A live album recorded at Blur's reunion gigs in July 2009 and released via download and double CD. Along with a similar album recorded the evening before, this recording was made available in August 2009 on the Live Here Now website and later on a wider release from other outlets. The 25 song tracklist follows that of the concerts that evening, taking in the whole of the band's career with both well known singles (Song 2, Parklife) and lesser known tracks (Jubilee, Oily Water).
Release Date: August 2009 UK Chart: 44 Weeks in Top 40: 0
A new compilation album released to coincide with the band's reunion gigs at Hyde Park in 2009 spread across two CDs, saw a surprising breadth of the band's career represented. Spread across two discs and 25 tracks, while including the expected collection of singles - Song 2, Tender, Parklife et all are represented), a range of album tracks representing the lesser known side were included - notably Blue Jeans, Death of a Party and Battery in Your Leg.
Release Date: 15th June 2009 UK Chart: 20 Weeks in Top 40: 2
The third (and last) single to be taken from Blur's most recent album, Think Tank. The UK Chart high of 22 was Blur's lowest placing since the release of Sunday Sunday ten years earlier. The CD release was backed with an early version of Me White Noise (found as a hidden track on Think Tank) while Morricone backed the 7" release. The DVD hosted both these tracks as well as a video animatic to go with Good Song.
The second release from Think Tank in the UK, while the guitar driven song was the first from the album in the USA. Unusually, this was backed by two separate promo videos while it was also notable as the first release to be produced by Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim). The CD was backed by Don't Be and the 7" release with The Outsider. In common with the other singles from this album, the DVD contained both B-Sides and a video for the main release.
Release Date: 7th July 2003 UK Chart: 18 Alternate formats: DVD | 7" Vinyl
Blur's 7th and most recent album Think Tank was released worldwide throughout 2003 and was the first to largely exclude former guitarist Graham Coxon. The myriad of various formates included an enhanced CD with live video, extra track The Outsider on the Japanese release, video on the US version from the recording sessions and the Chinese release that included the majority of Leisure in mp3 format. Me White Noise was included as a secret bonus track found only by rewinding from the beginning of the album.
Blur's first official release since their best of from 2000 was also their first not to include the presence of former guitarist Graham Coxon. Preceding Think Tank, Out of Time set the tone for Blur's new more brooding tone and electronic sounds. The CD and 7" vinyl were both backed by Money Makes Me Crazy (Marrakech Mix), while the DVD included this track along with Tune 2 and a commentary to the promotional video.
A compilation album released at the end of Blur's tenth anniversary year, as with all "best of" releases, Blur's sparked some controversy over the tracklisting with the committee chosen listing failing to include many fans favourites in favour of a singles compilation format (This is a Low proving the notable exception). The limited edition live version includes 10 tracks recorded at the Wembley date on Blur's live "Singles Night" the previous year, while the recent Gift Box version includes this extra CD along with the best of DVD containing promo videos that was released at the same time.
A standalone single only found on the following "best of" release, Music is My Radar replaced B-side Black Book as the title track of this release. The video to promote this release was never made commercially available, unlike all those for the preceding singles and this was the only track on the best of compilation not to have lyrics included on the sleeve notes. CD 1 is backed with Black Book and Headist / Into Another (live), while CD 2 includes 7 Days (live) and She's So High (live). The vinyl release's b-side is the aforementioned Black Book, while the cassette release also contains that as a supporting track, along with the aforementioned Radio One session recording of She's So High (live).
The third and final single to be released from Blur's 6th studio album, 13, No Distance Left to Run is a moving and sombre song widely believed lyrically to refer to Damon Albarn's breakup with Elastica singer/guitarist Justine Frischmann. CD1 contains the B-Sides Tender (Cornelius Remix) and So You, while CD2 is backed by Battle (UNKLE Remix) and Beagle 2 as well as including the promotional video for the single. The 12" vinyl contains Tender (Cornelius Remix) and Beagle 2 with the cassette version just having the first of these two tracks supporting the single. Blur also released a full DVD to support this single containing the video, a live recording of the single, the making of video, live versions of Tender and Battle (from the album 13) and rendered footage of the Beagle 2 space probe.
22 CD boxset featuring all singles from Blur's ten years in card sleeves; up to and including No Distance Left to Run. All b-sides released within the UK (regardless of original format) are included on each CD and a limited edition, numbered booklet features early artwork for each single.
Release Date: 27th September 1999 UK Chart: N/A Alternate Formats: None
The second single to be released from sixth album, 13, is the first to be written and sung by a member other than Albarn. Graham Coxon wrote this about how he gave up drinking and his home (Camden) while the award winning video featured an animated milk carton in it's search to find Graham. Controversially, a number of sales weren't recorded by Charttrack, depriving the single of a top 10 position. The b-sides for this single are all remixes of album track Bugman, with each member of the band contributing their own version. CD1 contains Alex and Graham's remixes, while CD2 is backed by remixes from Damon and Dave. The Cassette's b-side was Damon's remix, while the 12" vinyl contained all four mixes.
Blur's 6th studio album was released ten years on from their debut, charting at number 1 from the first week of release. 13 saw the band move further from their well known 'Britpop' past and into experimental territory as they further developed their ever changing sound with a new producer, William Orbit, while cover art was supplied for the first time by guitarist Graham Coxon. The Japanese release contained a bonus demo, I Got the Law, while the Limited Edition version came in a white box along with a poster and an enhanced CD containing videos, interview and photos. A special Asian double CD release contained videos for the three singles from this album.
Tender was the lead single from Blur's 1999 album 13. The song was co-written and vocals shared between both Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, while the promo video was a live recording of the track. CD1's B-Sides are All We Want and Mellow Jam (an early verison of Mellow Song from 13) while CD2 is supported by the 8 minute jam French Song and Song 2. Both the 7" vinyl and cassette versions are backed by a single track, All We Want in both cases.
Release Date: 22nd February 1999 UK Chart: 2 Alternate Formats: CD 2 | 7" Vinyl | Cassette
Bustin' + Dronin' is a two CD compilation album made up of remixes and live tracks. It was originally intended for the Japanese market, but shortly after gained a limited release in the UK and USA. CD One contains nine remixes - some exclusive while a few can be found as b-sides on singles - while CD Two contains a live set recorded at Peel Acres for Radio One. The original Japanese release contained stickers within the case, although these didn't make it into the British or American versions.
Release Date: 9th March 1998 UK Chart: 50 Weeks in Top 40: 0 Alternate Formats: None
The final single to be released from Blur's fifth album, Blur shared the writing credits for M.O.R. with David Bowie and Brian Eno from whom the melody was borrowed, Blur writing their own instrumentation and lyrics. The video was recorded by stuntmen wearing balaclavas posing as the band in a style somewhat reminiscent of the Beastie Boys' video for their single Sabotage, while the lead track for the release was remixed as a "Road Version", British and American releases both getting their own unique remix. The B-Sides on the UK CD were Swallows in the Heatwave, Movin' On (William Orbit Remix) and Beetlebum (Moby's Minimal House Remix), while the Cassette and 7" releases contained just Swallows in the Heatwave. The Japanese CD was backed by a karaoke version of M.O.R., a demo of early track I Love Her and a live recording of album track Death Of A Party with the Australian version's B-Sides were Dancehall, Country Sad Ballad Man (Live Acoustic), Popscene (Live At Peel Acres) and On Your Own (Live Acoustic).
The third single from Blur's self-titled album explored a dance sound not previously heard on any previous release, despite the band's wide range of sounds. The use of a drum machine gave the song a particularly distinctive sound emphasised in the video by showing drummer Dave Rowntree playing with one throughout. B-sides for this single were taken from Blur's recent session recorded at Peel Acres for the BBC the previous month. CD1 included Popscene, Song 2 and On Your Own with CD2's B-Sides being Chinese Bombs, Movin' On and M.O.R. The 7" Vinyl included both Popscene and Song 2 while the Australian only On Your Own/Popscene release was backed by Popscene and two different remixes of Death of a Party.
With out a doubt Blur's best recognised recording, Song 2 still finds itself used ubiquitously in commercials, sports and games - particularly in North America. Surprisingly, despite this, the single didn't make it to number one in the UK charts, fittingly entering at number two instead. The B-Sides for CD1 are Get Out of Cities and Polished Stone, while CD2 contained Bustin' + Dronin' and Country Sad Ballad Man (Live Acoustic Version). The 7" release is backed by the upbeat Get Out of Cities while the Japanese EP contained all of these tracks as well as two remixes of Beetlebum and a live acoustic recording of On Your Own
Blur's fifth studio album was released to much critical acclaim for their departure to their previous sound and a return to a much more guitar driven sound. As with the last two previous albums, Blur went in at number one and it spent a total of 36 weeks in the top 40, longer than the successful The Great Escape. The US and Japanese releases included the extra bonus track Dancehall, while the Tour CD includes a second disc with six tracks recorded live for the BBC at Peel Acres.
Marking a major change in sound for Blur, and a switch towards American influences after their previously staunchly British sound, Beetlebum gave the band their first number one since Country House. Released on three formats, CD1 included All Your Life and A Spell (For Money) with CD2 containing three additional tracks in addition to the A-Side; Beetlebum (Mario Caldato Jr. Mix), Woodpigeon Song and Dancehall. The 7" vinyl release was pressed onto red vinyl with a flip side of Woodpigeon Song.
Release Date: 20th January 1997 UK Chart: 1 Alternate Formats: CD 2 | 7" Vinyl
Released on the same day as Live at the Budokan in Japan only, It Could Be You was the last release from The Great Escape and the final single from their 'Britpop' era. The song, in common with much of the album, discusses many British themes, in particular the new National Lottery - to which the title alludes. Three live B-Sides back the main track, all taken from the Budokan recording; It Could Be You, Charmless Man and Chemical World
Release Date: 22nd May 1996 UK Chart: N/A Alternate Formats: None
Blur's only officially released live album (although a number of releases contain one or more live tracks), Live at the Budokan was recorded while the band were touring The Great Escape in Japan. HMV stocked a special triple CD edition that also included the Japan only single It Could Be You.
Release Date: 22nd May 1996 UK Chart: N/A Weeks in Top 40: N/A Alternate Formats: None
The final internationally released single from The Great Escape was one of Blur's more successful releases, noticeable for its catchy guitar and piano rifs. The promotional video starred Jean-Marc Barr as an increasingly frustrated man whom breaks down in his attempts to get away from the band. The CD release is backed by The Horrors, A Song and St. Louis, while the Cassette and 7" releases were both supported solely by The Horrors. The Australian and European CDs contained B-Sides from the Stereotypes single; The Man Who Left Himself, Tame and Ludwig.
Blur's 3rd single released from The Great Escape is also the opening track to the album, written as a somewhat witty on common suburbia with typically catchy and melodic vocals. The lower chart position somewhat reflected the decision to release just one CD version of the single and a somewhat dull promotional video made up from pre-recorded live footage at Blur's infamous Mile End concert the previous year. B-Sides on the CD were The Man Who Left Himself, Tame and Ludwig with the Cassette and 7" Vinyl versions just containing The Man Who Left Himself and Tame.
Release Date: 12th February 1996 UK Chart: 7 Alternate Formats: Cassette | 7" Vinyl
The follow-up release to The Great Escape was well received by the British public, charting at number 5 in the UK charts. The cover alludes to Stanley Kubrik's 2001:A Space Odyssey in keeping with the science fiction theme of the lyrics, while the video was filmed in the style of A Clockwork Orange. CD1 contains the tracks Ultranol, No Monsters In Me and Entertain Me (The Live It! Remix) while the B-Sides for CD2 are live recordings of Mr. Robinson’s Quango, It Could Be You and Stereotypes, all from the album. The Cassette version is backed by the aforementioned Entertain Me remix with the Japanese CD's extra tracks being It Could Be You (Live), Stereotypes (Live) and Entertain Me (The Live It! Remix).
Release Date: 13th November 1995 UK Chart: 5 Alternate Formats: CD 2 | Cassette | Japanese CD
Penned quickly in the aftermath of the success of Parklife, Blur's fourth album was released at the height of the "Britpop" phenomenon and was highly hyped prior to it's release, along with Oasis' second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. While later described by Albarn as "messy", the album was well recieved by critics and went triple platinum in the UK; selling over 350,000 records in the first week alone. The Japanese release includes the extra tracks Ultranol and No Monsters in Me while the French release included the bonus track To The End (With Francoise Hardy).
The first single to be released from Blur's fourth album, Country House is best known for the media storm at the time as it went head to head with Oasis' Roll With It in the charts. Blur won the battle with their first ever number one outselling Oasis by around 58000 copies - 20% of total sales. CD1 was backed by One Born Every Minute and To The End (with Francoise Hardy) with CD2's being made up of a live version of Country House supported by live recordings of Girls & Boys, Parklife and For Tomorrow, all recorded at Mile End Stadium. The cassette and 7" releases came with One Born Every Minute while the Japanese release was contained the same tracks as UK CD1 plus the bonus track Charmless Man.
Release Date: 14th August 1995 UK Chart: 1 Alternate Formats: CD 2 | Cassette | 7" Vinyl | 12" Promo | Japanese CD
The final single from Parklife, written about the impending change of calendar to the new millennium, failed to break the top ten of the singles chart, although it was set back somewhat by the choice of formats. Only a single CD was released, limiting sales, while the promotional video was taken directly from the impending live video, Showtime and was less notable than other recent efforts. The CD released with the B-Sides Red Necks and Alex's Song, with the Cassette and 7" only contain the former track on the reverse side.
Release Date: 7th November 1994 UK Chart: 19 Alternate Formats: Cassette | 7" Vinyl | 3" Japanese CD
Released as the third single from Blur's third album, the title track became well known for it's spoken vocals, with actor Phil Daniels lending his voice and a cockney feel to the song. Parklife reached number ten in the UK charts on first week sales, and is still widely played in indie clubs to this date having proved a lasting anthem from the britpop era. CD 1 contained the B-Sides Super Shoppa and Theme From an Imaginary Film, while CD 2 was backed with the original track Beard and a version of To The End sung with French vocals. The cassette release contained the same tracks as CD 1, while the vinyl also contained CD 1's B-Sides with Beard additionally appearing.
To The End proved an unconventional choice as the second release from Parklife, with the orchestral scoring and French refrain proving unusual for the era. A later recording with Francoise Hardy was re-branded as La Comedie and interspersed French and English lyrics and had the chorus sung as a duet, while a further French version features only Damon Albarn's lyrics, but as a complete translation of the original English. CD1 includes the original tracks Threadneedle Street and Got Yer!, while CD2 includes two remixes of Girls & Boys by the Pet Shop Boys, known as the 7" and 12" mixes. The Cassette is backed by Girls & Boys (Pet Shop Boys 7" Mix) and Threadneedle Street with the vinyl release including the 7" mix as the second A-side track and Girls & Boys (Pet Shop Boys 12" Mix) as the B-side. A French release in May 1995 was made up of To The End (La Comedie) and To The End (La Comedie Instrumental Track) rather than the original album version.
While only Blur's third album, Parklife has easily proved the band's most successful, spending over 77 weeks in the top 40 and having sold over 1.2 million copies within the UK alone. The LP is largely an more accessible extension of the ideas first explored on the preceding Modern Life is Rubbish, thematically centring around British life, while musically spanning a wide range of genres, from the disco of the opening track Girls & Boys, through the waltz time The Debt Collector and thrashy Bank Holiday to the sombre track This is a Low. As usual, the Japanese release contained an additional track: in this case Girls & Boys (Pet Shop Boys 12" Mix), also found on the Canadian version.
Preceding the release of bestseller Parklife, Girls & Boys showed a return to form for Blur with a new chart high for the band. Written as a somewhat satirical look at Britain's new European holiday culture, the slightly faster than normal disco tempo proved particularly popular. CD 1 is backed by Magpie and Anniversary Waltz with CD 2 containing the europop song People in Europe and Peter Panic. The Cassette and 7" vinyl's B-Sides are Magpie and People in Europe. As well as traditional promos, Food also released a Pet Shop Boys Remix CD, containing both a 7" mix and 12" mix (these could later be found as B-Sides on To The End) but not the album version of the track. A US EP release on CD had the original single, both remixes and the three B-Sides Magpie, Peter Panic and Maggie May.
The final single from Modern Life is Rubbish beat the chart placings of Blur's previous three singles; belying claims by Dave Balfe at the time that no successful hit single ever speeds up. The release was a clear celebration of all things English, lyrically, with the use of a traditional brass band and B-Sides on CD 2 including versions of traditional music hall songs. CD 1 is backed with early Seymour recordings Dizzy, Fried and Shimmer while the aforementioned tracks on CD 2 are Daisy Bell and Let's All Go Down the Strand. The 7" vinyl's B-Side is another Seymour track Tell Me, Tell Me with the 12"'s early tracks being Long Legged and Mixed Up.
Written late in the Modern Life is Rubbish sessions, as record label head Dave Balfe pushed for some singles to be written for the album, Chemical World equalled For Tomorrow's placing of 28 in the UK charts. The single was remixed for the American market and although a promotional CD was released, the track never saw a full official release. CD 1 contains three live B-Sides: Never Clever (originally intended as the lead single for Blur's second album), Pressure on Julian and Come Together while CD 2 is backed by the original tracks Young & Lovely, Es Schmecht and My Ark. The 7" vinyl's flip side is a cover of Rod Stewart's Maggie May, while the 12" release's tracklisting mirrors that of CD 2.
Release Date: 28th June 1993 UK Chart: 28 Alternate Formats: CD 2 | 7" Vinyl | 12" Vinyl
The sophomore album from Blur saw a change of direction from the first, with an obvious theme of Englishness permeating the album in a way not seen since The Kinks. While the album flopped commercially - initially spending just two weeks in the top 40 - in retrospect it became clear that it pointed the way towards Blur's multi-platinum follow-up Parklife and the Britpop movement that dominated the mid-90s in the UK. The US release contains a different mix of Chemical World, while Blur also allowed Popscene to be included on the album. The American CD additionally includes Peach and When the Cows Come Home, although the other formats don't. Japanese releases similarly include a bonus track in the form of Young and Lovely, while a recent re-release also contains Popscene.
After the commercial failure of previous single Popscene, Blur were forced into changing the intended direction of their second album, a process that eventually led to the late penning of For Tomorrow. The single saw moderate success in the charts; reaching 28 for two successive weeks, despite not reaching the top 10 highs of There's No Other Way and paved the way for the English laced album to follow. CD 1 contains an extended version of the lead track, titled For Tomorrow (Visit to Primrose Hill Extended) along with Peach and Bone Bag with CD 2 being made up of the original mix of For Tomorrow backed with When the Cows Come Home, Beachcoma and For Tomorrow (Acoustic Version). The Cassette and 12" releases both have the same track listing, with the extended remixed version of the title track and original B-Sides Into Another and Hanging Over.
Release Date: 19th April 1993 UK Chart: 28 Alternate Formats: CD 2 | Cassette | 12" Vinyl
Intended as a taster for Blur's forthcoming second album, Popscene represented a change in direction from the Baggy and Shoegaze sounds that permeated their debut Leisure. The single bombed in the charts, staying in the top 75 for just two weeks, leading Blur to drop the single from the UK release of Modern Life is Rubbish on the basis that if the UK "didn't want it then, they're not fucking getting it now" and indeed re-evaluate the tone of the whole release as it stood then. (As the track was never released in USA, the American version of the album includes Popscene as a bonus track.) The track has since become a fan favourite, commonly been played during live shows and consequently second hand copies of this single sell for up to £35. The CD also contains Mace and Badgeman Brown with Mace also appearing on the flip side of the cassette and 7" vinyl versions. The 12" single's A-Side is made up of Popscene and I'm Fine while the B-Side tracks are Mace and Garden Central.
Release Date: 30th March 1992 UK Chart: 32 Alternate Formats: Cassette | 7" Vinyl | 12" Vinyl
Blur's third release, and the last from their debut album, proved a disappointing follow up after the success of There's No Other Way. The single has since been all but disowned by the band, with Damon Albarn stating that it is "the worst thing I've ever done". The Cassette and 7" releases contain the B-Side Luminous, with the CD release's additional tracks being Explain, Luminous and Beserk. The 12" vinyl release's bonus material is Explain, Luminous and Uncle Love.
Release Date: 29th July 1991 UK Chart: 24 Alternate formats: Cassette | 7" Vinyl | 12" Vinyl
As their second single, There's No Other Way proved to be Blur's most successful in the first phase of their career, both being the only one out of their first eight to reach the top 10 and staying in the top 40 for longer than any other until the 1995 release of Country House. The Cassette and 7" releases contain the B-Side Inertia, while the CD and 12" vinyl have both these tracks alongside Mr Briggs and I'm All Over. The American CD duplicates this track-listing, but the 12" release is made up of There's No Other Way (Red Sleeve Mix) (aka 'Move Mix' or 'Blur Mix'), while the B-Sides are There's No Other Way (Rock Mix) (aka 'Aggressive Move Mix') and Explain.
The debut album from Blur came with a very different sound to that which the Essex band became known for later. With a sound clearly inspired by the early '90s "Madchester" scene, while there a hint of things to come can be found the more angsty track Sing, the core of the album and singles She's So High and There's No Other Way provided a poppy sound more reminiscent of The Stone Roses. The US release - a month later - drops Sing in favour of the more upbeat I Know, while the Japanese releases also include this early double A-Side alongside Mr Briggs and Intertia.
Blur's debut single - preceding the album Leisure - while usually recognised just as She's So High was in fact a double A-Side, with I Know sharing top billing (although it didn't see release on the album. While simple hooks and basic lyrics belie the detail of later releases, the release was named single of the week by the NME (although failed to reach the top 40 in the UK charts). The Cassette and 7" releases contain She's So High (edit) and I Know, while the CD's B-Sides are I Know (extended) and Down. The 12" release has both She's So High and Sing on the A-Side, backed by I Know (extended) on the reverse.
List aiming to list all major official and selected promotional releases from Blur's career in the UK. Selected releases from other regions are also included where known along with alternative versions, formats and brief details about the release.
Please let me know if you feel I've missed out a release that should be listed here and I'll try and find the time to add it in!