Tuesday, May 26, 2009
No Monsters In Me
It's just over a month until Blur's Sunday night headlining slot at Glastonbury, and I'm starting to feel genuine, but also nervous, excitement. I've seen the band three times before, and each of those times was unique. But the fact that they've sprung from the dead after several years, and at Glastonbury no less, makes this feel extra special. I keep thinking of favourite songs, personal lyrics, and just the moments in a record that make me feel weightless: the wail of feedback over Alex's chiming bass in Sing, the swooping backwards drums at the start of This Is A Low and the radio chatter over the coda of Beetlebum.
I often cursed the band at the time for failing to make what I considered one truly classic record. One that compared with the greats from the past. But classics don't appear ready made. It's a status granted by the passage of time, viewing retrospectively with hindsight and context. And of course, with the personal memories attached to those recordings, thanks to the unique magical ability music has to conjure up emotions from otherwise lost days. So even records which at the time might have appeared a bit daft, now have an air of pathos about them. (You know the one I'm talking about...)
The headline spot at Glastonbury is always an experience. Last year I watched Kings of Leon step up to the plate and confound my expectations. Then Jay-Z absolutely stormed the Saturday night. Previously I've been utterly entranced by the extraordinary Radiohead and REM, seduced by the sublimely enigmatic White Stripes, and charmed by the epic yet humble Coldplay. But this is the one I've really been waiting for, and didn't really think I'd ever see. I'M SO EXCITED!
1. Blur - No Monsters In Me
2. Blur - Luminous
3. Blur - Young & Lovely
4. Blur - Magpie
5. Blur - Tame
6. Blur - Threadneedle Street
7. Blur - St Louis
8. Blur - Theme From An Imaginary Film
9. Blur - When The Cows Come Home
10. Blur - Bustin' & Dronin'
You know when you're a lost cause when you have to narrow down your 10 favourite B-Sides...
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