Pulp Top Britpop Countdown

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Remember Britpop? Course you do. Floppy fringes, Fred Perry tops and all, a time before Snapchat and Twitter, a time when a chart contest between Oasis and Blur was deemed newsworthy. No, really. Last week, BBC 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq presided over the Britpop top 40 countdown, voted for by 30,000 listeners and I was heartened to learn that my Britpop No.1 was also the listeners’ choice, beating both Oasis and Blur into the bargain…
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Top Five Musical Resurrections

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You’re nobody if you haven’t made a comeback: Blur and Spandau Ballet did it last year and last week, Suede made a pretty convincing case for theirs at the Royal Albert Hall. Plus, with Easter closing in on us this weekend, what better time is there to round up our ultimate music comebacks? Because let’s face it, Jesus is the ultimate comeback kid – if only he’d managed to churn out some rock’n’roll in between rolling rocks and rising again then he too would be included on this list. But he didn’t, so he’s not. Rather, here we’re going to round up our favourite five comebacks of recent years…


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Blur Live Review

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Blur, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-On-Sea – June 21st 2009

The first time I went to see Blur in concert sometime around 1992, Damon Albarn was wearing a Fred Perry top. So when the still lithe and youthful-looking Albarn strutted onto the stage of Southend’s Cliffs Pavillion on Sunday in the same top, I wondered if it was a uniform of sorts: back in Blur, must dress appropriately. It did the trick though because the foursome were back on song in this Essex heartland, the old tunes coarsing through them and out into the auditorium, punching and licking the crowd in equal measure…


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News From The Future!

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After their stellar 2009, Blur have confirmed a feature-length documentary film telling the story of Blur is due for cinema release on January 19th next year. No Distance Left to Run was filmed throughout the band’s 2009 rehearsals and acclaimed summer tour and finds all four members of the four-piece together for the first time in nine years. With previously unseen archive material alongside new interviews and reportage, the film recounts the highs and lows of a very British band from the late 80s to their headline return at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. The result is a musing on Englishness and identity as well as being a portrait of friendship and resolution apparently. With the odd bit of Alex James going on about cheese too no doubt. Watch the trailer at www.blur.co.uk.


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