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Re: Battle

Posted: 18 Jun 2015, 16:38
by 101reykjavik
miko wrote:Yeah and Caramel was for me almost the best moment in Hyde Park setlist. They played shit out of that song!

Also huge fan of Battle, hopefully they also dig it up some day.
It was a great moment. I liked the way it confused the people around me. :D

Re: Battle

Posted: 18 Jun 2015, 16:54
by sara-m-a
Love it. someone put up together a video for it on youtube, it's reallt great, old war footage and it suits it so well

Re: Battle

Posted: 18 Jun 2015, 22:33
by Daysleeper
Brilliant song, love it!

So atmospheric, I love it when Dave's pounding drums kick in.

Definitely one I'd love to hear live, but can't see it seeing the light of day again.

Would be a great replacement for one of the 6 Parklife songs getting played,but as others have said, probably not for Hyde Park.

Re: Battle

Posted: 19 Jun 2015, 08:10
by AdvertBreak
TripleJay97 wrote:I used to hate this song because of how repetitive the chorus was. Oh, what I naive youth I used to be.

It's a bloody masterpiece.
I have waited a long time for you to come to your senses 8-)

Edit: Missed out the word "waited" :lol:

Re: Battle

Posted: 19 Jun 2015, 14:10
by Rosie
tom_cas1 wrote:They need to play it live again, such a good song!

This is my favourite live version from the Depot, London, 10 March 1999: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKlcPMatPLA" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
WOW, great performance, I agree

Re: Battle

Posted: 19 Jun 2015, 15:20
by JordanPowers
I'm willing to bet this song is about Damon's 'battle' with, amongst many other negative things that went on in his personal life, his addiction to drugs.

Re: Battle

Posted: 19 Jun 2015, 22:44
by Daysleeper
JordanPowers wrote:I'm willing to bet this song is about Damon's 'battle' with, amongst many other negative things that went on in his personal life, his addiction to drugs.

I never got the impression that Damon had an addiction? Thought he was just more of a dabbler!

Re: Battle

Posted: 20 Jun 2015, 02:08
by zoozilla
I always thought the song was about a relationship, but I assume all the songs on 13 are about relationships. Or "the" relationship, rather.

When you get to that point where all interactions end in arguments and everything becomes a battle.

Re: Battle

Posted: 20 Jun 2015, 18:39
by Jason
Heroin is inherently addictive so it's not really possible to use it and not become addicted to it. The way he's described it, heroin was being used openly and frequently in his home, and he felt the pressure to participate and did. And the way he's described his life, the normal stress of being a national celebrity, panic attacks, the stress of the whole country turning against you out of the blue and mocking/harassing you every time you leave your home, your bandmates, girlfriend, and the rest of the 90s rock star scene using drugs, the deteriorating relationships with the bandmates and girlfriend, plus whatever normal problems he had before blur becoming more pronounced, and the list goes on and on. There are a lot of reasons for heroin and some other drugs to be very appealing to him. Thankfully it seems that he's sorted himself out, but no doubt for a period of time that was a difficult aspect of his life.

That live version is absolutely fantastic. The guitars are a lot better, and the little vocal and lyric changes like the one at 2:53 make a big difference. With that and some of 13's other live versions it makes you wish they had fleshed it out while touring before recording the album!

Re: Battle

Posted: 10 Jul 2015, 19:21
by JAIME
Fantastic song, it's one of my 4 faves on 13 along with Bugman, 1992 and Trimm Trabb.

Re: Battle

Posted: 11 Jul 2015, 17:01
by goadamn
Coffee and TV, Trimm Trabb, Battle, Caramel

Re: Battle

Posted: 15 Jul 2015, 01:21
by MsMagicAmerica
I looooooove listening to Battle (along with Caramel & Trimm Trabb) with headphones on. I always hear little sounds & bits with headphones than with regular speakers. Battle is one of my favorite Blur songs.

Re: Battle

Posted: 16 Jul 2015, 15:38
by thespider
I never got to see them play it live, which is a real shame.

Re: Battle

Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 00:18
by KingLouieLouie76
I still love this live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M0FHUd0XKE" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

True, they were all nervous since they hadn't perform together live in such a long period, but it was still epic! I still feel Meltdown features one of the best overall set-list Blur ever did as well!

Re: Battle

Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 00:47
by bugman
KingLouieLouie76 wrote:I still love this live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M0FHUd0XKE" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

True, they were all nervous since they hadn't perform together live in such a long period, but it was still epic! I still feel Meltdown features one of the best overall set-list Blur ever did as well!
a gig begin from battle. omg..... (or amubalnce -2 fantastic tracks!)