Up until now, listeners have been urged to take one of two positions: 1) "Great pop band, until they went to America and sold out!"; or 2) "The early stuff is too British, but I love all that weird shit they did later on." There was a sense that you couldn't love it all-- the witty, theatrical, Kinks-inspired character sketches perfected on 1994's Parklife and the impressionistic elegies of their 1999 sad-bastard masterstroke, 13. And the choice was loaded. Think I'm exaggerating? Just read some of the reviews of their last two greatest-hits collections, 2000's Best of Blur and 2009's Midlife, both of which favored their later stuff. "Let Blur bash their way on towards the margins," Steve Sutherland wrote defensively in a 2000 issue of NME. "Just because these [early] songs embarrassed them once they started listening to broadsheet critics and retreated wounded from the big-sales battle with Oasis doesn't mean that we're morons to love them." Nine years later, Scott Plagenhoef observed on this site, "Few bands from the 90s increased their stature this decade among America's self-identifying indie set as much as Blur." Midlife, he said, "can be seen as a more Americentric look at Blur's career, which makes some sense as they still have a lot of fanbase growth potential in the States."
The artistic leap between Leisure and Modern Life Is Rubbish is roughly the same size as the one between Pablo Honey and The Bends: unpredictably huge. It's a statement record in title, sound, and content. What else can be said of an album that begins with a once-upon-a-time as dramatic as, "He's a 20th-century boy..." and draws upon an lineage of English guitar pop ranging from the Kinks to the Who to T. Rex? Blur would improve on these ideas on their next few records, but Modern Life remains a finely observed, tartly disillusioned snapshot of post-Thatcher Britain, buoyed by exquisite pop hooks. "Colin Zeal" and "Chemical World" also mark Albarn's first forays into the character study songs he'd later become known for. Into theater since his teens, Albarn would occasionally let drop in interviews that his greatest influences were Brecht, Weill, and Artaud's "theater of cruelty." Modern Life began to fulfill that promise: Blur were suddenly a band of ideas, though none so pompous that it weighed down the immediacy of their music.
As time goes on, 13 sounds more like a definitive statement, and 2003's Think Tank sounds more like a post-script. Recorded in Morocco after the first Gorillaz record and Coxon's departure (he plays on just one track, the gloomy "Battery in Your Leg"), it may be the only Blur record that suffers in retrospect. There are some great tracks ("Out of Time" and "Sweet Song") but it doesn't quite pack the punch it did a decade ago. On the other hand, the newest track in the box, the archly grand "Under the Westway", feels like a return to form, which is to say it finds the band sounding like it hasn't quite sounded before. In the liner notes, James points to something true, recalling the Think Tank tour: "It took at least four people to replace what [Coxon] does. Two backing singers, another guitarist, and a lead guitarist. And a percussionist." Now that the band is-- tentatively, feebly, and contemptuously as ever-- back together, it's even more clear that Blur is the alchemy between these four people.
It is an album stuck in a time warp, the Wonder Stuff being mostly remembered for their releases in the 90s, such and Welcome to the Cheap Seats, Size of a Cow and the alliance with Vic Reeves in Dizzy. This is more of a forgotten classic. At the time Miles Hunt was a self-centered, egotistical and generally a bit of an idiot, I think that this probably did not win them any extra fans. Incidentally, I met Miles a few years ago and he was really great.
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For about the first 30 minutes, some police trailed behind the protesters, but they did not interfere or try to stop the march. Then, at about 7:50 p.m., when the protesters approached 135th Street on Willis Avenue, they encountered a row of at least 50 police officers with bikes blocking them from continuing along Willis Avenue towards the Willis Avenue Bridge. To avoid a confrontation with the police, the group turned east on 136th Street to Brown Place. Another group of police officers and police cars blocked the southern intersection at Brown Place, preventing the protesters from turning right on Brown Place towards 135th Street. The group instead continued east on 136th Street. As they approached Brook Avenue at about 7:56 p.m., a wall of bicycle police in riot gear blocked them from continuing. Quickly, another group of police closed in on the protesters from behind, and some protesters attempted to split off or run away. Within moments, the group was trapped, or kettled, on a narrow street with no means of escape.
Two volunteers providing jail support and a protester who was arrested told Human Rights Watch that it appeared that white protesters were getting released earlier than Black protesters.  One observer said that it seemed white protesters were more likely to get summonses, while Black protesters were more likely to receive desk appearance tickets, which allow for greater police scrutiny through searches and fingerprinting. Human Rights Watch requested from the Bronx District Attorney an official breakdown on these issues by race, but was told this information was not available.
2. Invest greater resources in communities to advance public safety and equal rights, including through support to services that directly address underlying issues such as substance use disorders, homelessness, and poverty and that improve access to quality education, health care, and mental health support.
 Many of these reforms are explained in greater detail in the Human Rights Watch report A Roadmap for Re-imagining Public Safety in the United States: 14 Recommendations on Policing, Community Investment, and Accountability (New York: Human Rights Watch, 2020), -re-imagining-public-safety-united-states.
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