Blur, the seminal English indie rock band who single handedly created the Britpop movement in the mid-90s and who’s singer Damon Albarn is the brains behind the hugely popular conceptual indie, dance, rap band Gorillaz, have made a surprise announcement that they are releasing a new recording, “Fools Day”, to celebrate this year’s Record Store Day.
The band defined the UK’s music scene throughout the 90s, but split up in 2003 and haven’t released any new music since their “Think Tank” album of the same year. They briefly reformed last year to play the Glastonbury festival (documented in the great “No distance left to run” movie, see the trailer below) but they weren’t expected to release any new material, so the new Syd Barret inspired single comes as a welcome surprise to music fans.
Record Store Day is an annual event which takes place on 17th April and sees record labels and shops work together to create special editions to help promote local independent record stores, and the sales of vinyl. The single is being released on a seven-inch vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies which will be avialable from a small number of participating shops. It’s bound to become a super rare collectors items so beg, borrow or steal a copy if you can!