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Blur – Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993)

April 3, 2012

[Album 34/1001]

It’s tough not to think of the Toronto Blue Jays when reminiscing about 1993.   The Blue Jays in ’93 had arguably the best 1-2-3 batting order in recent memory; Rickey Henderson, Devon White, and McCain ‘Catch the Taste’ spokesperson Roberto Alomar. 

Blur had a knack for putting great songs early on their records, including opening Blur with Beetlebum, Country House as the second track on The Great Escape, and Coffee & TV wrapping up the first 3 tunes on 13.

The opening 3 tracks on Modern Life is Rubbish could be the best 1-2-3 punch to start a Blur record.  U2’s The Joshua Tree may be difficult to unseat as the strongest ever 1-2-3 album-opening sequence, but For Tomorrow, Advert, and Colin Zeal are all gems nonetheless.   I’m even willing to overlook the annoying sirens in Advert.

I was excited to see this record on the 1001 albums list as I wasn’t very familiar with it.  It felt a bit like seeing the Seinfeld episode ‘The Gum’ for the first time, years after the show had ended – I can’t believe I missed this one!

Adding Modern Life is Rubbish to an impressive resume, Stephen Street shows why he’s one of the better producers of the last 30 years.  In the CD Booklet, along with the lyrics, Blur also generously included guitar chords to each of the songs.  Nice touch.

As a package, it’s maybe not as good as Parklife, though perhaps that’s like saying the 1992 Blue Jays weren’t as good as the 1993 Blue Jays.  In both cases, they’re really only competing with themselves and the fans were certainly pleased with the results.

From → 1990s

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