I still love them.
I forgive what appears to be Albarn's pretentiousness because the guy is truly talented. Often times talent and confidence are confused with pretense.
Blur were great, Gorillaz aren't always my thing, but he's doing something interesting and people love it, I absolutely loved The Good The Bad and the Queen. It says a lot that he can always hit gold with his projects, and that he's constantly playing with talented people, who all seem to like and/or respect him.
Ginger really is a great drummer. He was such the right guy for that job.
I like Alex James. I like that he's embraced being a fop, and became a gentleman farmer, living a good life. I like the Aga ad. "I used to be a hell raising dandy, now I'm relaxing a bit in this here kitchen with this nice stove." Considering how successful the band has been the fact that he semi-retired to his cheese/charcuterie farm, and has embraced the local food movement seems like a cool thing to do. I always thought the best part about being rich would be having the time and ability to work on projects at your leisure, not trying to stay relevant, unless you want that and have something to offer (Damon). I wouldn't want money as access to power and fame, I'd want it so I could do interesting things and develop, which is what Alex seems to have done with his. This is different from criticizing David Balfe "for his very big house in the country" which is his way of showing his power and success. Alex is just living the good life, it seems.
Graham Coxon is one of the most clever guitarists ever. I love the way he plays. His solo stuff is fine, but his strength is adding angles to other people's songs, I think.
So there you have it, post-Blur:
Singer: Electronic/Hip Hop/World/Art rock fusionist
Drummer: Dropped out of music to learn about flying
Bassist: Gentleman farmer, living the good life and occasionally writing about food
Guitarist: Still a little grotty and playing in the trenches.
-North, South, East, West
It's a wonder these guys even have anything to say to each other anymore, but it also indicates how many different inputs the band had, and explains direction changes, non-sequitors, and odd ideas that came to fruition.
I also think it's funny that the two guys who once had the strained relationship are still the most active in music, and have careers on very different trajectories.
I like Blur. Liked them then, like them now. The crap stuff is forgivable because they tried it, even though their label pushed back hard, and the band got their way.
Itchy McGoo wrote:I would like to be a "shoop-shoop" girl in whatever band Alex Maiolo is in.