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by John_d
Today, 20:04
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 82
Views: 15162

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

I think The Now Now got a lot of uncalled shtick. It was obviously something in the line of The Fall. That being said, I think it could have been better produced. For instance, Tranz is a fantastic song that suffers a lot from very minimalistic production. Take the live version, it has so much ener...
by John_d
Today, 19:59
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 82
Views: 15162

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

Aries strays much too far into New Order pastiche territory for me. Lake Zurich possibly uses the same synthesizer, but was a lot better. Georgia apparently plays drums on Aries. I saw her on Jools a few months ago and it looked very style over substance. She was surrounded by a heap of equipment bu...
by John_d
16 Mar 2020, 16:42
Forum: Blur
Topic: Reykjavik tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 3807

Re: Reykjavik tips?

Thanks all. I had a great time. I will write a wee blog about it on my DJ site and will post a link when I've done so.
by John_d
16 Mar 2020, 16:26
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 82
Views: 15162

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

With a few weeks of hindsight - these have been really good tracks. Momentary Bliss has really grown on me. Could be a challenge to ever perform live though, it depends so much on Slowthai? The videos have been great too. Do we know how the band is funding this? Are they still in partnership with EM...
by John_d
26 Feb 2020, 16:24
Forum: Blur
Topic: Reykjavik tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 3807

Re: Reykjavik tips?

Many thanks folks. I've a Northern Lights tour booked for the first night (fingers crossed), Golden Circle tour booked, and also a trip to the Blue Lagoon (very excited about that).
by John_d
26 Feb 2020, 16:23
Forum: Blur
Topic: Beetlebum: reaction at the time
Replies: 68
Views: 6102

Re: Beetlebum: reaction at the time

I wouldn't say there was a backlash to Beetlebum as such, but Blur definitely featured less heavily in a lot of sections of the pop-centric media following that, unclear if by design or a rejection from the mainstream or a bit of both. I remember the NME (or possibly Melody Maker) claiming it was d...
by John_d
25 Feb 2020, 14:37
Forum: Blur
Topic: Reykjavik tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 3807

Reykjavik tips?

I'm aware some folk on here may have been to Reykjavik given Damon's affinity for the place. Which, interestingly, is getting mentioned again after years of it not being mentioned. I'm surprised it turns out he still has a house there. I thought Iceland had maybe gone the way of other Damon obsessio...
by John_d
25 Feb 2020, 14:33
Forum: Blur
Topic: Does anyone know who compiled Blur: The Best Of?
Replies: 11
Views: 3976

Does anyone know who compiled Blur: The Best Of?

Whoever put this CD together nailed it. Do we know who it was? Graham? I see Chemical world, Sunday Sunday and Stereotypes as second tier Blur songs and it's interesting none of them made the Best Of. It's also interesting that there's a single edit of There's No Other Way, but the full length versi...
by John_d
25 Feb 2020, 14:27
Forum: Blur
Topic: Beetlebum: reaction at the time
Replies: 68
Views: 6102

Re: Beetlebum: reaction at the time

Pretty great reaction, from memory. I had a tape of it from Mark Radcliffe's Radio 1 show, he must have played it around 20 December 1996. I wore that tape out. One of their very best songs IMO and still an absolute delight to listen to today. The Great Escape gets a mixed rep but the response at th...
by John_d
05 Feb 2020, 13:49
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 82
Views: 15162

Re: New track from Gorillaz to premiere on BBC Radio 1 this Thursday

It's pretty good.. Better than everything on The Now Now. For me personally, I feel the latest phase of Gorillaz has been a bit reckless output wise. Bit of a lack of quality control as a lot of the material lacks depth and purpose if you ask me. I absolutely love the first 3 Gorillaz albums(I see ...
by John_d
16 Dec 2019, 15:25
Forum: Blur
Topic: new Gorillaz film - Reject False Icons
Replies: 46
Views: 15680

Re: new Gorillaz film - Reject False Icons

I wonder if the cinema release of this is some kind of contractual obligation to justify Jamie's son being on tour with them? Seems really odd he has just made a standard tour film given the rather unique access he has to Jamie. I agree with the poster above who said there should have been focus pla...
by John_d
16 Dec 2019, 15:22
Forum: Blur
Topic: B-Roads
Replies: 271
Views: 118979

Re: B-Roads

I turn 40 in February. I would really quite like to tank a bottle of wine and watch B-Roads. Would anyone be able to share a copy with me in the strictest confidence? Thanks.
by John_d
29 Oct 2019, 09:37
Forum: Blur
Topic: The Great Escape
Replies: 36
Views: 15228

Re: The Great Escape

.... M.O.R, The shit Blur singles collection: M.O.R Stereotypes Bang Crazy Beat Ong Ong Lonesome Street Chemical World :P I really like MOR! Both versions. And the live version at Glastonbury 1998 is thrilling. I really like Ong Ong as well. Agree with the rest. Chemical World has always sounded ve...
by John_d
22 Oct 2019, 13:37
Forum: Blur
Topic: The Great Escape
Replies: 36
Views: 15228

Re: The Great Escape

I think they sold a litle bit of soul when they made the album, they gave everyone what they wanted I think they did for 3 of the 4 singles. Stereotypes, Charmless Man and Country House are all a bit generic. Although I love Stereotypes. But aside from that, the rest of the album is definitely a pr...