Friday, July 18, 2008
You're So Great
There's an undeniable irony about getting a bit misty eyed to Blur's Coffee & TV when you're a bottle and a half of red wine down. But that's where I found myself last night as this came on the jukebox in a friendly and familiar Islington bar. As I've mentioned here before, Blur are my favourite band. Sometimes I feel a bit weird about that, shackled to a band who opened up a whole world for me back in 1994. But it's moments like this that blow all the Britpop bullshit away and prove just what truly brilliant band they were(...?)
Coffee & TV reminds me of the most turbulent and exciting year of my life: my first year at University. Blur's 13 album simultaneously acted as a security blanket from my adolescent heroes, and a soundtrack to a whole new life. Only now, looking back, do I realise how Graham's song about drinking to escape his fear of other people tied in with my own habit of drinking away my shyness.
A habit I've now thankfully largely left behind. Like all sensible people, I now drink to forget.
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