#883: ‘Beetlebum’ – Blur

In 1995, Blur emerged victorious in The Battle Of Britpop. Despite the retrospective sales reception of their record The Great Escape in comparison to their rivals Oasis and their record (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, Blur became the poster boys for indie-rock in England in the ’90s. However they were then tasked with the arduous challenge that is making a follow-up record.

Blur regrouped and recorded a self-titled record that was somewhat more raucous than previous efforts. While most of their fame internationally came from the album’s single ‘Song 2‘, it was the record’s opening track and lead single, ‘Beetlebum’, that stuck with me.

While many have called the track a tribute to The Beatles’ White Album, ‘Beetlebum’ is the story of drug addiction, specifically heroin. Like many tracks before it, the song manages to capture such a deep, dark meaning within a nicely polished facade that hides the true meaning. These bands are pretty bloody good at that.

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