Welcome to Dissected, where we disassemble a band’s catalog, a director’s filmography, or some other critical pop-culture collection in the abstract. It’s exact science by way of a few beers. This time, we sort through the best and worst of Damon Albarn’s Britpop legends.
Blur vs. Oasis. That whole fiasco was patently ridiculous, and kind of exciting when you think about it. Pop music turned into a twisted competition: Blur’s Damon Albarn and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher spitting nasty comments back-and-forth through the media, pitting their respective singles against each other in gladiator-esque chart battles. You can’t talk about ‘90s music without discussing the Britpop craze, and Blur defined it.
On July 30th, the band will release Blur 21—an all-encompassing box set that includes every studio album, and plenty of B-sides, unreleased tracks, and other goodies. The release commemorates the 21st anniversary of Blur’s debut album, Leisure. From the Ã¼ber-catchy “Girls & Boys” to the ache of “Tender”, Blur’s discography holds up well in 2012. The hooks haven’t dulled through the years, Coxon’s guitar acrobatics remain impressive, and Albarn’s witticisms still resonate with the same power today as they did one or two decades ago. With the box set available and the band’s 2009 reunion (and new single) fresh in our minds, a “Dissected” only makes sense.