Thursday, 1 November 2012

Music: Keep or Cull No.21: Blur - Parklife (1994)

For Christmas in 1994, my parents bought me two CDs: Oasis’s Definitely Maybe and Blur’s Parklife. These albums were pivotal in the development of the UK indie scene. I was a huge fan of both bands, and saw the whole media storm surrounding their rivalry as a bit contrived to say the least. A lot of it seemed to be more of a rivalry between the North and South that, as a Midlander, I could never really relate to. It reminded me of playground squabbles over whether Nintendo was better than Sega or Ultimate Warrior better than Hulk Hogan.

What I liked most about Parklife at the time was the fact that the inner sleeve included the guitar chords for many of the songs. I’d received a guitar for Christmas the previous year from my uncle, and there were very few ways back then of getting hold of guitar tab without spending a load of money on sheet music. A lot of the time I’d work stuff out by ear, or occasionally borrow tab books from Wolverhampton Central Library. One of the first songs I learnt to play from the album was End of a Century, a nice simple song that I used to impress a couple of girls I fancied at school during music lessons.

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