Here's Damon Albarn, in a Pub, Singing Blur's 'Parklife'

That classic album turns 20 years old today

Damon Albarn, Blur, 'Parklife,' London pub, 20th anniversary
Damon Albarn realizes Blur's 'Parklife' is 20 years old PHOTO BY LINDA BROWNLEE
Marc Hogan

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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