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Film & Music | It’s All A Blur

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Poster for documentary on Blur, "No Distance Left To Run"

From one band documentary to another – this time it’s Blur.

No Distance Left To Run: A Film About Blur premiered in the UK this week. Reviews so far are positive, praising a well-shot and intimate account of the band’s rise to the heights of British pop.

The documentary is directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, whose combined résumé includes this music video for Franz Ferdinand. The pair’s work in the music industry obviously gives them great access to the four band members – Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree.

I confess, yes, I am a Blur groupie. One of my great concert moments was seeing them perform at Sydney’s Metro and reaching out to touch Albarn’s hand in what can only be likened to this. They, together with Pulp, captured everything I loved about big britpop at the time.

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Written by Darren Smith

16 January 2010 at 11:49 am

Music video | A glass-and-a-half of Jonathan Glazer

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glazerTwo of the most successful ad campaigns of all time, at least in the alcohol market, were for Guinness and Stella Artois.

Enter director Jonathan Glazer, who not only worked on these ads, but also a range of music videos for artists such as Radiohead, Jamiroquai and Blur. As well as with actors Ben Kingsley, Nicole Kidman and Ray Winstone on two acclaimed feature films.

With this kind of background, it’s no surprise that Glazer’s oeuvre is included in a DVD collection featuring the work of several music video directors. A few months back I looked at Stephane Sednaoui. Now I’ve had a chance to look at the Glazer DVD.

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Written by Darren Smith

14 April 2009 at 8:50 pm

Music | Music is my radar

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This post is a quickie but a goodie. One of my favourite music videos care of the boys from Blur — “Music is My Radar”.

The clip is very retro — 60s futurism. The lads are on the set of a talkshow, which has just cut to a break. Behind them are four gigantic posters of the band members, all reminiscent of The Beatles. The set is 60s mod, blocks of red and white.
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Written by Darren Smith

15 March 2009 at 9:23 pm