Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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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

Ah, see I thought it was <REDACTED>

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 12:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love Chemical World. Hope I voted for it - can't remember!

broodje kroket (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp I was trying to think of what will probably end up #1 on this board and I assumed it would be Chemical World! Can't wait to see the rest!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

17. Best Days
(10 votes, 216 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Quite surprised by how much of 'Great Escape' has made it. 'Best Days' is ace especially when damon slightly speeds up as we get into the chorus.

pandemic, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think this is my favourite on Great Escape. Such a sad and delicate melody, even for Blur. Didn't Graham write or sing this one?

broodje kroket (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes, this is the best thing on The Great Escape.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Always disappointed with Great Escape but forgot that it's not a middling album but rather half genius and half nonsense.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes, it's absolutely that - massive highs, huge lows.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

TGE was really the first album to make any kind of impression in Aus. Obv the self-titled album (specifically Song 2) was the breakthrough, but Parklife did so poorly here that I found it in a cut-out bin for $10 right as it was smashing up the British music press.

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

16. Trimm Trabb
(13 votes, 220 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love a bit of Trimm Trabb. It was going to be a single, but I doubt it would have worked. Couldn't have been made in any other era than post-Blur LP.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

When listening to '13' I tend to skip from the end of 'Battle' thru to 'Trimm Trabb'. Love that one.

pandemic, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's the bit I skip TO!

# "Battle" – 7:43
# "Mellow Song" – 3:56
# "Trailerpark" – 4:26
# "Caramel" – 7:38
# "Trimm Trabb" – 5:37

Trailerpark aside, this is the best run on the album.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Trimm Trabb always reminded me of the Shake-n-Vac advert.

Mark G, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Highlight of 13 imo - well, after Coffee & TV but that always seems like an outlier on the album whereas Trimm Trabb nails what they were trying to do sonically.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think this poll highlights that the best songs on The Great Escape really were the ballads. Hoping that the very best one will make the top ten.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh hell Mark G never going to be able to hear it without that in my head now!

pandemic, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 13:55 (2 years ago) Permalink


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