Sunday, November 27, 2016

Blur - Parklife II -1994

Absolutely cheated.  That's how I felt.  I was a junior in college, struggling to keep up with my studies while working 35 hours a week to make rent and pay for school.  I sacrificed 12 bucks to get a new album that I knew I couldn't afford.  I purchased Parklife, and put it in my CD player when I got back to my apartment.  Boys & Girls blared out of my speakers, and I sat in abject horror, not knowing what had happened to the Blur I knew only from their Leisure album.  This was not There's No Other Way.  This was annoying and twangy and it really pissed me off that the one album I chose to purchase, out of everything else I could have spent my money on, had been this one.  I listened to it twice, and finally sold it back to the used CD store for something else.

Then, Great Escape came out...  Wow.  Then their self-titled... Even better.  Then 13.  FINE!  I get it!  They're fucking awesome, alright?! 

I eventually went back, years later, and repurchased the album to become more acquainted with it.  Honestly, it is a great album, with a lot of great material.  Some of my favorites include This Is a Low, Parklife, End of A Century, and a couple others.  And, their PSB remix of Girls & Boys is spectacular.

My ONLY qualm with these guys is their song Red Necks.  I feel that it is very prejudice and stereo-typical, and condescending.  In today's PC environment, I would say it is borderline on bullying of sorts.  I'm sure they wouldn't want me to sing a song about Brits with ugly teeth, or homosexuals or anything like that.  I am always told and I have always felt that I should accept everyone, regardless of race, religion, orientation, etc.  It's just that society has seemed to find it acceptable to make fun of Christian, white, American males, and then chastising us if we say anything about it.  I find it disgusting. 

Regardless, the track is on this "Disc Two".  I weeded out the redundant demos and radio sessions, as they are unnecessary overall.  Also, no live tracks.  My front cover looks alright, but I hate how the back cover turned out.  Half tempted to scan the original back cover, take out the album tracks and put the new tracks in their place. 

Hope you all like....

 a little note for future reference...
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  1. Tisk Tisk, those limey Brits. There must be more to life than stereotypes. I don't think anyone is safe with Blur so I would no take it to heart too much, but yeah, I think Blur was really frustrated at America and their difficulty in breaking into that market, writing songs like that did not help. There is often an undercurrent of condescension in their songs, being not quite as clever as Monty Python, their satire, if you will, has been an ongoing criticism of the band. They also poke at Japanese and fellow Brits as well as their own label boss who had a mental breakdown, (Country House). Jerks? I think the album proper was patchy at best and was more of a transitional album than an outstanding work in itself.

  2. They wrote "Red Necks" because they were treated like crap when they toured the US in 1992. They nearly broke up, but owed the record label too much money, so they soldiered o,n drunk nearly 24/7 and feeling shat upon by America. I don't think "Red Necks" is anything more than a funny pisstake. There's a reason it's a really lofi b-side that they hardly even put a dollop of effort into. Don't get your panties in a bunch. ;)

  3. You were right first time, it isn't the best album in the world. Mind you, I speak from painful experience, four of us in the car going from Essex to Cornwall (300 miiles IIRC), this got played again and again. And AGAIN. It nearly went out the window. Phil bloody Daniels. Quadrophenia? Yay! This - bugger off...

  4. Wow. How anyone can see PARKLIFE as anything other than a perfectly-realised slice of Brit-brilliance is truly beyond me. Tracks like "Badhead", "Tracey Jacks", "To The End" my god man, this is genuis-level music. "This Is A Low" remains one of my all-time favourite album-closers ever.
    I never need hear "Girls And Boys" again (overplay!), but overall I would rank this one well above the disappointing THE GREAT ESCAPE and the well-overrated self-titled LP.
    Also, it needs to be said - "Peter Panic" is just lovely, the best little song that XTC never wrote.