Blur ‎– Modern Life Is Rubbish

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Blur's second album, a rebranding of the band's sound and image, was to provide the template for the forthcoming Britpop movement that would revitalize Britain in the mid-1990s.

Stylorouge, Blur's graphic designers, described the process of designing "Modern Life Is Rubbish" for the group: "Blur's second album arrived, replete with a parochial greetings card-style image — modes of transport were chosen as a way to illustrate the downfall of standards in Britain; a populist oil painting of the famous Mallard steam train was accompanied by 1950's 'Festival Of Britain' typography."

The American pressings feature the demo version of "Chemical World" as the record company there felt the version of that song was better suited to that market. It is a slightly different mix than the one that features on CD2 of the UK single release with a different intro and the drums are louder.

Versions (45)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Food, Food FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
FOOD CD 9, E2 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Food, EMI FOOD CD 9, E2 0777 7 89442 2 5 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) SBK Records, Food K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4 US 1993 Sell This Version
K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) SBK Records, Food K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4 US 1993 Sell This Version
0777 7 89442 2 5, FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Parlophone, Food, Food, Food 0777 7 89442 2 5, FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
7894422 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Parlophone 7894422 Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Food, EMI FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
TOCP-7743 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Food TOCP-7743 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Food, Parlophone FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Food, Parlophone FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 UK 1993 Sell This Version
TOCP-7743 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, Promo) Food TOCP-7743 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, Promo) Food, Food FOODCD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
DPRO-89442, K2-89442 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, Promo, Adv) SBK Records, SBK Records DPRO-89442, K2-89442 US 1993 Sell This Version
FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RP) Food, Food, Food, Parlophone FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
E4 07777 89442 4 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album) EMI Music Canada E4 07777 89442 4 9 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
FOODTC9, 0777 7 89442 4 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album) Food, Food FOODTC9, 0777 7 89442 4 9 UK 1993 Sell This Version
K4-89442 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album) Food K4-89442 US 1993 Sell This Version
78944249 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album) Food 78944249 Malaysia 1993 Sell This Version
none Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album, Promo) Food, Parlophone none UK 1993 Sell This Version
4PRO-89442 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album, Promo, Adv) ERG, SBK Records, Food 4PRO-89442 US 1993 Sell This Version
1961 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music World (2) 1961 Russia 1993 Sell This Version
FOOD LP 9, 0777 7 89442 1 8 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(LP, Album) Food, Food FOOD LP 9, 0777 7 89442 1 8 UK 1993 Sell This Version
FOOD LP9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(LP, Album, MP) Food FOOD LP9 UK 1993 Sell This Version
TOCP-3307 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RE) Food TOCP-3307 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
ISRC CH-D16-02-335-00/A.J6 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RE) Rock Music Records Co. ISRC CH-D16-02-335-00/A.J6 Taiwan 2002 Sell This Version
FOOD LP9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Blu) Not On Label (Blur) FOOD LP9 UK 2009 Sell This Version
FOODLP9, 07777 89442 1 8, 0777 7 89442 1 8 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(LP, Album, Unofficial, Cle) Food (2), Food (2), Food (2) FOODLP9, 07777 89442 1 8, 0777 7 89442 1 8 UK 2009 Sell This Version
FOODLP9, 7 89442 1, 0777 7 89442 1 8, Foodlp 9, 78 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(LP, Album, Unofficial, Gre) Food (2), Food (2), Food (2), Food (2), Food (2) FOODLP9, 7 89442 1, 0777 7 89442 1 8, Foodlp 9, 78 UK 2009 Sell This Version
FOOD LP9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(LP, Album, Unofficial, Whi) Not On Label (Blur) FOOD LP9 UK 2009 Sell This Version
FOODLPX9, 5099962483919 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition, 180) Food, Parlophone FOODLPX9, 5099962483919 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
FOODLPX9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(2xLP, Album, RE, RP) Food, Parlophone, Warner Music Group FOODLPX9 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
TOCP 71338•39, TOCP-71338•39 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp + Box, Ltd, S/Edition) Parlophone, Parlophone TOCP 71338•39, TOCP-71338•39 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
FOODCDX9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RM) Food, Parlophone FOODCDX9 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
WPCR-15428 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Parlophone, Food WPCR-15428 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
50999 2359812 6 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album) Food 50999 2359812 6 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RE) SBK Records, Food K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4 US Unknown Sell This Version
0777 7 89442 2 5, FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RE, RP) Food, Food, Food, Food 0777 7 89442 2 5, FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RP) Food, Food, Food, Parlophone FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 UK Unknown Sell This Version
K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RP) SBK Records, Food K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4 US Unknown Sell This Version
FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RP) Food, Food, Food, Parlophone FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9, 0777 7 89442 2 5 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
0777 7 89442 2 5, FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RP) Food, Food, Food, Food 0777 7 89442 2 5, FOODCD9, FOODCD 9, FOOD CD 9 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
0777 7 89442 2 5, FOODCD 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(CD, Album, RP) Food, Food 0777 7 89442 2 5, FOODCD 9 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
FOOD TC 9, 0777 7 89442 4 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album) Food, Food FOOD TC 9, 0777 7 89442 4 9 Thailand Unknown Sell This Version
FOOD TC 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(Cass, Album) Food FOOD TC 9 Indonesia Unknown Sell This Version
FOOD LP 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish(LP, Album, Unofficial, Blu) Food (2) FOOD LP 9 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Kenneth_Niccals

Kenneth_Niccals

December 3, 2018
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, CD, Album, K2-89442, 0777 7 89442 2 4

track 10 contains a slight jump into the middle of the song
jaffboy151

jaffboy151

April 12, 2017
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, LP, Album, FOOD LP 9, 0777 7 89442 1 8
Despite having almost 60 minutes of music on one disc, this still sounds very good, I've not listened to the remastered release so can't compare but maybe heavy tracks like Advert or Chemical world could sound more punchy on that release possibly.
If your after this original 1993 release just make sure you get a copy in good condition as often with these 25+ minute vinyl's, you have to crank up the dial a little more which can bring any clicks and pops screaming out at you.
chrissy.winter

chrissy.winter

October 5, 2016
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, LP, Album, FOOD LP 9, 0777 7 89442 1 8

Popscene was added after the fact for the US release. I remember getting the original UK pressing and seeing the popscene 12" in a small record shop a little later upon release.
The original pressing is pretty decent, and as one would expect superior to the CD.
For me 'For Tomorrow' is one of the best album openers I have in my entire collection.. the rest of the album is fabulous, and a brilliant re-invention when they were hanging by a thread financially and into obscurity.

From what I heard, the official re-issues do sound quite nice. and a snip at 23 quid
sauerkrautrock

sauerkrautrock

July 18, 2016
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Blu, FOOD LP9
Clearly a CD-to-vinyl rip. Sounds Terrible. Tinny and very low volume.
wordsforthepictures

wordsforthepictures

May 6, 2016
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, Cass, Album, K4-89442
As shown in photos, US cassette also includes Popscene near end of side B.
john.noble.982292

john.noble.982292

February 8, 2016
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, LP, Album, Unofficial, Whi, FOOD LP9
Sound quality is very low on this pressing really need to turn up the volume
ricknbecca

ricknbecca

November 17, 2015
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition, 180, FOODLPX9, 5099962483919
I don't see why this had to be expanded to a 2xLP? The second disc could have been used for B-Sides...*grumble*
mattmacneil

mattmacneil

February 10, 2015
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition, 180, FOODLPX9, 5099962483919
Very well pressed like all of the other Blur reissues.
steadyryan

steadyryan

December 28, 2012
referencing Modern Life Is Rubbish, LP, Album, FOOD LP 9, 0777 7 89442 1 8
I have a white vinyl copy of this record. What facts/info are we basing the notion that the colored copies are unofficial? Is there a statement from Blur or from Food Records? Thanks.