March 22, 2012

Blur - part of that wave of fresh air that embodied the 90's.

I have a particular fondness for that period of the 90's which gave birth to the movement known as Madchester. I always felt it was a surge of talent and a refreshing point of view and two of my favorite bands were busy butting heads in the press in the midst of it all.

Those two bands were of course Blur and Oasis and tonight's Roundtable features the inimitable Blur in one of a series of live recordings from their 1992-1993 period. As I said in other posts before, the fan loyalty was such that you were either a Blur fan and hated Oasis or you were an Oasis fan and hated Blur. To a degree, it brought back memories of the old press generated rivalry between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones - time was, you were compelled to love one and hate the other or you were no fan.

Not one to fall for hype, I could never find myself dismissing one band over another, because I found validity in what both were all about - and the same holds true for Oasis and Blur.

So, with that - here are three tracks by Blur from different sessions:

1. Charmless Man
2. Trouble In The Message Center
3. It Could Be You

Turn it up and get ready for the weekend - I understand it's only a day or so away.

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