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The Great Escape = the code for life

Posted: 19 Jul 2020, 00:24
by Vorsprung
I named my camp (the United States) equivalent of a country house “The Great Escape”. It’s a second home...a getaway. I’ve been here for a few months with my family during Covid.

I’ve listened to the album for the millionth time and The Great Escape seems like a road map on how to live your life.

Re: The Great Escape = the code for life

Posted: 20 Jul 2020, 04:26
by Pavlich
Damon was taking the piss out of people who have country houses, you know?

And most of the Great Escape is mostly about the mandatory drain and dull of being a working person with not much to show... a flat in a suburb 'pretty close' to the one you want to be in...

Definitely not an album celebrating people who can afford to have second homes – let alone second homes they don't even need to rent out.

Re: The Great Escape = the code for life

Posted: 25 Jul 2020, 06:18
by blurfansince97
Pavlich wrote:
20 Jul 2020, 04:26
Damon was taking the piss out of people who have country houses, you know?

And most of the Great Escape is mostly about the mandatory drain and dull of being a working person with not much to show... a flat in a suburb 'pretty close' to the one you want to be in...

Definitely not an album celebrating people who can afford to have second homes – let alone second homes they don't even need to rent out.
Well said.

Re: The Great Escape = the code for life

Posted: 25 Jul 2020, 22:23
by Vorsprung
Your explanation of the entire album is spot on.

Wasn’t the song “country house“ about a record exec who made Blur miserable? I’ve even heard Damon introduce the song in concert as being about “neurotic pop stars”.

That said, as a working man who scraped together enough to escape the mandatory “drain and dull”, I don’t think Damon would begrudge me escaping the gloom of the rat race. I’m sure he’s got a home or two himself.

Re: The Great Escape = the code for life

Posted: 27 Jul 2020, 05:13
by stephen
Vorsprung wrote:
25 Jul 2020, 22:23
Your explanation of the entire album is spot on.

Wasn’t the song “country house“ about a record exec who made Blur miserable? I’ve even heard Damon introduce the song in concert as being about “neurotic pop stars”.

That said, as a working man who scraped together enough to escape the mandatory “drain and dull”, I don’t think Damon would begrudge me escaping the gloom of the rat race. I’m sure he’s got a home or two himself.
Yes the biggest irony of the song is that the band all got famous/rich from it, especially alex james

Re: The Great Escape = the code for life

Posted: 30 Jul 2020, 10:34
by Pavlich
Vorsprung wrote:
25 Jul 2020, 22:23
Your explanation of the entire album is spot on.

Wasn’t the song “country house“ about a record exec who made Blur miserable? I’ve even heard Damon introduce the song in concert as being about “neurotic pop stars”.

That said, as a working man who scraped together enough to escape the mandatory “drain and dull”, I don’t think Damon would begrudge me escaping the gloom of the rat race. I’m sure he’s got a home or two himself.
At the same time, please appreciate the majority of Blur fans are British or of that descent.

People are being paid by the government at a reduced wage to keep their job knowing that their business, if this – and unfortunately it probably will – continues, then their employer will probably collapse. I live in Australia, in a nice place, and there's a line for the dole office every day from respectable people.

In a way, that's irrelevant – America is more fucked than here.

Coming on here and telling everyone about how you're so lucky, you can go to a second home in a time many young people can barely afford rent let alone a mortgage let alone mortgage another, is really quite offensive. Bragging about this and completely misinterpreting an album is quite galling. Lots of people with experience and kids at school don't have a job anymore.

Thinking Country House is a blueprint to a realistic life is about as realistic as believing Escape to the Country or Kevin McLeod on Grand Designs is a thing we can all do – it's fetishism aimed at the aspirational, wanky middle class... who... say things like 'yeah, we should eat less meat!' while eating a fuckin readymeal.

Re: The Great Escape = the code for life

Posted: 30 Jul 2020, 11:40
by stephen
I wasn't offended by it

It kind of is a blue print in the fact that it was written about "stereotypical" english/britishness. Buy a lottery ticket, live in a big house, have a job that pays loads but you don't do anything for it, wife swapping, take drugs for depression, having money but not having any friends, meeting someone down the pub who thinks he's mr big shot. They've got a bit of pokie fun at but serious and horrible depressing undertone, its mainly aimed at the middle class. I dunno, it probably wasn't meant to be taken seriously but it also wasn't meant for one big piss up either there's some very highlighted things in there that highlights the ugly side of life and human nature