Released 5th October
Kate St. John (oboe, cor anglais, soprano saxophone); Stephen Street
(keyboards, drumbox, percussion); The Duke String Quartet, The Kick
Produced by - Steve Lovell, Blur, John Smith and Stephen Street.
The history of BLUR
can be traced back to circa 1980, when Damon Albarn (b.1968) and Graham
Coxon (b.1969) met as schoolboys at Stanway Comprehensive School in
Colchester, Essex. They sang together in the choir. Both were drawn
Graham, who had been born on an airbase in Germany, was the son of a bandsman and he had gravitated to Colchester in 1977. Graham was encouraged at Stanway to learn the saxophone, an instrument which some 15 years later he would play for the first time as a member of BLUR on "Jubilee" (on "Parklife"). Aged 12, Graham also began to play the guitar.
These four men formed a bizarre, Brechtian art-punk band called Seymour. Damon on vocals (and occasional keyboards), Graham on guitar, Alex on bass, and Dave on drums. After laying a dozen or so shows in and around London, they re-named the band BLUR in 1989. BLUR signed to Food Records in late 1989. The first release from BLUR was the single "She's So High," in 1990. The story really began to gather speed with the next single, "There's No Other Way," a sizable hit in Britain in the Spring of 1991. The song saw BLUR working for the first time with the legendary producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, The Cranberries). Street has produced the bulk of BLUR's music ever since, including all but one track on "Parklife" and every song on "The Great Escape" and "Blur."