He Thought of Cars
Yuko & Hiro
The Great Escape – the album that divides the nation. It’s certainly one of the most controversial of albums. Blur became my favourite band not long after the release of this, so I too have a lot of fond memories of this album & Parklife. However in almost 20 years my taste in song has unsurprisingly changed. Back then Country House, Parklife, Sunday Sunday were in my top ten and I thought little of Sing, Death of a Party and He Thought of Cars. I think TGE has some of Damon’s best lyrics, as much as I may dislike the song itself. Maybe it’s generational (I’m 32) & British thing, but I hate it when I mention being a Blur fan and they sing Country House and Parklife at you, if they sang from-that-Britpop-era song such as This is a Low or The Universal I’d be much happier. Damon says TGE is “messy” and I certainly agree. It does have some of their finest moments but equally some of their worst. The Great Escape became a parody of their selves.
Stereotypes – yep great tune, always liked it. It’s lots of fun and great lyrics
Country House – I loved it at the time, now it makes my toes curl. I’d break a finger to hear the demo.
Best Days – absolutely brilliant! Perfect in fact.
Charmless Man – you know what, I quite like this. Maybe its Grahams guitar, but it’s almost up there with Girls & Boys and There’s No Other Way
Fade Away – always been “meh” about this. It’s okay, it has brilliant lyrics but it should have been a Bside
TOPMAN – I get why people hate this, but I’ve always quite liked it. It’s fun. If it had been a single I’m sure I’d have a different opinion – I’d quite happily swap this for one of their bsides -
The Universal – Masterpiece! Nothing more can be said an epic tune – absolutely divine!
Mr Robinson’s Quango – never in my days have I like this. It has always been at the bottom of the list. Great lyrics but hate the tune. Scrap the brass and if Damon calmed down and sounded rather more melancholic I’m sure it’d be a winner (demo anyone?)
He Thought of Cars – another epic song. Just beautiful
It Could be You – great guitar opening, so catchy! but I hate the lyrics. An okay album track, maybe if graham used this riff for another song (which, I don’t know)
Erold Same – great tune, there I said it. I honestly put this in the top half of the album. I used to hate it, but then one day I realised…I am Ernold Same. I see this song as being the interlude, maybe it should have been place as a half way track, but yes, it’s a great song!
Globe Alone – another “meh” song, I get it was their punk-rocky riff but it’s nothing special. Better bside material.
Dan Abnormal – yep, another “meh” song. It’s a bit too dopey, if it was a bside I wouldn’t question it.
Entertain Me – a wicked tune, should have been a single. Great bass lick, can’t fault it.
Yuko & Hiro – I’ve never understood the hate for this song, in one of the Blub polls this ws voted the worst Blur song – I think it’s one of their best. It’s so touching and has brilliant lyrics