Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Blur covers The Who
discogs.comConsidering their legacies as amongst the most artistically creative and commercially successful British rock bands of their respective eras are rather assured, it’s easy to forget that both Blur and The Who started out as pretty bright-eyed, eager-to-please guitar pop bands. Which is not to say that their earlier works were overly simplistic or lacked ambition – it’s arguable that what they accomplished within the constraints of the 3-minute pop song was as impressive as anything did once free to indulge their creative impulses – so hearing young Blur cover young Who is really quite invigorating.
The track comes from a 1993 tribute album called Who Covers Who?, when Blur were rising stars on the back of Modern Life Is Rubbish and The Who were celebrating their thirtieth anniversary not with a reunion but a box set in the excellent Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B. Fast-forward another 19 years, and it’s Blur who are putting out the box set in the career-spanning Blur 21, out next week, coinciding with what may or may not be a final burst of activity culminating in their Olympics-closing show at Hyde Park on August 12.
The Who know a thing or two about trying to wrap up a career, but numerous break-ups and the deaths of Keith Moon and John Entswistle haven’t been able to keep Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry down – their latest return to action comes in the form of a massive North American tour where they’ll recreate 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia live. They’ll bring that to the Air Canada Centre on November 23.