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Two reviews for 'Coffee And TV'

(taken from the NME, cover date 3 July 1999)

You know, there's nothing Marianne Faithfull likes more than to sit down of an evening with Alex and Damon, possibly after some slap-up nosh at Pharmacy, and discuss the whys and wherefores of the works of Brecht and Nietzsche. Those Blur chaps are astonishingly clever, she told us the other week on The Jo Whiley Show, and that Graham, he's a very good guitarist. The clip where she fell to her knees and whimpered, "Please like me" must have been edited out.

Anyway, yes, Graham's a great guitarist and whaddaya know, he's a pretty decent singer too, as 'Coffee And TV', only the second single to be taken from their forgettable '13' album, ably demonstrates. We feel comfortable with this kind of mildly inventive guitar-led offering from Blur; it seems somehow 'more real' than their expensive dalliances with gospel choirs and new technology. But then surveys show that most Britons prefer beans on toast over this weird foreign muck you can buy in supermarkets nowadays. Comfort food. Tastes all right. Does the job.

Review by Piers Martin.

(taken from the Melody Maker, cover date 3 July 1999 - reviewed by Mattie Bennett, Andy Nixon, Roger Power and Duck from the band Straw)

The only track from '13' which shouldn't have been retitled 'You Bloody Cow (Write Your Own Frigging Album Then)', 'Coffee And TV' is a jaunty, jangly flounce through the world of emotional autism which marks El Coxo's first day as helmsman of HMS Blur.

Duck: "It's really aggravating, the way it goes along. But I relate it all to the video and the video's really good."

Andy: "It's different to normal Blur. When they sing together it's more normal. He can't sing at all, but then neither can Damon, so it doesn't matter."

Roger: "When Graham sings it's like it's an angle, but this is like an anti-song, quite laid-back. I could listen to them sing 'Una Paloma Blanca', I don't care. It's a great f***ing guitar solo on it."

Mattie: "It's like when Keef used to sing in the Stones, it was really good. I reckon they could put a whole album out of Keef singing. We like that. Well done, Blur."

Edited by Mark Beaumont.