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Re: general blur thread

Post by 101reykjavik » 14 Aug 2015, 19:56

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Re: general blur thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 17 Aug 2015, 07:20

I don't remember the Blur vs Oasis battle being on the TV news at the time. Though I have since seen the clip.

I do remember the NME cover headline 'British Heavyweight Championship'. And the tabloids began to latch onto it.

I echo Mark72's comment that they were great times, with indie/Britpop songs starting to get regular daytime airplay. :D

I am told it was a hot summer but I don't particularly recall this - probably too busy buying and listening to music.

:geek: My pocket diary for 1995 survives. This reminded me that in the days preceding the chart battle I was laid off work with a stomach bug. It was unpleasant and not a ploy ( :evil: ) to listen to the chart battle as it happened. I was excited but also incapacitated, you could say I was looking a bit :mrgreen:

I must have bought the relevant singles in between trips to the doctor and phone calls to the work supervisor.

On Sunday 20th I was due to finish work at 1630hrs, then get home and back to town for a works function at 1900hrs, just after the announcement of the number one. Had this happened, I might not have heard the chart as it was announced, unless I took my Walkman.

But in the event I had been off work since Thursday, drinking flat cola under doctor's orders. Was it was this that kept me awake at night, and not the Blur excitement?

And I recall being stood in the kitchen doorway when I heard Mark Goodier say "is the number two record Blur....or Oasis?" :)

I agree that in the aftermath of Blur winning the battle, Oasis were winning the war a year or so later. But as Damon tends to do, he took a different train of thought and came up with 'Beetlebum' and the self-titled album early in 1997. At the time I thought that this took Britpop a stage further, rather than end it. Though by the autumn of that year it was evident by the low chart placings that the movement was fizzling out. :cry:
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Re: general blur thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 22 Aug 2015, 09:38

It has surprised me that more people haven't related their memories of Blur vs Oasis.

Maybe it indicates that Blur continue to attract a young fanbase, who weren't there at the time?

(& maybe my memories are too vivid.... :geek: )

Looking at the top 40 of that week, there was some naff songs in there:

Aug 20 1995 - UK Top 40 (source: http://www.old-charts.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)

1 COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
2 ROLL WITH IT Oasis
3 I LUV U BABY Original
4 NEVER FORGET Take That
5 WATERFALLS TLC
6 EVERYBODY Clock
7 SON OF A GUN JX
8 HUMAN NATURE Madonna
9 KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
10 TRY ME OUT Corona
11 SHY GUY Diana King
12 JUST WHEN YOU'RE THINKIN' THINGS OVER Charlatans
13 ON THE BIBLE Deuce
14 MOVE YOUR BODY Xpansions 95
15 HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
16 I'M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
17 SO GOOD Boyzone
18 BOOM BOOM BOOM Outhere Brothers
19 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Real McCoy
20 ALRIGHT Supergrass
21 '74-'75 Connells
22 YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
23 ISOBEL Bjork
24 DON'T YOU WANT ME Felix
25 LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
26 HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
27 HOLD ON Happy Clappers
28 DESTINATION ESCHATON Shamen
29 HOPE STREET Levellers
30 PUSH Moist
31 GIRL FROM MARS Ash
32 SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe
33 HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
34 LIVING NEXT DOOR TO ALICE Smokie ft Roy Chubby Brown
35 A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. feat. Amy
37 FREEDOM Shiva
38 IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
39 COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
40 THE KEY Matt Goss

Non-Blur/Oasis songs I particularly remember from that chart are:

'Waterfalls' - TLC
'Just When You're Thinking Things Over' - The Charlatans
'74-75' - The Connells
'You Oughta Know' - Alannis Morissette

Supergrass, U2 and Ash had good songs that had been at their peak a month or so before.

In the fickle world of music, as Blur and Oasis moved in to dominate, others were suffering. The Shamen's comeback single (post 'Boss Drum' album) quickly nose-dived out of the charts. They couldn't move any mountain anymore and we didn't really hear from them again. :cry:

Some good dance singles were by JX, Felix, A.D.A.M. feat. Amy. But other dance singles were very routine (Clock, Corona, Deuce, Outhere Brothers, Happy Clappers).

Ropey cover versions of old classic hits by Suggs, Ali Campbell and Shaggy.

I seem to remember Lisa I'Anson saying on Radio 1 that The Original (at no. 3) had suffered because of Blur vs Oasis. Otherwise he probably would have been number one.

Overall a fairly non-descript chart looking at it now. Blur vs Oasis was the only real exciting thing about it :o
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Re: general blur thread

Post by Lt Pinkerton » 22 Aug 2015, 12:51

There's a new Blur playlist in Songpop with basically every song available, b-sides and all. It's pretty cool.

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Re: general blur thread

Post by JAIME » 22 Aug 2015, 21:46

I'm listening this (Blur live at Köln, August 22, 1991): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUCOA7MRaS0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I like this version of High Cool with Graham singing the chorus "Aah Ah aaaah" several times, more than the album version.
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Re: general blur thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 26 Aug 2015, 06:52

Mallard No. 22 wrote:Aug 20 1995 - UK Top 40 (source: http://www.old-charts.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)

Non-Blur/Oasis songs I particularly remember from that chart are:

'Waterfalls' - TLC
'Just When You're Thinking Things Over' - The Charlatans
'74-75' - The Connells
'You Oughta Know' - Alannis Morissette
Was browsing at the weekend and discovered that I bought the TLC and Alannis Morissette singles as well.

'You Oughta Know' sounds very vindictive listening to it now. Makes Noel & Liam look like choirboys ;)
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Re: general blur thread

Post by miko » 08 Sep 2015, 22:15

Blur won Band Of The Year award at GQ Awards tonight

https://twitter.com/BlurNorthAm/status/ ... 03/photo/1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: general blur thread

Post by AdvertBreak » 08 Sep 2015, 22:24

Dave's "Man of the Year" picture of a suited Graham

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Re: general blur thread

Post by JAIME » 10 Sep 2015, 15:16

Paul, John, George, Ringo, Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave on my refrigerator 8-) :D

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Re: general blur thread

Post by Miki » 10 Sep 2015, 21:54

Just watching Newsnight, item about the Labour leadership contest, and who do I spot sitting in the audience at Liz Kendall's final speech? It's only Dave :P
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Re: general blur thread

Post by 101reykjavik » 10 Sep 2015, 22:24

Miki wrote:Just watching Newsnight, item about the Labour leadership contest, and who do I spot sitting in the audience at Liz Kendall's final speech? It's only Dave :P
Hmm... Dave not on the winning the team in that one then.
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Re: general blur thread

Post by Miki » 10 Sep 2015, 22:46

101reykjavik wrote:
Miki wrote:Just watching Newsnight, item about the Labour leadership contest, and who do I spot sitting in the audience at Liz Kendall's final speech? It's only Dave :P
Hmm... Dave not on the winning the team in that one then.
:lol:
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Re: general blur thread

Post by JAIME » 11 Sep 2015, 15:26

Nice compilation (Popscene plus B-sides):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSIkUlN-MAg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: general blur thread

Post by claz103 » 13 Sep 2015, 17:10

http://www.thesun.ie/irishsol/homepage/ ... -235041749" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Pictures of Blur's first Irish gig, playing at Leo Finlay's wedding in 1990

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Re: general blur thread

Post by JAIME » 14 Sep 2015, 00:51

claz103 wrote:http://www.thesun.ie/irishsol/homepage/ ... -235041749

Pictures of Blur's first Irish gig, playing at Leo Finlay's wedding in 1990
Cool article!

This is funny and shocking at the same time:
Alex James said :"Back then even our girlfriends thought we were rubbish :shock: :mrgreen: . I think we all got beaten up after that first gig by one of the support bands, Graham (Coxon) had to go to hospital. :(
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