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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Along with Britpop in general, why their pre-Blur (the 5th album) material wasn't well recognized or accepted in the States by anyone who wasn't a music critic. "Song 2" to this day remains their one and only impression on American pop culture.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "The Universal" live at Hyde Park. Thousand of people singing "it really, really, really could happen" at the climax of the first show the band had done in years- it's utterly uplifting and incredible. Especially at the very climax of the song, where Albarn stops singing entirely and the audience just keeps going, taking the place of the choir in the original recording.
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    • 13. All of it! Especially Battle and Coffee & TV.
    • The glorious apocalyptic drinking song that is "On Your Own".
    • Live Acoustic "For Tomorrow". La la lalala, la la la la la la lalala...
    • The funky guitar riff in "Jets", fitting both this and the trope below.
  • Chorus-Only Song: Go on, guess.
  • Ear Worm: WOO-HOO.
    • Being that they were originally a britpop group, they have a lot of these.
    • "Girls and Boys" is the most catchy after the aforementioned "Song 2".
    • "M.O.R." is really catchy too, along with "Parklife", "Coffee and TV", "Music Is My Radar", and many others.
    • "She's So High", "There's No Other Way", "Advert", "For Tomorrow", "Chemical World", "Tracy Jacks", and "Magic America"
    • "Jets" also counts as an ear worm, especially because of the same lyrics repeated over and over
    • "Ong Ong", anyone?
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Despite not having the same commercial success or critical acclaim as Parklife, 13 is often considered the band's best album among the fandom.
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  • Face of the Band: Damon Albarn. And Graham Coxon, for people more in the know of the band.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Oasis. This rivalry actually holds a lot of sociopolitical significance, as it is strongly rooted in class and regional tensions in British society, with Oasis coming from the grittier working class in northern England and Blur from the more artsy, southern middle class. This led the "Battle of Britpop" chart war between Oasis' "Roll With It" and Blur's "Country House" to become not only a battle of musical preferences, but also of class conflict and British regionalism.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the 1999 video for "Coffee & TV" - perhaps the band's most famous video - The man missing on the back of the milk carton is played by the band's guitarist Graham Coxon. By the time of the 2003 release of their next album, Think Tank, he was missing from Blur, having quit the band a few years earlier in acrimony.
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  • Funny Moments: "Mr. Robinson's Quango".
    He ran into the toilets in the town hall
    He got his biro out and wrote on the wall
    "I'm wearing black French knickers under my suit
    I've got stocking and suspenders on
    I'm feeling rather loose"
    Ooh, I'm a naughty boy
    Ooh, I'm a naughty, naughty boy
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: They were pretty successful in Iceland and Sweden back in the day.
  • Growing the Beard: The band really hit their stride on their second album Modern Life Is Rubbish.
  • Ho Yay: The boys have kissed on and off stage.
  • Misaimed Fandom: No surprise, since the band was irony at its fullest, but some people have problems noticing that.
  • Once an Episode: There's a track with "America" in the title on three of their albums - "Miss America" on Modern Life Is Rubbish, "Magic America" on Parklife, and "Look Inside America" on the s/t. The three are lyrically related as they show Damon's changing perspective on the US over the years. "Miss America" deals with the group's disappointment in America after they visited there, "Magic America" deals with English people falling for the American dream, and "Look Inside America" shows a more positive appreciation for America despite its flaws.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Optigan 1".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Notably averted; their Genre Shifts were well-received.
  • Vindicated by History: Especially in America, their critical stature increased as years went by. By the end of the 90's, Many of the same American publications who negatively reviewed their earlier work were now putting records like Modern Life Is Rubbish and Parklife into their Best Albums of the Decade lists.
  • The Woobie: The carton of milk from "Coffee and TV".

The Game

  • Acclaimed Flop: Received decent ratings, in the eight-to-nine range, but despite this failed to sell, to the point that the developers, after their next game, Blood Stone, were shut down by the parent company Activision.
  • Awesome Music: Thanks, Ninja Tune Records!
  • Ear Worm: Smile? by The Crystal Method - the main menu music.
  • 8.8: IGN. Oh, IGN. The reviewer gave it a 7 because he couldn't win online matches of ten to twenty players, and assumed it was the game and not himself. Later, IGN UK gives the game a much higher score, making the American review look even more unprofessional.
  • Game-Breaker: There's a playlist in multiplayer for novices at level 10 or lower. However, if you never leave this playlist, then you can't get kicked out, so there are level 50 players beating up on level 1 novices as a result.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The high-pitched squeal when a Shunt is coming your way. You better have a Barge or Shield handy, or a Shunt to fire backwards...
  • Older Than They Think: The Midnight Club games (3 in particular), which came out before this game, also had a similar premise with realistic cars using kart-racing power-ups. Unlike Blur though, it was an optional feature.
  • Shallow Parody: The commercial did one of these directed at the Mario Kart series.
    • Funnily enough, a lot of people have expressed that they have more interest in the Shallow Parody of Mario Kart compared to Blur.


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