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February 29, 2012

Blur working with Parklife producer on new release of albums for 2012


ALBUM NEWS: Blur are set to release their complete back catalogue with the Blur albums being remastered by Stephen Street. Street is the producer which has worked with Blur on 5 albums including their biggest hit Parklife in 1995. 

This means only one thing: Blur's full works are going to be available for fans soon, in a complete box set of works with possibly new rare songs, b-sides and extra goodies for completists.  

Could it be like the Special Collector's Edition with extra tracks / unreleased goods , or just another remaster with a new track like Best Of's "Music is my Radar" ?  

"I love Blur, I think they're some of the most talented people I've ever worked with" said Stephen Street in a recent interview with Louder than War"I'm currently remastering their entire back catalogue ... It's just great to listen to the tapes and think that now they sound so much better. They sound fuller, and wider, and I'm really pleased to be focusing on it. I'm really chuffed as a producer how it's sounding."

There is no word on when exactly these albums would be out - perhaps some time in the end of 2012 would be appropriate, after Blur has done their huge Olympics gig in Hyde Park in August. 

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Modern Life is Rubbish. 

Perhaps Street will put something new into the remasters for the 20th anniversary 

However, according to Street (excerpt from The Guardian), a full-length album doesn't seem very likely.

"I got the impression that they don't want the pressure of having to make a new [LP]," he said. But the group do seem to be prepping a single: Under theWestway, which premiered live at last week's War Child benefit. 

"I would love to be asked to produce [Blur] again," Street exclaimed, "but ... they haven't asked me to do the Under the Westway track. William Orbit is involved apparently, but I don't know."

Overall - this release of remastered albums could mean two things - either Blur aren't going to be producing anything more and are using this release as a final goodbye present for fans, or that they are using the recent new developments to generate hype for a possible new album. We can only hope it's the latter! 

Read all about Blur being BASHED AT THE BRITS HERE
Olympics Gig HERE
New potential album HERE 
and check out their newest song HERE and read our REVIEW HERE.

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February 28, 2012

Producers William Orbit working on latest Blur track

News update: William Orbit, who has been rumoured to be producing a new Blur album, has been revealed to be working on Blur's new song "Under The Westway".

The piano ballad debuted on 19th February, at the War Childs charity gig, where Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon appeared on stage as a two-piece, with a piano and acoustic guitar, and performed a gentle melody.

Blur perform Under the Westway (recorded by us BlurBalls!) 

Under the Westway is rumoured to be released for Record Store Day in April 2012. For those of you who want to know what Record Store Day is, this is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores in the UK and USA come together with artists to celebrate music. Special vinyls, tracks and CDs are made for this annual event. There is usually performances, in-store meet and greets and signings in store, with DJs and artists alike as well as other fun activities.

Blur has a history with releasing a new track for Record Store Day - they released "Fools Day", a new tune, for this event in 2010.

Blur's record store track "Fool's Day" - lyrics video also uploaded by Blurballs  

It's unclear whether Orbit is responsible for more Blur tracks or just for Under the Westway. Damon did say he has got a lot of Blur tracks in his pocket and the rest of the band is being very secretive. Or perhaps this track could even be for the new album.

In a recent NME interview, when asked "Will Blur be making a new album?" the response was mixed:

- Damon said "Don't count on it" , aka NO
- Graham said "We've got commitment issues. But it'll probably happen." aka YES
- Alex said "There are definitely no plans to make one"aka NO
- Dave: "There's a lot of appetite out there for new Blur music. It's no secret that we're working on something" aka YES

But one thing's for sure, William Orbit is twiddling with his producer knobs and currently in progress with making "Under The Westway" fit for release - soon. Where? No one knows. Ask Damon. 

Read all about Blur being BASHED AT THE BRITS HERE
Olympics Gig HERE
New potential album HERE 
and check out their newest song HERE and read our REVIEW HERE.

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February 26, 2012

Damon Albarn gets up close and personal to Noel Gallagher in Brit Awards 2012

Damon Albarn snuggled up to Noel Gallagher in the Brit Awards 2012 - on Feb 21st, Tuesday evening.


The two members of Britpop supergroups Blur and Oasis hugged it out on the red carpet, made their amends, reconciled their differences and  even suggested getting "drinks" together in the after-party.

In an NME February interview, Damon said "Yeah, we met up and I look forward to having a beer with him again. He has great charisma. And he didn't slag Liam off once!". He said he "didn't mind" Noel's solo album because "a big chunk of our history is the same".

Noel Gallagher called Damon as "mad as a box of frogs" a few weeks ago (Click to read full article) and said he would like to record with him rather than Coldplay's Chris Martin.


There has been some eventful happenings of that night, and these two weeks have been hectic and exciting. Blur has been compared to "drunkards" on the stage, but they thrilled many long time Blur fans who were happy to see them play. 


You win some, you lose some- but Blur's record sales went up significantly afterwards. On iTunes's top 10 rock hits, there were 4 Blur songs on, including Country House!  


Blur won 4 Brit Awards in 1995 for their album Parklife, which was hugely successful. Blur then battled it out with Oasis for UK No. 1 single the following year, with a release of their singles "Country House" and "Roll with It" on the same day. Blur won the battle, but Oasis sold more albums in the long run.

Damon Albarn also revealed that Blur were offered the Outstanding Contribution to Music award a few years ago, but "turned it down". The award went to Robbie Williams that year.

Funnily enough, 17 years later in 2012, Blur looked somewhat the same in the Brits stage!

Catch up on the Blur/ Oasis feud HERE



Read all about Blur being BASHED @ Brits HERE, 
Rehearsal for Brits HERE
Olympics Gig HERE
New potential album HERE 
and check out their newest song HERE and read our REVIEW HERE.

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February 25, 2012

Does Blur deserve all the criticism for that Brit Award performance ?

"It was a disaster, a beautiful disaster"- or was it ? 


Stumbling Damon Albarn, tangled up strings, a broken guitar strap, cutting singer Adele's speech off, messy singing, a too-fast Tender, strange sounding "Oh Oh Oh Oh"s from Girls and Boys, the "Woo Hoos" becoming a bit too primal, Phil Daniels being on stage in the, gasp, Brits ...

What have all the items on this list of descriptions, used by people, bloggers, journalists and Adele-fans, have in common ? Go on, give it your best guess.

If you've noticed the fingers-pointing and negative vibes in the exhaustive list, then well done. The feedback Blur got back from the world was rather negative. It's been three days since the Brit Awards 2012 and Blur has been hit by negative reviews and media features criticizing their performance in the award show.


Blur were already marginalized by the fact that their two best performances of that night, Tender (from 13) complete with a 32 piece gospel choir and Alex James on Cello, and This is a Low (with Damon's heartfelt, pitch perfect solo) were not shown on ITV1. They was pushed to the lesser channel ITV2.

Viewers all around the world watched Blur's arguably less impressive performances of that night (although there was raw energy, passion and they did get most lyrics correct, and Dave was smashing on the drums). All because of a broadcasting decision completely out of the band's control.

A band shot at the Brits 2012 

And Adele's speech cut off ? Again, it's a broadcasting decision, not the host James Corden's fault, nor Blurs. The media clung to Adele's middle finger like there was no other exciting event of the night. Poor bloke James, he was bashed too for being "boring" and "unfunny". So is the new trend "bash-the-brits" now ?

Some comments were simply accusatory, such as "It was Blur's fault Adele was kicked off the stage", or critical- "Blur has gone past their sell-out date". Others have said that they'd "rather watch One Direction" or Rihanna hammer out her tunes.

Speaking of boy bands - Blur were quite the lads back in 1995's Brits where they took home 4 awards and had a feud with Oasis 

Most outrageous is the title of Daily Mail's Feb 23rd article "Should we really let Blur loose on the Olympics? They sounded like drunks who had invaded the stage at the Brits" - the article that let loose the howls of Blur fans everywhere in the world and questioned Blur's capability in performing in the London Olympics 2012.

Of course, the article was strewn with the worst pictures taken of that night, at unflattering angles, of Damon's eyes half closed and mouth in the middle of singing "Parklife". Wait a minute. What about all the epic photos and band pictures, or the glorious solos from Tender and This is a Low ?

Thanks DailyMail for posting deliberately picking the most gorgeous Blur photos

The article from Daily Mail suggests that Damon should "mime", "for the sake of the world's eardrums". because apparently, Blur sounded horrible on television. The writer called Damon a "drunk" who was "yelling" instead of singing.

Damon a drunk ? He was sober alright - otherwise how'd he talk for so bloody long ?

How's that as a blow to the head for one of Britain's most influential and definitive bands of the 90s (and 2000s). How's that for the winners of Outstanding Contribution to Music award- with previous winners including David Bowie and The Kinks. How's that for a band with 20+ years of making British music and hits like "Song 2" and "Girls and Boys"?  Ouch.

The writer goes on for more Blur-bashing, and all the ya-da-das. He then admits that Blur's albums however, sounds "so good" and that the final performance of Tender was rather good". A rant on live music and more Damon-bashing follows. So in short, Blur sucked at the Brits and looked drunk and couldn't sing a tune. Yes, that sums the night up, doesn't it ?

Blur recently in NME magazine - not every band gets 10 pages of space you know 

So here's our point- but what's music, live music, without the mess, the errors and the glamourous rock n' roll mentality? We all know Adele sings perfectly, with no errors - she will not forget lyrics or hit the wrong note! And One Direction's poppy boy-band tracks are too well-rehearsed, dance choreography too in sync- are we watching automated people sing to viewers on television ?

We want to quote the MP Kerry Mccarthy, who published a feature post in pop music culture website Louder than War which counter-balances the Daily Mail's critique on Blur. It's rare we read something so accurate and describes exactly what we hear a lot of long time, devoted Blur fans say.

Adele has a flawless, powerful voice. So does Florence. So does little Ed Sheeran, in a wimpy sort of way. And Bruno Mars (also little) performed very nicely, and Olly Murs and Rihanna did the singing & dancing at the same time thing, and they did it with panache. Polished, professional, perfect, every single one of them. Not a note out of tune, not a dance step out of time. Everything went to plan. They’d all practised very hard.


Adele shows the finger at the Brits - the media has blown it out of proportions, she did not overreact in reality

Oh, and there was Coldplay. They had fireworks, and laser beams bouncing off a giant mirror ball. They “put on a good show”. It wasn’t much of a song, but at least it wasn’t one of the really annoying ones. There was Noel Gallagher too, who played it safe. I saw him do a much better version of the same song in the Jools Holland studio a few months ago; it was a real racket then, this was a bit pedestrian.

And then there was Blur, who, so we are told, were out of tune, out of time, under-rehearsed, shambolic, shabby, even ‘a disgrace’. I thought they were bloody brilliant. Maybe it was just the relief of seeing a band that sounded like a proper live band, flaws and all. I’m not a massive Blur fan by any means, and yes, the sound was pretty bad, but when Graham Coxon did his fuzzy, choppy guitar thing, and his weedy little “Oh my baby” bit on ‘Tender’ I almost wanted to cry, because in Brits land guitars aren’t meant to be distorted, and singers are meant to be able to sing. And dance down the runway, not be all hunched up over a mike stand or, like Damon Albarn, leaping around like an un-choreographed lunatic, getting all tangled up in his leads.

Have people become so accustomed, so attuned to perfection now, that anything else seems bad? Like listening to music on vinyl with hisses and scratches? Or a magazine picture that isn’t airbrushed or photoshopped to utter blandness?

The stage that night - lit and ready to roll 

It's true isn't it - however you view Blur's performances, whether you are an old fan disappointed at their performance, or whether you are sentimentally ecstatic at Blur's return, or you were screaming form the joy of seeing them back on stage since the 1995 Blur Brits takeover episode. What Mccarthy wrote about is in some ways true.

Blur has always been like that - a great stage presence and an amazing live show. Just watch some old footage and you will marvel at their raw energy and passion. Even from the Seymour days, where Blur performed a recently surfaced song "Superman" - you can see Damon bopping and jumping around just like he did at the Brits 2012.

Damon Albarn looking melancholic (or exhausted from jumping around)

Damon Albarn, in a radio show afterwards, said something about the audience of the awards that night. The audience just weren't that into the songs (although we swore many were dancing below the stage!). Generally, there was a very mixed review of the show - some good, some bad, some terrible.

Live shows are about excitement, unpredictability, energy, passion and being able to deliver an entertaining show. Blur were never the band to produce elaborate sets, or have 100 back up singers strutting around scantily clad. Nor do they don up in Lady Gaga-esque costumes or pretend to be glittery and ditzy.

Graham Coxon, guitarist of Blur, had something to say about it when he posted a comment online. He said "it was the brits...since when do we have to be slick and boring...i remember the brits 17 years ago, it was mayhem...rock n roll pandemoonium...fun...fuck em."

Click to enlarge Graham's post and read his opinion on this Brits bash 

We are not denying that music changes- of course, anything evolves and new trends emerge. Nor are we saying everyone must love Blur's performance that night - everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But Blur is amongst the good old fashioned quintessential British bands - that is if you call the 90s old. They won the award that night, and are headlining the Olympics closing concert. A huge honour, and few bands get this opportunity.

The exciting news in NME was about Blur's Olympic headliner 

When will London host another Olympics again ? Even if they do, it may not be in Blur's time.

Britain has chosen it's musical representatives - Blur, because they embody what British music has been about in the 90s and even early 2000s. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a greatest achievement in itself - why should we continue to bash Blur about it ?

The band in 2009 where they first got together again after a hiatus 

Perhaps people who decide so easily to compare a band like Blur- who won the top award of the night with their long-term achievements- to drunkards on stage, should think about not putting their opinion out there so strongly for the sake of the world’s eyeballs .

If you want note-perfect songs, go and listen to their albums.

Written by BlurBalls, 24/2/2012 - after a touching 2 hour Blur BBC6 radio show.  

Read the original Daily Mail's article HERE
Then read MP Kerry McCarthy's rebuttal HERE


Let us know what you think by commenting on Facebook or below. Special thanks to Naomi and Patsy who sent in these thought-provoking Blur articles!


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Read all about Blur kicking Adele OUT of the Brits HERE
Rehearsal for Brits HERE
Olympics Gig HERE
New potential album HERE 
and check out their newest song HERE and read our REVIEW HERE.

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February 24, 2012

Blur to headline new concerts- Swedish Festival in summer 2012

Blur are going to headline several NEW concerts this year, as a prelude to their big Olympics gig 2012. The first gig announced via their newly launched, brand-new, black, white and suave band website (www.blur.co.uk) is the Way Out Festival 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 9th 2012.


They are also playing in Denmark 2012, Smuckfest in Skanderborg (http://smukfest.dk/). 

They are then following on with Hyde Park, London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony gig, with The Specials and New Order also playing on August 12th 2012.

Blur made a triumphant return in the Brit Awards 2012 (albeit a little clash with singer Adele!) performing the longest record set (11 minutes plus a bit more) and made their names forever imprinted on British music's memories, joining in the likes of The Kinks, David Bowie and more. Check out some pictures of the set below:



The Live at the Brits EP only had 3 songs - Girls and Boys, Song 2 and Parklife, but with a little bit of mixing, it sounds much better!

And listen to Damon's touching speech, against the wonderful backdrop of their hit single "Parklife". Many fans and even Alex James (bassist) himself said that this may be Blur's "last bow" on stage, so Damon truly does deserve time to get to thank everyone who has helped shaped this influential British band.



For those who want to buy tickets to see Blur live at the Olympics closing ceremony 2012, here are some crucial details and links to get your tickets:

12 August, 5.30pm-midnight
Tickets £55+booking fee
on sale to BT customers 9am, Wednesday 22 February (SOLD OUT)
or on general sale 9am Friday 24 February 
(HERE)


Stay tuned to BlurBalls for more Blur concert gigs - we are expecting many intimate warm-up gigs around Britain or even outside as Blur inevitably will practice for their big Olympics event, representing UK music !

Meanwhile, read all about Blur beyond the Brits at The Quietus, the article is a must-read for all Blur fans out there who enjoy their non-single hits, rarities and b-sides.


Read all about Blur kicking Adele OUT of the Brits HERE
Rehearsal for Brits HERE
Olympics Gig HERE
New potential album HERE 
and check out their newest song HERE and read our REVIEW HERE.


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February 23, 2012

BBC Radio to celebrate Blur's victory at the Brit Awards 2012 with dedicated show

BBC 6's Will Gilgrass has contacted BlurBalls and asked us to let all you dedicated fans know that they are hosting a 2 hour BLUR RADIO SHOW, live on air at BBC Radio 6, on Friday 25th February 2012




A show called Now Playing @6Music on BBC 6 Music will air this Friday between 7-9pm (GMT). 

BBC are putting a special show together to honour Blur after their BRIT Award and the overall fantastic contribution to music, and want fans to submit comments on what they will play in this fantastic, very long show entirely devoted to Blur, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree

Taken from their blog: 


Whatever, anyone who was on Worthy Farm that evening or at Blur's shows in London’s Hyde Park which followed will know what a special place the British public hold in their hearts for Damon, Alex, Graham and Dave. 

To commemorate their BRIT, this Friday night on Now Playing we want you to build the ultimate  
Blur inspired playlist - but we need your help and music suggestions, like:
* Their own tracks – from classics like Song 2There’s No Other Way and Beetlebumthrough to forgotten singles. 
* B-sides and rarities, maybe the To The End with Fran├žoise Hardy, their cover of Elvis Costello’s Oliver’s Army or their stomping version of Maggie Amy?
* Other projects the band members have worked on or collaborating be it solo work fromGorillaz to DRC Music, Massive AttackElastica or Duffy 
* Current bands who Blur have influenced.

Let us know by leaving a comment on the blog, Tweeting us using #Blur6Music, discussing it on our Facebook pagee-mail or add some tracks to our Spotify playlist – and listen to the show on Friday from 7pm.


Full information is on their blog (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/nowplaying/2012/02/blur6music---help-build-the-ul.shtml) but essentially they want us fans to pick their favourite Blur tracks, collaborations they've been involved with, artists who inspired them and people they've inspired to make an awesome show celebrating the great man Damon Albarn and his gang.

Let's all join in ! We'll be submitting lots of songs that we want them to play, and you do so too! 


Check out their Facebook page here - http://www.facebook.com/nowplaying6music.



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And finally, three extra pieces of news.

Firstly, Blur's documentary from 2009 "No Distance Left To Run" is showing on ITV4 (Click to Watch) at 9pm GMT. Get ready with a Coffee and TV, sit back and relax.

Secondly, thank you to our reader Nick for submitting an exclusive Alex James home interview from 2000 - click here to read this funny, poignant Blur interview - before the Band reunited. This is a trip down memory lane and a great read for any fan!

Lastly, don't forget to get this week's NME magazine - Blur's featured exclusively with posters and interviews, and lots of cool new Olympics news.


Read all about Blur kicking Adele OUT of the Brits HERE
Rehearsal for Brits HERE
Olympics Gig HERE
New potential album HERE 
and check out their newest song HERE and read our REVIEW HERE.

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