More than twenty years ago Damon Albarn taught the world that all you really needed to create a social spectrum-spanning anthem of the people was “girls”, “boys,” and “love.”
Blur is the product of the hedonist scene where young people would get together in warehouses and factories to consume MDMA and dance all night. That influence is very obvious in “Girls and Boys”, which talks about intense nights at a bar in Mallorca, a sister island to Ibiza. There are rumors that Damon Albarn wrote it when he travelled there and experienced some nonstop partying. “Girls & Boys”—released March 7, 1994—was the lead single from Blur’s third album Parklife.
Damon Albarn is a major pop artist music, and more broadly pop culture of the past 30 years. Author-singer-songwriter of Blur, mastermind behind the Gorillaz phenomenon, producer of African artists, post-modern opera composer, he is considered in the UK as a major public figure.
He has released a new song, “Particles,” the latest offering from his next solo album, The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows.
If you’re looking for a peak moment in the career of Oasis, those rough-and-tumble, rude-and-ready bastions of BritPop, “Wonderwall” is that moment. As a matter of fact, it’s probably the acme of that entire musical movement that included bands like Blur and Pulp and ruled the roost for a brief, heady time in the mid-’90s. The song, featured on the band’s nearly perfect second album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, not only enthralled the hometown fans, reaching #2 in the U.K., but it also broke the band to the American pop audience, hitting #8 on the Billboard charts.
The Good, The Bad & The Queen are a supergroup that need no introduction, made up of Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Paul Simonon (The Clash), Tony Allen (Fela Kuti), and Simon Tong (The Verve). This project first saw the light in 2007 in the form of a debut album The Observer called “one of the most surprising and magical albums Damon Albarn has been responsible for.” After eleven years of silence, this past November they released Merrie Land, their highly anticipated comeback and an album unquestionably influenced by the current political and social landscape. Straddling the line between melancholy and hope, this work is a reflection upon what it means to be British in our times, an era of indeterminacy as evidenced by Brexit and the international panorama.
Blur’s Graham Coxon has shared “Falling”, a cover of a song written by his friend, an unknown songwriter named Luke Daniel. Daniel, unfortunately, took his life last year after a battle with chronic pain, and Coxon’s cover serves to raise funds for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), an organization dedicated to suicide prevention
Jordan Cardy, better known as Rat Boy, is releasing his long-awaited debut album ‘Scum’ in August and it’s set to depict the experiences of himself and his friends growing up disillusioned in suburban Essex.
Now, back in April he was calling for a ‘Revolution’ but on the latest cut from the upcoming record, he’s taking things a little bit more slowly, a bit more chilled. Well, by the standards of Rat Boy anyway. ‘Laidback’ is quite a mellow number for Jordan, and it features none other than Blur’s Graham Coxon (he recently guested at Rat Boy’s London Roundhouse show to boot).
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