Tuesday, 25 March 2014

REWIND: Blur - 'You're So Great'

So the Blur saga goes on. Will they or won't they release a new album? After a series of mixed messages from all band members, at the moment it seems very unlikely. And judging by Damon Albarn's latest announcement, it seems that sadly the end could be in sight. The band were due to headline Australia's Big Day Out festival but cancelled their slot in November, stating that they were unhappy with the way the festival was being run. Damon said: "That was going to be the last Blur show – the end of playing together – and I didn't want it to finish on anything other than a very positive note, because Blur is incredibly precious to all of us." So if their "final" show was cancelled, then presumably there will be plans for one very last gig. It would have felt VERY wrong for such an important British band to end their career on the over side of the world. I just hope that Damon's playing games with the fans again and doesn't mean it. I hope that someday the time will feel right for them to get in the studio together and create something special. 

So here's one from the 1997 album 'Blur', a record that signalled a rebirth and rejuvenation. Upon hearing it for the first time back in the day, there were many surprises, including this one. No brass bands, no silly Benny Hill-esque videos, no Phil Daniels... just Graham Coxon and his guitar. The raw, heartfelt 'You're So Great' marked the first time a Blur song was performed solely by Coxon, but contrary to what some believe, it isn't actually the first song to feature him singing lead vocal. It was in fact the 'End Of A Century' b-side 'Rednecks', which was also written by Graham. 

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