Blur release first new material since 2003 - read the first review of 'Fool's Day'

Plus band make new track a free download from midnight tonight (April 17)

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Blur have released their first single since 2003's 'Good Song' today (April 17) as part of Record Store Day - and also made the track a free download via Blur.co.uk.

The song, which was initially limited to just 1,000 vinyl copies, starts with a simple drumbeat from Dave Rowntree and sees Damon Albarn sing about his west-London life, while Graham Coxon and Alex James back him up.

Read a full review of 'Fool's Day' on the NME Office blog now.

After vinyl copies of the track sold out almost instantly, Blur announced that they are to make 'Fool's Day' available as a free download on Blur.co.uk. Manager Chris Morrison said this was "to avoid fans having to illegally obtain an inferior copy of this track from pirate sites".

Fans up and down the country had initially queued at record stores to get their hands on the physical release of 'Fool's Day'. At London's Rough Trade East shop, one customer at the front of the 300-strong line told NME.COM he'd started queuing at 3am (BST) this morning to make sure he got a copy of the track.

"It's the release of a new Blur track," he explained. "We've waited seven years for a new song! I've asked all the staff where they are in the shop so I can definitely get one."

Record Store Day is continuing throughout today, with many shops featuring free instore gigs and rare records by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Lily Allen and Babyshambles.

Head to the NME Office blog now to read a full review of the Blur's 'Fool's Day', and also give your reaction to the song.

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