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by Styopa
Yesterday, 12:52
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 49
Views: 1174

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I'm also fairly ambivalent about Entertain Me but it does have some nice features particularly Alex's bass line.

In hindight it's also quite an interesting track given the dancey feel of it and the work Damon would go on to do with Gorillaz in the following decade.
by Styopa
02 Jul 2020, 11:38
Forum: Blur
Topic: B-Roads
Replies: 308
Views: 136272

Re: B-Roads

Agreed, few who are not keen Blur fans already will be interested in watching a 25 year old documentary about the band. A band that too all intents and purposes ceased being a working band (bar reunions every few years) nearly 20 years ago. It would barely register a ripple (relatively speaking) if ...
by Styopa
26 Jun 2020, 09:21
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 49
Views: 1174

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I would say the dark, and at points vaguely dystopian theme on TGE is developed in a more subtle way on S/T. I think songs like Fade Away, Top Man, He Thought of Cars could quite comfortably sit along side songs like Death of a Party, Theme from Retro, Strange News from Another Star, Essex Dogs, es...
by Styopa
25 Jun 2020, 11:21
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 49
Views: 1174

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

Haha, yes, I think the fact the albums sound so different stylistically masks some of their similarities. They're definitely both Blur albums! I wonder what marks out Yuko and Hiro for the band? I mean like the ones I've mentioned above I could certainly hear it on the s/t if the production was tone...
by Styopa
25 Jun 2020, 11:02
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 49
Views: 1174

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I would say the dark, and at points vaguely dystopian theme on TGE is developed in a more subtle way on S/T. I think songs like Fade Away, Top Man, He Thought of Cars could quite comfortably sit along side songs like Death of a Party, Theme from Retro, Strange News from Another Star, Essex Dogs, esp...
by Styopa
24 Jun 2020, 13:28
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 49
Views: 1174

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I think the fact it is so ironic is one of the main reasons people who do dislike it dislike it. Ironic can also sound aloof, it can come across as being derisory, mocking, cold. Interestingly, whilst a lot of the songs on Parklife seem to concern ordinary (in inverted commas) people, the songs on t...
by Styopa
24 Jun 2020, 12:18
Forum: Blur
Topic: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?
Replies: 49
Views: 1174

Re: Is The Great Escape the worst Blur album?

I think it's probably the hardest Blur album to listen to in its entirety. Personally I don't very much care for Stereotypes. And I find it, Country House, Charmless Man, Mr. Robinson's Quango, It Could Be You, Globe Alone, and Dan Abnormal a bit of a sensory onslaught being sequestered all onto the...
by Styopa
21 Apr 2020, 13:59
Forum: Blur
Topic: All We Want in 13.
Replies: 35
Views: 8319

Re: All We Want in 13.

Well I imagine, like all songs the idea was that it appeared on an album No, I think some of the songs are thought of as B-sides. Wasn't it that I'm Just A Killer For Your Love was recorded during a B-side session, and eventually made its way to the album? I'm not sure about that song specifically ...
by Styopa
17 Jan 2020, 11:22
Forum: Blur
Topic: Graham talking about modern life is rubbish
Replies: 17
Views: 8974

Re: Graham talking about modern life is rubbish

Yeah, looking at some of the setlists Oily Water and Turn it Up were already being played in 91 (as was Popscene) and by early 92 Colin Zeal and Pressure on Julian were being played. Coping and Sunday Sunday were played at Glastonbury 92. I think Sunday Sunday in particular points hints at the direc...
by Styopa
16 Jan 2020, 16:08
Forum: Blur
Topic: Most Oasis sounding Blur song?
Replies: 15
Views: 8541

Re: Most Oasis sounding Blur song?

Stereotypes perhaps. I can kind of imagine Liam singing that one. Bang possibly too.
by Styopa
07 Jan 2020, 12:43
Forum: Blur
Topic: Blur - The Magic Whip
Replies: 3726
Views: 761556

Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

For me, a lot of the songs have the good beginnings of songs but they never really get going. They sort of plateau at a level which makes them sound like the band has run out of ideas and/or time or effort. I would probably put New World Towers, Ice Cream Man, I Thought I Was Spaceman, I Broadcast a...
by Styopa
25 Feb 2019, 16:03
Forum: Blur
Topic: Damon in Face
Replies: 5
Views: 2679

Re: Damon in Face

It seems really strange now even though there was something of a precedence for it - everyone from The Beatles to Dylan to Bowie tried their hand at acting to varying degrees. Damon was in drama school before Blur and in a way I think it may have been one of the first signs of him spreading his wing...
by Styopa
28 Jan 2019, 14:03
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Beach Boys Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 96578

Re: Beach Boys Thread

Yes I've checked out some of them. My thoughts: Friends I think is great and works really well as an album as a whole. It's got a lovely feel to it and is strong right the way through. Sunflower and Surf's Up are perhaps like consistent but arguably have higher individual moments - This Whole World...
by Styopa
15 Jan 2019, 16:36
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Beach Boys Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 96578

Re: Beach Boys Thread

Exactly.... At the time of "Smiley Smile" release even Carl Wilson said that it was "a bunt instead of a grand slam" and that is an excellent analogy. If "Smile" was released in later 1966 as intended, it might have received a lot of acclaim but don't know if the masses would have fully embraced it...
by Styopa
14 Jan 2019, 17:20
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Syd Barrett
Replies: 6
Views: 6106

Re: Syd Barrett

I've been listening to Syd a lot recently. There's quite a big difference between his work with Pink Floyd and his solo stuff. The Pink Floyd stuff is very psychedelic but also (the singles at least) quite poppy, with quite a produced sound, whereas his solo stuff is much more low key, much less pro...