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Modern Life Is Rubbish

Modern Life Is Rubbish

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As a response to the dominance of grunge in the U.K. and their own decreasing profile in their homeland -- and also as a response to Suede's sudden popularity -- Blur reinvented themselves with their second album, Modern Life Is Rubbish, abandoning the shoegazing and baggy influences that dominated Leisure for traditional pop. On the surface, Modern Life may appear to be an homage to the Kinks, David Bowie, the Beatles, and Syd Barrett, yet it isn't a restatement, it's a revitalization. Blur use British guitar pop from the Beatles to My Bloody Valentine as a foundation, spinning off tales of contemporary despair. If Damon Albarn weren't such a clever songwriter, both lyrically and melodically, Modern Life could have sunk under its own pretensions, and the latter half does drag slightly. However, the record teems with life, since Blur refuse to treat their classicist songs as museum pieces. Graham Coxon's guitar tears each song open, either with unpredictable melodic lines or layers of translucent, hypnotic effects, and his work creates great tension with Alex James' kinetic bass. And that provides Albarn a vibrant background for his social satires and cutting commentary. But the reason Modern Life Is Rubbish is such a dynamic record and ushered in a new era of British pop is that nearly every song is carefully constructed and boasts a killer melody, from the stately "For Tomorrow" and the punky "Advert" to the vaudeville stomp of "Sunday Sunday" and the neo-psychedelic "Chemical World." Even with its flaws, it's a record of considerable vision and excitement. [Most American versions of Modern Life Is Rubbish substitute the demo version of "Chemical World" for the studio version on the British edition. They also add the superb single "Pop Scene" before the final song, "Resigned."]

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Release Date: 11/16/1993
Label: Wb / Parlophone
UPC: 0077778944225
catalogNumber: 894426
Rank: 90504


  1. For Tomorrow
  2. Advert
  3. Colin Zeal
  4. Pressure on Julian
  5. Star Shaped
  6. Blue Jeans
  7. Chemical World
  8. Intermission
  9. Sunday Sunday
  10. Oily Water
  11. Miss America
  12. Villa Rosie
  13. Coping
  14. Turn It Up
  15. Pop Scene
  16. Resigned
  17. Commercial Break
  18. [Silence]
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  42. [Untitled Hidden Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blur   Primary Artist
Alex Laipeneiks   Bass Guitar
Damon Albarn   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Melodica,Bells
Simon Clarke   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Graham Coxon   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Dave   Drums,Timpani,Loops
Louise Fuller   Violin
Graham   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Alex James   Bass Guitar
Helen Kamminga   Viola
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Ivan McCready   Cello
Dave Rowntree   Drums,Timpani
Tim Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Paul Spong   Cornet
Kate St. John   Oboe,Soprano Saxophone
Stephen   Drums,Alto Clarinet
Stephen Street   Percussion,Bells
John Metcalfe   Viola
Rick Koster   Violin

Technical Credits

Blur   Producer
Kick Horns   Contributor
Steve Lovell   Producer
Stephen Street   Producer
Duke Quartet   Contributor
John Smith   Producer,Engineer
Jason   Sound Effects

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