The Horrors

This instrumental was included as an extra track on the “Charmless Man” single (and on “Stereotypes” in some European countries). While most of those early 1996 b-sides offered a glimpse of Blur moving away from their previous output towards Blur territory, “The Horrors”, has more in common with Damon Albarn’s composition “Closet Romantic”, his contribution to the soundtrack of Trainspotting (which also included Blur’s “Sing”).

Maybe this is something Damon tossed off when he had 5 spare minutes while working on “Closet Romantic”. In fact, I cannot establish whether there are any Coxons, James’s or Rowntrees on “The Horrors”. There’s keyboards, wordless vocals, and quite a bit of accidental noise (it sounds like something falls over at one point). And that’s about it. Sweet, but if the current rules for singles were valid back then (ie. a maximum of 2 b-sides) this would probably never have seen the light of day.

Published in: on June 13, 2007 at 12:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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