Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Retro Video of the Week: "Song 2" by Blur

This Friday marks the 20th anniversary of Blur's release of its self-titled fifth studio album.  In the five years prior, Blur had been kind of the co-leaders of the Britpop genre, along with Oasis, but after Oasis's huge 1995 album (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, Blur was kind of left in Oasis's dust.  Guitarist Graham Coxon made a point to listen to guitar-laden American alternative rock, and along with his bandmates, decided to move their music away from Britpop and towards that lo-fi alternative rock sound.

Of course, the Blur song that most people recognize -- even if they don't know who sings it or the name of the song -- is "Song 2," which is, quite appropriately, the second track on the Blur album.  "Song 2" is two minutes of energy, kicking off with that solo drum beat intro, followed by Coxon's unmistakable jangly guitar riff, right before lead singer Damon Albarn screams "woo hooo!" and the whole band thrashes -- before chilling out for the verses, and then thrashing again for the choruses. And then, before you know, it's over. But as short as it is, it has made an impression. Not only did the song hit #2 in the UK and #6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US, but it has been featured in movies, video games, and TV shows, as well as at sports stadiums across the world. Woo hooo.

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