Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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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

Me again. First time I heard this song I thought it was a joke – "lol blur has done an end-of-album lolz" type thing. How wrong I was. This song blossoms over time like nothing else on the album.

On the vinyl pressing of TGE, the solitary gong at the end of the song flows straight into the run-out groove, rather than going on for about 30 seconds. Consequently the Ernold Same carousel reprise is cut completely.

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 23:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw I really want to do exactly what Mr Brutish-Short has done here (right down to an image preceding each result) but with XTC songs. Has it been done? I couldn't find anything.

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 23:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yup, Dizzy was robbed! I named my cats Yuko & Hiro in high school, so I'm happy to see this one get a first place vote! Anyone have any idea what is sung at the end? Is that Japanese? French? It's so indistinct..

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 00:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw I really want to do exactly what Mr Brutish-Short has done here (right down to an image preceding each result) but with XTC songs.

I had the same though, except it was about Pavement, but then I realized I'm a big enough Pavement fan to care. I'd vote if someone else ran it, though.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 00:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I realized I'm a big enough Pavement fan to care.

idgi, wouldn't that make you the ideal person to run it?

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oops, I left out a very important "not" in there.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 00:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

ahh righto

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Daavid - Blur are well known among fans for their bsides. I treated their singles as mini events as a kid. They were the kind of band, like the Boo Radleys who I love for similar reasons, who used bsides to let off creative steam by experimenting, and a lot of fucking around and being silly. This let me into their world, their mindsets as much as big hits and albums. They were also highly prolific; often being forced to leave perfectly great songs off of albums to make room for slightly less good songs. God knows why something like young and lovely might be left off modern life.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 01:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh that was a response I started writing hours ago btw stupid iphone

broodje kroket (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 01:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

often being forced to leave perfectly great songs off of albums to make room for slightly less good songs. God knows why something like young and lovely might be left off modern life.

I get why that happens. If it interrupts the flow of the album, or in some cases merely the narrative, it's out. For the life of me I can't think where Young & Lovely (cheers to the people who posted links & the youtube upthread btw) could be slotted into MLIR without buggering it up.

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 01:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

An album like Think Tank, on the other hand, is such a random munge of styles and themes that you could stick anything anywhere and nobody would notice.

Autumn Alma Park Toilets (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 01:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

20. Trouble In The Message Centre
(8 votes, 1 first place, 193 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 07:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

one for the 'great demos' thread this one; the demo wipes the floor with the finished version.

piscesx, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 08:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Blur need to release a rarities anthology stat.

I wasn't a fan of Trouble In The Message Centre at the time - it sounded too eighties and new wave. Now I love it for this exact reason. Must've been a bit of a risk doing eighties pastiche so close after the fact.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 08:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great song, although it didn't make my 22 - not sure how that happened!

Volvo Twilight (p-dog), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 09:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

and obv i was that 1 first place. robbed.

I checked my ballot and voted Yuko & Hiro number one as well, so either one of our votes wasn't counted or the points posted should say two number ones.

Cluster the boots (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 09:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Delighted to see Trouble in the top twenty, it was my number one.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 09:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp: Yes, you're right - and don't worry your vote has been counted.

Correction: Yuko & Hiro (2 first places)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

aaaaaaaahahahahahahahahaha

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

19. Clover Over Dover
(7 votes, 2 first places, 196 points)

A truly gorgeous song.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Of the songs that got three or more votes, Clover Over Dover got the highest average score per voter. Those that like it, really like it.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've only ever been to Dover twice (ferries) but this song still invokes very strong memories of Dover. The whole album is weirdly evocative like that.

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow yeah, I do love it. I didn't think I loved it as much as I do 'til I put it on after I'd voted, while reminiscing about something else, and the combination was so overwhelming that I had to back and amend my ballot. So one of those #1s is mine.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

YES

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

18. Chemical World
(9 votes, 205 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

(sugary tea, you see?)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:50 (2 years ago) Permalink


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