Today we are celebrating Blur’s Modern life Is Rubbish – you’ll find out why in mo – one of the most brilliant and influential albums of the 90s. Here’s ten reasons why you should give it a spin tonight (and every night).
1 It has the most amazing image on the cover
That’s The Mallard, the art deco-esque train, coughs, Class A4 Locomotive, that was the fastest in the world at the time
2 It really was the album that made started to make Britain, and especially London, an incredible place to be in the 90s.
The early days of Brit Pop were incredible. And this album’s success inevitably made it easier for Pulp, Oasis, Elastica and, err Menswe@r to break through.
3 The brilliant B sides
This beautiful song inexplicably didn’t make the cut and ended up as the B side to Chemical World.
4 Those group photos
Remember this was a time when no one was wearing British clobber. No one else dressed like this in the early 90s.
5 It is partly responsible for finishing Grunge’s popularity in the UK
Grunge by then was well past its sell by date. Nirvana was one thing, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden were another..
6 It kicked off the trend for those bonkers instrumentals that Blur are so good at
Intermission and Commercial Break were just the start
7 Without Modern Life there would be no Parklife
The fantastic reception the albums got was the catalyst for Blur to create Parklife, End Of A Century and especially this tune
8 It brought classic British songwriting back to the fore
This lot. But also The Jam, XTC, Teardrop Explodes, The Kinks, Bowie and this fella.
9 For Tomorrow’s video captures a moment in 1993 when to be young and living in London was like winning life’s lottery.
I am not sure if Damon intended it to be taken that way but it just exudes optimism.
10 It is 20 years old today
Now don’t you feel old