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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:44 am

Colchester's finest, formed in the late 1980s as Seymour, but happily renamed for their 1991 debut LP Leisure. They went on to score a couple of #1 singles (and a few albums) before disbanding in 2003. They reformed first to produce a track for the 2012 Olympiad, and then managed to knock out a whole brand new LP during a short few days together. They have a great back catalogue, and I think I might have all their albums. Here's a handful of their works:

There's No Other Way

Girls and Boys

Beetlebum

Tender

Out Of Time

Twisted Evil
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:24 am

Blur: The Singles Night
A one-off gig from 1999, purportedly playing all their singles in order, though they skipped rather a lot of them actually. Mind, they did have Phil Daniels on hand for Parklife, which was a neat touch.

Blur - Parklive
From Hyde Park in 2012, a concert for the end of the Olympic Games, and featuring a wide choice of hits, as well as newie 'Under the Westway'. They managed to get Phil Daniels on hand for 'Parklife', and Harry Enfield pratted about in drag during the same number. A good show, Alex James' laconic style contrasts with his hyper colleagues.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:32 am

Discovering: Blur
The usual story, from their early striving for a sound and direction, through the Britpop war, to the evolution of their sound, and eventual decline.

Blur at Glastonbury 2009
From Sunday on the Pyramid Stage, a breezy run-through the predictable, from 'Girls and Boys', to 'The Universal'. One surprise was 'Advert', from MLIR. Phil Daniels was present and correct for 'Parklife', too. They seem to have endured after all.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:10 am

Blur: New World Towers
The story of The Magic Whip album, how their reformation for the 2012 London Olympics led to a world tour, which led them to Hong Kong, where they were stuck between gigs for 5 days and decided to work on new material. Cut to 18 months later, where Alex wonders ruefully whether it was all for nothing, when Graham decides to take the lead in knocking the material into shape, with producer Stephen Street. Since Graham was the one to leave first originally, this was viewed as a welcome surprise, and Damon was delighted to have to come up with lyrics, many of which came from their HK hiatus, and also his feelings about the band. This is all spliced with performance from a gig at Hyde Park, and Damon talking about the emotional experience of gigging. Will there be another album? Does there need to be? Time will etc
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:50 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Blur
Melvyn checked in on Colchester's finest back in 1999, and all 4 members had some useful stuff to say, most obviously Damon. Damon met Graham, at the school where he failed A Level Music. Graham met Dave through drinking in local pubs. Alex met Graham at College. And so on. There was discussion of Britpop and the notorious Blur v Oasis debate which Damon clearly regretted being part of. Given what lay in their future (Graham leaving, for one), this was a well-timed show, and a nice repeat.
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Post  misery guts on Sat May 13, 2017 1:26 am

Drummer Dave Rowntree took part in last week's local council elections, and was elected for the University ward of Norfolk County Council Exclamation
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