Q (UK) - - Damon At 50 -

Cho­sen by: Pete Paphides, Q writer

In 1993, it was with lit­tle left to lose that Blur’s Damon Albarn and Gra­ham Coxon – bot­tom of the bill at an Xfm fundraiser in Fins­bury Park – pre­miered a new com­po­si­tion to a small, in­dif­fer­ent crowd. En­ti­tled For Tomorrow, it was a sad lit­tle love song to the city on which Albarn so des­per­ately wanted to make his mark. If there was a hith­erto un­tapped pas­sion in the way Albarn sang the line about “hang­ing on for dear life”, it was hardly sur­pris­ing. That was him there, for­lornly throw­ing out one last seed into the arid pop­scape of Bri­tain af­ter grunge. We scarcely need dwell upon what hap­pened next. In years to come, they’ll be teach­ing it on the national cur­ricu­lum. With the re­lease of For Tomorrow – the first sin­gle to be taken from Mod­ern Life Is Rub­bish – Albarn ef­fec­tively an­nounced his ar­rival as a song­writer com­pa­ra­ble to the greats who had so clearly in­spired him: Ray Davies, Jerry Dam­mers, The Clash, Paul Weller. For the full mea­sure of its mag­nif­i­cence, the Visit To Prim­rose Hill ex­tended ver­sion is the one to seek out.

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