NEW CHAPTER FOR BLUR

The B-side to 'Music Is My Radar' will be 'Black Book', the track the band premiered at their only show this year...

Blur will release ‘BLACK BOOK’, the track premiered at the MELTDOWN FESTIVAL in LONDON in July, as the B-side to their new single, ‘MUSIC IS MY RADAR’.

The single, which is released on October 16 through Food, will be backed by other tracks ‘Headist’ and ‘7 Days’, which were recorded for the Radio 1 Evening Session in May 1992, as well as a live version of ‘She’s So High’ taken from the band’s first ever radio performance on the Mark Goodier Show in 1990.

‘Black Book’ is produced by Chris Potter, and was originally tipped to be the band’s new single. When played at the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall it featured a gospel choir, and the lyrics “give me my soul”.

‘Music Is My Radar’ also features on Blur‘s forthcoming greatest hits package ‘Blur: The Best Of’, an 18-track compilation which follows on October 30 through Food.

Speaking about the project in this week’s Melody Maker, Blur guitarist Graham Coxon revealed the band are putting the finishing touches to the artwork for the record. He continued: “I think we got away with putting off a compilation album for long enough and it is probably a good time because it fits in with lots of other stuff like our tenth anniversary.

“There is some creative energy in Blur at the moment. We’re just being very relaxed about it. I want it to go in the direction of a gymnast – you never quite know what they are going to do and then they come out and perform a perfect ten.”