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Blur: Country House (1995)

Blur take a trip inside the fictional board game, "Escape from the Rat Race".

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Cast

Credited cast:
Blur ... Themselves
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damon Albarn ... Himself
Keith Allen ... Successful Fella
Graham Coxon ... Himself
Joanne Guest Joanne Guest ... Model
Alex James ... Himself
Matt Lucas ... Doctor
Dave Rowntree ... Himself
Sara Stockbridge Sara Stockbridge ... Model
Vanessa Upton Vanessa Upton ... Model
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Blur's video clip to their 1995 great hit "Country House" presents the band performing inside a game called 'Escape from The Rat Race', along with a businessman who is happily delighted with his new house in the country and the great time he spends in it. Balzac, herbal bath, animals farms and even a Queen reference are part of the classic video. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1995 (UK) See more »

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Big Talk Productions See more »
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Country House
Music by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree
Lyrics by Damon Albarn
Performed by Blur
(c) Food Records 1995
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One of Blur's best moments
27 December 2016 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

One of Blur's greatest video moments, "Country House" there's so much going on that it's almost impossible to define with great accuracy what went on in the director and the band's minds to create this clip. The general idea revolves around the band playing a game called Rat Race which brings another character, the individual referenced in the song as someone who left the city and goes to the country to escape the crazy city life, now taking a different routine but necessarily escaping from what he knew back in the old ways. Note that it's a country house and life yet he still dressed as a fine gentleman. In the meantime, Damon Albarn performs the song amidst humored situations - the other three members aren't so present, except some funny bits with Alex James.

The colors, the visual, the production design and the concept are all winners in here - which includes a brief spoof on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"; and the song is just perfect - vibrant, sonorous and delicious to hear. Like many of Blur's clips of the decade this is definitely a greatest hit just like the cinematic "The Universal", the hilarious "Charmless Man" and "Parklife", and the magical "Beetlebum". It's just not iconic like "Song 2", which despite its simplicity created some of the most memorable images of the 1990's. But "Country House" has the band on a bathtub; Alex James trying to mount a pig; the female dancers moving on fast forward; and Damon being his usual adorable with plenty of expression - too bad he only had one acting role on a movie. Class act. 9/10


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