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Here’s Damon Albarn, in a Pub, Singing Blur’s ‘Parklife’

That classic album turns 20 years old today

picture-18576-1373300776By: Marc Hogan // April 25, 2014

So Damon Albarn walks into a bar. A pub, actually, it being London and all. And, just in time for today’s 20th anniversary of Blur’s landmark 1994 album Parklife, he lends his voice to a rendition of the jaunty title song. The video below (via The Line of Best Fit), from a spot in East London called the Red Lion, might not be especially helpful for any newcomers trying to figure out why people get so nostalgic about Britpop — or so eager with anticipation for Albarn’s April 29 solo album, Everyday Robots — but those of us with the tune’s every “brewer’s droop” and “vorsprung durch technik” committed almost to muscle memory can still get a smile. He’s backed, on piano and the song’s spoken-word parts, by the pub’s house band, the Gents. For a glimpse of what the also-Gorillaz leader has been up to more recently, check out his video for Brian Eno collaboration “Heavy Seas of Love.” 

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