The Universal

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Sledge Hammer
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The Universal

Post by Sledge Hammer » 23 Jan 2020, 21:30

What an amazing song, I split up with my first long time girlfriend when this came out and it helped me through it so much, now the years have passed and thankfully British Gas have long since stopped using it, the song is simply one of the greatest ever!

I don't think the "Clockwork Orange" video actually helped the song at the time, but watched this live version tonight after a few beers, i'm in tears like Damon...come back soon to us soon Damon its been too long...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI-6-n-4Xok
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Re: The Universal

Post by vitekm » 24 Jan 2020, 10:08

He´s coming, Sledge, he´s coming. With his newest project "The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows". (Btw, how it´s going to be called by fans? TNTFMPTSF?)

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Re: The Universal

Post by Sledge Hammer » 24 Jan 2020, 16:02

Yeah I meant Blur Damon though, not all these far inferior versions...
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Re: The Universal

Post by jonathas » 27 Jan 2020, 15:21

I love this song but I have just never ever ever been able to get beyond Damon singing 'appen instead of happen. Irritates me so much.

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Re: The Universal

Post by rich » 27 Jan 2020, 16:08

jonathas wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 15:21
I love this song but I have just never ever ever been able to get beyond Damon singing 'appen instead of happen. Irritates me so much.
yeah but - he sings "happen" in the vid Sledge linked ;) ;)
that was The Olympics Hyde Park show in 2012. I was there - happy days. And yes it was magnificent :) :)
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Re: The Universal

Post by ricj » 17 Feb 2020, 09:42

The Glasto 98 version is my all time favourite. There's just something about it, the fact that retrospectively it kind of feels like the last performance of a fully functioning band before things started to unravel. And nothing has come close to the way he sings the final lines before or since.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd_4Szx6Whk
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Re: The Universal

Post by Neal Zeal » 17 Feb 2020, 13:52

jonathas wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 15:21
I love this song but I have just never ever ever been able to get beyond Damon singing 'appen instead of happen. Irritates me so much.
Yeah, me too.
Seeing them live at the time, I always wanted to hold up a placard saying 'Happen has an 'h'!'
Damon at his mockney-cockney-alright-guvnor worst. But still an amazing song.
The chord change they use in the intro is always super-evocative.
Discovered recently that it's the same one as the verse of Drive by The Cars.

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