Bang

As in “to start with a…”. Yes, very clever for the first post ūüėČ

For the past fifteen years this song has been known as the shit third single, and although it’s hardly “This Is A Low”, that judgement is a bit unfair. Some of Alex’ more inventive bass-playing can be heard on this, and, not unimportant for a pop song, it’s catchy as hell; one listen will guarantee a lifetime of¬†fun¬†randomly singing¬†the¬†lines “I don’t need anyone, but a little love would make things better”.

Before it was released as a single Damon too was full of good things to say about “There’s No Other Way”‘s follow-up as a single: “Bang” is “noisier, there’s a lot more in it … I’m happier with it as a record”, though this may be attributed to the long-standing tradition that a musician’s latest song is always his best to date, even if it isn’t. To paraphrase David Bowie: lying is part and parcel of what an artist does.

There are several objects and concepts the “SDT” from the first line can¬†be an abreviation¬†for, from “Signal Detection Theory”¬†to “Special and Differential Treatment”, or maybe¬†“Small Design Toilet”. The latter certainly makes the most sense, since it’s quite difficult to imagine anyone sitting in the former two options. It certainly puts a whole new perspective on the titular “Bang”.

The single made it to #24 in the UK charts, which was a considerable failure after “There’s No Other Way” making it into the Top 10, and it wasn’t included on the band’s 2000¬†Best Of Blur compilation.

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Published in: on May 31, 2007 at 12:56 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I wondered for years what this meant. I knew the song mentions the underground, so looked for something to do with trains – in the early days (1999) I used a pre-google site that suggested “self discharging train”. This didn’t sound correct but it was the best I could find.

    Anyway, one day I got to speak to Graham himself (always a pleasure!) and asked him, typical fanboy that I am. He said “Sensory Deprivation Tank”. Sounds right to me!

    So a big thank you to Mr Coxon for solving a minor mystery! It’s still not common knowledge though…

  2. Ooooh cool, thanks for filling me in on that one!!!


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