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Blur: Popscene (Single-1992), Food

En el Retro-Visor de esta semana vamos a darle continuidad a los posts de la semana pasada, ya que vamos a dedicar nuestra atención al single que Blur editó entre el paréntesis de la aparición de Leisure (1991) y Modern Life is Rubbish (1993), sus dos primeros discos. Con una cierta idea ya de un cambio de orientación musical en sus cabezas, la banda del carismático Damon Albarn concibió este single como una transición hacia los sonidos más elaborados y conceptualmente más complejos de Modern Life is Rubbish (1993), que, en nuestra opinión pasa por ser uno de sus mejores álbumes. Para ello, editaron este tema, de concepción Pop o más bien Punk-Pop, en la línea de unos Buzzcocks acompañados de metales o unos Jam enfurruñados con un montón de feromonas fluyéndoles por su mente. Lo cierto es que es un tema muy pasable en el que se mezclan perfectamente todas esas sonoridades del primer disco -la guitarra de Graham Coxon suena casi majestuosa- y lo que la banda iba a realizar en un futuro, especialmente en cuanto al apartado de sus letras, casi siempre irónicas y algo socarronas. (pass:
“To Blur and Brit-pop fans alike, “Popscene” is legendary. Released as a stopgap bridge between the band’s 1991 debut, Leisure, and their 1993 sequel, Modern Life is Rubbish, it’s the song where Blur truly found their voice. A clear break from the appealingly trippy, post-Madchester vibes of “There’s No Other Way,” “Popscene” arrived in a rush of punk guitars, ’60s pop hooks, blaring British horns, controlled fury, and postmodern humor. It was the start of not just the classic era of Blur, but of Brit-pop. Saint Etienne sketched out the sound and ethos of Brit-pop with their early singles — melding swinging ’60s London with contemporary productions, detached, postmodern awareness, and impeccable songcraft (…) “Popscene” is far more stylish and smart than what followed, due to Damon Albarn‘s incisive words (“Everyone is a clever clone/A clone of a clone am I” unwittingly foreshadowed British culture of the ’90s) and the band’s unbelievable intensity. “Popscene” rocks harder than any other song with a huge horn section, and it’s so easy to focus on Graham Coxon‘s twisting guitar and Albarn‘s lyrical gymnastics that it’s possible to ignore David Roundtree‘s phenomenal drumming and Alex James‘ support (…) It’s such a perfect pop single that it’s hard to believe that it was a complete, utter stiff upon its release. It was such a disaster that it reduced Blur‘s already-low profile in the U.K. and the band was rightly chagrined at the public’s ignorance. They refused to have it included on Modern Life Is Rubbish (though it did slip out on the U.S. version of the album), claiming that if the audience didn’t get it the first time, they didn’t deserve to. They still played it in concert — it played a pivotal part in all of their biggest concerts, from the Alexandra Palais to Earls Court — but they never re-released it until their 2000 greatest-hits album. Its scarcity added to its legend, but even if it had been on Modern Life, it would have entered pop mythology. It’s simply that good and that influential” (

15 agosto, 2009 Posted by | Blur, Música | Deja un comentario

Thee Oh Sees: Guilded cunt

15 agosto, 2009 Posted by | Thee Oh Sees, Vídeos | Deja un comentario


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