20 years of The Great Escape

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20 years of The Great Escape

Post by AdvertBreak » 11 Sep 2015, 16:34

Today is The Great Escape's 20th birthday!

Really can't be bothered to copy and paste the essay I once wrote about the album but I will say its damn underrated.

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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by Foggy » 11 Sep 2015, 16:42

It Could Be You is under-recognised, I think. Great little tune, that.

Happy Birthday Great Escape.
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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by elasticaman » 11 Sep 2015, 17:23

It Could Be You
The Universal
He Thought Of Cars
Globe Alone
Yuko & Hiro

somewhere in that monstrous mess theres a great EP

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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by AdvertBreak » 11 Sep 2015, 17:24

It Could Be You is my least favourite after Ernold Same to be honest.

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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by TripleJay97 » 11 Sep 2015, 17:38

There are some terrible songs on there, Top Man, Ernold Same...

But I do love this album. It was the first Blur album I ever heard after 'The Best of' and I have a really strong connection with it.
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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by dparrott » 11 Sep 2015, 18:05

I love the variety of the album, the booklet art, and how over-the-top it is.

Ernold Same's a skit, a bit of fun, I don't mind it. Top Man is a bit flat, but it's a minor complaint. Charmless Man seems slower to me now than it used to. Where Parklife is a very British album, I think this one is more universal sounding.

BTW, it was released two weeks later in the US than the UK.

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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by JAIME » 11 Sep 2015, 18:48

This is one of my 2 least fave Blur albums, however I love Best Days, The Universal, He Thought Of Cars, Ernold Same, Globe Alone and Entertain Me. Stereotypes, It Could Be You, Dan Abnormal and Yuko & Hiro are Ok in my opinion. I never liked the other songs; but I really like the cover art.

I'm sure that Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave don't rate this album too much.
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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by bugman » 11 Sep 2015, 19:00

fav tracks

1. universal (what a big schock!)
2. he thought of cars (another how is it posibble ?)
3. stereotypes
4. best days
5. topman - yes ! i never understand why people hate this track.

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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by TripleJay97 » 11 Sep 2015, 19:14

bugman wrote:topman - yes ! i never understand why people hate this track.
It's down to the whistling, the "ho"s and the "OPEN SESAME!" Some of the lyrics are dumb too.
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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by rob_graves » 11 Sep 2015, 19:43

I don't get why people think this is a bad LP. Great songs.

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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by 101reykjavik » 11 Sep 2015, 20:16

TripleJay97 wrote:
bugman wrote:topman - yes ! i never understand why people hate this track.
It's down to the whistling, the "ho"s and the "OPEN SESAME!" Some of the lyrics are dumb too.
I struggle with those bits too. Blur going full-on cartoon at that point. It's about the only thing in their canon I'd be truly embarrassed to play to a newbie, for fear of them thinking my musical taste was off kilter. But overall, TGE gets a lot of unwarranted criticism hurled in its direction. Apart from the aforementioned, there's little I can't enjoy. Blur's 'lows' are still so much better than many band's pinnacle of achieivement.
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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by aldamasta » 11 Sep 2015, 22:40

Some absolutely fantastic songs on this record, despite there being some duds. It Could Be You, The Universal, He Thought Of Cars, and Yuko and Hiro are my favorites. They're all masterpieces to me.

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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by Lt Pinkerton » 11 Sep 2015, 22:50

This is Blur's worst album after Leisure. That's how fucking great they are.

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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by TripleJay97 » 12 Sep 2015, 05:23

101reykjavik wrote:Blur's 'lows' are still so much better than many band's pinnacle of achieivement.
You might even say Blur's lows won't hurt you ;)
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Re: 20 years of The Great Escape

Post by 101reykjavik » 12 Sep 2015, 13:38

TripleJay97 wrote:
101reykjavik wrote:Blur's 'lows' are still so much better than many band's pinnacle of achieivement.
You might even say Blur's lows won't hurt you ;)
I was waiting for that. :D
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