"Mr. Robinson’s Quango"
Live on British TV, 1995

Part of the appeal of Blur is that Albarn and co. can do a lot of different styles very well, but to be honest, I find it very galling that this side of the band — slick, super catchy, overtly satiric — is very often overlooked/dismissed by indie fans in favor of their more self-consciously dark late period music, even if that late period music is itself quite good. My feeling is that you need to embrace this ultra-camp side of Blur to truly appreciate their body of work.

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