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I can't tell whether I like it or not.
Do you think it sounds like Madness ironically? Hmm. The guitar solo is good
from their site, from midnight tonight
"Blur’s new song Fool’s Day recorded especially for Record Store Day has sold out on limited edition 7 inch vinyl record. Fool’s Day was available across the UK at independent music retailers participating in Record Store Day. 1000 7 inch vinyl copies were pressed.
Blur’s manager Chris Morrison has said it is important that the song was made available to fans legally. "To avoid fans having to illegally obtain an inferior copy of this track from pirate sites – we have made it freely available through the band’s website"."
Exciting stuff, eh
note to self: download this later
i suppose the lyrics put me off. but they're quite funny. basically "yeah i woke up, took my kid to school and went to the studio to record this song" it's obviously just something they've come up with rather than them properly 'writing a song' so i suppose when you take it for what it is, it's pretty class
Nothing surprising, would've fit well on Modern Life is Rubbish. Albarns vocal makes anything good, but I think that's familiarity rather than acutal singin skillz.
not bad, I like it
i think Fool's Day is ok. not great, but ok.
flaming annoying, but inevitable
this is gonna be a good summer, kids
in love with this song. Strangely the MP3 is only 3 quarters of the song! Get the Wav!
Which is an unfortunate level of badness. Are they just trying to destroy their reputation?
Sounds like a studio knock off that doesn't really go anywhere.
and it has both Albarn singing AND Coxon doing a solo IN THE SAME SONG. Perfect.
If it was a good song throwaway and free would be fine. But it's a meandering pile of mildly grating nothingness.
Nothing more, nothing less. It's a bit of a regression, musically - but it's definitely more in keeping with the whole joyous nostalgic reunion vibe than a 'Music Is My Radar pt.2' would've been.
yea, slightly crap lyrics but good song! Sure beats 'Music Is my Radar' which i hate.
"If the guitar solo's the best part of the song, it's probably not a very good song."
sheeldzy's always right about this stuff
i'm sorry but it's perfect. They've worked out what bits people like about them best and made a gentle poppy positive song using all of said bits. WHAT is not to love about that?!
And never before have such vapid banalities been afforded the title of "wordsmithery."
But I think what pisses me off most about this song is something more fundamental. Blur were admittedly never one of my favourite bands but one thing I did always respect about them was their refusal to rest on their laurels and their determination to push what they did each album and never repeat themselves. The entire appeal to me (apart from the quality songs) is they weren't Oasis and were never going to get into Status Quo mode (both in terms of the band and the expression) and churn out the same thing over and over again.
To me this whole nostalgic reunion "recording a song that sounds exactly how we used to sound" thing goes against everything that was actually good about the band in the first place.
but the second paragraph is bang on. I think it's interesting how they never really escaped the Britpop thing in the same way Radiohead did. Blur brought out 13 a year before Kid A and it's arguably as much of a brave move as that was, yet they don't get anywhere near the same level of acclaim Radiohead have.
It's also why I was so disappointed with Coxon's post-Blur solo LPs.
Whereas Blur were arguably the key Britpop band (certainly one of two of them and I'd say they were a bigger influence on the actual sound that came associated with Britpop than Oasis were) so it was much harder for them to shake off that tag.
I've always seen Blur's changes of direction as usually pragmatic moves. Modern Life is Rubbish - Parklife - The Great Escape all follow the sameish format, they just took it in an increasingly commercial direction.
They were canny to sense the winds of change after their 'baggy' period, and toward the end of Britpop, I've never really thought of them as clever-clever 're-inventors' though...
Beyond the big singles it's a downbeat, ugly, bipolar clusterfuck of a record, and the closing three tracks are flat-out brilliant.
After that, they made some inspired creative moves, culminating in 13 which is still, to me, one of most wonderful and inventive records of the 90's.
This song isn't very good, but it'll do. Enough atonal Coxon to keep me relatively happy. Plus I didn't expect this so it's a bonus however good it is.
I still quite liked the fact they never quite rested on the laurels. I'd agree the three albums you mention (or at least what I've heard from them) aren't reinventions of the wheel but there is at least a sign of progression there and it doesn't sound like a band just remaking the same thing to diminishing returns.
Those three albums were recorded and released in a very narrow period of time, just over two years - Modern Life was May '93, Parklife was April '94 and The Great Escape September '95, which in itself shows a pretty restless band even if the musical scope of the records didn't.
For much the same reasons. But then again, Bam Thwok is one of my favourite Pixies songs, so what do I know?
Throwaway sure (but it's not like it was ever intended to make the top 40). It's great having the four of them recording something new.
and also reminds me of
probably predictable from me, but I think it's genuinely good.
MORE PLEASE BLUR x
Nothing amazingly special, but its poppy and fun, does anyone know who produced it? Are they back with Stephen Street?
self-produced. Then again, so was "Sing". This one's good, but it ain't no "Sing".
Damon's vox leave me a bit cold tbh
I'm not sure it's the kind of song you want to return with after a long absence and a much hyped reunion, though. But I like it.