Blur - "Under The Westway" (Live at Hyde Park)

“Under The Westway” came in at No. 5 on our list of Blur’s 10 Best Songs — lofty praise for a brand-new song from a band going on their 25th year — and in making that pick, I admitted I might be caught up in the moment: As I wrote, “Am I overrating ’Under The Westway’ here simply because it’s a new Blur song, and because it’s a decisively terrific song at that? What I’m asking is, am I just happy Blur are back (momentarily, anyway), and not just back, but back, and using this list to voice my happiness?” But listening to the song again today, for the first time in a minute, I’m comfortable with its placement on that list — it’s a legitimately great song, period; if anything, I find it more rousing and impressive now than I did when I first heard it. The version here comes from the band’s Hyde Park show, which closed the 2012 Olympic Games. Video of the entire show will be included on the forthcoming 5-CD/DVD Parklive deluxe edition, along with exclusive recordings of the 100 Club, BBC sessions, the live rooftop performance of “Under The Westway” and “The Puritan,” and a 60-page photo book — which is probably as close as I’m going to come to seeing Blur again, if they don’t include some US shows in their 2013 live dates. Check out the video below; it’s a beauty.

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  1. easily at the top of their game. Damon needs people to set up some parameters, otherwise we get dr. dees, graham needs someone pushing a pop sensibility so that we get some consistency, and everybody needs alex for the basslines, which, out of this world. dave… whatever, run for senate or whatever you do. not essential but he’s there.

    I can’t help but think about the Beatles. I know blur is not the beatles, but I find a lot of the time i see parallels. obviously these guys need to be together making music because their solo output (regardless of how rewarding they find it) pales in comparison to this single song. how rare is this situation? to return and make this kind of music after such an absence is rare and the fact that damon can’t get his shit together enough to continue this run is ridiculous. “Dr. dee” was a fucking piece of shit. “Captain england and the whatever monkey rocket ship” with special guest flea was BLEH BLEH BLEH city. You’ve had your fun damon, you produced some fucking killer music with gorillas and good bad and the queen and you can continue to do that but why in the fuck would you deprive yourself of creating this kind of excellence?

    you don’t always like who you work with – correction, most people don’t like the individuals they work with. that tension pushes the group forward, sets boundaries, and creates the competition necessary to make something like this. What’s really fucked up is that I don’t know if the beatles could have made something like this in the 70′s or 80′s that just dominates the majority of their catalogue. MAKE A GODDAMN ALBUM AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

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