Favourite Blur album

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Favourite Blur album?

Leisure
2
9%
Modern Life Is Rubbish
4
18%
Parklife
3
14%
The Great Escape
0
No votes
Blur
4
18%
13
7
32%
Think Tank
1
5%
The Magic Whip
1
5%
 
Total votes: 22

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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by Rubi » 18 Feb 2015, 13:47

Parklife is the definite Blur and Britpop album for me.

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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by JAIME » 18 Feb 2015, 15:02

metalhipslop wrote:thing about Leisure is a lot of the bsides of that are better..
Agreed. Inertia, Luminous, Berserk, Day upon Day and Mr. Briggs are way better than some Leisure songs.
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Post by Forever Low Man » 18 Feb 2015, 16:11

JAIME wrote:
metalhipslop wrote:thing about Leisure is a lot of the bsides of that are better..
Agreed. Inertia, Luminous, Berserk, Day upon Day and Mr. Briggs are way better than some Leisure songs.
Not that Leisure is a bad album, but OH MY GOD THE B-SIDES ARE SO MUCH BETTER.



I think this was done on purpose, to force you to buy the singles. That's why There's No Other Way was a chart success, the b-sides were awesome.
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Post by aldamasta » 19 Feb 2015, 00:01

JAIME wrote:
metalhipslop wrote:thing about Leisure is a lot of the bsides of that are better..
Agreed. Inertia, Luminous, Berserk, Day upon Day and Mr. Briggs are way better than some Leisure songs.
Inertia. Such a beauty. One of my favorite songs of all time! Could have fit in with post-Britpop era material seamlessly IMO. I hope I'm not alone in saying I LOVE Explain! Bang is actually one of my favorite Blur singles ever. I know the band definitely doesn't agree :lol:

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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 19 Feb 2015, 07:53

Good points about the b-sides of the early singles.

With an artist like Blur, the word would get around indie fandom that they had a good b-side, alternate take etc.

Thus this was a route to further sales, important for an act who might have limited appeal overall.

And here's a thing, I never bought all of Blur's singles :oops:

E.g. I never bought 'Popscene' which seems strange looking back from now. However, at the time it received good reviews IIRC in the music press, and I anticipated that it would do well, and soon appear on an album. In the event it received hardly any airplay and was in & out of the top 40 before anyone noticed. And as we have discussed on this forum, music purchases were not cheap then. I did not get 'Popscene' into my collection until I bought the 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' CD in Canada, where it was an extra track. The UK version of the album didn't have it.
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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by Rubi » 20 Feb 2015, 15:15

aldamasta wrote:Bang is actually one of my favorite Blur singles ever. I know the band definitely doesn't agree :lol:
Bang is by far one of the most underrated Blur songs, ever. I absolutely love it. That guitar riff is heaven.

As for Leisure's b-sides, I'm not sure I agree that they're better than the album tracks. Leisure is a decent record, nothing spectacular, but the only songs I would scrap for some b-sides are Slow Down, Fool and Birthday for I Know, Explain and Inertia. The rest of the songs are better than the b-sides, IMO.

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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by blurvert » 20 Feb 2015, 15:37

13
Blur
Parklife / Modern Life is Rubbish
Think Tank
The Great Escape / Leisure

We all know of the "life trilogy", but I have always thought it was a shame we didn't get a "numbers trilogy", imagine if we had two more follow ups to 13 produced by Orbit...with what D&G were doing in the post 13 years it's a question that can only be answered in a parallel universe.
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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by TripleJay97 » 20 Feb 2015, 15:38

Rubi wrote:
aldamasta wrote:Bang is actually one of my favorite Blur singles ever. I know the band definitely doesn't agree :lol:
Bang is by far one of the most underrated Blur songs, ever. I absolutely love it. That guitar riff is heaven.
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Post by blurvert » 20 Feb 2015, 15:52

TripleJay97 wrote:
Rubi wrote:
aldamasta wrote:Bang is actually one of my favorite Blur singles ever. I know the band definitely doesn't agree :lol:
Bang is by far one of the most underrated Blur songs, ever. I absolutely love it. That guitar riff is heaven.
YES!

Nothing wrong with Bang. In fact I don't think Leisure has any "bad songs" on it, unlike TT, TGE. Even MLIR has it's iffy songs.
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Post by aldamasta » 20 Feb 2015, 21:46

TripleJay97 wrote:
Rubi wrote:
aldamasta wrote:Bang is actually one of my favorite Blur singles ever. I know the band definitely doesn't agree :lol:
Bang is by far one of the most underrated Blur songs, ever. I absolutely love it. That guitar riff is heaven.
YES!
So glad more people agree! It's a very fun song to sing :P we all know Blur playing Country House when they first reunited was a big deal... now what if they play Bang live for the first time since 91/92 (not counting Singles Night)?? I would be SO happy! :D

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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 23 Feb 2015, 07:40

Yes, I am inclined to agree that 'Bang' is under-rated. A good solid indie single that epitomises the period in which it was released :D

Also agree with blurvert that 'Leisure' doesn't really have a bad song on it.

Another reason why particular albums might be our favourites is down to where we were, what we were doing, how busy we were etc....

I didn't play '13' as much because I was engrossed with other things in life at the time. I rarely played 'Think Tank' at all, though upon initial listening it did not impress me.
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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by Sledge Hammer » 23 Feb 2015, 17:58

Modern Life Is Rubbish for me, bought it back in 1993 and it blew me away, after not really getting into them during Leisure (was still buying Jive Bunny!). I am in the minority with 13 as im not a fan of Orbit's production, BLUREMI is so much better live without his Donald Duck tampering!

1. Modern Life Is Rubbish
2. Blur
3. Parklife
4. The Great Escape
5. 13
6. Leisure
7. Think Tank
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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by Jensen » 23 Feb 2015, 20:36

blurvert wrote: We all know of the "life trilogy", but I have always thought it was a shame we didn't get a "numbers trilogy", imagine if we had two more follow ups to 13 produced by Orbit...with what D&G were doing in the post 13 years it's a question that can only be answered in a parallel universe.
I'd have really loved to see this, and I had renewed hopes when the guys met Orbit again and had that UTW experiment three years ago... But I guess that now it's definitely messed up... :?

So I'm seeing my ranking has some unpopular choices :lol: Oh, well...

1. 13
2. Modern Life is Rubbish
3. The Great Escape
4. Leisure
5. Parklife
6. Blur


Think Tank

As I said in another post, I love Think Tank but don't fully consider it a Blur album, so I can't seem to fit it among the rest of the albums in the ranking.
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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by maria » 23 Feb 2015, 22:08

I'm never able to rank their albuns, but my 3 favourite never change (only their order :P ) : MLIR, Blur and 13.
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Re: Favourite Blur album

Post by tom_cas1 » 23 Feb 2015, 23:29

I'm looking forward to ranking The Magic Whip in my list of favourite Blur albums. For the first time in 13 years we'll have a new one to add! Seven become eight.
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