Modern Life Is Rubbish [Special Edition] (CD)


Blur

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Brad 11/18/2012

Blur had already released Leisure in 1991. This album featured "She's So High" & "There's No Other Way." I was already a fan of those songs but had not really taken the jump into full on Blur until Modern Life Is Rubbish was released in 1993. Blur is probably the most popular of the British bands on this list. They managed to put out six albums in the 90s and one last album in 2003. Modern Life is Rubbish quickly sold me on Blur. I also loved Parklife in 1994 and The Great Escape in 1995. Modern Life is Rubbish featured "For Tomorrow," "Chemical World," "Sunday Sunday," "Star Shaped" & "Miss America." This album was really their first britpop album. This was after all the inaugural year of britpop. Their first album fit more into the end of the madchester scene. The battle of Oasis Vs. Blur was just around the corner from this album. The debut Oasis album would come out the following year in 1994. The media quickly whipped up a sort of rivalry between Blur & Oasis. I was a fan of Blur first so I always sided with Blur. I did enjoy those first two Oasis albums. But I was always a bigger Blur fan. Blur was made up of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James & Dave Rowntree. Both Blur & Suede were probably the first bands of the 90s who I knew everything about. I know each band member independent from the other. Most of us had our favorite. Damon & Graham were the Dave Gahan & Martin Gore of the band. Or the Mick Jagger & Keith Richards. Graham was my favorite. I loved these guys. I loved how very British they were. And this is the album that started it all. I really do feel like Blur & Suede sort of took over my life in late 1993.

 

This album featured in Brad’s Best Albums of 1993 blog.


07/31/2012

2-CD. 2012 Special Edition.

Remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary producer, Stephen Street. The Modern Life Is Rubbish special edition finally unites the non-album single "Popscene" (which was recorded while tracks from the album were being demoed) with a Blur studio album.

Also included in the bonus disc are all the "Popscene," "For Tomorrow" and "Chemical World" b-sides (amongst which are nestled the visit to primrose hill extended version of '"For Tomorrow," a reworked version of "Chemical World" and a cover of the Rod Stewart classic "Maggie May." Completing the bonus disc are the b-sides to the "Sunday Sunday Popular Community Song" CD, (the official title of the main "Sunday Sunday" single release), the music-hall style covers of "Daisy Bell" and "Let's All Go Down the Strand."

The Modern Life Is Rubbish special edition is housed in a deluxe lift-off lid box with four exclusive Blur artwork postcards and an expanded booklet that includes previously unseen photos and liner notes based on a brand new interview with all the band members.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
For Tomorrow
Blur 04:18
2.
Advert
Blur 03:43
3.
Colin Zeal
Blur 03:14
4.
Pressure On Julian
Blur 03:30
5.
Star Shaped
Blur 03:25
6.
Blue jeans
Blur 03:53
7.
Chemical World
Blur 04:02
8.
Intermission
Blur 02:27
9.
Sunday Sunday
Blur 02:36
10.
Oily Water
Blur 04:59
11.
Miss America
Blur 05:34
12.
Villa Rosie
Blur 03:54
13.
Coping
Blur 03:23
14.
Turn it Up
Blur 03:21
15.
Resigned
Blur 03:21
16.
Commercial Break
Blur 00:56


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Popscene
Blur 03:15
2.
Mace
Blur 03:26
3.
Badgeman Brown
Blur 04:48
4.
I'm Fine
Blur 03:01
5.
Garden Central
Blur 05:58
6.
For Tomorrow (Visit to Primrose Hill Extended)
Blur 06:01
7.
Into Another
Blur 03:57
8.
Peach
Blur 03:57
9.
Bone Bag
Blur 04:03
10.
Hanging Over
Blur 04:30
11.
When the Cows Come Home
Blur 03:50
12.
Beachcoma
Blur 03:38
13.
Chemical World (Reworked)
Blur 03:44
14.
Es Schmecht
Blur 05:04
15.
Young and Lovely
Blur 05:04
16.
Maggie May
Blur 04:08
17.
My Ark
Blur 05:57
18.
Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Made For Two)
Blur 02:49
19.
Let's All Go Down The Strand
Blur 03:43

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