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March 31, 2003 - NME.com:

'Tank' boys!

BLUR showcased new tracks from forthcoming album 'THINK TANK' during a special TV recording on Saturday night (March 29).

The band played six new tracks for next Saturday morning's (April 5) 'CD:UK' show, including new single 'Out of Time', the dance pop tune 'Crazy Beat', and the Norman Cook produced 'Gene By Gene' .

Three hundred fans saw them work through classic Blur tracks 'Badhead' from 1994's 'Parklife', 'Beetlebum' from 1997's 'Blur' and 'Trimm Trabb' from 1999's '13'.

The performance provoked a mixed response from some Blur fans - many were impressed by the new songs, but others who left very disappointed.

One fan, Derren Richman, an 18-year-old student from Watford, said: "The new tracks were all pretty cool, I enjoyed 'Brothers and Sisters' but 'Crazy Beat' sounds a bit like a Supergrass song."

Another fan, 23-year-old Alex Neal from Essex, said he thought the new tracks were "crap" and that Damon and Alex "were not up for the show".

The 'CD:UK' programmers intend to show Blur's new single, 'Out of Time' this Saturday morning, and will air other tracks in the coming weeks.

Blur are set to release 'Out of Time' on April 14, with the album 'Think Tank' out on May 5.

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