My iPod #82: Blur – Beetlebum

Beetlebum. What you done. She’s a guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun. Now what you done. Beetlebum.

I can’t remember how I came to like this song. Blur have been around for a long time, so it’s pretty hard to pick out an exact time. It may just have been playing on MTV2, on one of the chart shows that the channel sometimes showed. I can remember being concerned about the censored Coca-Cola can, and the censored cigarette in Alex James’ hand, and then going online to see if there was an uncensored version. There isn’t one. It’s not censored for a particular reason, it’s just for effect.

It’s good listening to the song by itself, but with the video it just seems so much cooler. Damon… stares deep into your soul. Some weird kaleidoscope effects occur. He starts making out with the microphone later on, and for the last minute or so the camera starts flying around the surrounding area. It’s trippy, possibly a way of depicting the effects of drug taking. Which is what the song is about. You can see it on Wikipedia. It has references too, so it’s obviously true. Obviously.

The song is the opener from their self titled album released in 1997. It was also released as the first single, and reached number one for a week until it was knocked off the top spot by LL Cool J. That’s not too bad. Whatever LL Cool J’s song was, it’s probably better than anything in the chart today.

Until tomorrow.



Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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