“To the End” is a song by English alternative rock band Blur. It appears on their third album, Parklife, and was released as single in May 1994. The song describes a couple unsuccessfully trying to overcome a bad patch in a relationship, and features full orchestral accompaniment with a choric refrain in French by Lætitia Sadier from Stereolab. The song was produced by Stephen Hague, unlike the rest of the Parklife album, which was produced by Stephen Street. Blur have produced several different recordings of the song.
“This Is a Low” is a song by English rock band Blur for their third studio album, Parklife. The song was released as a promotional single in 1995.
Originally titled “We Are the Low”, the song began life as an instrumental during the Parklife sessions. In the guitar solo, Graham Coxon played three solos, including one of him sat in front of his amp, turned up to maximum volume. According to bassist Alex James, Damon Albarn was finding it hard to write lyrics. In his autobiography, ‘A Bit of a Blur’, he revealed that “for Christmas I bought him a handkerchief with a map of the shipping forecast regions on it… you can never tell where the muse is going to appear.” “We always found the shipping forecast soothing,” James explained. “We used to listen to it [on the American tour] to remind us of home. It’s very good for a hangover. Good cure for insomnia, too.” On 4 February 1994, the penultimate day of official recording, Albarn was due to go into hospital for a hernia operation. Pressured to come up with the lyrics, Albarn took advantage of the map James had given him. “I’d had this line – ‘And into the sea go pretty England and me’ – for a long time”, Albarn revealed. “So I started at the Bay of Biscay. Back for tea. ‘Tea’ rhymes with ‘me’. And then I went ‘Hit traffic on the Dogger Bank’. ‘Bank’ – ‘rank’ – so ‘up the Thames to find a taxi rank’. And I just went round.”
“There’s No Other Way” is a song by English band Blur, released 15 April 1991 as the second single from their debut album Leisure.
The song utilises a beat and tambourine sound typical of songs of the Madchester and baggy scene.
The video for the song was directed by David Balfe, the former keyboardist for The Teardrop Explodes and owner of Blur’s label Food Records.
The song was the band’s first top 10 in the UK, reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart. The single was also a minor hit in the US, reaching number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number five on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. A playable version of the song is available for the Rock Band video game series, and it is available to download for Guitar Hero 5.
“The Universal” is a song by English alternative rock band Blur and is featured on their fourth studio album, The Great Escape. It was released 13 November 1995 as the second single from that album, charting at #5 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1995 in British music).
In keeping with the song’s science fiction theme,[clarification needed] the single’s cover art is an allusion to the opening shot of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the music video is a tribute to the movie A Clockwork Orange, with the band dressed up in costumes similar to Alex and his droogs. Both films were directed by Stanley Kubrick.
“Tender” is a 1999 song by English rock band Blur.
The song’s lyrics were written by Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon and the vocals are shared on the track with backing vocals provided by the London Community Gospel Choir. The line “Tender is the night”, and by extension the name of the song, is a reference to the novel Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose title was in turn a quotation from Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale.
During Coxon’s hiatus from the group, Blur continued to perform the song live with Albarn asking the audience to sing Coxon’s lines; “Oh my baby/Oh my baby/Oh why?/Oh my”. At Blur’s headline appearance at Reading Festival in 2003, he introduced the song by saying “I don’t want, for one moment, to be a sentimental but… Graham wrote this song as well… you know the bits he sings and I want you to sing them as loudly as you possibly can. Everyone needs to sing this song.” Drummer Dave Rowntree would also sing Coxon’s lines on occasion. In July 2009 when Blur re-formed, Coxon’s lines in “Tender” were repeated and sung powerfully by the audience to call Blur back to stage at Glastonbury, Hyde Park and T in the Park.
In March 2013, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher performed this song live at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity event.
Sunday Sunday” is a song by English alternative rock band Blur, featured on their second album, Modern Life Is Rubbish. It was released 4 October 1993 as the final single from that album, and charted at number 26 in the UK Singles Charts. This is the highest charting single from the album (although the lowest-selling single from the album); the record company thought the original album contained no singles, and had the band write the other two singles specifically for single release. The band’s original name, ‘Seymour’, is credited as guest performer on the CD1 single, due to the B-sides being recordings from that era.
The song is about traditional British Sunday activities, like a Sunday roast, seeing family and a walk in the park. The song “Daisy Bell” is a B-side on CD 2. Singer Damon Albarn once mentioned that he would like to make music his grandparents would approve of. Graham Coxon has admitted that the cover versions of “Daisy Bell” and “Let’s All Go Down The Strand” were one of the worst moments in Blur’s career.
CD 2 is titled ‘The Sunday Sunday Popular Community Song CD, making it rather like an extended play.
“Stereotypes” is a song by English alternative rock band Blur and is the opening track to their fourth studio album, The Great Escape. It was released on 12 February 1996 as the third single from that album, charting at number 7 in the UK Singles Chart. It was originally intended to be the album’s first single.
“Tame”, one of the single’s B-sides, is sometimes viewed as Blur’s first push into the sound that they would develop greatly on their next album, Blur.
The music video which was directed by Matthew Longfellow features live footage. Whereas the previous live video promo “End of a Century” was live in picture and sound, “Stereotypes” is simply live footage edited to fit the album track recording.
“Song 2” is a song by English rock band Blur, the second track from their 1997 eponymous fifth studio album. The hook features Damon Albarn yelling “woo-hoo!” as the distorted bass comes in. Released in April 1997, “Song 2” appropriately reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, number four on the Australian ARIA Charts, and number six on US Billboard Alternative Songs (previously called Billboard Modern Rock Tracks).
At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, “Song 2” was nominated for Best Group Video, and Best Alternative Video. At the 1998 Brit Awards the song was nominated for Best British Single, and Best British Video. In December 1998, BBC Radio 1 listeners voted “Song 2” the 15th Best Track Ever. In October 2011, NME placed it No. 79 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.
Blur intended “Song 2” to be a parody of grunge. The song was nonetheless their biggest hit in the United States. The song has often featured in popular culture, and first appeared in the hit video game FIFA: Road to World Cup 98.
“She’s So High” is a song by English band Blur, released as a double A-side single with “I Know” on 15 October 1990 as their debut single. It is the first track on the band’s first album, Leisure, released in 1991.
The artwork was designed by Mel Ramos and shows a naked woman riding a hippopotamus.
On the MTV Blurography special of 1996, in which the band members talked about the promotional videos, drummer Dave Rowntree recalled, “The head of our record company, David Balfe, wanted to try his hand at video directing. There were these neon rings suspended from the ceiling by three wires, each with someone holding a wire. He [Balfe] wanted these people to wobble the wires so that the neon rings would move. He kept shouting, ‘I haven’t seen the definitive wobble yet!'”. Lead singer Damon Albarn appeared in a Penguin Books shirt, which has become something of a cult icon.
“Popscene” is a song by English alternative rock band Blur, released as a non-album single on 30 March 1992. Despite its relatively low chart placing, it has since become critically praised and regarded as one of the pioneering songs of the Britpop genre.
The song was first played live in Autumn 1991, and recorded at Matrix Studios in Holborn with producer Steve Lovell. The lyrics showed frontman Damon Albarn’s distaste for the music business, complaining that there were too many insignificant indie bands.
Musically, it was different to the style seen on the group’s first album Leisure and featured heavily flanged guitars, a Can influenced drumbeat, and brass from session players the Kick Horns. The band considered “Popscene” to be the loudest and best thing they had worked on at that point.