Song of the Day: Blur – “Beetlebum”



Happy birthday wishes go out to Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, who turns 50 years old today. Maybe this isn’t the most pleasant birthday song, but it’s a timely choice considering Noel Gallagher recently revealed this to be his favorite Blur song. “When I heard it for the first time I did think, ‘Shit, I wish I’d written that,’” Gallagher recently told Q Magazine, per NME. Released in 1997, the song is a dark tale about heroin use, in particular some of the experiences Albarn and ex-girlfriend and Elastica frontwoman Justine Frischman had with the drug when they were together. “That whole period of a lot of people’s lives was fairly muddied by heroin. It’s in that place. A lot of stuff was at that time,”
Albarn told NME in 2015. Things have changed a lot since those days — case in point, Gallagher seems to be interested in Albarn appearing on his album, a union that at one point might have seemed unthinkable between the two former rivals.

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