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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 303 - Blur

Parklife - Blur
Food Records
Produced by Stephen Street, Stephen Hague, John Smith and Blur
Released 25th April 1994
UK Chart #1 

A1 Girls & Boys    
A2 Tracy Jacks    
A3 End Of A Century    
A4 Parklife (with Phil Daniels)   
A5 Bank Holiday    
A6 Badhead    
A7 The Debt Collector    
A8 Far Out    
B1 To The End    
B2 London Loves    
B3 Trouble In The Message Centre    
B4 Clover Over Dover    
B5 Magic America    
B6 Jubilee    
B7 This Is A Low    
B8 Lot 105

Singles on Parklife

    Girls & Boys / Magpie / People In Europe
    Released: 7 March 1994
UK Chart #5

    To the End / Threadneedle Street / Got Yer!
    Released: 30 May 1994
 UK Chart #16

    Parklife / Beard / To The End (French Version)
    Released: 22 August 1994
 UK Chart #10

    End of a Century / Red Necks / Alex's Song
    Released: 7 November 1994
 UK Chart #19


Despite reaching #15 on the UK Album Chart sales of Modern Life Is Rubbish had been considered to be quite poor and so for Blur their third Studio Album was going to be a vital one.

Wrting and demoing began not long after the sessions for Modern Life is Rubbish were complete and once recorded was presented to the label. The band were very happy with the album but label owner Dave Balfe was disappointed with it telling the band's management, "This is a mistake". Some "mistake" eh? A #1 album that has gone Platinum in the UK four times, four Top Twenty hit singles - I think most labels would take that "mistake" as a real victory!

The album actually debuted at #1 and stayed on the charts for 90 weeks!

It is deemed as one of the classic albums of Britpop and is regarded by some as their finest album (I think that myself).

Why am I posting about it today? Well, I woke up to the sound of my alarm today with the song Parklife and thought as I hadn't done a piece of the album before I'd include it today.


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