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Blur: Darklife

Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 24 December 1994

Blur had a brilliant 1994 — their album, Parklife, entered the charts at Number One and spent the rest of the year blaring from every High Street shop and student hall of residence in the country; the LP spawned four hit singles and won numerous awards; and the band emerged as probably the most popular 'indie' act in Britain. But things didn't always go well for Blur. In fact, only two years ago, a series of disasters led to them almost getting dropped by their record label. In this exclusive extract from his forthcoming biography, Blur: The Illustrated Story, PAUL LESTER recalls Blur's wilderness years of drunken excess and American tour misery

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