Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Inspired by The Beatles

"Beetlebum," the opener on Blur's self-titled fifth album. I won't lay out any sort of detailed comparison between this '90s classic and the various Fab songs that it might call to mind. I tried to, actually, and it proved a surprising struggle. Surprising because "Beetlebum" contains clear artistic nods to The Beatles, most notably in the chorus. In fact, all you need to hear is Damon Albarn's bracing chorus-intro ("And when she lets me slip away") and the connection rushes into focus. It's a supremely Lennon-esque vocal (think "Don't Let Me Down"). And overall, the song stands as one of Blur's finest.

Official video:

From a show the reunited Blur recently put on:

(If either of the embeddings is disabled, go here and here, respectively.

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