July 20, 2008 -
'Modern Life is Rubbish' slogan revealed
A drawing by
Anti-Media showing the changing lifestyle of England.
Many Blur fans know for sure that Modern Life Is Rubbish album title comes from a
graffiti in London, but very few may be aware who were actually
behind this slogan.
Apparently, the creators are
Anti-Media, a London-based
counter-culture group, who sprayed their
slogans across the central London in the 1980s.
Born2rant, the member of
writes in her blog: "I used to smile each time I came
across some Anti-Media graffitti in London, I knew my friends
had been there. They had a couple of slogans.
"One of them was "Modern Life
is Rubbish" and like "Anti-Media" or "Sierra Scum" (they had
something against people driving new Ford Sierras!) could be
found sprayed in numerous locations. One of the last places I
saw it was on the outside wall of a big hotel on the Bayswater
Road close to Marble Arch. That must have been up there for 15
years at least."
The group were aware that
Blur used their slogan and thought that the band had
commercialised their idea: "We were surprised and a bit gutted
that our slogan had been used by Blur and gone into mass
production and the mass media. There are more links between
Anti-Media and Blur but you will have to be patient. In the
meantime I encourage bored teenagers to find places to do
Thanks to Peter for
the news tip off.