Blur are to release a UK version of the ‘Bustin’ & Dronin” remix compilation – previously only available here on import from Japan. Some record shops have been charging ’30 for copies.
The UK version, a double CD, will be priced around ‘16.99 and will be released by Parlophone on March 9. The first CD features nine re-mixed tracks from the ‘Blur’ album and the second features six live songs taken from the ‘Peel Acres’ Radio 1 session recorded live in John Peel’s garden last year. Remixers include William Orbit, Tortoise’s John McEntire, Adrian Sherwood, Moby and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
Eight of the nine remixes are exclusive to the album. The William Orbit remix of ‘Movin’ On’ was featured on the B-side of ‘MOR’. The full tracklisting is: ‘Movin’ On (William Orbit)’, ‘Death Of A Party (Well Blurred)’, ‘On Your Own (Crouch End Broadway Mix)’, ‘Beetlebum (Moby’s Mix)’, ‘Essex Dogs (Thurston Moore’s Mix)’, ‘Death Of A Party (Billy Whiskers Mix)’, ‘Theme From Retro (John McEntire Mix)’, ‘Death Of A Party (12″ Death)’ and ‘On Your Own (Walter Wall Mix)’. The second CD features live versions of ‘Popscene’, ‘Song 2’, ‘On Your Own’, ‘Chinese Bombs’, ‘Movin’ On’ and ‘MOR’.
Meanwhile, singer Damon Albarn will be among the speakers at a lobby of Parliament on February 25. The lobby, organised by Brent East MP Ken Livingstone, is against the Government’s proposals to abolish the student grant and introduce tuition fees.
Damon says: “Abolishing grants and imposing tuition fees means that people from the poorest backgrounds will leave education with huge debts and many more will be deterred from becoming students. It’s all very well saying that people who benefit from education should pay for it, but everyone benefits from a well-educated population just like they benefit from the health service.”