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Parklife’s final cut was inspired by The Shipping Forecast. Gary Tipp wants Rockall to do with it

VINYL’S GREATEST FINAL TRACKS

#7 BLUR THIS IS A LOW

Before the release of Parklife, Blur’s prospects weren’t looking all that sunny. Sophomore album Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993) may have secured the band some better haircuts and a new English pop sound, wresting them away from the dismal baggy of debut album Leisure, but commercially it tanked. As guitarist Graham Coxon told The Guardian, “It was overlooked because of the rise of grunge, but we were halfway to somewhere.” He had a point and in the wake of revelatory lead single Girls And Boys, the full throttle success of Parklife meant that Blur – and, for better or worse (worse), Britpop – had arrived.

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