The Great Escape? Is it really that bad...?

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I am the only person who thinks Blur's 'The Great Escape' isn't as bad as common folklore would have you believe? Discounting the bollocks of 'Charming Man' and 'Country House', there are some proper gems on there including 'Best Days', 'The Universal' and 'Yuok & Hiro'. Anyone...?

Doodlebug, Monday, 12 September 2005 15:04 (seventeen years ago) link

It's a good album.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:09 (seventeen years ago) link

Discounting "Ernold Same" for sure.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:10 (seventeen years ago) link

I think Charming Man is the best track.

Masked Gazza, Monday, 12 September 2005 15:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Charmless Man, surely?

snotty moore, Monday, 12 September 2005 15:12 (seventeen years ago) link

AH, er yeah.

Masked Gazza, Monday, 12 September 2005 15:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Unless you have the wrong album on...

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Is Hot Karl on this?

JC-L (JC-L), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:18 (seventeen years ago) link

I like Mr. Robinson's Quango a lot. Top that.

Billy Pilgrim (Billy Pilgrim), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:21 (seventeen years ago) link

"Best Days", "He Thought of Cars" and "Fade Away" are fantastic. But then there's silly stuff like "Stereotypes" and "Mr Robinson's Quango" which sound like parodies of Parklife songs.

haha x-post, sorry.

Ark Hopping (avoid80), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:24 (seventeen years ago) link

I really never understood why "Country House" was so demonized. I mean, it's not gold, but I'd rather listen to that than anything off of Think Tank.

I remember liking "Globe Alone" and the slashing guitar intro to "Stereotypes," but it remains the Blur album I play the least (not that I really play any Blur all that much anymore).

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:25 (seventeen years ago) link

It's very easy to pick songs and say "That must have took five minutes to write"

Like "It could be you" for example.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:28 (seventeen years ago) link

I agree that it's actually pretty good. There are a couple of really bad ones too of course but "Yuko and Hiro" is probably my favourite Blur song.

everything, Monday, 12 September 2005 15:37 (seventeen years ago) link

it's a brilliant album, and one of the first threads i set up on ilx was about how good it was, though i don't think my defence was particularly eloquent that day ;-)

when i was younger, i thought it was quite witty, but i've decided that the lyrics are not particularly sharp. i think it falls into the category that the pinefox talks about on the infamous sleeper vs the strokes thread - (another one for any newcomers to ilx to dig out) - lyrics written by people who are *straining* to be camp, witty, observant, and think that they are succeeding because they write character songs about people with funny, posh british names etc - aping the style of a good lyricists like morrissey and j.cocker, without really bringing anything new to the party.

musically it's very rich and fun and varied and colourful and basically parklife version 2.0.

my favourite track? "he thought of cars", which i wrote about on stylus once: http://www.stylusmagazine.com/feature.php?ID=977

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:47 (seventeen years ago) link

The problem is that Parklife had some really moving songs, where Damon Albarn sounded like he cared (even if he was singing gibberish, like on 'This is a low'). By comparison, The Great Escape sounds very cynical and sneering. Having said that, there's some great stuff on there, but a lot of the 'comedy' stuff is just really irritating.

Good / Great: Stereotypes, Mr Robinson's Quango, He Thought Of Cars, It Could Be You.

Happy never to hear again: Country House, Ernold Same, Charmless Man (though I did like this at time), Globe Alone (ditto).

Dan Abnormal and Entertain Me have grown on me very slowly. It took me about five years to realise Dan Abnormal was an anagram.

Teh HoBB (the pirate king), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:47 (seventeen years ago) link

I like Country House, I like the video too. He Thought Of Cars is pretty good too. I think this album gets beat up because the band itself decided they hated it, so it became safe to hate on. (Oh, and because the tunes aren't all up to snuff and because the sound had reached a dead end.)

Billy Pilgrim (Billy Pilgrim), Monday, 12 September 2005 15:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I think it's a sensational lp. "Country House" is miles better than anything Oasis ever did.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Monday, 12 September 2005 21:56 (seventeen years ago) link

god it's terrible.

the theme or idea or what have you is good mind, u know a concept album about how terrible,dreary,doomed everyday lower middle class 2.4/'nother-day-at-the-office life is but the *tunes*, crivens.

the lazy-ass lack of scan in the second verse of 'charmless man' makes it sound like a first take where mr a's making it up as he goes.

globe alone is a bad/dreadful 'bank holiday'.

the look on his face when he pullls that fake smile in the middle of 'the unversal's video made me want to belt him.

the would be kinks-y ooh look at us lifting the lid off of normal lives and saying summat clever ("she wears a low cut tshirt runs a little b n b/ she's most a-com-o-datin-when-she's-in-her-lingerie/ wife swapping is the fewtcha...") on 'stereotypes' eurg...

no. terrible. easily their worst, and god it goes on and on forever.

it's true to say that as a 21 year old after i heard this lp, having seen the parklife tour 3 times, i came home and tore my 7 foot high poster of them down off the wall and threw it in the bin out of fury.

'fade away' is ace though.

piscesboy, Monday, 12 September 2005 22:35 (seventeen years ago) link

I like Mr. Robinson's Quango a lot. Top that.

So do I!

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 12 September 2005 22:42 (seventeen years ago) link

I really never understood why "Country House" was so demonized. I mean, it's not gold, but I'd rather listen to that than anything off of Think Tank.

This is like saying you'd rather wear a dress than have your testicles torn off by wild dogs.

"Country House" is fairly inoffensive -- it is/was obvious (both in hindsight and at the time) that they really wanted to have a #1 single from their new album, so it was all "OK, let's churn out a Britpop-by-numbers song" and that was that.

Like others have said, the more indefensible tracks are the ones where they cribbed the formula straight from "Parklife", e.g. "Bank Holiday" -> "Globe Alone", "Tracy Jacks" -> "Mr Robinson's Quango", "Girls and Boys" -> "Entertain Me", etc. -- ALL the photocopies are of lesser quality than the original, in many cases significantly so. Compiling an album the way one would cast a reality show = bad idea.

"Stereotypes", "Yuko and Hiro", and "Best Days" are all fantastic. "The Universal" might be my favourite Blur single (and the exception to the "photocopy" rule re: "To The End").

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 12 September 2005 23:44 (seventeen years ago) link

No other album I own went from beloved to pariah so quickly. I was such an Anglophile in 1995 that I would hold up The Great Escape and proclaim, "See, Pearl Jam? THIS is what it means to have a sense of humour!!"

Now I enjoy latter-day Pearl Jam far more than Blur.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 00:58 (seventeen years ago) link

The Great Escape - best album ever?

It's not Blur's best album but it has it's place. I actually really like Country House and the Universal. Not so hot on Stereotypes and Charmless Man ("He went na na na na naa na naaaaa" is probably the orst chorus in the world). I'd agree with what Damon said about it being a "depressed" rather than "depressing" album and in some ways it preceded Radiohead's OK Computer in its display of pre-millenium tension.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 06:45 (seventeen years ago) link

"Country House" is fairly inoffensive -- it is/was obvious (both in hindsight and at the time) that they really wanted to have a #1 single from their new album, so it was all "OK, let's churn out a Britpop-by-numbers song" and that was that.

As I remember, it was actually 'Stereotypes' that was all set to be the lead single off the album, but 'Country House' went down even better at their Mile End Stadium show...and the rest is history etc

JonBenet Taxidermy (piratestyle), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:23 (seventeen years ago) link

it's true to say that as a 21 year old after i heard this lp, having seen the parklife tour 3 times, i came home and tore my 7 foot high poster of them down off the wall and threw it in the bin out of fury.

I can empathise here. When some really skanky girl came into school wearing a "DAMON" necklace and proclaiming that the Great Escape was like brilliant I sold all my albums and singles. I slowly reacquired them some years later when the hysteria died back down and they released On Your Own.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:24 (seventeen years ago) link

at ten years' remove: bag o'shite, though i can't rememebr playing it all that much at the time. 'country house' stands up pretty well, considering. have always been torn on 'the universal', never really able to like it.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Funny, around the time 13 came out I remember having a long conversation on the phone, with some journalist bloke I'd never met, about how lame The Great Escape was in comparison to the rest of Blur's canon - but after 15 minutes of chewing over each song, we ended up concluding it was actually stronger, as a whole, than either of us had realised. "Best Days", "Fade Away", "The Universal", "He Thought Of Cars", "Entertain Me", "Yuko and Hiro", all classic.

Can I just say, though: TEN FRICKIN' YEARS AGO? Jeez. I wrote a rabidly enthusiastic review at the time; mind you, I also wrote with passion and commitment about Shed 7, so what the fuck did I know?

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:30 (seventeen years ago) link

It was classic. I liked this album very much, and though I don't listen that much now, I still think it's underrated. Maybe because it was my first Blur record, but at the time I found it absolutely the kind of music I want to hear.
'Stereotypes', 'Best Days', 'Fade Away' are huge classics. And 'Yuko and Hiro' is one of the best album closers EVAH.

zeus, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:36 (seventeen years ago) link

i thought it was patronizing rubbish. 'MLIR' had elements of that but it felt more, well, authentic. this felt like going through the motions, and it destroyed the band. 'blur' had a few good tracks.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Great, now I have "He Thought Of Cars" stuck in my head.

Smug and Pious (kate), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Even as a 15 year old I was conscious that a lot of the lyrics on this album were retarded as fuck but was hypnotised by Damon's delivery into thinking they were also really clever. I didn't properly know what prozac was at the time but I certainly knew it was a dumb thing to sing about. There were some really really lazy bits of lyricism on this album whereas I think Parklife held a lot more water. Mr Robinson's Quango, Ernold Same are both really bad parodiez of Blur parodying Pink Floyd.
That said, I'd definitely keep Best Days as one of their better songs and Country House has some great harmonies which at the time made me wonder if Blur were actually geniuses.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Actually, I don't completely hate 'Country House' - the verses are OK. But the chorus winds me up and the 'blow me out' bit makes me want to punch him. And they were my favourite group at the time.

Teh HoBB (the pirate king), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:56 (seventeen years ago) link

"Blur" however is one of their very best albums. Not too many things (other than the horrible "Song 2") that sounds too patronising or pretentious and for once it's Blur sounding genuine for a change (or at least TRYING to sound genuine, others might argue they were just trying to rip off the American alternative scene). Out of all their albums I'd say it's aged the best.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:58 (seventeen years ago) link

I always liked that one best, and still do.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 07:59 (seventeen years ago) link

genuine is overrated.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:01 (seventeen years ago) link

'song 2' is great. it is what it is, but that's ok. 'country house' has taken a decade to grow on me, but it has. the 'blow me out' bits are the best. it's hella complex, songwritingwise, too.

genuine is sometimes overrated, sometimes underrated. in the ironic mid-nineties, it was underrated.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Parklife is the best. I thought everyone just knew that. What is 'genuine'?

Teh HoBB (the pirate king), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:16 (seventeen years ago) link

'genuine' is something felt by the writer/performer is successfully translated into sounds which translate into feeling for the listener, or something. or coversely, ungenuine is when as a listener you can sense the singer is going through the motions, that the 'observations' are made up, written in depseration. eg the godawful ken livingstone one.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:19 (seventeen years ago) link

the 'blow me out' bits are the best. it's hella complex, songwritingwise, too.

I concur on this.

And yeh, Parklife really is the best one really.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:20 (seventeen years ago) link

If only because it's Blur being Blur whereas "Blur" (the LP) is Blur doing a very good Pavement impression.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:21 (seventeen years ago) link

'genuine' is something felt by the writer/performer is successfully translated into sounds which translate into feeling for the listener, or something. or coversely, ungenuine is when as a listener you can sense the singer is going through the motions, that the 'observations' are made up, written in depseration. eg the godawful ken livingstone one.

Ha! I thought maybe it was a b-side I didn't have.

Teh HoBB (the pirate king), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:22 (seventeen years ago) link

to be honest, when I heared that Ken one, I heared it as Damon saying "ach, I'm not writing any more of these type songs!"

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:26 (seventeen years ago) link

"something felt by the writer/performer" is also overrated.

I actually witnessed Albarn recording the intro to that song. he was standing in front of JA Spirits in Goldhawk Road next door to the Townhouse Studios hammering the door and yelling. This was about 7:15 on a Tuesday morning. I passed him by and said for shame alkie Albarn etc. but he explained it was only sound effects for the album. I still think that Peter Wyngarde would have narrated it better than "Red" Ken, mind you ("Neville Thumbcatch" etc.).

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:30 (seventeen years ago) link

i don't like songs when i think the performer(s) are not feeling it, me.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Dean Friedman be king of pop!

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:37 (seventeen years ago) link

i mean, it's not the be-all and end-all, but on 'TGE' damon's "heart's not in it", which makes listening a bit on an empty experience (also the production is terrible).

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:40 (seventeen years ago) link

Barry is right in saying that Great Escape is Parklife mark 2 though. Just for fun, I'm going to play Blur pairs:

1. Girls And Boys - Entertain Me
2. Tracy Jacks - Mr Robinson's Quango
3. End Of A Century - He Thought of Cars
4. Parklife -
5. Bank Holiday - Globe Alone
6. Debt Collector - Ernold Same
7. Far Out - Fade Away
8. To The End - The Universal
9. London Loves - Top Man
10. Trouble In The Message Centre - It Could Be You
11. Clover Over Dover - Best Days
12. Magic America - Country House
13. Jubilee - Dan Abnormal
14. This Is A Low - Yuko And Hiro

Fair enough?

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh he's feeling it alright. Listen to the passion: "Dan went to his local burger bar!" (xpost)

Teh HoBB (the pirate king), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:43 (seventeen years ago) link

sorry, Parklife I would associate with Stereotypes

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:43 (seventeen years ago) link

I always thought Modern Life Is Rubbish was the best one of the trilogy.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Dog Latin - Trouble in the message centre = Mr Robinson's Quango

Teh HoBB (the pirate king), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 08:44 (seventeen years ago) link

oops sorry, not xpost.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 09:03 (seventeen years ago) link

i never really listened to '13'. or side 2 of 'blur'. or 'the great escape'.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 09:04 (seventeen years ago) link

side 2 of "blur" is wonderful.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 09:06 (seventeen years ago) link

If you don't believe me, pretend it's side two of "Low"

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 09:06 (seventeen years ago) link

hahaha, i don't like side 2 of 'low'!!!

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 09:08 (seventeen years ago) link

er, plus 'blur' came out twenty years after 'low'. i think this is important.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 09:09 (seventeen years ago) link

ANYONE WHO DOESN'T LIKE SIDE 2 OF LOW IS NO FRIEND OF MINE

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 09:11 (seventeen years ago) link

OH NOES

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 09:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Side two of Blur is ace! It's just Blur being as far away from Blur as possible - there's even a song about them LIKING America (a bit).

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 10:19 (seventeen years ago) link

which is blur doing 'more songs about buildings and food', really.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 10:33 (seventeen years ago) link

"Look Inside America" vs "The Big Country"

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 11:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Just went and had a listen to the album for probably the 1st time in 8-9 years, and 'Yuko & Hiro' is properly stunning! I don't remember it being that good...

Citypark, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 14:57 (seventeen years ago) link

which is blur doing 'more songs about buildings and food', really.
-- N_RQ (bl0cke...), September 13th, 2005.

boy, i must hear that track again.

piscesboy, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 15:11 (seventeen years ago) link

"Country House" is the only Blur song I like. And its basically a Kinks song.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 15:12 (seventeen years ago) link

I think it's a great record. Its excesses can grate, but is there really any denying "The "Universal" or "He Thought of Cars"? I think the hate for this album stems in large part from the band itself. During the Blur era they came to embarrassed by their former image, and were keen to write this album off. Critics took their lead, and voila!

D. Bachyrycz, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 15:31 (seventeen years ago) link

I'll keep it if only for "The Universal" and "Mr. Robinson's Quango." I still don't know what a quango is, or maybe I did once, but I forgot. Is the answer among the 28 older messages that are are hidden?

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 15:35 (seventeen years ago) link

I guess in keeping with the Britishness I should have said amongst.

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 15:35 (seventeen years ago) link

quango = quasi-autonomous non governmental organisation.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 15:39 (seventeen years ago) link

honest!

I can't remember the exact details, but IIRC they were a load of regional semi official organistations, many of which were shut down by thatcher in the eraly '80's as a kind of populist move, b/c qango had become synonymous w/profigat govt spending at that point.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 15:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Plus, I think "The Great Escape" is OK. It's not all that bad, but it isn't anywhere near as good as "modern life is rubbish" or "parklife".

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 15:42 (seventeen years ago) link

"but is there really any denying "The "Universal" or "He Thought of Cars"?"

Yes. Three times, like St. Peter.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 16:13 (seventeen years ago) link

This is like saying you'd rather wear a dress than have your testicles torn off by wild dogs.

This is also true.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 17:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Your agonizer, PLEASE, Mr. Soto!

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 17:12 (seventeen years ago) link

six years pass...

http://www.nme.com/news/blur--2/59677

piscesx, Sunday, 9 October 2011 03:11 (eleven years ago) link

This may well be the best Blur album ever.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 9 October 2011 12:16 (eleven years ago) link

nice to hear about that! man, I love this album so much, though I can understand why people find it too obnoxious, over-the-top etc. Damon Albarn at his most sarcastic, I guess.

V79, Sunday, 9 October 2011 13:13 (eleven years ago) link

'The Great Escape' is a good album. I don't think Blur ever made a great one - the closest that they came was 'Parklife' IMHO. Most of their albums suffer from being at least quarter of an hour/three or four songs too long. Tracks which, if they were cut, would have made the albums just that little bit stronger. I've never had a problem with the 'The Great Escape' though. When it's 'on' (which it is most of the time), it's fabulous. When it's 'off', it's the pits.

Turrican, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:22 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

"Best Days" is an obscenely fantastic song, I will say that much. There is some rather slight stuff on the album as well, though.

Freedom, Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:25 (ten years ago) link

Country House seems to define a moment; in the middle of all this ironic Benny Hill 90s lads comedy, and that great scribble of a guitar solo, it all stops while the singer tells us how depressed he really is. Then its back to the page 3 girls and the coke...

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 18 March 2012 21:01 (ten years ago) link

Pretty much every track has something going on musically, a great riff, killer hook, good idea in the arrangement, to recommend it, and almost every song is catchy as hell. But there are some awful, awful, hateful lyrics and vocals.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 18 March 2012 22:37 (ten years ago) link

^^^^ yep

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 18 March 2012 22:49 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

Has anyone ever hated humanity as much as Damon did on this album?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 26 November 2015 07:33 (seven years ago) link

Damn, twenty years old.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 26 November 2015 07:57 (seven years ago) link

xpost, yes, Damon Albarn now.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:33 (seven years ago) link

Pretty much every track has something going on musically, a great riff, killer hook, good idea in the arrangement, to recommend it, and almost every song is catchy as hell. But there are some awful, awful, hateful lyrics and vocals.

― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 18 March 2012 22:37 (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

100x yes. It would be such a great record if it hadn't been for the lyrics.

In a weird sequence of events, we decided to watch The Krays movie the other night, which promptly lodged the lyrics to 'Charmless Man' in my head. The next day, we sang it as we walked up the hill to a pub quiz where, during the music round they played 'Charmless Man' in reverse. To add to the coincidence, just as I was writing this post, I went to Google something completely unrelated and the first result was about the Kray Twins, but not what I was looking for.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:54 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

Did anyone see B-Roads *finally* leaked yesterday? Maybe it was a private obsession for us Blur forum vets but it's rather like Carnival of Light has come out.

you can see me from westbury white horse, Thursday, 24 November 2022 16:08 (one week ago) link

People were very weird about this. Mods demanding it must not be discussed. Show-offs who had somehow seen it informed the rest that it wasn't much cop and no one else needs to see it, yet describing every scene in great detail

PaulTMA, Thursday, 24 November 2022 18:51 (one week ago) link

B-Roads? What's that?

the pinefox, Thursday, 24 November 2022 18:54 (one week ago) link

Late 1995 tour film / documentary, mentioned in the music press as something that was in the works. The band decided they didn't want it to come out and was quietly shelved. There wasn't too much fanfare/hype about it to begin with, but it slowly became something of a holy grail. The version that leaked could be just a rough cut, not sure

PaulTMA, Thursday, 24 November 2022 20:12 (one week ago) link

Wow. Thanks for this. I had Starshaped on video back in the day. It's odd seeing Matt Lucas in the tour party.

cajunsunday, Thursday, 24 November 2022 21:02 (one week ago) link

https://vimeo.com/774782708

cajunsunday, Thursday, 24 November 2022 21:05 (one week ago) link

on YouTube too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYX7s_5MnTY

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 24 November 2022 21:10 (one week ago) link

Links seem to keep getting yanked all the time. At least it's out there now

PaulTMA, Thursday, 24 November 2022 21:39 (one week ago) link

Oh wow you couldn’t even *mention* it on the old Blur forum without the mods getting their knickers in a twist. It’s meant to be really boring.

piscesx, Friday, 25 November 2022 01:06 (one week ago) link

It’s a fun piece of fluff. I like the scene with Alex James splayed out on the floor of their green room and Damon’s deadpan encounter with a local news reporter. It veers into some Song Remains the Same territory, but it doesn’t feel like a real glimpse into their minds a la True Stories or Return to Waterloo

beamish13, Friday, 25 November 2022 04:52 (one week ago) link

I really quite love it, it's a real curate's egg. The Best Days bit is genuinely quite poignant.

you can see me from westbury white horse, Friday, 25 November 2022 05:52 (one week ago) link

Pretty good tbh. Refreshing actually, after all the hyper-curated retrospective docs of recent years, to see a contemporaneous effort like this, warts and all.

everything, Friday, 25 November 2022 07:08 (one week ago) link

I found the endless aestheticised poverty kind of gross, but the lack of easy Camden/London-stuff is quite appealing. It’s a lovely document of “what things looked like”.

Graham is the good looking one it turns out (when he’s not wearing his glasses)

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 25 November 2022 07:23 (one week ago) link

Wow yeah I was expecting it to be pretty lairy but this is really quite sweet, especially considering what a collective headfuck they must have been experiencing at the time. The interviews with the public remind me a bit of Pulp’s mini documentary about the making of the This Is Hardcore video, that was also shot on film, possibly by the same people. The Best Days bandstand bit is great yeah, I love that song, and Damon’s bit about the rings at the hotel was a bit of an unexpected choker. Baffling this was blocked/banned for so long.

piscesx, Friday, 25 November 2022 12:48 (one week ago) link

This film sounds interesting. I know nothing about it but hope to watch some time.

the pinefox, Friday, 25 November 2022 12:57 (one week ago) link


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