My iPod #237: Blur – Dan Abnormal

“Dan Abnormal” is a track from Blur’s fourth album “The Great Escape”.

I listened to the song way before actually listening to the rest of Blur’s discography. The band had performed in Hyde Park for the Summer 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, and decided to remaster all their albums for their 21st anniversary as a group. So I thought I would listen to “The Great Escape” out of all of them, even though it’s not Damon Albarn’s favourite nor is it the favourite of the majority of Blur fans.

Albarn once said that all the songs on the album are about him in one way or another. “Dan Abnormal” is probably the one that you could say is explicitly about him. Look at the title and then rearrange it. Does that mean it’s the centerpiece of the album? Naaaaaaaah.

Apart from obvious tracks (Country House, Charmless Man, The Universal, Stereotypes), Dan Abnormal was one that actually stayed in my head after listening to the album for the first time. Not really sure why. The chorus was quite memorable, a lot of “la-la-las” are involved and the overall melody wasn’t hard to forget.

It might not be very impressive for some, but I like it and that’s all that matters.


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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