Album covers analysed: Blur, Parklife

Published: 4th Feb, 2009

Oi oi, it’s some cockneys!


Stop an American and force him/her to describe a Londoner – seriously, the results are amazing. They might tell you about a guy called Dick Van Dyke, or insist that everyone wears bowler hats and honks “afternoon” to one another in the street. It’s not their fault, that’s just what George W Bush told them. In the same way that Blair told all of us that Americans wear mirrored shades. They don’t. Now, phase 2 of this exercise is to ask a mob of students at Goldsmiths’ College – they will be wearing military jackets and baseball boots, by the way – to show you pictures of what it really means to be from London. They’ll immediately produce a portfolio of abstract drawings of pie and mash shops, cubist paintings of people in sheepskin jackets getting up to all sorts of mischief, and probably a photograph of a dog track. Much like the one used by the  ex-Goldsmiths’ College attendees in Blur on their album, Parklife. A great record.

Enjoy a cockney knees up after the jump…

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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