Thirteen years ago today, the Britpop band who always changed up styles through the arc of their discography released their fifth eponymously titled LP. Never attracting as much attention in the States as in the UK, much of that ungainly and oversimplified abstraction known as the American general public are at least familiar with the catchy Song 2 track from this LP. Either from radio airplay, a commercial for Intel's Pentium II processor, Nissan's Sentra, Michelob's Ultra or maybe from Drew Barrymore's big fight scenes in Charlie's Angels. Rock critics have noted that songwriter and Blur vocalist Damon Albarn was probably consciously trying to parody grunge in general and Nirvana specifically with this song. Irony within an irony, it was no doubt the deliberate elements of the parody—a simple yet persistent beat, the Nirvana-esque (or, really, is it more Pixie-esque?) alternation between rickety quiet and then spine-crunchingly loud chords and the irresistible "whoo hoo!"—that fueled the song's success in America.
Click on the hypertext song title above to see Blur's original video for the song. Embedding was disabled on that YouTube clip.