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Released: April 1997

OK so it may not have a proper name but who cares when it had that riff? And not forgetting that drum beat and of course that immortal “woo-ooh”. ‘Beetlebum’ and the like were OK and everything, but for anyone that loved ‘There’s No Other Way’ Blur, ‘Popscene’ Blur, kick out the jams Blur, this was manna from heaven, wrapped into two minutes flat of pseudo grunge joy. The US military wanted to use the track at the launch of a new stealth bomber but the steadfastedly anti war band said no. They let Lego Rock Band take it though. (TC)

How We Wrote 'Song 2'
Alex James: "I remember having a really bad sweaty hangover that day. And it was very sunny. We were at Mayfair Studios, Primrose Hill, and I'd been trying to think of a title for a TV show a friend was doing about rock wives. Then it came to me: 'Hits and Mrs!' So I thought that was my work for the day over. It sums up 'Song 2' really. We didn't think about it at all. Graham [Coxon] set up two kits, Dave [Rowntree] and Graham started playing drums at the same time, this real 'aggro' beat. Then the chorus is two distorted basses and Damon's guide vocal. It was kind of a throwback. We'd always done brainless rocking out, though maybe it's not what we're known for."

Stephen Street, producer: "Damon's guide vocal was pure babbling, but it worked so well I suggested we went with it. He just needed reassurance that what he'd done was good." (Q Magazine)

 

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