Label: Food - FOODLP 10,Food - 7243 8 29194 1 4 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Unofficial Release • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Brit Pop, Indie Rock
Parklife is the third studio album by the English rock band Blurreleased on Stand Up - Orgasmaddix - Alien Sex April on Food Records.
Certified four times platinum in the United Kingdom,  in the year following its release the album came to Blue Highway - Billy Idol - Rebel Yell (8-Track Cartridge, Album) the emerging Britpop scene, along with the album Definitely Maybe by future rivals Oasis. Britpop in turn would form the backbone of the broader Cool Britannia movement. Parklife therefore has attained a cultural significance above and beyond its considerable sales and critical acclaim, cementing its status as a landmark in British rock music.
Ina year before Blur's debut album, Damon Albarnthe band's vocalist, had told a group of music journalists, "When our third album comes out, our place as the quintessential English band of the '90s will be assured.
That is a simple statement of fact. I intend to write it in After the completion of recording sessions for Blur's previous album, Modern Life Is RubbishAlbarn began to write prolifically. Blur demoed Albarn's new songs in groups of twos and threes.
While the members of Blur Back 2 Front (Dub Plate) - Various - Hardcore Junglistic Fever Vol. 2 pleased with the final result, Food Records owner David Balfe was not, telling the band's management "This is Tamperine - Allan Banford Presents Max Cooper - Tamperine EP mistake".
Blur frontman Damon Albarn told NME in"For me, Parklife is like a loosely linked concept album involving all these different stories. It's the travels of the mystical lager-eater, seeing what's going on in the world and commenting on it. The album was originally going to be entitled London and the album cover shot was going to be of a fruit-and-vegetable cart.
Albarn stated tongue-in-cheek, "That was the last time that Dave Balfe was, sort of, privy to any decision or creative process with us, and that was his final contribution: to call it London ". Johnny Dee, reviewing Parklife for NMEcalled it "a great pop record", adding "On paper it sounds like hell, in practice it's joyous. Parklife remains one of London Loves - Blur - Parklife most acclaimed albums of the s.
In London Loves - Blur - Parklife retrospective review, AllMusic 's Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented: "By tying the past and the present together, Blur articulated the mid-'90s zeitgeist and produced an epoch-defining record. Upon release, Parklife debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and stayed on the chart for 90 weeks.
Parklife has received accolades since its official release and is largely seen not only as one of the best albums of and its decade, but of all time. InPitchfork placed the album at number 54 on their Top Albums of the s list. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Parklife disambiguation. John's WoodLondon. BBC News. Retrieved 25 October BBC Music. Retrieved 4 December Aired on 10 November Retrieved 24 January Retrieved 24 December Royal Mail. Archived from the original on 19 February Retrieved 8 January The Guardian.
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