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‘I have no fucking idea’ – We asked Blur why they’re taking part in the ‘TFI Friday’ revival

Posted at 4:55 pm, June 12, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
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‘TFI Friday’, the laddish variety-slash-talk show that effused the ’90s, returns to C4 tonight at 9pm for a 90-minute special. Unsurprisingly Chris Evans and crew will be harking back to the Britpop era with a whole bunch of rock stars, actors and personalities, including Blur, Liam Gallagher and Shaun Ryder. Our music editor Oliver Keens caught up with key Britpop players Blur to ask them why they’re taking part in the whole revival.

‘I have no fucking idea,’ said Damon Albarn. ‘It’s a bit like a dream… It was something that we agreed to do on Chris’s programme, you know, it was one of those things when he’s asking you personally and you’re saying “sure”. I don’t know what it’s going to be like, but it seems to be very much dedicated to the ’90s.’

‘I think it’s a shame it’s so ’90s,’ added Alex James, ‘but Evans is a fucking genius at broadcasting so I’m sure it’ll be alright. I think he has a much wider appeal than just the Radio 2 demographic – he’s universal isn’t he?’

No doubt if you were born after 1980, you may not understand this old fashioned humour or the terrible dress sense, so Evans has invited some more current guests too, such as homegrown talent Rudimental, Tom Daley and Nick Grimshaw. All of whom Evans will undoubtedly involve in his bizarre features, including ‘Baby Left, Baby Right’, when he sticks a kid on a cushion and gets guests to guess whether it’ll fall, well, either left or right, and ‘Freak or Unique?’, during which members of the public show off their absurd party tricks. It’ll be a step back in time and it’ll be nuts.

Read our full interview with Blur in next week’s Time Out, out bright and early on Tuesday June 16.

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Want more throwback to the raving, Fred Perry-donning decade? Check out @TweetsFrom97′s top ten musical memories of 1997.

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