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by ricj
30 Jun 2020, 10:14
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 33
Views: 738

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

Too weird and irritatingly quirky in places for me but also contains some of their best songs. Definitely the most divisive album. Not sure about Yuko & Hiro - I'd say basically all the b-sides from Stereotypes and Charmless Man are the true bridges into where they were about to go next. You can rea...
by ricj
04 Jun 2020, 09:29
Forum: Blur
Topic: All We Want in 13.
Replies: 35
Views: 5631

Re: All We Want in 13.

They are in poor shape around the time of 13. Damon must still be on heroin when they record the NDLTR video. I wonder if he agreed to get off it before Missy was born. I think that was sometime in the summer of 99. There is no evidence for that. He does look extremely knackered but I always just a...
by ricj
31 May 2020, 00:46
Forum: Blur
Topic: live streaming of new blur sessions
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: live streaming of new blur sessions

I remember frantically looking for Graham every time a new one appeared and slowly realising that he just wasn't there anymore. Incredibly depressing at the time...
by ricj
12 May 2020, 10:36
Forum: Blur
Topic: Blur mix tape nostalgia
Replies: 8
Views: 2848

Re: Blur mix tape nostalgia

I always compile(d) my mixtapes like a gig setlist. All the best setlists have a flow to them just like a good mixtape should.
by ricj
01 May 2020, 08:56
Forum: Blur
Topic: Blur mix tape nostalgia
Replies: 8
Views: 2848

Re: Blur mix tape nostalgia

I've got a few of these in my attic too (although not as nicely typed out and printed)! I like a lot of the selection but it seems to be totally lacking the key art of the mixtape in your running order. Yuko & Hiro sandwiched between Sunday Sunday and Girls & Boys?! And SNFAS and This is a Low as se...
by ricj
23 Mar 2020, 17:16
Forum: Blur
Topic: Beetlebum: reaction at the time
Replies: 68
Views: 17393

Re: Beetlebum: reaction at the time

I was a bit obsessed with the mysterious new song that became Trailerpark (still my favourite performance/version of that song) and could not WAIT to hear what the new album would sound like. I've never actually heard this version before...it almost sounds like a single if Damon had written some be...
by ricj
20 Mar 2020, 16:15
Forum: Blur
Topic: Beetlebum: reaction at the time
Replies: 68
Views: 17393

Re: Beetlebum: reaction at the time

It's also strange to think that the first Gorillaz album is made up of songs from demos that would've most likely formed the basis for the follow up to 13 if things had worked out differently. What with I Got Law appearing as a bonus track on the Japanese version of 13 and hints of certain songs fro...
by ricj
19 Mar 2020, 10:53
Forum: Blur
Topic: Beetlebum: reaction at the time
Replies: 68
Views: 17393

Re: Beetlebum: reaction at the time

I was a 13 year old casual fan around Parklife and I loved the Great Escape when it came out (not so much now, I'd probably say its my least listened to Blur album these days). When Beetlebum and the Blur album came out, I was initially surprised, intrigued and at first, missed their 'old' sound a b...
by ricj
17 Feb 2020, 09:42
Forum: Blur
Topic: The Universal
Replies: 6
Views: 3816

Re: The Universal

The Glasto 98 version is my all time favourite. There's just something about it, the fact that retrospectively it kind of feels like the last performance of a fully functioning band before things started to unravel. And nothing has come close to the way he sings the final lines before or since. http...
by ricj
05 Jun 2018, 08:31
Forum: Blur
Topic: GORILLAZ: The Now Now Album Thread
Replies: 386
Views: 119957

Re: GORILLAZ: The Now Now Album Thread

I'm most excited about Idaho - the loveliest sounding thing i've heard in ages.

That was another reason I hated Humanz as it was totally missing any of the moving, more emotional songs. Like To Binge and Cloud of Unknowing etc.
by ricj
05 Apr 2018, 17:58
Forum: Blur
Topic: Music is my radar
Replies: 15
Views: 6159

Re: Music is my radar

I remember hearing the first play of it on the radio and enjoying it but at the same time feeling a bit annoyed at what I thought was just lazy scat singing by Damon. I'd got the idea in my head at the time that Damon couldn't be bothered to write a 'proper' song anymore and couldn't really be bothe...
by ricj
05 Apr 2018, 17:10
Forum: Blur
Topic: Graham Coxon interview: The 1990s were fraught (The i Paper)
Replies: 6
Views: 2908

Re: Graham Coxon interview: The 1990s were fraught (The i Pa

When do you think it gets too late for Blur to do something again? Personally I think they will do something again, obviously not for at least the next 2-3 years but there will come a point when they are too old. Just not sure when that'll be. I suppose they could just stop playing some of the more ...
by ricj
28 Mar 2018, 14:51
Forum: Blur
Topic: GORILLAZ: Humanz + The Now Now Tours 2017-2018
Replies: 593
Views: 225804

Re: GORILLAZ: Tour Thread

Apart from the fact I didn't enjoy pretty much any of the music on Humanz, the main thing it was lacking for me was that quieter, melancholy, melodic side that is peppered over all the other albums. I totally agree that the studio version of this song could be mindblowing and am genuinely excited to...
by ricj
28 Mar 2018, 10:54
Forum: Blur
Topic: GORILLAZ: Humanz + The Now Now Tours 2017-2018
Replies: 593
Views: 225804

Re: GORILLAZ: Tour Thread

This sounds absolutely beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... 40h6bDnOpM" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

If the new album has a few more songs like this then i'm going to love it 100% more than the last one.
by ricj
13 Mar 2017, 09:31
Forum: Blur
Topic: Alt-Blur
Replies: 58
Views: 19559

Re: Alt-Blur

"Ambulance" would sound so epic if they played it live with Graham, I'd like to believe... Maybe in 2030 or something tour it will be brought back like "Caravan" I was hoping "Ambulance" would have been considered before... Even "WGAFOY"...... Maybe also "OTWTTC"..... Am I the only one that loves "...