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by Styopa
25 Feb 2019, 16:03
Forum: Blur
Topic: Damon in Face
Replies: 5
Views: 1753

Re: Damon in Face

It seems really strange now even though there was something of a precedence for it - everyone from The Beatles to Dylan to Bowie tried their hand at acting to varying degrees. Damon was in drama school before Blur and in a way I think it may have been one of the first signs of him spreading his wing...
by Styopa
28 Jan 2019, 14:03
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Beach Boys Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 70110

Re: Beach Boys Thread

Yes I've checked out some of them. My thoughts: Friends I think is great and works really well as an album as a whole. It's got a lovely feel to it and is strong right the way through. Sunflower and Surf's Up are perhaps like consistent but arguably have higher individual moments - This Whole World...
by Styopa
15 Jan 2019, 16:36
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Beach Boys Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 70110

Re: Beach Boys Thread

Exactly.... At the time of "Smiley Smile" release even Carl Wilson said that it was "a bunt instead of a grand slam" and that is an excellent analogy. If "Smile" was released in later 1966 as intended, it might have received a lot of acclaim but don't know if the masses would have fully embraced it...
by Styopa
14 Jan 2019, 17:20
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Syd Barrett
Replies: 6
Views: 2133

Re: Syd Barrett

I've been listening to Syd a lot recently. There's quite a big difference between his work with Pink Floyd and his solo stuff. The Pink Floyd stuff is very psychedelic but also (the singles at least) quite poppy, with quite a produced sound, whereas his solo stuff is much more low key, much less pro...
by Styopa
14 Jan 2019, 17:01
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Beach Boys Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 70110

Re: Beach Boys Thread

Don’t like Smiley Smile that much. Pretty weak compared to the Smile Sessions, in my opinion at least. The sessions box set is how the album would have sounded and the differences are huge, especially Vega-Tables and Wonderful. Completely different. Yeah.... several others share the exact same stan...
by Styopa
17 Dec 2018, 20:19
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Word Association
Replies: 4419
Views: 491958

Re: Word Association

Snow
by Styopa
17 Dec 2018, 09:58
Forum: Blur
Topic: B-Sides
Replies: 41
Views: 10478

Re: B-Sides

Leisure, especially the B-Sides, has some wonderful Syd Barretesque psychedelia that they didn't really develop after. Sing and Inertia are particularly great and stand up to anything Blur or Damon/Graham solo have done since.
by Styopa
21 Aug 2018, 09:14
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Beach Boys Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 70110

Re: Beach Boys Thread

I've long been in a fan of Pet Sounds and Smile - in fact I've long believed Pet Sounds to be the greatest album ever made. But it's only the last few weeks that I've delved further into the Beach Boys work, inspired by some of the suggestions in this thread. And it's fair to say I'm becoming a litt...
by Styopa
03 Jul 2018, 09:19
Forum: Blur
Topic: Marks out of 10 for Now Now
Replies: 14
Views: 4826

Re: Marks out of 10 for Now Now

A 7 for me. I've really enjoyed listening to it so far and Magic City is among my favourite Damon songs of the last ten years. There are some very fine songs on here - Humility, Kansas, Idaho and Souk Eye being the other stand outs for me - but as an album overall I don't think it has nearly the sam...
by Styopa
08 Jun 2018, 13:17
Forum: Blur
Topic: GORILLAZ: The Now Now Album Thread
Replies: 386
Views: 94923

Re: GORILLAZ: The Now Now Album Thread

good stuff so far but can't help thinking he's mislaid his box of choruses again.... Correct, the joy of rap not plastered everywhere has now to led to your point, will Damon ever make a decent chorus EVER again? Let's not forget this is a criticism Damon has faced virtually his whole career. As ea...
by Styopa
21 May 2018, 13:38
Forum: Music Is My Radar
Topic: Arctic Monkey's new album...
Replies: 9
Views: 2330

Re: Arctic Monkey's new album...

I'm really loving this album too - I've had it on repeat since last Friday. It flows brilliantly with every song sounding like it belongs on there and has some really witty and insightful lyrics from Alex Turner. I really like the slightly dark, twisted, dystopian jazz- lounge vibe of the record - i...
by Styopa
02 May 2018, 08:40
Forum: Blur
Topic: Blur - The Magic Whip
Replies: 3711
Views: 611702

Re: Blur - The Magic Whip

It became 3 years old last Friday. But, broadly speaking, it still feels fairly contemporaneous and recent.

By way of contrast, however, just 2 years and 4 months separated the release of Modern Life is Rubbish from the release of The Great Escape - no wonder it all felt totally manic!
by Styopa
19 Mar 2018, 16:33
Forum: Blur
Topic: Damon's plans for the next months
Replies: 37
Views: 11599

Re: Damon's plans for the next months

As above, I would take most proclamations made by Damon with a pinch of salt. However (from google translator) it doesn't sound like he's saying Blur is history as in never working together again. It sounds like he's talking about living in the present rather than in the past. The interviewer asks a...
by Styopa
14 Feb 2018, 13:02
Forum: Blur
Topic: Gene by gene
Replies: 16
Views: 5185

Re: Gene by gene

Some songs that sound closely related to me, either musically or lyrically: London Loves and Top Man. Musically definitely occupy the same universe and lyrically both encapsulate that slightly dystopian vision of London as portrayed by Martin Amis in London Fields. Bank Holiday and Chinese Bombs. Bo...
by Styopa
09 Feb 2018, 12:34
Forum: Blur
Topic: The Universal
Replies: 29
Views: 6398

Re: The Universal

The same part of the track was also used as the motif for the No Distance Left to Run documentary. Did that come before or after the British Gas advert campaign? In any case, to echo some of the comments above, there was a turning point in the history of the song where it went from being relatively ...