Strictly speaking “Fried” is by Blur, so I don’t have to start this little blurb by saying how hard it is to believe this is the same band that would a year later release the dreamy “She’s So High”, but since it was written, performed and recorded by Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree I’ll include it anyway. In fact, this shambolic punky mess was recorded when the fabbest four were still called Seymour, and unreleased until 1993 when it was a b-side for “Sunday Sunday”, along with five other Seymour demo’s. Interestingly, some of its lyrics were reworked for “I Know” which can be found on the US version of Leisure and the “She’s So High” single.

The band must have particular fondness for this however, as it was the only Seymour song they played at their 1999 “B-sides Gig”. Furthermore, it makes an appearance on the Japanese only The Special Collectors Edition. And why not? Unspeakably chaotic and without any trace of discipline or restraint,  “Fried” is a joy to hear.

Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

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