Monday, 3 April 2017

Parklife: The Blur Story - 1. Episode 1

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 7th March 2017

As the band play major shows in South America and the USA, there's another chance to hear Stuart Maconie chart Blur's success from the early days of Britpop to the release of their seventh album, "Think Tank".

The series looks at where the band came from musically and talks to those responsible for signing, recording and producing them. The band all have their say too!

It traces Blur's success with "Leisure"; through the lacklustre sales performance and record company arguments which afflicted the making of "Modern Life Is Rubbish"; to near bankruptcy and the breakthrough of their third album "Parklife". This sold in excess of 1.2 million copies in the UK alone and launched Blur into the platinum league.

It also covers their rivalry with Oasis and how they changed direction with the "Blur" and "13" albums, before looking at "Think Tank" and how life is different without guitarist Graham Coxon.

This documentary was first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2003, the same year Blur released "Think Tank" and is repeated as part of the My Generation season.

Blur - She's So High [EMI]
Blur - There's No Other Way [Parlophone]
Blur - For Tomorrow [Food]
Blur - Girls & Boys
Blur - End Of A Century
Blur - Parklife [EMI]
Blur - To The End
Blur - This Is A Low
Blur - Sing [Food]
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Orphée Aux Enfers, Overture
Stubby Kaye & Johnny Silver - Guys And Dolls
Blur - Mixed Up
Blur - Sing [EMI]
Blur - She's So High [EMI]
Blur - There's No Other Way
Blur - For Tomorrow [Food]
Blur - Chemical World [Food]
Blur - Sunday Sunday [Food]
Blur - Parklife (featuring Phil Daniels)

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