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…

BLUR: Facebook – All Singles

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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BLUR Released Their Sixth Longplayer ’13’ Twenty Years Ago…

Great albums from the past…

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14 March 2019

Band: BLUR

Album: ’13’ named after Damon Albarn‘s London studio – the band’s sixth LP

Released: 15 March 1999 – 20 years ago – it went straight to Number One

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Blur’s penitence for Brit-pop continues with the aptly named 13, which deals with star-crossed situations like personal and professional breakups with Damon Albarn’s longtime girlfriend, Justine Frischmann of Elastica, and the group’s longtime producer, Stephen Street. Building on Blur’s un-pop experiments, the group’s ambitions to expand their musical and emotional horizons result in a half-baked baker’s dozen of songs, featuring some of their most creative peaks and self-indulgent valleys… 13’s strange, frustrating combination of expert musicianship and self-indulgence reveals the sound of a band trying to find itself. With some closer editing, this could have been the emotionally deep, sonically wide album Blur yearns to make.” Full review here. Score: 3.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s highlights: Tender / Swamp Song / Coffee And TV

– TENDER –

– SWAMP SONG – (vivid live version)

– COFFEE AND TV –

ALBUM in full…

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BLUR Released Sexy Single ‘GIRLS & BOYS’ 25 Years Ago Today…

Sonic knockouts from the past

7 March 2019

Girls & Boys‘ by BLUR

It was the lead single of their, third, triumphant album Parklife. After being released on
7 March 1994, 25 years ago today, it reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart. Frontman and songwriter Damon Albarn wrote it after a holiday in Spain with his then-girlfriend Justine Frischmann. According to Albarn, the city had “really tacky Essex nightclubs. All these blokes and all these girls meeting at the watering hole and then just copulating. There’s no morality involved, I’m not saying it should or shouldn’t happen.

Love in the ’90s is paranoid
On sunny beaches…

BLUR: Facebook – All Singles

5 Smashing Albums Turning… 25 In 2019

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

Here come Five Smashing Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 25 next year!

1. ‘Definitely, Maybe’ by OASIS

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– ‘2. ‘The Holy Bible‘ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS

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– ‘3. ‘Dog Man Star’‘ by SUEDE

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– ‘4. ‘Let Love In’‘ by NICK CAVE

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5.’Parklife’ by BLUR

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BLUR – One Of Their Best Albums Ever ‘MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH’ Came Out 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

8 May 2018

Band: BLUR

Album: MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH

Released: 10 May 1993 – 25 years ago

Drowned In Sound wrote: “There’s something wonderfully pure about Blur’s second album. Not only is Modern Life Is Rubbish a virtually perfect record, musically, but it comes without the baggage of the albums that surround it: no hit singles, no feuds with Oasis, no silly videos and no Britpop (though it would be retrospectively appropriated as such), its lyrics full of yearning for a vanished West London rather than the brassy Camden-isms of the next couple of albums. Reputedly the band – after their pissiness over ‘Popscene’ – were unfazed that neither their second album nor its singles sold particular well: they knew how good it was, they knew it
was only a matter of time before they hit the big time… and they were right.”

Score: 9/10 – Full review here

Turn Up The Volume says: Blur’s first great album and still one of their very best…

Three Top Tracks: For Tomorrow / Sunday Sunday / Advert

* FOR TOMORROW

* SUNDAY SUNDAY

* ADVERT

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