There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #10

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #10

In very many ways the nineteen-nineties was a period in time that was defined by Blur more than any other group.  Nirvana were a big deal...but the despair, the angst and the howl that they dished up were never going to shape the popular culture or reach the masses.  Oasis were, arguably, the biggest band [...]

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #8

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #8

"Leisure" was a calling card, a mess of sounds, a mass of experiments and, at times, a little miracle of pop music. "Modern Life is Rubbish" was a pop-cultural manifesto, a statement of intent, a coruscating, white light, white heat of a record that changed the musical landscape and gave birth to Britpop. "Parklife" was [...]

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #7

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #7

Following the number one smash that was "Beetlebum" was going to be difficult.  Not because Blur were some sort of one hit wonders...they were, by now, firmly established chart stars, darlings of the music press and record buying public alike and had elevated themselves way above the level that anyone involved with them in the [...]

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #6

There’s No Other Way…The Blur Singles #6

Beetlebum - January 20th, 1997 "The first time I took heroin was like coming home. For some people I knew, heroin was the final taboo. They would smoke dope and take coke, but draw the line at smack. Not me. I actively sought it out as if we were long-lost blood brothers. As if I [...]

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 [...]