BLUR Topped UK Singles Charts This In 1995 With ‘COUNTRY HOUSE’

Top singles from the past…

27 August 2021

Band: BLUR (London)
Active: 1988–present
(hiatuses: 2004–2008, 2016–2018)

SINGLE: Country House
B-SIDES: One Born Every Minute
and To The End with French 60s
star Françoise Hardy.

Score: No 1 in the UK – this day in 1995

Note: The single came out the same day as
the Oasis single Roll with It came in at No 2
The chart battle was dubbed the Battle of
Britpop
.

Album: The Great Escape

“He’s reading Balzac, knocking back Prozac
It’s a helping hand that makes you feel wonderfully blind”

All together now…

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BLUR – Their Debut Album ‘LEISURE’ Is 30 Today

26 August 2021

Band: BLUR
Active: Since 1988 – present (with some hiatuses)
8 studio albums so far

Anniversary album: LEISURE – debut LP
Released: 26 August 1991 – 30 years ago today

AllMusic wrote: ““She’s So High” and “There’s No Other Way” were
auspicious debut singles, alternately trancy and melodic, suggesting
how shoegazing and baggy beats could be incorporated into pop song
structures. Both songs suggested that Blur was capable of a striking
debut album, but Leisure wasn’t it.”
Score: 3/5.

Damon Albarn: “Thank God that [the album’s release] was a
time when you could make a record that wasn’t right and not be
discarded the next minute,

Turn Up The Volume: A false start for one of the greatest and
most successful Brit bands ever and its singer-songwriter who
became a 24/7, multifaceted hit machine.

Singles/clips: She’s So High / There’s No Other Way

– SHE’S SO HIGH –

– THERE’S NO OTHER WAY –

Full album…

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Steve McQueen Pop – ‘THE GREAT ESCAPE’ By BLUR Released 25 Years Ago

6 September 2020



Band: Blur

Album: The Great Escape – 4th LP
Released: 6 September 1995 – 25 years ago today

BBC MUSIC review: “The black sheep of Britpop, the straw that broke Graham Coxon’s back, few documents of mid-90s pop excess are quite as polarizing as Blur’s fourth studio album. It wasn’t always thus. The album’s September 1995 release saw NME award the record 9/10, Q gave it perfect marks, while Melody Maker broke their rating scale to score the record a wacky 12/10. It was critical euphoria that would prove to be short-lived – truth be told, about as long as it took publishers to realise Oasis would probably shift more magazines for them. It’s not a record the band think particularly fondly of either. In 2007, Damon Albarn mused that it was “messy”.

The single we all know, but
hated by guitarist Graham Coxon

Full album…

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Back sleeve

 

25 Years Ago BLUR Moved To Their ‘COUNTRY HOUSE’

Top singles from the past…

14 August 2020

Band: Blur (London)
Active: 1988–present 
(hiatuses: 2004–2008, 2016–2018)

Single: Country House
B-sides: One Born Every Minute and To The End
with French 60s star Françoise Hardy

Released: 14 August 1995 – 25 years ago today
Score: No 1 in the UK

Note: The single came out the same day as the 
Oasis single Roll with It came inn at No 2
The chart battle was dubbed the Battle of Britpop
Album: The Great Escape

“He’s reading Balzac, knocking back Prozac
It’s a helping hand that makes you feel wonderfully blind”

Let’s move

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Britpop Legends BLUR Released Their ‘PARKLIFE’ Single 25 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

21 August 2019

Band: BLUR
Song: PARKLIFE
Released: 22 August 1994 – 25 years ago
Note: It was the title track of their triumphant third LP ‘Parklife’  that became a number one album in the UK. Singer/songwriter Damon Albarn revealed that the track was inspired by the park he lived close by. “I was living on Kensington Church Street (London), and I used to come into the park at the other end, and I used to, you know, watch people, and pigeons.” The hit is also famous for the spoken word part of actor Phil Daniels
Score: It peaked a #10 in the UK

Now, let’s go have fun in the park…

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25 Years Ago BLUR Released Their Triumphant ‘PARKLIFE’

24 April 2019

Britpop icons BLUR released 25 years ago today, on 25 April 1994, their triumphant worldwide breakthrough album PARKLIFE. Mastermind Damon Albarn told NME back
in 1994, “For me, Parklife is like a loosely linked concept album involving all these different stories. It’s the travels of the mystical lager-eater, seeing what’s going on in the world and commenting on it.” Read what NME thinks about the classic longplayer today here.

The album originally entitled ‘London‘, with the front sleeve being a photo of a fruit-and-vegetable car, went four times platinum in the UK. Here are Turn Up The Volume‘s fav cuts…

– GIRLS AND BOYS –

– END OF THE CENTURY –

– PARKLIFE –

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