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Released: 27 April 2015
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Cat. No. 0825646141692
Japanese CD Promo
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US: Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music
Japan: Warner Music Japan
01. Lonesome Street
02. New World Towers
03. Go Out
04. Ice Cream Man
05. Thought I Was A
06. I Broadcast
07. My Terracotta Heart
08. There Are Too
Many Of Us
09. Ghost Ship
11. Ong Ong
Extra track in the Japanese release is "Y'All Doomed".
Sold with a 12" x 12" album artwork print
through the official Blur webstore and
Warner Music Store.
Pre-orders from Blur's webstore, Amazon and iTunes included
an immediate download of the album
preview tracks (see below) once they became available.
The vinyl includes code for download of the
album (160 kbps MP3).
There Are Too
Many Of Us
Credits inside the album
- The Magic Whip is based on
the jams and song ideas Blur recorded over five days in Hong Kong in
May 2013. The material was initially left behind until Graham Coxon
and Stephen Street began editing it in the autumn of 2014. Later, the full band joined them and the
album was finished in February 2015.
- The record was strongly inspired
by Hong Kong. Damon Albarn, who even returned to the city to write
the lyrics, commented: "The album reminds me of David
Bowie's Berlin period, in that you can hear the city in the music.
There's nothing pastoral about it, it's very much an urban record.
It's not a technically tricky record, what you hear is what we
played. There's no autotune."
- According to Damon, the title
The Magic Whip can mean many things, for example, an ice cream
or a Chinese firework. 'The whip' refers to hidden control found in
China. The working title for the album
was Made In Hong Kong, but the band thought it was too obvious.
- The album's cover designer Tony
Hung described the album's music as "quite fluffy, but with a depth
and darkness to it". He compared it to the Chinese ice cream
tradition: "You [Western people] normally think ice cream as a
daytime thing, but we [Chinese] see it in a different setting: darker and
- A clip of the "Lonesome Street"
demo was aired on Steve Lamacq's show on 20th April 2015. The full
album was premiered on the same day on BBC Radio 6 Music and iTunes
- The acoustic guitar in the
beginning of "Thought I Was A Spaceman" is actually played by Damon.
The track contains a dialogue sample from the Apollo landing.
- "I Broadcast" was made pretty late
album, because the band thought the record needed a fast punky
track. It's based on one of Damon's old iPad demos and recorded in London
after the Hong Kong sessions.
- The lyrics for "There Are Too Many
Of Us" were partly inspired by the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis
witnessed by Damon from his hotel room. "Outside of the window everything was very normal and unexceptional,
but on the television it was like World War III was about to sort of
break out. The song is influenced by that sort of mad distortion
that takes place on these sort of events," Damon said to ABC.
- "Pyongyang", the capital of North
Korea, is about Damon's experiences visiting the country.
- The title "Ong Ong" refers to
Hong Kong and the "ong! ong!" noise heard on
early demo of the
- Total running time: 51:49