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Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 29 Jan 2019, 14:41
by loveinthe90s
Has anyone matched the 25 symbols on the cover art of Colours http://www.vblurpage.com/discography/fa ... olours.htm with the 25 songs recorded in Think Tank era?

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 29 Jan 2019, 20:37
by TristramShandy
Yeah, I've been trying to do that some time ago, but without much success...

(1) is obviously Ambulance. :P
(6) should be Caravan...
For (5), if I remember well, there was an unissued track named Chicken & Fries, could be that...
I thought there was one with an obvious character falling into a hole, which I thought was On The Way To The Club obviously... But I cannot find it now... (3) maybe?
Last guess: Jets for (11). :)

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 30 Jan 2019, 01:56
by Pavlich
Waaaaaitwut?

I've never even zoomed in on this let alone realised it was a (vague) map of all those old Think Tank session songs. Unreal.

I'm a bit of an unheard, unreleased song nerd. And I think we all find the time roughly before Think Tank and up until about Westway to be pretty interesting – proposed 'punk' EPs, gigs cancelled the night before, more sprawling and worldly influenced songs. Whether a lot happened or not much at all, either way there's a trove out there we will probably never get to hear or read about.

Anyway, do we know any unreleased track titles from that era? Do we know the extra few songs recorded? Chicken & Fries?!

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 30 Jan 2019, 02:34
by loveinthe90s
TristramShandy wrote:
29 Jan 2019, 20:37
For (5), if I remember well, there was an unissued track named Chicken & Fries, could be that...
Chicken & Fries?! I've never heard about it before… Thanks for the info! It seems the only one everyone agrees on is Ambulance lol. I saw several people saying (9) is Good Song but I couldn't see why…

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 30 Jan 2019, 03:26
by loveinthe90s
Pavlich wrote:
30 Jan 2019, 01:56
Anyway, do we know any unreleased track titles from that era? Do we know the extra few songs recorded? Chicken & Fries?!
Apart from the 14 tracks (including Me, White Noise) on the album, there are B-Sides: Money Makes Me Crazy, Tune 2, The Outsider, Don't Be, Morricone, Some Glad Morning and rarities from the Blur 21 box: Sir Elton John's Cock, Avoid The Traffic, Don't Bomb When You're The Bomb, Nutter, Piano. That's 25 tracks already, but Colours isn't one of them while It's marked on the cover that (20) is obviously Colours itself. So there must be tracks recorded in that era not registered on the cover as symbols, and there must be tracks registered as symbols but remain unreleased… I feel as if I'm telling a tongue twister here…

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 30 Jan 2019, 09:32
by lumaka
There was also Saturday, unfinished (at least when Damon was talking about it in one of post TT interviews) "very commercial track"

loveinthe90s wrote:
30 Jan 2019, 02:34
I saw several people saying (9) is Good Song but I couldn't see why…
This one is easy - this symbol is on Good Song promo cover

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Meaning of some of them was revealed in Blurb:

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Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 30 Jan 2019, 14:21
by loveinthe90s
lumaka wrote:
30 Jan 2019, 09:32
Meaning of some of them was revealed in Blurb:

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Ahh right! It's Blurb! I vaguely remember I've seen the symbols key somewhere but didn't realise it was Blurb, thought I dreamt it up lol. Thanks!

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 01 Feb 2019, 10:19
by TracyJosh
Never seen this before, cool!

Seems almost like a mood chart they made for the songs early on in the sessions.

I think 'Chicken & Fries' is probably what became 'Don't be'. Given the song starts with Damon repeatedly saying "chicken and, chicken and, chicken and friieess".

Not read the particular interview where Damon mentions a song called 'Saturday', but I'm willing to hedge my bets on it being 'Crazy Beat'. Particularly if he noted it being 'commercial'. It's strange, it is a very commercial sounding song, particularly given the time it came out, but it's just such a bloody rubbish tune :lol:

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 01 Feb 2019, 10:43
by stephen
Ah man we did this years ago. I don't think it's possible to get them all.

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 01 Feb 2019, 14:04
by loveinthe90s
stephen wrote:
01 Feb 2019, 10:43
Ah man we did this years ago. I don't think it's possible to get them all.
I did come across an article where the blogger claimed he used to know them all but had forgotten a few though…

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 02 Feb 2019, 17:23
by TristramShandy
TracyJosh wrote:
01 Feb 2019, 10:19
I think 'Chicken & Fries' is probably what became 'Don't be'. Given the song starts with Damon repeatedly saying "chicken and, chicken and, chicken and friieess".
Well spotted! It makes perfect sense.
I just don't know how I remembered this unissued track title, it was something I must have read somewhere, and kept in mind for more than fifteen years, wow... :D

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 05 Feb 2019, 11:09
by JackS
TracyJosh wrote:
01 Feb 2019, 10:19
Never seen this before, cool!

Seems almost like a mood chart they made for the songs early on in the sessions.

I think 'Chicken & Fries' is probably what became 'Don't be'. Given the song starts with Damon repeatedly saying "chicken and, chicken and, chicken and friieess".

Not read the particular interview where Damon mentions a song called 'Saturday', but I'm willing to hedge my bets on it being 'Crazy Beat'. Particularly if he noted it being 'commercial'. It's strange, it is a very commercial sounding song, particularly given the time it came out, but it's just such a bloody rubbish tune :lol:
He’d said post release that Saturday didn’t make it on the album and was radio friendly (think he actually said something like it would be a radio hit). Always figured it was Some Glad Morning as that had plenty of hooks.

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 10 Feb 2019, 12:15
by lumaka
So Some Glad Morning was discussed today in Blur Fan Club Facebook group and… ta-dah! it's the chicken song!

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(thx István!)

Re: Symbols on the Cover Art of Colours

Posted: 11 Feb 2019, 14:10
by stephen
There we go then. Saturday still remains unreleased.