A trailer for the documentary, No Distance Left to Run, on Blur’s 2009 reunion is out. It’s all hugs and good times and nostalgia and looks like a lot of fun for aging Blur fans like me.
Trailer: Blur – No Distance Left To Run
I love me some Gorillaz. I’ve been a fan of Damon Albarn‘s music since the early 90s when Blur was still mistakenly associated with “shoegazing” and “madchester” by music rags when in fact they were creating something entirely different and uniquely British.
Blur crumbled (and are now slated to reform) and Albarn flew off in a variety of directions. The most commercially successful is the fictional cartoon pop band Gorillaz he formed and fronted with Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl. They’ve gone on to sell some 11 million albums and inspire pasty white English kids to grind they hips like krunked up Souljah Boys.
Now comes a documentary on the band and their following. According to the press release, “Bananaz is an un-sanitised, free-wheeling documentary film, taking down the virtual walls of Gorillaz in an intimate, honest and often hilarious account of the working relationship between Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and their extraordinary creative process.”
The film will debut online on April 20, prior to the film’s subsequent theatrical release. (Secret: You can also catch a special screening at the Soho Apple Store in New York TONIGHT, March 24, 2009 at 6:30 PM. Shhhhh!)
Dig the Trailer…
Gorillaz Documentary: Bananaz Trailer
The NME claims to have the first copy of Pete Doherty‘s as-yet-unnamed solo album and they’ve posted details of what’s inside. What does it sound like? “Well, like Gorillaz. And The Coral. And The La’s. And Blur. And Bob Dylan.” OK.
The album apparently features a lot of work from the recently reunited Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and veers from plaintive acoustic ballads and musings on what it is to be British, to “Gorrillaz-esque” dance and drone numbers. Production credit goes to Stephen Street and the album was recorded at London’s Olympic Studios, according to Spin.
The album is currently slated to drop on March 9 in the UK with no US release date yet scheduled.
Tracklisting after the jump…
I’ll be damned if The NME hasn’t done it again: Blur is reuniting.
According to Billboard, the band will reform for “an open air show in London’s Hyde Park next summer.” The show is booked for July 3 and will be promoted by Live Nation, so I would bet they’re getting phat cash for this gig.
According to the article, guitarist Graham Coxon is on board for the show. Coxon quit the band in 2002. There are rumors that the band could also headline next years Glastonbury festival, but there’s been no official word.
This marks the latest in a string of bands British music tabloid The New Musical Express has pushed for reunion only to see their prodding actually work. Recent successes include the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Verve, My Bloody Valentine and the Faces most notably.
I will once again submit a formal request for the NME to focus all efforts on reuniting The Libertines. Once that is complete, we can discuss the Stone Roses and the Smiths (for shows only, no new recordings).
Damon Albarn talks to The NME:
“It just felt it was right again,” declared Albarn of Blur’s return. “It somehow feels like there’s something for us to do again, we’re not completely useless or pointless, we’ve got a reason to exist.”
Rumors of a reunited Blur seem to be heating up again. Guitarist Graham Coxon left the band in 2002 and so far has refused to rejoin the band despite public requests from his former band members. The NME is reporting (second hand, now THIRD hand on GLONO!) that Blur bassist and Coxon have been in contact and that a reunion was possible. Keep in mind, the NME has claimed countless Stone Roses and Smiths reunions over the years, so…
BBC Timeline: Blur v Oasis after Britpop.
Remember the 90s? No? Well, put down that Modest Mouse CD, Sally, and I’ll tell you all about it. They were heady times. The economy was rocking, and so was the White House. While the market was going up, Monica was going down and we were all having a laugh while Republicans tried to dismantle democracy in America. Yes, we were all gleefully hoodwinked by the early volleys of a culture war that is just now taking its toll.