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Parklife
Parklife cover
Studio album by Blur
Released April 25, 1994
Recorded October 1993-January 1994
Genre Britpop
Length 52:39
Label Food
Producer(s) Stephen Street
Professional reviews
Blur chronology
Modern Life Is Rubbish
(1993)
Parklife
(1994)
The Great Escape
(1995)

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Blur's sketches of British life among ordinary men and women prompted many reviewers to compare the band to The Kinks. The songs themselves span many genres, such as the Pet Shop Boys-esque hit single "Girls And Boys", the jazzy interlude of "The Debt Collector", the Oi! punk of "Bank Holiday", and the hard rocking "Trouble In The Message Centre". At the time of its release it acquired full-on cultural phenomenon status in Britain, particularly in the context of the young middle classes' adoption of Estuary English (several newspaper articles about this tendency appeared during the singles chart run of the album's title track). The Kinks were an English rock group, formed in the mid-1960s by Ray Davies and his brother Dave Davies. ... The capitalization of song titles in this article may be disputed. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... Oi! is a sub-genre of punk rock originating in the United Kingdom that sought to align punk with a working-class street-level following. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Estuary English is a name given to the form of English widely spoken in South East England, especially along the river Thames and its estuary. ...


Although the album failed to chart in the US, "Girls & Boys" became a hit there, while Parklife became Blur's first UK #1 album, entering in the pole position upon its release, and staying there for one week.


The four singles from the album were "Girls & Boys", "End of a Century", "Parklife" and "To the End". Girls & Boys (or Girls and Boys) is a song by British rock band Blur and is the lead track on their third album, Parklife. ... End of a Century is a song by Blur. ... Parklife is a song by Blur. ... To the End is a song by British rock band Blur and is featured on their third album, Parklife. ...


Although it was not a single, Blur played "Jubilee" live on Top Of The Pops in 1995. Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


In 1998 Q magazine readers voted Parklife the 20th greatest album of all time. In 2000 the same magazine placed it at a staggering number 22 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. Q magazine is a music and entertainment magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ...


Damon Albarn's multi-narrative, first person lyrics were apparently partially inspired by the Martin Amis novel London Fields,which he read during the Modern Life is Rubbish phase.


Track listing

All tracks written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, and Dave Rowntree. Albarn performing at a Blur concert. ... Graham Coxon singing in the video to Blurs Tender Graham Coxon (born Graham Leslie Coxon on 12 March 1969, in Rinteln, West Germany) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the former guitarist in the rock band Blur. ... Alex James (born Steven Alexander James, 21 November 1968, in Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, England) is the bass player in the band Blur, and one of the members of Fat Les. ... Dave Rowntree (born David Rowntree on 8 May 1964, in Colchester, Essex, England) is best known as the drummer in the band Blur. ...

  1. "Girls & Boys" – 4:51
  2. "Tracy Jacks" – 4:20
  3. "End of a Century" – 2:45
  4. "Parklife" – 3:05
  5. "Bank Holiday" – 1:42
  6. "Badhead" – 3:25
  7. "The Debt Collector" – 2:10
  8. "Far Out" – 1:41
  9. "To the End" – 4:05
  10. "London Loves" – 4:15
  11. "Trouble in the Message Centre" – 4:09
  12. "Clover over Dover" – 3:22
  13. "Magic America" – 3:38
  14. "Jubilee" – 2:47
  15. "This Is a Low" – 5:07
  16. "Lot 105" – 1:17

Girls & Boys (or Girls and Boys) is a song by British rock band Blur and is the lead track on their third album, Parklife. ... End of a Century is a song by Blur. ... Parklife is a song by Blur. ... To the End is a song by British rock band Blur and is featured on their third album, Parklife. ...

Personnel

Blur
Damon Albarn | Alex James | Dave Rowntree
Graham Coxon
Blur discography
Albums: Leisure | Modern Life Is Rubbish | Parklife | The Great Escape | Blur | 13 | Think Tank
Compilations: The Special Collectors Edition | Live at the Budokan | The 10 Year Limited Edition Anniversary Box Set | Bustin' + Dronin' | Blur: The Best of
Singles: See Blur Singles
Related articles
The Ailerons | Britpop | Fat Les | Food Records | The Good, the Bad and the Queen | Gorillaz | Stephen Street | Simon Tong | WigWam | Honest Jon's
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