50. Blur – The Great Escape

Blur - The Great Escape

50. Blur – The Great Escape (1995)

1. Stereotypes
2. Country House
3. Best Days
4. Charmless Man
5. Fade Away
6. Top Man
7. The Universal
8. Mr. Robinson’s Quango
9. He Thought of Cars
10. It Could Be You
11. Ernold Same (featuring Ken Livingstone)
12. Globe Alone
13. Dan Abnormal
14. Entertain Me
15. Yuko and Hiro

Who is/are Blur?

Over to their official website; blur.co.uk. (Not blur.com, unless they’ve really branched out recently…)

There’s a whole bio page here, which it seems is about 2 years out of date, but the basics are all there.

Why did you buy this album?

This is another of my wife’s CDs, this one bought when it was released, whilst at the other end of the country, this was the first Blur album I owned!

Admittedly, my copy was on a C90 given to me by a friend, but it meant that I’d at least heard this album when it was out.

What’s it like?

This album was released at the peak of britpop, and spawned 4 top 10 singles in the UK, including ‘Country House‘ which beat Oasis’ ‘Roll With It‘ to number 1, making the front page of newspapers as it did so. Simpler times.

At the time it came out, the music press declared it the best album Blur had ever made (which it’s not), but it is a good mix of tunes. There are some clunkers though, and if I never hear ‘Country House‘ again, I’d be happy.

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

It’s okay. It’s not ‘Leisure‘, thank goodness, but it’s no ‘Modern Life…‘ or ‘Parklife‘ either. There are a few good songs on there, but a lot seem to be trying too hard to be quirky.

Having played it to death on cassette at the time it came out, and having heard the later, better, albums, I can’t say I’m in too much of a hurry to hear it again.

Any stand-out tracks?

The Universal‘, despite being co-opted to sell the services of British Gas from 2009, is a brilliant song, and one of two tracks that required careful use of the rewind button on my Walkman*, the other being ‘It Could Be You‘.

There are also notable mentions for ‘Stereotypes‘ and ‘Globe Alone‘.

Rating out of 10?


Next up: Blur – Blur

*Other personal stereo systems were available.


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