Songs in the key of Lou #6

Songs in the key of Lou #6

  Anchors Away by Mike Mills I have no idea where in the pages of "Just For One Day" this is referenced but it must have been because it has ended up here. Now I have to think of something to say about this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EBlSTrOwu4 Um. Right. I like pirates? Actually, that isn't true.  I [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #5

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #5

After the horror of "Country House" it was difficult to see how Blur could worm their way back into my affections. Not that they cared. They had bagged their first number one single, crushed Oasis in the Battle of Britpop and found favour with the record buying public in ways that they could hardly have [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #4

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #4

Following the astonishing success of "Parklife" Blur had positioned themselves as that rarest of beasts...a pop group who enjoyed the support of the indie crowd.  It had been a long time since a band like them had featured so frequently in the charts, in the pages of the "serious" music papers, in Smash Hits and [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.3

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.3

"Modern Life is Rubbish" had dragged Blur back from the brink of oblivion...and, at the same time, had helped deliver, a near fatal, blow to the cultural dominance of grunge.  With Cobain and his cohorts on the retreat the kids turned back towards homegrown pleasures.  Britpop was, by 1994, a thing...it had a look, a [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.2

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles pt.2

After the moderate success of the "Leisure" era and the death of the scene that had thrust them into the spotlight it seemed as if Blur were destined to be no more than a Championship level indie band, a suspicion that was confirmed by the reception given to "Popscene".  There was no failure in anything [...]

Melody Maker – April 13th, 1996

Melody Maker – April 13th, 1996

Hello pop pickers and welcome to another trip down memory lane. Forget your worries and cares about Brexit. Forget about the fact that Susan in your office has been looking at you funny whenever you go to the loo. Forget about the fact that your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend is watching a lot of documentaries about polyamory...which may [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles

Blur have, over nearly thirty years, recorded eight studio albums...six of which have reached number one in the UK charts.  In addition they have released over thirty singles, thirteen of which have made the top ten.  Several of these recordings define the era they were released in and some actually changed British popular culture in [...]