I wrote an essay about Blur for a uni assessment once. This is the extent to which I would try to draw a line between my personal interests and academia. I vaguely remember the essay being about pop culture’s relationship with cultural background, ie, Blur sound the way they do because they’re from Colchester, Essex. If they came from somewhere else, they wouldn’t have made the music they did.
Parklife as a record and a song perfectly encapsulates both their past, and the present they were living in. A scathing attack on Americana, a proud reposession of all things British to the point where Quadrophenia’s Phil Daniels was brought in on vocals, it mocks suburban life but in a way that says, ‘I can make fun of this because this is who I am’.