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Modern Life Is Rubbish [CASSETTE]

Blur Audio Cassette
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1989 as Seymour, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change—influenced by English guitar pop groups such as The Kinks, The Beatles and ... Read more in Amazon's Blur Store

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (10 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Food
  • ASIN: B000006LAH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album, great memories 8 Feb 2007
By Kibbler
Format:Audio CD
this album changed my life! when britpop kicked off, being in a cheshire school, oasis were the big band...so of course, i chose blur's parklife as the album i would champion! i wasnt really into music then, it was kinda the big thing at time, everyone was doing it! but when i wanted to hear more, i bought modern life is rubbish, and it all changed. no longer the easy chart music, but catchy songs that wouldnt get played on the radio. this introduced me to looking for other music that didnt get played often and helped me discover so much more music!

if you are thinking of getting a blur album, or a brip-pop era album, start here! im listening to it now, and i can still see images of sitting on a bus through france, while listening to this on my old casette walkman!

an album that changed my life.

A true brit pop record that doesnt sound cheesey or dated.

long live modern life!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 7 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's not often that you can describe a 90's chart album as being stunningly beautiful. But in this case, I must make an exception. It is remarkable to see just how much the band had matured since recording 1991's Leisure (A fun album only slightly ruined by a lack of variety and some dull, uninspiring lyrics). Albarn finally shows his full potential as a fantastic song writer and the rest of the group show their talent in this unforgettable and inspiring album.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the album that was the blueprint for a era 28 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that laid the ground for the britpop boom that allowed bands such as Pulp, Oasis (and of course, Blur) to be at the top of the charts during the mid 90's. This album shows that Blur have an ability to mix art-rock with mod-rock - creating a nostagic, almost romantic picture of London, and life in the early part of the 90's. More importantly, this is the blueprint for an era (from 'new lad' to 'cool britania') - and although rarely mentioned in 'the best of all time' charts, it's significance can not be denied.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I always avoided listening to this album, even when I actually owned it due to a stubborn refusal to go along with the majority in agreeing that yes, it is the greatest blur album. However, I must grudgingly admit that it is fantastic, full of classic tracks to sing along, be in love, or cry to. Modern Life confirms the fact that blur are the quintissential english band of the nineties, and the album supplies some of the definitive songs of the decade - For Tomorrow, Miss America and Chemical World being just three. My own personal recommendation is Blue Jeans, especially if you love London as much as I do. Enjoy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Blur's Finest Effort 16 Feb 2000
Format:Audio CD
From 'For Tomorrow' onwards this is a masterpiece. This is Damon Inventing Brit-pop a year before everyone else realised that such a thing existed. It has touching beauty (eg. 'For Tomorrow' and 'Blue Jeans'), fantastic pop tunes (eg. 'Starshaped' and 'Chemical World') and electrical energy (eg. 'Advert' and 'Coping') that no band since has been able to better (except maybe blur themselves). The best album by the best band since The Smiths
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is quality compact-discing 24 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this album oozes tasty riffs and bass lines. and drums. and singing for that matter. this is simply a great album, and from what i can see on this track listing, it is the american version which means only one thing....POPSCENE! this song was probably the best song to come out of the early nineties...hurahh
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite blur album 22 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Blur's Best Of features a great overview of their career. However, any blur fan that knows their salt would have realised that 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' is almost totally ignored. Which is a shame since in essence blur's second outing is their strongest and most complete album. To my mind it is one of the best second albums alongside Mansun's 'Six, and 'Leave Home' by the Ramones. What really makes the album is that it can be viewed as having no singles, and much like '13'; every song is so good that each could have been a single! It's all quality. The singles are very strong though! 'For Tomorrow' and 'Chemical World' are excellent examples of Damon's emerging vocal and musical talent coupling beautifully with Graham's restrained (and never flashy) guitar work.

'Parklife' contains most of the band's transition to pop figures. There's not a 'Girls and Boys' style song on the album. Instead it generally treads a line between catchy pop and distortion rock. Of the cuts my favourites are 'Blue Jeans', 'Villa Rosie', 'Advert', 'For Tomorrow', 'Chemical World' and 'Starshaped'. Also, 'Commercial Break' while slight and silly has some brilliant playing on it, particularly Graham's. In a sentence, Modern Life Is Rubbish showcases blur flexing their muscles, stepping away from the mainstream of Leisure and embracing their roots and influences. Superb. (That wasn't a sentence was it!)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blur find their compelling musical voice 19 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Often seen as a 'transition album' between the juvenalia of Leisure and the fully fledged masterpiece that is Parklife, Modern Life is Rubbish deserves to be heard on its own as an excellent record, but is also fascinating when viewed in the context of Blur's musical development. Modern Life is Rubbish is truly the album where Blur and Damon Albarn found their poetic and musical voice. That is to say, the sort of tired, sad, resigned lo-fi ballads to which they would return on all their subsequent albums (Best Days, He Thought of Cars, Strange News from Another Star), but which they explored most deeply and compellingly on this record. The key songs, therefore, are the likes of For Tomorrow, Chemical World and Blue Jeans. All three manage to be heartbreakingly beautiful and tragic, while not being either fragile or sentimental. The prevailing mood is of resigned melancholy, summed up on Miss America (ironically one of the weakest tracks on the album) by the lines: "I don't mind. I don't mind at all / I love only you".
The slow songs dovetail nicely with familiar Blur thrash on Advert, Villa Rosie and Turn it up. Honourable mentions also go to Sunday Sunday and the instrumental Intermission. In fact the only thing which keeps Modern Life is Rubbish from a five star review is the horrible Colin Zeal.
Given its bleak title and content, Modern Life is Rubbish perhaps bears comparison to those modern doom mongers Radiohead, but ulike the perennially gloomy Bends, this album is an oddly uplifting listening experience, thanks to the wry humour and sweet sadness which ultimatly is the hallmark of Modern Life is Rubbish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recipient very pleased!
Bought as gift, recipient very pleased !
Published 11 days ago by Miu miu Lin
3.0 out of 5 stars Blueprint of greatness to follow
Whilst 'Leisure', their debut, provides easy early nineties indie listening and a couple of gems in "sing" and "birthday" - here is the beginning of Blur finding their eclectic and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by New Kid in Town
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Blur Album!
Blur's second album 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' is my hands down favourite, bringing Britpop to the focus at the time, and spawning three singles: 'For Tomorrow', 'Chemical World' and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by ReviewBlog51
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, overlooked album
'Modern Life Is Rubbish' suffered from '2nd album' syndrome; for some reason the public just didn't buy it and the singles released failed to hit the Top 10. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Prog Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn Good!!
different to the the first shoe-gazey, art rock whirl of their debut, this album is the start of their trademark sound that we all know and love. Read more
Published 13 months ago by s e rice
5.0 out of 5 stars More to discover every time you listen to it
'Modern Life Is Rubbish' is definitely one of my favourite Blur albums because there's just so much in it and it pretty much gets Blur's message across about their views on British... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Suze97
2.0 out of 5 stars modern life isn't all that
I like Blur's sensibilities but the lyrics are very very disappointing, if you want better lyrics on modern life in Britain buy a Half man, Half biscuit album, Nigel Blackwell is... Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something special
I was one of the bone-headed people who bought into the whole Blur vs Oasis thing, not during it's zenith in the heady days of mid-nineties Brit-pop. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr Ogden
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Life Is Rubbish? Too True
It's true. It is soooooo true. Modern life really is rubbish. It was so much better back in the 90's; particularly in 1993 when Blur released their second album "Modern Life Is... Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by Matthew Stoneman
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and edgy Blur album?
This is a little less over produced compared to later releases of Blur such as Parklife and Blur(Self titled) and which I like a lot and it seems that this album is in the shadows... Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2010 by J. Arthur
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