Favorite tracks: Blur

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What are your five favorite tracks from Blur?

Beetlebum
62
19%
Song 2
24
7%
Country Sad Ballad Man
25
8%
M.O.R.
9
3%
On Your Own
22
7%
Theme from Retro
8
2%
You're So Great
32
10%
Death of a Party
38
11%
Chinese Bombs
3
1%
I'm Just a Killer for Your Love
8
2%
Look Inside America
18
5%
Strange News from Another Star
47
14%
Movin' On
13
4%
Essex Dogs
23
7%
 
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Favorite tracks: Blur

Post by Rubi » 01 Apr 2015, 08:38

This is where Blur showed the world what they were capable of. And it's quite fitting they self-titled it. Flawless album.

01. Death of a Party
02. Strange News from Another Star
03. Beetlebum
04. Country Sad Ballad Man
05. On Your Own

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Post by Sean » 01 Apr 2015, 08:41

I don't think it's flawless - very few albums are. Great though, obviously.

Like Charmless Man, I love Graham's guitar work in On Your Own but it's a shit song.
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Post by Sean » 01 Apr 2015, 08:43

You're So Great
Beetlebum
Strange News From Another Star
Country Sad Ballad Man
Theme From Retro
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Post by TripleJay97 » 01 Apr 2015, 08:49

That's tough. I'll need to think about this one.
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Post by 101reykjavik » 01 Apr 2015, 08:56

This is mine:

1. Beetlebum - first track, bang, here's our best ever song. Have it.
2. Strange News From Another Star - Bowie-esque brilliance
3. Country Sad Ballad Man - love it. The riff at the end is incredible.
4. Death of a Party - Just wonderfully melancholic
5. Look Inside America - tough to choose a fifth, I went for this as I find it so catchy, but it could have been most of the others, particularly Theme from Retro, You're So Great, Essex Dogs, Movin' On or On Your Own
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Post by ricj » 01 Apr 2015, 08:56

Death Of a Party
Essex Dogs
Strange News
Theme From Retro
Beetlebum
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Post by Rubi » 01 Apr 2015, 09:02

Sean wrote:I don't think it's flawless - very few albums are. Great though, obviously.

Like Charmless Man, I love Graham's guitar work in On Your Own but it's a shit song.
Shit song? :lol:

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Post by JoelT » 01 Apr 2015, 09:04

Beetlebum
Strange News From Another Star
Essex Dogs
Death of a Party
Look Inside America
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Post by Sean » 01 Apr 2015, 09:06

Rubi wrote:
Sean wrote:I don't think it's flawless - very few albums are. Great though, obviously.

Like Charmless Man, I love Graham's guitar work in On Your Own but it's a shit song.
Shit song? :lol:
Yep. Predictable and hackneyed chord sequence, totally uninteresting melody. I think the band agree it's shit. 8-)
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Post by He's So High » 01 Apr 2015, 09:07

1. Beetlebum
2. Strange News from Another Star
3. You're So Great
4. Song 2
5. Death of a Party

For sure, the album that cemented them as a class above.

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Post by Leahscarlet2 » 01 Apr 2015, 09:10

God, this is hard.. I ended up picking 6 without realising.
1 Beetlebum
2 death of a party
3 song 2
4 country sad ballad man
5 strange news from another star
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Post by bugman » 01 Apr 2015, 09:40

101reykjavik wrote:This is mine:

1. Beetlebum - first track, bang, here's our best ever song. Have it.
2. Strange News From Another Star - Bowie-esque brilliance
3. Country Sad Ballad Man - love it. The riff at the end is incredible.
4. Death of a Party - Just wonderfully melancholic
5. Look Inside America - tough to choose a fifth, I went for this as I find it so catchy, but it could have been most of the others, particularly Theme from Retro, You're So Great, Essex Dogs, Movin' On or On Your Own
exactly my choice. and also i have a big problem with nr 5. essex dogs or look inside america or your'e so great.

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Post by TripleJay97 » 01 Apr 2015, 09:41

Okay, here we go:

1. Movin' On.
I don't know what it is about this song that draws me to it. Maybe it's just the fact everything just works together so perfectly. It described how fickle the music business is and also their position within it, while still managing to kick ass. It's a great one to sing and dance along to (especially the "aaaaahhhAAAAAAAHHHHAAAAAAA" in the chorus) and I honestly would have preferred it as a single to MOR. It just never gets old. One of my favourites ever.

2. Country Sad Ballad Man.
I actually heard this song before I bought the album, in the form of the live acoustic version on the 10 Year Anniversary Box which I received on my 14th birthday. Something about it just spoke to me and clicked, and it ended up being one of the b-sides I listened to most. When I finally went and bought the album, I was very impressed by the way it was produced. It managed to maintain the raw melancholy of the acoustic version without sacrificing anything to manufacturing. I've always sort of connected to the lyrics as well, which makes it more of a personal favourite for me.

3. Beetlebum.
An instant classic. I was fed Blur from The Best Of, so this was one of the first songs of theirs I heard. I remember sitting there listening and getting sucked into a strange world. The soothing vocals always filled me with wonder, but I always heard the main guitar riff as something dark and mysterious, coming closer upon every down-slide. In my childhood, I had a hell of an imagination, and even if the song ceases to create the same effect, it still makes me feel all warm and nostalgic, and I still see it as the wonderful, epic track it is.

4. You're So Great.
This was one of the songs I was more excited to hear when I bought the album, reading about Graham's sole involvement and having loved Coffee and TV so much. And dear lord, did it deliver. I sing this song to myself some times, when I'm feeling down, and it helps me to remember that there is some sweetness in life, even if it doesn't seem that way. There is some light in that mud and grey sky. Thank you Tweedz, for helping me realize this.

5. Essex Dogs.
As a fan of psychedelic music, this song was certainly a treat on the earlobes. Even if it did come the fuck out of nowhere. On an album full of ballads and rockers, I wasn't expecting an ode to both Pavement and Pink Floyd. With some punk poetry thrown in. It's not a great track to listen to before bed, with all of it's unsettling sound effects (courtesy of Graham), creepy deadpan vocal delivery and suburban nightmare bass. But that's one of the reasons I love it so much. The instrumental wouldn't feel out of place in a David Lynch film.

Aaaaaand the rest.

6. Strange News from Another Star
7. Look Inside America
8. Death of a Party
9. On Your Own
10. I'm Just a Killer For Your Love
11. Chinese Bombs
12. Theme From Retro
13. Song 2.
14. M.O.R.
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Post by Rubi » 01 Apr 2015, 09:46

Sean wrote:Yep. Predictable and hackneyed chord sequence, totally uninteresting melody. I think the band agree it's shit. 8-)
Whatever bud, to each their own. I can understand it might not appeal to everyone, but it's by no means a "shit song".

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Post by Sean » 01 Apr 2015, 09:50

Rubi wrote:
Sean wrote:Yep. Predictable and hackneyed chord sequence, totally uninteresting melody. I think the band agree it's shit. 8-)
Whatever bud, to each their own. I can understand it might not appeal to everyone, but it's by no means a "shit song".
I think it is :)

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