Saturday, July 28, 2012

Blur: Olympic Closing Ceremony and Is It Really Over For The Britpop Giants?

If you have hung out with me once in the past 3 years you probably know that I'm a bit of an anglophile sporting Paul Smith suits, rambling on about Damien Hirst or Oscar Wilde and listening to pretty much nothing else but English music. Of that music there is one band that will always hold a special place in my orange heart..that's right Blur! It's funny to me when I talk about Blur to an American the only song they recall is Song #2, a song written as a joke in a 30 minute jam while waiting for new speakers to be delivered to their studio. I specifically remember asking a "hip" DJ to play Blur once and getting a nasty, "Blur, Really? I don't have any Blur." retort before spinning the everlasting Justice jangle, D.A.N.C.E. My point is for god sakes Blur's fucking great man! The groups work outside of Song #2 is nothing less than brilliant. Blur just releasing a 21 disk box set full of goodies that I'm waiting to purchase on July 31st. Here they are about to play the Olympics Closing Ceremony and here is Blur rumored to never play another show after this. The concert is set August 12th around London, thousands of miles from where I will be quietly weeping and wishing I was at Hyde Park. Here is the lowdown fellow britpop champions:

The newly reformed rockers will be headlining a special gig to mark the closing ceremony, however they insist this is only to please their fans.
Blur have spoken out about their dislike of the Olympics' commercialism (PA)
Frontman Damon Albarn told The Sun that he found the emphasis on branding and advertising at this year's Games to be 'depressing'.
'I'm just anti the capitalism of it all. We're not doing the gig for the corporate side of the Olympics, we're doing it for the human beings,' he said.
'It feels like you're drowning in commercialism at the moment. It's depressing. But I am into the table tennis so I would like to get some tickets for that. It would be an inspiration to see it at that level,' the singer revealed.
His bandmate Dave Rowntree admitted he'd scored tickets to a show jumping event, however Grahan Coxon said he was worried he'd have to miss out on the diving competition, despite booking seats.
'I've got tickets for the diving but that's the day before we go to Margate for a gig. We have a massive rehearsal so I don't think I can go,' he grumbled.
Blur will be taking to the stage at London's Hyde Park on August 12th alongside The Specials and New Order.
And here are a few of my favorite Blur songs...Besides Song #2!!

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