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It sure is nice to be propelled back to the ‘Coffee And TV’ days when Blur really were at the very forefront of the British music scene. Times may have changed, but Blur are still going strong and new album ‘The Magic Whip’ is testament to both their longevity and relevance.
 
We reference ‘Coffee And TV’ as we are reminded of the song over-and-over again through Blur’s new video for ’Ong Ong’. Firstly, the sonics are not dissimilar (albeit fifteen years on) and the ‘video game boss’ costumes the band wear at the start and finish (and subsequently animated in between) are extremely reminiscent of the classic ‘milk carton' star character from arguably their biggest hit to date.
 
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All in all, ‘The Magic Whip’ is one of those fantastic LPs that really does make sense for Blur and their current place in time. A band who it seems have forever been in limbo, ‘The Magic Whip’ represents Blur at their most freest; grown up, mature, civilised, expressive, how else can we put it? Friends-again? Yeah, that works…
 
‘Ong Ong’ is yet another premium example of what the band are all about these days. They have no obligation to do anything for anyone, they co-exist simply because they want to make songs with one another, every once in a while when it feels right. Now, correct me if we’re wrong, but, that right there is a beautiful place to be. 
 
And to top it all off they aren’t scared to dress up in RIDICULOUS cartoon / manga suits (Damon Albarn in the ice cream suit no less) and have some fun. And this is something they should be applauded for… 
 
The Magic Whip is out now. Click here to learn more.
Posted 3rd June by Thom
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