Me Me Me

Hanging Around

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This one-off collaboration between Blur's Alex James, Elastica's Justin Welch, Stephen Duffy (of Tin Tin and pre-fame Duran Duran), and school friend of James, Charlie Bloor, should jog the memories of anyone revelling in Brit-pop's glory days of the mid-'90s, when songs were at their quirkiest and lyrics were at their most meaningless. To followers of the scene, the names involved were of household fame and James' familiar, disinterested vocal style immediately recognizable from Blur's "Far Out" from 1994's Parklife. On the title track, he duets with Duffy about the pleasures of being busy doing nothing, a familiar theme, indeed, to James and perhaps a celebration of his self-promoted celebrity lifestyle. Up-tempo and punchy, a brassy interlude and hummed chorus follow the ostentation of a verse sung entirely in French, and the kitschiest of logos and artwork could only be from one era in British pop music. Like other hybrid acts -- Lush featuring Jarvis Cocker, Lodger -- Me Me Me wasn't meant to last, but could gain assurance from the fact that "Hanging Around" would almost definitely appear on every Brit-pop fan's mix tapes for many years to come.

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