Sunday, April 29, 2007

All a Blur

Ever since spending an extended amount of time in London in the late 90's, I've been a fan of Blur. I haven't delved too much deeper than their greatest hits, but it's an excellent set of songs that provide a look into British life at that time. As a bigger fan of Oasis, I'm very much aware of the very public media-fueled battle between the Gallagher Brothers and Blur at the height of the Britpop movement. With Damon Albarn now having reached unexpected superstar status with the mega-selling Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad, and The Queen, a reunited Blur could be the band's first opportunity to really get noticed here in the States.

British rockers Blur will finally decide this year if they will reunite or split. The Parklife chart-toppers, who went focused on solo projects after guitarist Graham Coxon acrimoniously left the group in 2002, will reform to record some trial songs this August.

Bassist Alex James says, "We're all heading into the studio together this summer. Graham's coming too. We're gonna see if we've still got it. If not, I think we'll just call it a day."
The song that introduced me to this band, released in February 1999 in the UK, while I was living there, was Tender. It is the first track on their sixth album 13. The single reached #2 in the UK singles chart - kept off #1 by Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time".


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