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Just listening to that best of they released ages ago. Tune after tune after tune.
No but seriously, I think you may be on to something. They do make AMAZING singles.
Aside from the mid-period blip of Country House, Stereotypes and Charmless Man (which do admittedly bookend the sublime The Universal) they have been super consistent...
I actually love those songs. They aren't serious, but they are fun.
(Okay, I probably don't love Charmless Man more than The Universal.)
...what would otherwise be an excellent album.
I mean, He Thought of Cars is probably the only track that sticks out as NOT having been included on the best-of. Otherwise the album feels like there's a lot of 'we should write a track like that one off Parklife' about it and half probably falls flat as a result. I'm probably the only person to like Top Man and dislike Best Days / Fade Away.
The last four tracks are fucking incredible, though.
are mint. Country house is probably top 5 pop songs of the 90s
They were probably my favourite singles band of the 90s, though.
They're just bloody incredible aren't they? I find all of their albums, apart from 13, to be a bit scrappy, but they have one of the few entirely essential best of collections.
And to be honest I don't really like 13 all that much. I think William Orbit just didn't have the chops to make a really focused album with them. (Also, saw Trailerpark live before I heard the album version and it was way better.)
I reckon MLIR, Parklife and Blur are all very very far from Scrappy, though. Incredibly well realised albums. Even Leisure is pretty good with just a few tracks that feel a bit limp. 13 is the scrappy one in my view, but still endearingly so.
I was thinking this just the other day actually, listening to Plastic Beach by Gorillaz, that Blur have never made an album as good as that
Stuff like bugman??? Cack, that's what it is. Blur - Now that's the album - Ballad Man, MOR, Beetlebum, it's all there.
I only decided to start buying Blur at "13", then "think tank", and I wondered what all the fuss was about - that Oasis (who I could never be bothered with due to Liam) must REALLY be bad. I haven't touched either one since they were current.
unlike other bands ive heard termed 'singles bands' recently (see hot chip), most of their albums are enthralling start to finish yknow.
that best of comp is so well put together tho, its easy to forget how many amazingly high quality singles they put out.
'chemical world' is probably my favourite
She's So High
Girls & Boys
To The End
End of a Century
Coffee and TV
No Distance Left To Run
That's a pretty good list.
Good to Great Girls Aloud singles:
Sound of the Underground
No Good Advice
Long Hot Summer
Something Kinda Ooooh
Sexy! No, No, No
Call The Shots
Can't Speak French
Girls Aloud, by a whisker
There's No Other Way (esp. extended 12" version)
Country House (they're up against Girls Aloud so this goes in)
Tender (okay, maybe not tender)
Which basically means you're some kind of fucking MONSTER.
Beetlebum is an alright song but it's not a great single.
There's No Other Way, Bang and Popscene are a bit lightweight to be honest, it's easy to slip them into the list, but if they were the only singles Blur had ever released I doubt anyone would remember them. They don't really stand up as great singles on their own.
You have to be objective about these things Theo, early Blur just isn't that great.
You may want to take a long, hard look at your life.
Beetlebum is grade A blur
Out of Time, now THAT'S a single
You can make a fair argument about Girls Aloud being the best singles artist of the last 20 years, but I said Band. and anyway, Rihanna beats them...
I remember they were always calling it 'the band' not a group in some kind of weird doublespeak to make people question whether they should really get all shirty over them being manufactured.
I need to set my gps.
1985 "Go Out and Get ’Em, Boy"
Label: City Slang
1986 "Once More"
1986 "Don't Try and Stop Me Mother"
1986 "You Should Always Keep in Touch with Your Friends" / "This Boy Can Wait"
1987 "My Favourite Dress"
1987 "Anyone Can Make a Mistake"
1988 "Nobody's Twisting Your Arm"
1988 "Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?"
1992 "Blue Eyes"
1992 "Go-Go Dancer"
1992 "Silver Shorts"
1992 "Come Play With Me"
1992 "Flying Saucer"
1992 "Love Slave"
1992 "The Queen of Outer Space"
1992 "No Christmas"
1994 "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah"
1994 "It's a Gas"
Label: self released
1996 "2, 3, Go"
Label: Cooking Vinyl
2004 "Interstate 5"
2005 "I'm From Further North Than You"
2005 "Ringway to SeaTac"
2008 "The Thing I Like Best about Him is His Girlfriend"
2008 "Holly Jolly Hollywood"
which is a bit depressing considering they've not done much new for half of that time, with think tank being ten years ago. But yeah Blur rule.
one of their very best imo.
Crush with Eyeliner
Probably their best three, too.
talk about the passion, superman, nightswimming, iteotwawki, fall on me, electrolite...
if you ignore the last decade with them as well haha.
also made me listen to them- never had before.
They have fantastic b-sides.
That's a bloody lovely song.
I agree with the OP, for the record. There are very few 'best of's that I actually listen to sometimes, this is one. Rearviewmirror by Pearl Jam being another. That's an excellent 'best of'.
'Girls and Boys' is so so bad.
But most of their best songs are album tracks, cheers
Damon Albarn is the best singles merchant this country has produced since Bowie