no81bob top 20 2011: No 10 Parklife – Blur

1994’s Parklife was probably Blur’s peak. It certainly contains two of their best known singles – Parklife and Girls and Boys, and is a wonderfully quirky mix of brilliant songs and just sheer silliness. It captures a happy, particularly London view of the world in the mid 90s that with a few exceptions has lasted well.

Parklife has some of my favourite lyrics

“I get up when I want except on Wednesdays when I get rudely awakened by the dustmen (parklife)
I put my trousers on, have a cup of tea and I think about leaving the house (parklife)
I feed the pigeons I sometimes feed the sparrows too
it gives me a sense of enormous well being (parklife)
And then i’m happy for the rest of the day safe in the knowledge
there will always be a bit of my heart devoted to it (parklife)”

Probably the best juxtaposition of pigeons and sparrows in contemporary popular music.



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