2002 - dotmusic.com:
Blur drop the Bomb!
A new single by Blur was
released this week on limited edition white label
vinyl, dotmusic can exclusively confirm.
The track, entitled 'Don't Drop
The Bomb When You're The Bomb', was recorded
in September and is the first post-Graham
Coxon material ever released by the group.
Although the title on the new single
is written in Arabic, a spokesperson for Blur has
confirmed to dotmusic that the record is
indeed by Blur.
"It's something they talked
about doing, and they've done it", she
Earlier this year, frontman Damon
Albarn revealed plans to put out a white
label single, perhaps under a pseudonym, before
the end of the year.
"It might take a few people by
surprise," he said at the time. "We're
hoping people play it not knowing who it
However, the track - which has now
been played by Radio 1's Evening Session and
London station XFM - is unlikely to go undetected
and is almost certain to end up a rare and
valuable collector's item.
spokesperson has told dotmusic there is
still no release date for Blur's hugely
anticipated new album, though it's hoped the
record will be completed by early 2003.
They could not confirm whether of
not the white label single would be included on
The track itself appears to be Damon
Albarns much-anticipated musical riposte to
the current military conflict gripping the West.
It also signals the first new
material since the departure of guitarist Graham
Coxon. Significantly, there is a notable lack
of 'classic' guitar work, replaced by an
abstract, compelling and utterly uncommercial
Even further 'out' than the
sprawling 'Music Is My Radar', and the
likes of 'Battle' or 'Trimm Trabb',
the track is built upon an unpredictable
electro-pop canvas, driven by a throbbing,
insistent sub-bass swell.
The random clanging, amateur R2D2
FX and shuddering processed 'guitar' gurgles
eventually make way for a widescreen chorus,
which is unmistakenly Albarn, uttering the
title, against a shuttling percussive backdrop.
With production that sounds far
closer to William Orbit than Fatboy
Slim, ultimately, 'Dont Drop The Bomb When
You're The Bomb' makes Radiohead's 'Kid
A' sound like Top Of The Pops fare.