Red Necks

Having scraped the barrel for b-sides with the last single, “Parklife”, Blur decided release the barrel itself and the ground beneath it as bonus tracks with follow-up “End Of A Century”.

Difficult to imagine Radiohead doing this. Recorded by three completely wankered bandmembers while Dave was taking his cat to the vet, “Red Necks” is a short Country & Western song, with Graham (who wrote it) doing his best Johnny Cash impression, Alex talking a load of nonsense and Damon playing what sounds like one of those only-one-finger-needed riffs on a really cheap keyboard. And yet it’s quite funny, mainly thanks to the interaction between Alex and Graham. “That’s in the east wood, you gotta go to the wood and go east, it’s in the east wood”, Alex says apropos of nothing, which Graham immediately counters with a well-meaning, “Go west brother”.

There’s a great musical joke too: on a guitar a crescendo that can only signal the end is played, and indeed it’s the last thing played on guitar, but there’s no stopping that damn keyboard.

A version that lasts more than 30 minutes is rumoured to exist. 

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Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 11:43 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. i thought Graham who said this part “That’s in the east wood, you gotta go to the wood and go east, it’s in the east wood”, and Alex counter “Go west brother”..

    it’s quite a funny song though, lol.


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