Blur have unveiled details of their forthcoming greatest hits album and their brand new single exclusively to nme.com.
The as-yet-untitled greatest hits collection is due out at the end of October through Food/Parlophone, ten years to the month that their debut single ‘She’s So High’ hit the shops.
The full tracklisting is:
‘Beetlebum’‘Song 2’‘There’s No Other Way’ ‘The Universal’ ‘Coffee & TV’ ‘Parklife’ ‘End Of A Century’ ‘No Distance Left To Run’ ‘Tender’ ‘Girls And Boys’ ‘Charmless Man’ ‘She’s So High’ ‘Country House’ ‘To The End’ ‘On Your Own’ ‘This Is A Low’ ‘For Tomorrow (Visit To Primrose Hill Extended Mix)’ ‘Music Is My Radar’
‘Music Is My Radar’, which gets its first airing on BBC Radio 1‘s Steve Lamacq show tonight (September 5), has now emerged as the title of the brand new single to be released ahead of the collection, replacing the previously announced ‘Black Book’.
The band recorded the new track last week and at the last minute decided to release it instead of ‘Black Book’, which they premiered at their gig at the London Royal Festival Hall earlier this year at Scott Walker’s Meltdown Festival.
It’s not yet known whether or not ‘Black Book’ will feature on the b-side of the new single. The band’s spokesperson told nme.com: “They were in the studio tinkering around and came up with ‘Music Is My Radar’, and they just decided to release it instead. They only cut the single last week, so they’re still making up their minds about a lot of things.”
A limited edition release of the CD will also feature a bonus live CD, recorded at the London Wembley Arena date on Blur‘s 10th Anniversary Singles Night Tour last December. The full track listing for the live bonus CD is: ‘She’s So High’ ‘Girls & Boys’ ‘To The End’ ‘End Of A Century’ ‘Stereotypes’ ‘Charmless Man’ ‘Beetlebum’‘M.O.R.’ ‘Tender’ ‘No Distance Left To Run’
For further details on the album and information on Damon Albarn’s new garage direction, see this week’s NME (September 9) in shops in London today (September 5) and throughout the UK tomorrow.
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