Lot 105

Lovingly described by Graham as comparable to “Barbara Windsor coming around to take you up the arse”, “Lot 105” was considered better suited to close Parklife than the gorgeous but heavy “This Is A Low”. Most people I know would probably rather spend time sick in bed, crying for England and listening to the shipping forecasts than being on the receiving end of Peggy Mitchell’s sexual fury, but Blur were always different. The title refers to the song’s organ’s lot at an auction. Quite what happens “eighteen times a week” remains unclear, but you can be assured it, as all things Blur-related, occurs at a lower frequency these days. If at all.

Published in: on August 22, 2008 at 11:30 am  Comments (1)  

Bone Bag

Sometimes misheard lyrics stick so long and rigidly that the mishearer ends up preferring their version than what’s officially being sung. When I first heard “Bone Bag” I thought Damon was singing about his cat called Shaking Bone Bag. At once I found this adorable, while I did worry about the poor kitty’s health a little. On subsequent listens I realised that Damon ain’t no Pete Doherty (even though The Libertines hadn’t formed yet at the time and Pete was still queuing outside HMV for Oasis releases and impressing MTV reporters), and he must have been singing something else. I’ve googled the words several times, but no website has given me a convincing alternative yet.

“Bone Bag” was recorded around the same time as “Oily Water” and “Resigned”, and shares those songs’ hazy production and introspective themes, while adding some Indian flavours in the percussion. Apparently Dave programmed those, went to the pub and returned to the studio to find the finished song. It remained unreleased until April 1993 when the band put it out there along with several other high quality b-sides to go with “For Tomorrow”. It fell off the radar almost immediately but resurfaced in September 1999 when it was played twice.

Published in: on August 21, 2008 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Morricone

If this turns out to be Blur’s last ever b-side they’ve at least finished in style on that particular front. Co-written with Graham Coxon, it’s the sound of Blur evolving into something completely different, as opposed to Damon doing whatever he wants like much of Think Tank (a great album, but not a band album). It, along with “Battery In Your Leg” and “The Outsider”, makes you wonder how the album could’ve turned out had the band remained a foursome. “Morricone” does that even more than those two songs perhaps, because it combines Damon’s interests in African music with Graham’s trademark exceptional fretwork. The slightly mocking backing vocals are the cherry in the meantime. What any of this has to do with Ennio Morricone, after whom I presume the song’s been called, is a mystery, but it makes a change from calling it “Song 2”, “Good Song”, “Sweet Song” or “A Song”.

Published in: on August 20, 2008 at 9:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Repetition

Alex doesn’t like this one, but this track off Leisure deserves at least some recognition for preceding the current cowbell fashion, popularised by one Timbaland on the likes of Justin Timberlakes “SexyBack”, by some fifteen years. Maybe even more, as “Repetition” was already in the band’s sets during the Seymour days. Not much else is too notable about the song, or it should be the contrast between the light verses with some interesting guitar work and the slightly plodding chorus, which Billy Corgan may or may not have nicked from for the Smashing Pumpkins song “Try, Try, Try”. Presumably not, but the guy was so short on good ideas around the turn of the century he could have been desperate. Come to think of it, I think I have heard this song’s opening guitar notes in an earlier Pumpkins song too.

Published in: on August 15, 2008 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment