Blur ‎– Bang

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The third single from Blur's debut album, Leisure, it was considered a logical follow-up to the success of "There's No Other Way" in that it was similarly "baggy" and danceable. Stephen Street produced this single as well as "There's No Other Way", so it was surprising to Food Records when "Bang" did not do as well in the UK Singles Chart as its immediate predecessor, despite the fact that it followed the same pop formula. Blur soon grew to dislike the song for its contrived, formulaic nature and what Damon Albarn considered his most banal lyrics. This single is purposefully left off Blur's "Best Of" compilation and all but the most complete collections of singles (the "Anniversary Box Set").

Blur's U.S. record company, SBK Records, had the track remixed months later without authorization of the group and released the resulting remixes in two promotional formats for Blur's disastrous 1992 U.S. tour: the "Mindwarp Mutations" remix 12" and the "Blur-ti-go" remix/live CD EP. Blur intensely disliked the remixes and the fact that these releases would be extant at many radio stations they would stop at for promotional events irritated the band greatly—adding to the already chaotic, depressing tour.

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Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
12 FOOD 31, 2044126 Blur Bang(12", Single) Food, Parlophone 12 FOOD 31, 2044126 UK 1991 Sell This Version
12 FOODDJ 31 Blur Bang(12", Single, Promo) Food, Parlophone 12 FOODDJ 31 UK 1991 Sell This Version
FOOD 31, 2044127 Blur Bang(7", Single) Food, Parlophone FOOD 31, 2044127 UK 1991 Sell This Version
FOOD 31, 20 4412 7 Blur Bang(7", Single) Food, Parlophone FOOD 31, 20 4412 7 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
FOOD 31, 2044127 Blur Bang(7", Single, Pap) Food, Parlophone FOOD 31, 2044127 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CDFOOD 31, 2044122 Blur Bang(CD, Single) Food, Parlophone CDFOOD 31, 2044122 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
CDFOOD 31, 2044122 Blur Bang(CD, Single) Food, Parlophone CDFOOD 31, 2044122 UK 1991 Sell This Version
TCFOOD 31, FOOD 31, 2044124 Blur Bang(Cass, Single) Food, Food, Parlophone TCFOOD 31, FOOD 31, 2044124 UK 1991 Sell This Version

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