Blur tracks poll - the RESULTS thread

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the pure essence of an album

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 19:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm with you on Tracy Jacks.... it encapsulates the sound Parklife and at that a huge chunk of the mid-90s rock scene rather well. Also it's one of the few songs in their catalogue where the peppiness doesn't sound too cynical or self-concious.

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Re: my earlier point, it's a song where satire and empathy coexist. He's creating a cartoonish character but he cares about him too. Hard to do.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 19:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Save it for tomorrow imo - I'm planning an early night tonight, would be nice to actually succeed for once.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Actually, I'm pretty busy tomorrow, so maybe I'll just go for it...

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

10. The Universal
(10 votes, 1 first place, 264 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh noes! That's another tie. Strict application of the Johnny Fever principle would have Tracy Jacks above The Universal with 11 votes as opposed to 10. But if I invoke the just invented Face Saving principle, The Universal nicks it because it has a first place vote.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's the way I've done it on my polls fwiw

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

top tune

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

?

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

London loves?

Mark G, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Air-cushioned soles, I got them on the Portobello Road on a Saturday...

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

I should get the Blur best-of, I think

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

9. Blue Jeans
(10 votes, 2 first places, 274 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

considering that this poll has made me realize I only know like 5 of their songs

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

The newish Midlife one is very good - nice mix of hits and beloved album tracks. The late 90s single-disc one not so much.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

the Midlife one doesn't have "Music Is My Radar" tho

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Midlife is the better compilation. Also the Observer Ep has pretty much all the highlights from their different eras.

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http://www.vblurpage.com/gigography/1996/1205_matrix.htm
Stumbled across this website this afternoon, just watched this performance of Country Sad Ballad Man

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

And yay for blue jeans and sing breaking into the top 10.

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I know this one.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

8. Chinese Bombs

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

(not really)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

8. Girls & Boys
(14 votes, 296 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gah, had this for top 3. Brilliant song. The shock at seeing this go top five, I was aware they had a single out and that it was alright, but no idea there was a phenomenon in the offing.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wow okay. Okay. This is good. Stoked about Trimm Trabb in particular.

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I can't really listen to Girls & Boys now due to massive overexposure, but at the time it really was a BIG THING.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Also, this was a very unusual track for its place and era. Of 90s UK indie, only Pulp I think ever got onto similar-sounding territory, and they had none of the funk that this does.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yep, unique really. And nothing else on Parklife sounds like it either.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

This song makes me want to stab people but I can understand its appeal.

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And nothing else on Parklife sounds like it either.

Nothing on Parklife sounds like anything else on Parklife. That's why I love Parklife \(O_º)/

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

!!!!!

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Triumph imo (unlike the rest of that fetid album)

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

7. Out Of Time
(12 votes, 1 first place, 303 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Triumph imo (unlike the rest of that fetid album)

Harsh. I think 'Caravan' is up there with anything else. 'On The Way To The Club' is pretty good. 'Jets' and 'Sweet Song' too.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ha, I was just about to post "Looks as if my top five might be the top five" but not quite.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love Think Tank, but mine is a marginal opinion and has been since 2003.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Think Tank is a like a B sides collection, except that most of the songs should have been B sides.

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'll hear any song off it and think "hey that's not a bad demo", and that's all. It doesn't hold together as an album at all for me.

Ernold Sock (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Think Tank's great. Screw the haters.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

6. Badhead
(14 votes, 2 first places, 340 points)

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Badhead? Barely remembered it 'til this poll got me listening again. Very sweet & gentle, and nice sequencing after 'Bank Holiday'.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

This was my number one.

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

For the purposes of this poll I listened to 'Think Tank' for the first time in 4 or 5 years. Still meh for me, doesn't hold my interest at all.
MLIR > Blur > Parklife > Leisure/Escape > 13 > > TT
xp

pandemic, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink


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