Blur are to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Parklife’ through the release of a range of vintage merchandise and a previously unreleased ‘Live At the BBC’ session.
The seminal album was released in 1994 and is considered to be one of the defining records of both the 1990s and the Britpop scene.
The group’s label Parlophone confirmed today (July 18) that the ‘BBC Radio 1 Parklife Session’ will be released on August 2 together with a special anniversary collection of ‘Parklife’-era merchandise. You can view and pre-order here.
The anniversary merchandise contains iconic vintage designs that were originally available to buy in the 1990s, including Blur FC and their famous dog track logo.
‘Live at the BBC’ was originally recorded at the BBC in Manchester on March 7, 1994 just weeks ahead of the album’s release on April 25, 1994.
I never got into Blur the way others do; I like a trio of songs, if that, and the rest of it never really settled with me. I am weird that way—I should be a huge Blur fan, but I never got into them, the Super Furry Animals, or Muse at all. There are other bands, too—never understood Keane, Menswear, or Mansun, either.
The important thing is not to be a jerk about it. This is an historic re-release of a huge cultural event. There are tons of important bands and songs that were swallowed up in the 1990s—who genres of music were created and thrashed out during that decade, which was the last gasp before the music industry imploded. I think the next decade or so will be awash in nostalgia for the 1990s, and then it will probably just fade away, but I’ve been wrong about everything all the time.