For me this is a real grower, and the sort of Blur I prefer.
Under The Westway is not the ‘knees-up guvnor’ of Park Life – or the Lo-fi grunge of Song 2 – but something in the tradition of thoughtful, subtle anthems like The Universal, Tender and For Tomorrow. This song means a lot to me, as I walked under the Westway to school everyday and then worked for nearly 25 years at a building off the A40. This live video, shot on a roof north of the A40 and broadcast live on the web is lovely. You can just see the white BBC Media Centre building on the other side of the Westway, but my school was over the drummers left shoulder. It’s demolished now.
It’s not a song that grabs you by the shoulders and shouts ‘like me’ but I think it’s near perfect.
But it’s not my number one. For that stay tuned…..