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.