it that was just stunning.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 27 May 2011 15:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Strange News is great - really makes me think of Bowie actually. No Distance is wallowsome self pity of the worst kind ahhh poor Damon boohoo. Meh.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Friday, 27 May 2011 15:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's very "cross between Prettiest Star and Starman" yes.

Mark G, Friday, 27 May 2011 15:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

No Distance is wallowsome self pity of the worst kind ahhh poor Damon boohoo. Meh.

Yeah, that's pretty much what I feel about it and 1992, but I was trying to express it a bit more tactfully.

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 15:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

41. Starshaped
(5 votes, 112 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 17:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

love this song. beautiful oboe solo.

Volvo Twilight (p-dog), Friday, 27 May 2011 18:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

This thread is the first thing I look at every morning. I'm so very grateful.

Starshaped is almost anthemic. It's certainly bursting with colour. It's also one of the songs XTC nutters mention when they insist Albarn weaved references into his lyrics ("I've been making plans...").

百万个叉烧包 (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 27 May 2011 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 21:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

40. All Your Life
(5 votes, 114 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 21:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

I also love you putting the pic and song in separate posts because on first glance it looks like the pic is a response to the previous post.

All Your Life was one of my last-minute "oh I need 22 songs??" entries. Probably my favourite B side.

百万个叉烧包 (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 27 May 2011 21:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm having to restrain myself from just posting all of the tracks one after the other in about ten minutes.

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 27 May 2011 21:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

ahahaha I can imagine

百万个叉烧包 (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 27 May 2011 21:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

I always get confused between this and Til The Cows Come Home. As such I can't remember how this one goes.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Saturday, 28 May 2011 08:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

A brief interlude:
I'd just like to mention two high-placed songs on my ballot that have missed the cut (I don't think this is really much of a spoiler as nobody would have expected them to feature especially highly):
Mellow Song
and
Caravan
Why no love, ILX?

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Mellow Song? Is that the one with the pretty piano chords and starts "what am I to do..?" if so I thought I did vote for it.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Here's a roundup

61. Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club
60. Intermission
59. Colin Zeal
57. One Born Every Minute
57. When The Cows Come Home
55. Coping
55. Magic America
54. Globe Alone
53. Inertia
51. Miss America
51. Country House
50. Parklife
49. Charmless Man
48. Ambulance
47. 1992
46. Essex Dogs
45. Song 2
44. Country Sad Ballad Man
43. No Distance Left To Run
42. Strange News From Another Star
41. Starshaped
40. All Your Life

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Mellow Song? Is that the one with the pretty piano chords and starts "what am I to do..?"

No, that's Sweet Song. Mellow Song is the one on 13 which goes "is this where I'm going to? we'll see" (except it sounds more like "we're sea").

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

On 13? I can't picture it but I know it's on the decent stretch of the album where I don't skip any tracks

broodje kroket (dog latin), Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

"I lift my string on the guillotine, pulling away in my machine,
forget where I've been, I for - get you"
(or something like that)
Ring any bells?

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

39. She's So High
(7 votes, 115 points)

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

iirc 'I Know' was on the flip of this. Prefer 'I Know' ever so slightly but love both really.

pandemic, Saturday, 28 May 2011 13:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

All Your Life is great. "on the way to heaven in a comedy car, the new stars of melancholia"

spellcheck is really advanced these days (cajunsunday), Saturday, 28 May 2011 13:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 08:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

38. Entertain Me
(6 votes, 117 points)

One of the best Blur basslines

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 08:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Love love love "Entertain Me", one of Damon's sharpest dissections of the end of civilization riding this beautiful Berlin-era-Iggy droney New Wave anti-riff. The weekend's here, hip. hip. hooray.

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 29 May 2011 08:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

of all the pictures xp

百万个叉烧包 (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 29 May 2011 08:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

I should have had Entertain Me on my list, love that bass line.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 29 May 2011 08:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 09:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

=36. You're So Great
(6 votes, 120 points)

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 09:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ugh, I hate that.

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 29 May 2011 09:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

ahahahaha brilliant. So glad this song got a few votes. The last 30 seconds is sublime.

百万个叉烧包 (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 29 May 2011 10:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

You're so great I'm indifferent to, but yeah I like the little guitar solo towards the end. Other than that it represents a filler triumvirate (theme from retro/ysg/death of a party) towards the middle of the album where songwriting dips. Not that these are necessarily bad songs but taken together they make the album flabby, especially compared to the first few tracks on the record.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Sunday, 29 May 2011 10:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

I might have to relisten to Entertain Me again. At the time I remember thinking it was a poor man's Girls an Boys and the Live It! Remix sounded like Take That, which was just about the worst thing imaginable in my book at the time

broodje kroket (dog latin), Sunday, 29 May 2011 11:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Always liked "Entertain Me", and I'm really glad to see it here - never knew anyone else rated the track.

I disagree about "Death of a Party" being part of any weak triumvirate - it's one the strongest Blur ST tracks in my book

Duane Barry, Sunday, 29 May 2011 13:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 16:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

36. Bugman
(5 votes, 120 points)

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 16:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love this one. It shatters any illusions you might have had coming into 13 for the first time - Tender was the single ahead of the album and then the first track on it, this could scarcely be more different, right from the off with the jarringly unusual chords.

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 16:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bugman!

billstevejim, Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 18:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

35. Me, White Noise
(5 votes, 121 points)

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 18:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

YAY

(of course, if this is #35, I should give up on seeing "Don't Bomb When You're the Bomb" probably.)

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 29 May 2011 18:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ah, just realised this is the first track with a first place vote, so that should have read:
(5 votes, 1 first place, 121 points)

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 29 May 2011 18:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

(of course, if this is #35, I should give up on seeing "Don't Bomb When You're the Bomb" probably.)

― Johnny Fever

Pretty sure I only heard this the one time but remember thinking it was terrible, that was a long time ago though.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 29 May 2011 19:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's more of a chant with a beat than an actual song, but I love it anyway (enough to place it #2 on my own ballot).

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 29 May 2011 19:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

I just listened to it again on Youtube, I don't love it but it's no way near as bad as I remember. It's a very odd song, it sounds more like a Gorillaz track really.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 29 May 2011 19:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Country House" woz robbed (and my ballot I think never made it for some reason. Dunno, but I got a mail failure notice)

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 29 May 2011 19:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

(My ballot did of course have "Country House" on top - one of the best songs ever made by anyone)

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 29 May 2011 19:31 (3 years ago) Permalink


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