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by John_d
12 Nov 2020, 11:13
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

Not sure if the general public have access to stats per year but it's pretty easy to see overall ranking Feel Good Inc - 440M Clint Eastwood - 390M DARE - 185M Melancholy Hill - 167M Dirty Harry - 111M Style - 108M Saturn Barz - 105M 19-2000 - 92M Humility - 87M Tomorrow Comes Today - 76M https://w...
by John_d
12 Nov 2020, 09:55
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

My god, I'm in love with the bonus tracks. Perhaps Simplicity is the only track I don't care that much about, but even that has its moments. The production and instrumentation on this album is amazing. And all the guest appearances are spot on. Damon's done it. Simplicity is now my favourite of the...
by John_d
11 Nov 2020, 10:21
Forum: Blur
Topic: Blur record sales update
Replies: 13
Views: 2931

Re: Blur record sales update

Ps I just read on Wikipedia that Graham wrote Coffee&TV. Is this true? Had not realised. Assumed it was mainly an Albarn composition like most Blur songs but just sung by GC. They were struggling to make the Damon demo work so Graham changed the rhythm and tempo to match a Sonic Youth song. I think...
by John_d
11 Nov 2020, 10:15
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

Went in at #7 on the global album chart with first week sales of 73,000. So about 25% sold in the UK. 248,000 for B Springsteen. www.mediatraffic.de/albums.htm Pretty disappointing compared to the Humanz (260k),the Now Now (129k) and Magic Whip (124k). Damon's Every Day Robots even got 65k in its f...
by John_d
04 Nov 2020, 09:18
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

For all the justified praise of the Gorillaz collabs, I think Damon's failure to write a hit for anyone else is an asterisk (I wouldn't go as far as to say "blot") on his songwriter credentials. He is on the rcord as having been in sessions with Lily Allen and Adele and didn't come up with anything...
by John_d
04 Nov 2020, 09:15
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

Coldplay are clearly very sharp operators but they have world class management and business brains in the background. I'm not sure Damon has always benefitted from the same calibre of advice. Coldplay took the U2 route, they relentlessly toured, especially the US, to take advantage of their success...
by John_d
03 Nov 2020, 09:34
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

This is really interesting thank you. I didn't know there was a way to analyse YouTube accounts. Gorillaz (and Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead - obvious contemporaries) all have a B+ rating, Coldplay are A-. I would have thought it would be more like Gorillaz A- and Coldplay A or A+. Who is popular en...
by John_d
29 Oct 2020, 10:11
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

Oh interesting, thanks. Bit surprising though - I thought the better reviews and the all-star cast would have meant a lot more sales for Song Machine. Perhaps in the long run. Probably not, at least not physical sales. I think most albums are centred around streaming now and Gorillaz have had an in...
by John_d
26 Oct 2020, 22:38
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

I have been listening all day. It's really great, and definitely the best thing Damon has produced since Plastic Beach. Such detail and melody on every song. (Puts The Magic Whip and some of its lesser and disappointing throwback moments - e.g. lonesome street - in context in terms of Damon's engag...
by John_d
23 Oct 2020, 23:24
Forum: Blur
Topic: Blur have vague plans on a new reunion - The Times Oct 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1881

Re: Blur have vague plans on a new reunion - The Times Oct 2020

That was great thanks. I wouls like to think he will Zoom Graham at some point soon!
by John_d
23 Oct 2020, 23:10
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

I have been listening all day. It's really great, and definitely the best thing Damon has produced since Plastic Beach. Such detail and melody on every song. (Puts The Magic Whip and some of its lesser and disappointing throwback moments - e.g. lonesome street - in context in terms of Damon's engage...
by John_d
14 Oct 2020, 23:44
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

Best to worst Song Machine thoughts.. Momentary Bliss (a huge grower, this is catchy as hell) Aries (a huge grower, like a lovely B-side of Power, Corruption & Lies) Pink Phantom (as a "torch song", its no Empire Ants, but it's still great) Pac Man (really good) Friday 13th (I think this is understa...
by John_d
03 Oct 2020, 23:18
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

I was initially underwhelmed as i was hoping for a very big melody e.g. Empire Ants. However the initial verse is quite surprising and not the predictably phrased downbeat Damon we have come to expect, 6lack sounds great imo (i am really taken aback by all the people whingeing about auto tune - have...
by John_d
30 Sep 2020, 15:12
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

The Elton John artwork by Jamie is terrific. I really really hope the song isn't some plodding jam that squanders the opportunity of getting Elton involved. The very best tune or melody available should have been dedicated to the Elton Song!
by John_d
30 Sep 2020, 15:08
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gorillaz - Song Machine
Replies: 428
Views: 105972

Re: Gorillaz - Song Machine

Ghost Ship has more than triple the plays of any of the other songs on that album on Spotify and half a decade after its release is still in the top 5 currently most played Blur songs. Mildly surprising that more people have listened to Ghost Ship than either The Universal or Beetlebum on Spotify. ...