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Blur are back

By | Published on Friday 20 February 2015

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In 1994, on my 5am student radio show, I once played Blur’s ‘Parklife’ 21 times back to back. Mainly because we knew the station’s President and breakfast show host hated it. But also because Blur were the greatest band in the world and we knew it.

I mention this now because part of me thinks those two hours of barely-listened-to radio possibly constituted my greatest creative achievement to date. I mean, I can’t play ‘Parklife’ 21 times in a row here in the CMU Daily, can I? Though one of my co-hosts that day does now have a daily show on a proper radio station. So he could do it again. He should. The only way to top a two hour radio show consisting only of Blur’s ‘Parklife’ would be a two hour radio show consisting only of Blur’s ‘Parklife’ at the end of which the host was very publicly fired.

Anyway, all of this nostalgic twoddle should probably make me a whole load more excited than I am about the news that Blur’s first album in twelve years (sixteen years as a fully fledged four-piece) will be unleashed on 27 Apr, giving fans just under two months to learn all the words before the band play Hyde Park again on 20 Jun.

But just because my Blurred faith has waned over the years, don’t let me stop you from exclaiming “woo” or “hurrah” or “yikes mallarky”, or maybe snapchatting a tweet of joy. Hell, raid a radio station and play ‘Parklife’ 21 times in a row why don’t you? The album’s called ‘The Magic Whip’ and the gig is part of AEG’s British Summer Time.



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