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In the UK, "Song 2" built upon the success of Blur's chart-topping single " Beetlebum " to reach number two in the charts. It also placed number two on Triple J 's Hottest for in Australia.
The song is atypical of Blur's previous style. The song's intro has been called Graham Coxon 's "finest moment". The music video for this song was directed by Sophie Muller , and it features the band playing in a small, secluded room with loud amplifiers behind them. During the choruses, the volume of the song sends the band members crashing against the walls and ground. The set used was modelled on that in the video for their pre-breakthrough single " Popscene ".
The cover was later featured on the album " Radio 1's Live Lounge ", released on October 11th, While recognition was still dawning on the audience, Graham Coxon joined Gorillaz onstage and launched into his original riff before he and Gorillaz went on to perform the classic arrangement to an enthusiastic reception.
The song became popular in the UK and overseas upon its release in It was featured on college and modern rock radio stations in the US. In , Blur manager Chris Morrison said, " Northrop Grumman , which is an American defence contractor, got in touch with us and asked if they could use the song for their trade shows to promote the next generation of stealth fighters.
We thought that was probably inappropriate. The money was great but we turned it down. The song was used in trailers for the film Starship Troopers and Thunderbirds. Italian football team Juventus uses this song after a goal is scored on home field since January The song has also been used by numerous professional ice hockey teams as a goal song. The song is briefly featured in the episode "Malled" of the animated series Daria.
All music composed by Albarn , Coxon , James and Rowntree. All lyrics composed by Albarn. I think the music we're making now is the music that we've always wanted to make but got distracted from in a way. The artwork for Blur , as well the album's associated singles, was designed by design company Yacht Associates, which consists of Chris Thomson and Richard Bull.
Searching for an image that conveyed "both optimism and scariness", Yacht Associates chose the stock photo from Tony Stone Images , describing it as "an anaesthetic dream". The back cover and inside sleeve by Paul Postle depict sulphur fields in Iceland, where much of the album was recorded.
Postle also took photos of the band rehearsing for the gatefold. When questioned on this decision, Albarn revealed they "didn't wanna have to go through explaining what the lyrics are about because they're quite odd to explain," although he stated that "'Death of a Party' and 'Strange News From Another Star' are [both] pretty clear. The music press predicted that the lo-fi sonic experimentation would alienate Blur's fanbase.
These fears were also shared by James who revealed that the front rows of the gigs that the band were performing at during the Britpop years were primarily attracting year-old girls and that he thought the change in style was a "fucking big balls move". We'd won Brits, we'd won two consecutive Q magazine Albums of the Year and my initial reaction was it's awkward and difficult. My immediate reaction was will you sell as many records? Where's my royalties? Everyone's first reaction to it was that it was a departure: that's clear from the artwork onwards.
Meanwhile, they're giving Radiohead the full marketing works. That hurt for a while because we've done so well for them. We were trying to be really brave. But it was all made up pretty quickly. We told him this was the second single. Course, we had no idea that it would be.
He sat there, grinning—'Definitely! Definitely a single! Worries of "commercial suicide" were eased when the lead single, " Beetlebum ", debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. After "Song 2" was licensed for use in soundtracks, advertisements and television shows—it became the most-recognisable Blur song in the US.
After the success of Blur , the band embarked on a nine-month world tour. Blur received generally positive reviews from music critics in the United States,  but reviews were mixed in the UK press. Certainly, they are trying for new sonic territory, bringing in shards of white noise, gurgling electronics, raw guitars, and druggy psychedelia, but these are just extensions of previously hidden elements of Blur's music. What they haven't done on Blur is roll out of bed, strum a few chords and loudly free-associate about the first thing that pops into their heads.
This is a record that inhabits current American rock biases as cogently and intelligently as Parklife corralled the last few decades of British rock. Ed Masley wrote that "you can hear the new infatuation with indie rock stylings all over the latest release, with its clattering sonic collages and transistor radio vocals.
At times, it's as though they've forgot that they're British. They are British though. It's what makes this eponymous record their greatest. However, it lost to Radiohead 's OK Computer. Unlike some of Blur's previous albums, praise from the band members has remained. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stephen Street Blur. Sample of " Song 2 " from Blur. Inspired by lo-fi and American indie rock , "Song 2' was a hit in the US.
Andrew Collins of Q described the song as "Blur's Space Oddity " and wrote that the lyrics "[express] further doubt from the troubled [Damon] Albarn. Pulse films. Retrieved on 16 June Passion Pictures,Lyrics. Blur I got my head done When I was young I got my head shaved By a jumbo jet It wasn't easy But nothing is, no When I feel like heavy metal And I'm pins and I'm needles Well I lie and I'm easy All of the time but I'm never sure when I need you Pleased to meet you It's not my problem It's not my problem When I feel like heavy metal And I'm pins and I'm needles Well I lie and I'm easy.