Blur Top 30. Number 20 – There are too many of us

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If writing this top 30 list wasn’t difficult enough Blur just go ahead and make another fantastic album.  Thanks Damon you’ve just caused me a massive head ache.  It’s been a year since I last added to this list and I never really expected another album to come out. This list may need to be tweaked a little bit but I’m sure I can make space to put some of the new tracks into it. Talking about new tracks number 20 is ‘There are too many of us’ from the new album ‘The magic whip’ released in 2015.

This track is a little dark and gloomy compared to the rest of the album.  The song starts off with some pretty nice violins and it stays there for a while until the main chords come in.  The instrumentals in this song are good and personally I find this as one of the most recognisable and most interesting sounds on the album.  It’s a mix of the old blur with a bit of Gorillaz especially half way though where we get the guitars mixing with the electric keyboard.

Damon seems to be talking about overpopulation and the whole idea that we all want immortality.  He revelled in an interview that the inspiration behind the song came from a trip in Australia:  “Probably the initial idea came from being in a very claustrophobic city,” he says, “but I actually finished the lyric after having come back from Australia. I was there the day they had the hostage situation in the chocolate shop, which was an extraordinary thing to witness. I was staying in a hotel where I could literally see what was going on outside and watch it on television. I’ve never been in that position before, and as a songwriter that was a very interesting standpoint to have. To be seeing something on TV, and then out the window it’s happening. Seeing the reality of what was happening and how it was being distorted through the prism of [the camera] was kind of fascinating.”

The hostage situation Albarn refers to is that of December 2014 when a lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, held 10 customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café hostage in Sydney.

I adore this song and the story behind it gives it a lot more meaning and thought.  It’s one of the best tracks off the album and it’s refreshing when a song comes along that you can but some thought towards it.  Despite not living through the whole ‘Britpop’ scene I am hugely thankful that Blur are still producing fantastic music 20 years on.

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