CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE BLURRED KIND

Rare Blur and WELLER tracks in time for Christmas, oh joy...

Blur have released the previously unavailable track ‘Close’ on their annual fan club-only CD, which is out now.

The track, one of the first written by Blur when they emerged from their previous incarnation SEYMOUR, was recorded with producer Stephen Street in 1992. It was demoed during sessions for the band’s May 1993 LP ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’, but it never made it on to the record.

‘Close’ will feature on a one-track only CD available with the November issue of the Blur fan club magazine Blurb which came out last week. Previous fan club CDs have featured a demo version of ‘Death Of A Party’ and ‘I Love Her’.

For information about how to join, send a stamped addressed envelope to Blur Fan Club, PO Box 525, Stoke-On-Trent, ST7 2YX.

The PORTISHEAD remix of PAUL WELLER‘s ‘Wild Wood’ – originally available on an NME cover-mounted seven-inch single in September 1994 – will be released as a limited-edition CD and seven-inch for one week only on December 28. The single also features the original version of ‘Wild Wood’ and a remix by THE PSYCHONAUTS of ‘Science’, a track from Weller‘s 1997 album ‘Heavy Soul’.