Blur

Blur

And it looks like we might have made it to the end. This recent run of Blur gigs have been played and received with the unmistakable intensity of a last hurrah, while downbeat mutterings from within the band indicate that the likelihood of new...

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Blur, 'The Puritan'

Blur, 'The Puritan'

After the whiter shade of melancholy that was 'Under The Westway', the full hour Blur fans waited last night to hear 'The Puritan' was pretty much worth it. Initially jarring, with beats pulled straight out of a cracker, it soon unveils a "happy...

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Blur, 'Under The Westway'

Blur, 'Under The Westway'

Almost two years on from their last new material, the slight ‘Fool’s Day’ (which also included a ‘Westway’ reference), Damon and co finally unveiled another new Blur track, 'Under The Westway' , at their Teenage Cancer Trust show on...

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Blur: Think Tank

Blur: Think Tank

Due to some weird accident of timing, we're currently getting a masterclass on how - and how not - to sustain a long career in pop. Jarvis is back under new (dis)guise Relaxed Muscle, Radiohead return with an album that disappointingly occupies...

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Carling Weekend : Reading, Main Stage Saturday

Carling Weekend : Reading, Main Stage Saturday

Tonight will probably be remembered as one of the greatest Blur shows of all time. From Damon falling off the stage during 'Beetlebum' and putting a dent into the ground beneath him to Phil Daniels joining them for a tin-pot, acoustic version of...

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Blur : Paris L'Espace Clacquesin

Blur : Paris L'Espace Clacquesin

Nobody mention Paul Simon. If it's the imploding stars that shine brightest then it's no wonder 'Think Tank' is such a supernova. Founding members are now dispensable bit-players, the US success of Gorillaz has relegated Blur to little more...

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Blur : Don't Bomb When You Are The Bomb

Blur : Don't Bomb When You Are The Bomb

Blur once did knowing art-yob-pop better than anyone. But recent attempts to locate the cutting edge have been desperately unconvincing: does, say, Alex James (i)really(/i) spend all day at home listening to Faust, John Zorn and njarka fiddle...

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Blur: The Best Of

Blur: The Best Of

There's a story going round that Blur had so much trouble agreeing on the line-up of this album that eventually the record company lost patience and left it up to public research groups. Which is, of course, just how it should be. After all, in...

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London SE1 Royal Festival Hall

London SE1 Royal Festival Hall

The omens were not good. The mystically-minded Blur fan, cutting open the chickens and swirling the tea leaves, might well have predicted a long and vexing evening of polka, played in the style of Pavement and bellowed by Keith Allen in a...

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London Royal Festival Hall

London Royal Festival Hall

This is Blur 's one and only gig of the year in the UK . And it certainly isn't singles night. They work through a set that has an almost mystifying choice of oldies and few of the hits you might expect, but they do it with flashes of incredible...

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