Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

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What are your five favorite tracks from The Great Escape?

Stereotypes
29
8%
Country House
26
7%
Best Days
45
13%
Charmless Man
26
7%
Fade Away
9
3%
Top Man
5
1%
The Universal
60
17%
Mr. Robinson's Quango
12
3%
He Thought of Cars
54
15%
It Could Be You
20
6%
Ernold Same
4
1%
Globe Alone
11
3%
Dan Abnormal
4
1%
Entertain Me
16
5%
Yuko & Hiro
32
9%
 
Total votes: 353

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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by Miki » 31 Mar 2015, 16:45

tom_cas1 wrote:The Great Escape has a very special place in my heart as it was the album that got me into Blur. It's not my favourite Blur album but it's certainly the one I LOVE the most. It'll always mean a lot to me.
That's Parklife for me. Not my favourite album, but the one that got me into Blur.
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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by He's So High » 31 Mar 2015, 16:47

1. The Universal
2. He Thought of Cars
3. Best Days
4. Country House
5. Stereotypes

I think TGE is a really interesting record, as is/was the critical reception to it. As I think MrMagpie said at some point, I think it's suffered because journalists felt embarrassed about heaping such praise on it when it first came out, and so since then have been very harsh on it. It's not that good or that bad!

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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by britpopunionblur » 31 Mar 2015, 16:50

The Universal (All time Blur song. Though saying that I don't put on a lot anymore)
Country House( Love this song, don't care. It's catchy and fun and to me the best song they perform live. When it comes to upbeat crowd singalong)
Charmless Man (Bring this back in the setlist)
Best Days (Again put this in the setlist)
Dan Abnormal (Love it, one of the weird punky ones)

Find the album has two distinct halves, Whilst sticking to the same concept.
is as if the album changes after Mr.Robinsons Quango.
Where every song after this point are more Dark and Shiny( in the pop/rock department).
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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by TripleJay97 » 31 Mar 2015, 17:03

AdvertBreak wrote:I've got to disagree here though, for me It Could Be You is the second worst thing on the album after Ernold Same.
Fuck off. With Top Man knocking about?
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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by Miki » 31 Mar 2015, 17:26

I must stress that I don't care for what critics and journalists think of records and I don't follow trends. I don't like Parklife because it is universally acclaimed or dislike TGE because it seems the general consensus. I like Parklife and dislike TGE because I do, based purely on how the songs sound to me.
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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by Sledge Hammer » 31 Mar 2015, 17:31

Ernold Same is horrific, everything else is cool...
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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by AdvertBreak » 31 Mar 2015, 17:40

TripleJay97 wrote:
AdvertBreak wrote:I've got to disagree here though, for me It Could Be You is the second worst thing on the album after Ernold Same.
Fuck off. With Top Man knocking about?
Fuck off. Top Man is fun! It Could Be You is a pretty boring song about the lottery.

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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by AdvertBreak » 31 Mar 2015, 17:42

Miki wrote:I must stress that I don't care for what critics and journalists think of records and I don't follow trends. I don't like Parklife because it is universally acclaimed or dislike TGE because it seems the general consensus. I like Parklife and dislike TGE because I do, based purely on how the songs sound to me.
I don't think I've ever seen a negative critical review of TGE, it seems to be more of a fan thing.

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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by tom_cas1 » 31 Mar 2015, 17:43

Ernold Same is the worst song Blur have ever done, mainly due to Ken Livingstone's participation.
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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by Miki » 31 Mar 2015, 17:44

AdvertBreak wrote:
Miki wrote:I must stress that I don't care for what critics and journalists think of records and I don't follow trends. I don't like Parklife because it is universally acclaimed or dislike TGE because it seems the general consensus. I like Parklife and dislike TGE because I do, based purely on how the songs sound to me.
I don't think I've ever seen a negative critical review of TGE, it seems to be more of a fan thing.
Well, that was what some people seemed to say in previous posts, that fans follow the critics. Just pointing out it's not the case. I just don't like the album.
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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by AdvertBreak » 31 Mar 2015, 17:45

Yeah I know I was just agreeing :)

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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by TripleJay97 » 31 Mar 2015, 17:45

AdvertBreak wrote:
TripleJay97 wrote:
AdvertBreak wrote:I've got to disagree here though, for me It Could Be You is the second worst thing on the album after Ernold Same.
Fuck off. With Top Man knocking about?
Fuck off. Top Man is fun! It Could Be You is a pretty boring song about the lottery.
It Could Be You is an upbeat, jumpy about song about the lottery!
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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by AdvertBreak » 31 Mar 2015, 17:47

I don't dislike it at all, and I love TGE, I just prefer almost everything else on it.

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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by Rubi » 31 Mar 2015, 17:47

TripleJay97 wrote:It Could Be You is an upbeat, jumpy about song about the lottery!
Yeah. It's anything but boring.

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Re: Favorite tracks: The Great Escape

Post by UnderThePuritan » 31 Mar 2015, 17:50

Yuko and Hiro (as strong and stirring a chorus Damon has written, a song that has grown on me a great deal over the years)
Best Days (ditto, I love the lyrics to this one)
TOPMAN (This song reminds me of a desert level on a Sonic the Hedgehog game (Random I know!) A great piece of pop)
He Thought Of Cars (The masterpiece of TGE, on a level with This Is A Low as far as I'm concerned)
Globe Alone (silly keyboard punk, love it).

Narrowing this album down to five proved to me that I really do love this album! More than Parklife anyway, which surprised me. A more consistent album you could say. Couldn't squeeze in It Could Be You, Mr Robinsons, etc. The only song that rankles with me on the album is Entertain Me, due to that incessant 90's dance synth, but the bassline on that is class.
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