Has it really already been 20 years of blur. Absolutely gutted I will miss them this summer. The compilation of moments and comments from the Guardian is a great trip down memory lane for Blurophiles. I remember (like it was yesterday!) buying the CD Single at Tower Records because I heard “There’s No Other Way” on the radio in 1991 (99.1 WHFS). “I’m All Over” became my favorite, far eclipsing “There’s No Other Way.” I bought Leisure a few days later and have been hooked ever since. I also remember absolutely hating Modern Life is Rubbish when it came out, but coming to love it after a few weeks and now it is probably my second favorite blur record.
Flash forward a few years, I was in college and Parklife was out and blur were playing in Atlanta to promote it in the US. I had asked the label to be put on the guest list (naively I believed in guest lists). Got to the gig and discovered I was not on the list. Bought a scalped ticket. Show was absolutely amazing. Later we hit the after-party and blur actually showed up. Damon was rather friendly but shy. I was completely starstruck and blabbering, I’m sure. Graham was slightly more approachable and we ended up discussing guitar parts from Modern Life is Rubbish. It was completely surreal. Even better, when I got back to school I faxed a letter to the label complaining about driving 4 hours to find out I wasn’t on the list and for whatever reason they took pity on me and sent a giant care package of Blur schwag. CDs, Posters, shirt, etc. It was amazing.