Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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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 (2 years ago) Permalink

ah, I see what they did!

7 Days (Live on Mark Goodier's Evening Session)
Music Is My Radar b-side

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah. although Radiohead's interim single was 'Pop Is Dead' mind.

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Goodier show was a bloody goldmine back in the day. was also the first place anyone heard recorded versions of Parklife and Bank Holiday, the following Summer in 93.

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, yes, you're right. Not very good but even more of a parallel with Popscene. Good B-side though - Banana Co.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

so random question: do Blur fans not rate/dig "This Is A Low"?

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

or is it one of those things like Cure fans ignoring "Just Like Heaven" because it's too easy to pick

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's my bet for #1.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp yeah 'Banana Co' was great, better than the A side.

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really like This Is A Low, (esp ~pretty En-ger-lund and me..~) but I was definitely more of a Blur fan for the poppy bits. And Dizzy stole my heart, can't explain that one. I'm in Canada so I had to do some serious mixtape trading when I first got online to add more to my collection! Also bought more $20-30 CD singles than I care to admit to.. not to mention the Japanese imports!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I love This is a Low (I'm actually a Cure fan who loves Just Like Heaven too) I too wouldn't be surprised if that was number one, that or For Tomorrow.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

There were some very fulsome "multiple volume" "deluxe" "versions" of the Blur Albums floating around.

The one for the "Blur" album was five CDs worth, alone.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:08 (2 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, May 31, 2011 1:48 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark

I've always remembered MLIR as being badly received, at least commercially speaking, compared to Leisure. Have I been wrong all these years? On the MLIR tour I saw them at Sussex Uni, pretty small venue, and it felt like they were no longer gonna be the next big thing. Felt like Parklife success came out of nowhere. I've probably remembered it all wrong tbh.

pandemic, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

re: 'interim' non album singles in that era; you had Pop Is Dead, Popscene and also
Who Wants To Be The Disco King? by The Wonder Stuff a couple of years previously; all 3 seem to be have lyrical similarities and a non specific beef with some aspect of the industry. weird.

xp yeah the unoffical deluxe albums are all still available from the guys on the official forum. i wish the band would do proper deluxe versions though like the current Suede ones. i'm still dying to see 'B Roads' the follow up to the 'Star Shaped' film was was supposedly *even more* debauched.

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah critics wise MLIR was pretty much a smash. good-to-great reviews everywhere. Dave Cavanagh at Select did a great full page piece about it and the Melody Maker gave them their first front cover in 12-18 months around the time of Sunday Sunday and also sponsored the Sugary Tea tour that followed. NME naturally enough was miles behind and didn't give em a cover again until Parklife.

your actual turning point was Reading 1993. there's a great blog here that has a copy. it's fantastic. http://blurliveaudioarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2009/10/show-reading-festival-august-1993.html

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Many thx for that link to the Select piece, I'd entirely forgotten 'I'm All Over'!!!

pandemic, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think I was at that Reading Festival. Did Blur play middle of the afternoon on the Saturday and Damon kept disappearing to throw up? Or perhaps that was an earlier Reading appearance?

pandemic, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

A friend of mine got so drunk at Reading 92 that he jumped on stage and stole Damon's sunglasses and got chased around for a bit. Blur always describe that gig as their nadir so I like to think my idiot friend played a part in their creative rebirth by making a bad situation even worse.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

nah Reading 93 was the following year; a headline slot in the evening where they packed out the small tent, The The were playing the Main stage at the same time. it's recounted as a turning point by the band in the official biog; Stephen Street talks of his shock at hearing the whole crowd doing the "..and then he.." bits in Colin Zeal, which are clearly audible on that bootleg recording above.

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

God I forgot 'Into Another' as well. Their B sides were just sooo good.

pandemic, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp yeah the unoffical deluxe albums are all still available from the guys on the official forum.

Could someone clue me into the MLIR one?

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah it's amazing they pulled it around in 6 months. come Summer 93 they were freaking incendiary even when supporting Duran Duran to a static crowd:

piscesx, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

:-)

I really wanna watch Showtime again. Not seen it since I was about 16.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Apologies for the delay in the countdown. Real life intruding into poll time. Normal service will be resumed shortly...

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay i'm glad i'm not the only one who loves this :D

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

23. He Thought Of Cars
(10 votes, 181 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I own at least 3 Blur albums (the 'important' ones) and still feel like I hardly know any of the songs from the list. Where are all these coming from?

daavid, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really surprised and happy to see this so high. My second favourite song on The Great Escape.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

apparently my 2nd favourite Great Escape song too

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Somebody was raving about it a while back in a book. It might have been John Harris in this.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh god me and John Harris sitting in a tree

anyway, on a sad bitter album its melancholy is at least a little less tinged with contempt, replaced with resignation and a clever unwinding vocal line in the verses. "The Universal" just tries too hard to wear its hope on its sleeve, whereas this one wants to drive off up the coast somewhere and disappear. also "Lottery winner buys the moon" :)

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

22. There's No Other Way
(12 votes, 189 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah if they'd only become a footnote after this it would've been a good footnote. better than the Stone Roses' entire career, fact fans.

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

The one 'baggy' moment where you felt the guitarist had listened to Dee-lite...

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

So the story goes that the whole group took E before performing this track for the first time on Top of the Pops. I think I saw a repeat of it on TOTP2 a few years ago, but couldn't see any telltale saucer eyes or gurning (though, iirc he was hitting himself on the head with a tambourine - not strictly a sign of anything in particular).

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's so snotty and bratty and pre-teen rather than the studied cool of the bulk of the Baggy bands, musically too it's like being jumped up and down on by a 12 year-old who's been drinking Relentless all day.

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"High Quality" hahaha...

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

21. Yuko & Hiro
(9 votes, 1 first place, 190 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lovely.

Horsebortion Horror (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think I voted for this. Probably a mistake.

Horsebortion Horror (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 22:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't tell Noodle Vague, he'll hunt you down.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 22:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

nah i'll let you off.

this song never ever fails to make me cry. it may have been called "Japanese Workers" but really it's the global experience of dying under capitalism in 5 minutes. and it's got those synth gongs.

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 23:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

and obv i was that 1 first place. robbed.

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 23:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not robbed.

That one person that had their number one choice not even in the chart was robbed.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 23:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

the song was robbed, not me

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 23:33 (2 years ago) Permalink


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