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Released: 1997
Format: CD Promo
Cat. No.: CDIN 106
Approx. Value: 15

Interview CD to promote Blur album.

Interview recorded at Buspace Studio, Ladbroke Grove, London, 27th November 1996. Produced by Robin Ross. Photography by Liz Johnson-Artur. Designed at Yacht Associates.



  01. Is this a big Graham record, you're more
 prominent on this than on any other Blur
 record, aren't you?
  02. Do you think the record sounds like it does
 because of the things you've been listening
 to lately, like hardcore?
  03. So you want to sound exciting straight off?
  04. You obviously wanted to make a record that
 laid the Brit Pop stuff to rest and the
 influence of bands like The Kinks?
  05. So it's fair to say there's a lot more of your
 ideas on this record than on "The Great
  06. Did you want to move Blur away from where
 they'd ended up in the market place?
  07. Give us a few words to describe the mood of
 the record. Any words spring to your mind?
  08. Is this what Blur should sound like?
  09. Was it instantly obvious that something
 different was going on with this record?
  10. It's not a very British sounding record is it?
  11. A lot of the way this record sounds reflects
 what you've been listening to, which is 
 mainly American music.
  12. Do you get fed up with being a pop star?
  13. You must have found yourself in situations
 after "Parklife" and thought, what are we
 doing here?
  14. Will some of these people be frightened by
 this record?
  15. Were you conscious of the decision that
 there was no strings, no brass or pretty
 things going on the record?
  16. Are you looking forward to taking this on
 tour, presumably you in particular will be
 rocking out?
  17. You'll have your work cut out, there'll be
 a lot to do because you're central to most of
 the songs.
  18. Do you have any favourite tracks on the
 record, as of today?


  19. What does it feel like being in an art punk
 band again?
  20. Is it a case of being successful which then

 gives you the leeway to do what you want to
  21. How did it happen, did you all convene after

 the "The Great Escape" and say we've got to
 make a different record?
  22. Were you happy when you realised that this

 record was going to sound the way it was,
 did you have any reservations?
  23. It sounds like the record that couldn't care

 less for demographics or marketing. This is
 what you want to do?
  24. Is it your most honest record?
  25. What was the atmosphere like at the

 recording sessions?
  26. The sound and the mood is different from

 the "The Great Escape"?
  27. Tell us about the last track on the album

 "I'm Just A Killer For Your Love" which was
 done very quickly?
  28. Does it feel scary that people will put this

 record away and say "blimey what's this"?
  29. Are you looking forward to touring with this

  30. I understand the flying is going well and the

 last time I saw you you flew to Dublin.


  31. How did you go from making a pretty and
 pristine record like "The Great Escape" to
 making such an angry, nasty, dark and dirty
  32. But when you realised what it was going to

 be like, were you more than happy with
  33. It's not a Brit Pop record then is it?
  34. Did you get fed up with being a popstar?
  35. Did you find yourself in circumstances

 musically or personally that made you want
 to take a step in a different direction that
 "Parklife" or "The Great Escape"?
  36. As befits your roots, it's an arty record isn't

  37. This isn't an ironic record at all is it? It

 sounds pretty full on and sincere.
  38. Did you want to make a record that was

 taking you in a different direction that "The
 Great Escape"? When it became obvious that
 this record was going to be so different were
 you happy with that?
  39. Some of the younger fans you brought

 along with you from "Parklife" might even be
 scared by this record, is that good
  40. Do you have a particular favourite track on

 the record?
  41. How do you feel about taking the record on


  42. I can't think of a major group making a

 record that's such a rejection of the last
 thing they did.
  43. It sounds like the four of you have made a

 statement on this record where you don't
 care about trends or reactions.
  44. Were you worried about doing it at any

  45. Was it a case, that becoming pop stars and

 then realising that wasn't what you wanted to
 be all along?
  46. How much of this record is actually about the

 circumstances you found yourself in after
  47. Can you characterise the mood of the

 record, what words would describe the record
 or what it feels like?
  48. Some of the people who came to enjoy Blur

 with "Parklife" may hold their hands up in
 horror. Are you prepared for that?
  49. Your relationship with America is much

 documented, and funnily enough this is a
 very American sounding record in that, some
 of the stuff that's gone on in American rock
 in the last ten years, the loud and angry
 sounds. That quality seems to be on this
  50. It's a very nineties record in the sense that

 you talk about Brit Pop, this is really a
 record of its time isn't it.
  51. It sounds like a real pre-millennium record

 as well.
  52. It's a big change lyrically from the last

  53. It also feels like a record that's an

 outpouring of how you were feeling, less
  54. Your voice on a lot of the tracks is treated or

 processed, almost trying to hide away from
 the fact that this is Damon singing. Is there
 any thruth in that?
  55. What was the process in between the demos

 and the finished artifact?
  56. There's no strings and no brass.
  57. Is this what Blur are about and will continue

 to be about or is this Blur at this stage in
 the nineties and you may go off again on a

 different track?
  58. It will polarise people's feelings, some won't

 like it and others will think it's the best
 you've done, is that what you want.
  59. Tell us what your love affair with Iceland is

 all about?
  60. The album seems quite fractured and angry.
  61. You have said that Dublin was a pivotal time

 in Blur's recent evolution.
  62. Was there any points that made you think,

 there's a lot of stuff I want to reject now?
  63. There's a track on the album about America.


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