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Parklife is a Britpop album by the band Blur, released on April 25, 1994 (see 1994 in music). The album, along with Oasis' Definitely Maybe, launched the Britpop revolution in music in the UK and elsewhere. The bands' sketches of British life among ordinary men and women prompted many reviewers to compare the band to The Kinks. Another probable influence, especially on the title song, is The Small Faces. A surprising influence on the lyrics of "This Is a Low" is the BBC's Shipping Forecast.

Track listing

  1. "Girls & Boys" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 4:51
  2. "Tracy Jacks" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 4:20
  3. "End of a Century" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 2:45
  4. "Parklife" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 3:05
  5. "Bank Holiday" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 1:42
  6. "Badhead" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 3:25
  7. "The Debt Collector" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 2:10
  8. "Far Out" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 1:41
  9. "To the End" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 4:05
  10. "London Loves" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 4:15
  11. "Trouble in the Message Centre" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 4:09
  12. "Clover over Dover" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 3:22
  13. "Magic America" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 3:38
  14. "Jubilee" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 2:47
  15. "This Is a Low" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 5:07
  16. "Lot 105" (Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree) - 1:17

Personnel

  • Phil Daniels - Trombone, Horn, Narrator
  • Damon Albarn - Synthesizer, Strings, Harpsichord, Organ (Hammond), Programming, Recorder, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Melodica, Moog Synthesizer, Vibraphone
  • Simon Clarke - Flute, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone)
  • Graham Coxon - Guitar (Acoustic), Clarinet, Guitar, Percussion, Guitar (Electric), Saxophone, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Richard Edwards - Trombone
  • Louise Fuller - Violin
  • Kevin Godley - Director
  • Stephen Hague - Piano, Producer, Engineer
  • Alex James - Guitar, Vocals, Noise
  • Richard Koster - Violin
  • Roddy Lorimer - Trombone
  • Ivan McCready - Cello
  • John Metcalfe - Arranger, Viola
  • Leo Payne - Strings
  • Mark Pharoah - Violin
  • Chris Pitsillides - Strings
  • Audrey Riley - Strings
  • Dave Rowntree - Percussion, Drums, Programming, Noise, Crowd Noise
  • Laetitia Sadier - Vocals
  • Tim Sanders - Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
  • John Smith - Producer, Engineer
  • Stephen Street - Keyboards, Programming, Sound Effects, Producer
  • Bob Thomas - Photography
  • Chris Tombling - Strings
  • Brunskill - Photography
  • Far Out - Guitar (Bass), Crowd Noise
  • John Smith - Engineer

Chart positions Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album

 1994	Heatseekers	                No. 6
Billboard (North America) - singles
 1994	Girls	The Billboard Hot 100	                No. 59
 1994	Girls	Modern Rock Tracks	                No. 4
 1994	Girls	Top 40 Mainstream	                No. 40
 1994	Girls	Hot Dance Music/Club Play	        No. 21
 1994	Girls	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales	No. 23



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