One pretty good rock star move when you're about to debut some of your first new music in years, like Blur did earlier today with a livestreaming performance, is to not open the video with a trip down memory lane that revisits all of your greatest hits and shows the band looking young and handsome and energetic. Seems like it would get fans excited for the good old days, right? But what really ends up happening is you're like, "Oh shit, 'There's No Other Way' was a killer song. I better go listen to that. Fuuuck, 'She's So High' was my jam too." Next thing, you're like, "Man, Damon Albarn was a super-cutie, and he had so much hair back then. I used to have a lot more hair back then too :( Wait a minute, I'm getting old...I'm getting old!!"
After some serious soul-searching, I finally got around to checking out the live video for “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan,” which they debuted live on a London rooftop. Turns out, Albarn has a lot more hair than I was originally giving him credit for in my imagination. I think I should probably mention that right off the bat. Wasn't that dude going bald like ten years ago?
Recorded versions of the songs, which are available for purchase now on iTunes, were released after the stream went live and the band conducted an interview on Twitter where fans got to ask super important questions like this one.