One of the most successful and enduring bands the UK has ever produced Blur need no introduction, their 20 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK No 1 albums speak for themselves.
21 years on from their debut album Leisure, Blur have now come of age and to celebrate this milestone the Blur 21 campaign will present all seven of their studio albums expanded - and the first five remastered - for the first time on 2CD and LP, together with a 21 disc super deluxe box set charting the history of one the UK's most important bands. Personally compiled by the band, these editions and boxed sets are due for release by Parlophone on July 31, 2012.
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut release, Blur's classic follow-up album Modern Life Is Rubbish has now been remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary original producer, Stephen Street.
Expanded across two discs, the LP format of the Modern Life Is Rubbish remaster is cut on heavyweight 180 gram, audiophile vinyl and housed in a replica of the original sleeve artwork.
Blur's second album saw them finding their feet just before they suddenly went supernova. In songs like "Chemical World", they started developing the themes of everyday British life that would follow them to their Parklife
era. "Sunday Sunday" provided its own blueprint for the Britpop scene, showing the traditional Sunday dinner with the family for what it really is ("You gather the family round the table and eat enough to sleep"), while "Advert" follows in the spirit of Blur's musical ancestors (art school punks and mods). "Blue Jeans", meanwhile, demonstrates that Damon Albarn has always had a talent for writing delicate, sad ballads. Modern Life Is Rubbish
deserves to be heard, not only to show how much Blur changed over the years, but because it still stands up and holds its own against anything they came up with later in their career. --Emma Johnston