Monday, April 03, 2006
Just read on the NME website that Blur will be making a record this year. It's one of those things, really. Blur are probably my favourite group ever, and certainly the one that had the strongest effect on me. The Gorillaz are lovely, and all, but they'll never be Blur. And, that said, Blur will never really be Blur whilst our Graham remains stubbornly out of the picture, but still...
And I'm excited, genuinely. I know that the record may well not be as good as the ones before. But it could be better. Ultimately, it could be the masterpiece I've always craved from a band that I identify with in so many ways. I know Damon's supposed to be just a bit of a dick in real life, but on record he knows how to write and sing a song. 16 years after 'She's So High', a lot has changed, but a lot of it for the good. Looking around their peers, few have survived the early 90's guitar explosion. Pulp are sadly missed, and the less said about Oasis the better.
I must admit, I didn't think they'd still be relevant, but the success of Gorillaz has taken even me by surprise. I remember picking up 'Tomorrow Comes Today' first time round in 2000, before 'Clint Eastwood' and '19-2000' lifted the roof off the discoteque. I thought it'd just be a vanity project indulged by obsessives like myself. Now it looks more like Gorillaz are the day job, and Blur are the side project. Am I arsed? Not really. Think Tank had some wonderful moments. Maturity seems to be doing them all good. And Alex hasn't lost any of the sparkle that made him the tongue in cheek oracle of Britpop bollocks. "Foo Fighters are gonna wet their pants when they hear it." Heheh. It'd be even better with Graham back on board... Oh, come back Graham, please...
As absurd as it makes me feel to say it, they're my Beatles. I know, I know, but still it's true. And I know there's at least a few people reading this who agree with me.
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