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Smash Hits Quotes and Blur Review: 11/2/97

Transcribed by Aida

blur-ting it out with damon albarn

smash hits -29 jan- 11 feb 97
blur blur blur! classic damon quotes '90-'96

'90 :

"i've always known i'm incredibly special,all my life. u know it's not a big deal"

"i wouldn't bother if i didn't think we were the best band in the universe"

'91:

" i 've known i was gonna be great since i was 11. people thought i was a complete big headed twat"

"we're a band who could completely & utterly change everything"

"i don't care if i snog girls or boys"

'92:

" we like to think we can do anything that anyone else can do"

"blur isn't a one album phenomenon, it's something that has to develop over 5 or 6 years"

'93:

"ultimately, i think we write better songs than everybody else"

"modern life is rubbish is the beginning of us having an idea of what we really wanted to do"

'94:

"they came to see us in manchester & were very pleasnt boys. very nice. i'd like to see that as a quote. oasis r very nice boys"

"we r good musicians. graham & dave r excellent, i'm pretty good .alex isn't really that good but he's getting better."

"i doubt u can say you've heard an album like parklife before, because i don't think u have."

'95:

"may the best band win.whatever happens we won't be talking to each other next week."

on the blur vs oasis chart battle:"on the great escape eveything is going to be darker.full stop. it's definitely the best thing we've ever done"

'96:

"it's all over now. we killed britpop, we chopped it up & put it under the patio."

"i no longer care about being famous. i don't have have to look at chart positions anymore. we don't need to be the biggest band on the planet, just the best"

'97:

" blur,it's like starting again,really. it's a new relationship"

that blur album with added weirdness rating by damon

1. beetlebum 5/10

the single-you'll know this one

damon:i'm not sure what a beetlebum is. it was just a word i sang when i played it to myself. i asked the others if i should change it,but they said no.

2. song 2 8/10

a thrashy,whoo-hoo filled, punky, 2 minute blast.

damon:this sounds like an early nirvana song,very simple

3.country sad ballad man 5/10

a slow, spaced-out track

damon:it's a little bit country. this album's all about what could happen to me

4.m.o.r. 6/10

blur sounding, but with odd backing vocals & squealing guitars

damon:this one's pretty wild & i think it speaks for itself

5.on your own 4/10

a pop song that rhymes psycho killer with gorilla

6. theme from retro 8/10

very weird,eerie,organ track with vocals but no audible lyrics.

damon:it's an intsrumental which is pretty wild

7.you're so great 6/10

graham takes lead vocals for the 1st time & sounds like he's singing down a telephone

8. death of a party 8/10

trip-hoppy,down beat with spooky lyrics. written 4 yrs ago

damon:i'm really proud of that

9.chinese bombs 10/10

pure noise! headache overload

10.i'm just a killer for your love 7/10

high-pitched,distorted vocal backed with circling guitars

damon:i wanted to sound more like our demos, all aobut freedom

11.look inside america 3/10

an acoustic introduction, orchestra backed,harmony filled gentler song.

damon: about our failure in america

12.strange news from another star 7/10

a moody track with gloomy vocals.

damon:it's a very sad song

13.movin' on 3/10

more familiar blur song. could have been on parklife

14.essex dogs 10/10

almost straight trip-hop. goes on for 8 minutes, minimal tune with vacuum cleaner noises

damon:the last thing i wanted to say about essex

15. bonus track 9/10

a spooky,repetitive ,guitar,bass & keyboard drone

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