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Blur’s Dave Rowntree: ‘I still wake at 3am thinking I’ve frittered my life away’
Drummer, lawyer, composer, politician… Blur’s busiest member on the troubled childhood that influenced his new solo album, and the band’s summer reunion gigs

Jude Rogers

15, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Graham Coxon: ‘Music has always been there for me’
The Blur guitarist, 53, on his addictive personality, making music as you age and being a Britpop brat

James McMahon

03, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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How did Seven Nation Army become a terrace anthem – and what links it to Blur and Bernie Sanders?
From arty indie bands to US election knockouts, we join the dots around one of the most enduring stadium singalongs

Larry Ryan

26, Nov, 2022 @1:00 PM

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World Cup goal celebration songs – ranked!
Fifa has decreed each nation should have a different song pumped into the stadium when they score. So which team has the best anthem to robot dance to and which expects their strikers to celebrate to a flute solo?

Tim Jonze

24, Nov, 2022 @6:13 PM

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‘It was part of the fabric of life’: readers on 70 years of the UK singles chart
From the Tuesday reveal to Sunday’s Top 40 rundown, from Blur v Oasis to the glory days of Christmas No 1s: Guardian readers share their relationship with the charts

Guardian readers

22, Nov, 2022 @1:21 PM

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On the road again... how band reunions can be a victory lap for their generation | Barbara Ellen
I once would have sneered at Pulp and Blur reuniting, but maybe it’s their way of reclaiming the past

Barbara Ellen

20, Nov, 2022 @8:30 AM

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Blur to reunite for one-off Wembley show next year
Band will headline at the London stadium on 8 July for their 35th anniversary, supported by Slowthai, Self Esteem and Jockstrap

Shaad D'Souza

14, Nov, 2022 @2:10 PM

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How low can you go? Singer Iestyn Davies’s melancholic playlist
What connects a tea towel, a double-decker bus and a facial? The countertenor picks his 10 favourite tracks that distil the beauty of tears, pull at the heart strings and suspend time

Iestyn Davies

25, Oct, 2022 @1:06 PM

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Verse, Chorus, Monster! by Graham Coxon review – Britpop’s unlikely lad
In a disarmingly candid memoir, the Blur guitarist relates the madness of fame and addiction, his unease with Britpop, and how folk led him to greener pastures

Kitty Empire

02, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘I’ve denied it for years, but Taylor Swift really can write’: Ben Bailey Smith’s honest playlist
The actor and standup – AKA Doc Brown – cracks out Bowie at parties and wants the Beatles played at his funeral. But what does he unleash at karaoke?

As told to Rich Pelley

18, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Bakar: Nobody’s Home review – a spectacularly strong sense of place
The singer-songwriter’s eloquent if uneven debut album is stamped with the sounds of north London – Winehouse, Blur – where he grew up

Kitty Empire

26, Feb, 2022 @2:00 PM

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What links The Great British Menu to the underbelly of the 00s New York scene?
From Miquita Oliver via American Apparel to Oxfordshire cheese, we tumble down a five-course rabbit hole

Larry Ryan

19, Feb, 2022 @1:00 PM

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