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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]