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Blur — Beetlebum
Album: Blur
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6.7

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Total ratings: 878









Released: 1997
Length: 5:01
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Beetlebum, what you done
She's a gun, now what you done, beetlebum
Get nothing done, you beetlebum
Just get numb, now what you done, beetlebum

And when she lets me slip away
She turns me on and all my violence gone
Nothing is wrong, I just slip away and I am gone
Nothing is wrong, she turns me on
I just slip away and I am gone

Beetlebum, because you're young
She's a gun, now what you done, beetlebum
She'll suck your thumb, she'll make you come
'Cause she's your gun, now what you done, beetlebum

And when she lets me slip away
She turns me on and all my violence gone
Nothing is wrong, I just slip away and I am gone
There's nothing wrong, she turns me on
I just slip away and I am

He's on, he's on, he's on it
He's on, he's on, he's on it
He's on, he's on, he's on it
He's on, he's on, he's on it
He's on, he's on, he's on it
He's on, he's on, he's on it
He's on, he's on, he's on it
He's on, he's on, he's on it
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 mgkiwi wrote:
Nice modern remake of Spike Jones 'Beetle bomb' - and here is the winner 'Beeeeeeeeeetlebuuuuuuummmmmm'
 
My grandparents had that on a record.  Used to listen to it a lot at their house 25-30 years ago.  I miss them. (the grandparents that is)
Blur satisfies an area of my music hunger that no other band really can. They have a tremendously deep and varied catalog, and their latest album is sneakily good. Like other challenging music, latter day Blur often takes a few listens, then it really sinks in deep.
 celadonstone wrote:
The lyrics are saying "he saw" something, but I swear for awhile I heard "piss off" since its such a high pitch tone of voice.
 
Apparently singing 'he's on it'; not the 'piss on it' that I mis-heard and found confusing!
 More_Cowbell wrote:
who's bum are we singing about here?

 
Must be Ringo - Ring O geddit?
I call BULL#$%* on this rating.  6.6??
Absolutely brilliant sound from a top band......{#Cheers}  
This is what pop should be.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
This is the least of Blur.
 
. . . and still brilliant. 
 Cynaera wrote:

Ohhh, it's true - Spike Jones and his City Slickers totally warped my mind - that's the first thing I thought of when I heard this song! Glad I'm not alone, although I'm in the minority here... Who else has heard of Spike Jones?

 
I love Spike Jones. Saw him interviewed once, and he was getting antsy. So he's in his kitchen, right? He picks up a couple of butter knives, the old very round '50s type, and starts "drumming" everything in sight. Cupboard, pots, stovetop, the cat. Turns out he started as a percussionist, and he was showing off. What a musician. And the City Slickers—what a band! Honk! Clank! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!

Thanks to hearing this on RP, this song made the cut for my Beatles Were Here (Beatlesque) compilation. This was a very fun and educational research project ... Check it out and tell me what you think: https://sites.google.com/site/tanamusicpicks/home/theme-beatles-were-here
 The_Enemy wrote:
 Cynaera wrote:
Ohhh, it's true - Spike Jones and his City Slickers totally warped my mind - that's the first thing I thought of when I heard this song! Glad I'm not alone, although I'm in the minority here... Who else has heard of Spike Jones?
 

I remember the song and the name "Spike Jones" but didn't know he did the song and at first, I thought you were talking about Spike Milligan (who else has heard of him?).

  

Well, I did see him in "the Bedsitting Room" in the middle of the 6th decade of the last Century. Spike played The Post Office.
This is the least of Blur.
 Cynaera wrote:
Ohhh, it's true - Spike Jones and his City Slickers totally warped my mind - that's the first thing I thought of when I heard this song! Glad I'm not alone, although I'm in the minority here... Who else has heard of Spike Jones?
 

I remember the song and the name "Spike Jones" but didn't know he did the song and at first, I thought you were talking about Spike Milligan (who else has heard of him?).

 Vogelfrei wrote:
The title makes me think of Doodles Weaver calling a horse race while Spike Jones and the City Slickers play the William Tell Overture. Aaaaaand Beeetlebaaaaum
 
Ohhh, it's true - Spike Jones and his City Slickers totally warped my mind - that's the first thing I thought of when I heard this song! Glad I'm not alone, although I'm in the minority here... Who else has heard of Spike Jones?

 lmic wrote:
Mr. Lennon, please meet Mr. Cobain.
 
Good get. It amazes me that out of all the legions of Brit pop bands, Radiohead emerged at the top of the heap, but arguably Albarn emerged with a more interesting musical legacy. Regardless, two giants, yes?

 Shimmer wrote:
Channeling the White Album.
 
I suspect it may be a conscious homage - note the song title.


Channeling the White Album.

Never understood what's so great about this one.
what's with the chickens singing back up?
Lazy beatle-esque noodling...the doubled lead vocal for the 'effect' is a bit wearing. This doesn't do it for me.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
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Beetlebum! Beetlebum! Beetlebum!

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 ThePoose wrote:
Channelling John, are we?
 
yes, and quite enjoyably....(is there such a word?)

CARS. Let the good times roll.
NOTHING IS WRONG   ALWAYS THIS HELPS ME
Blur's reunited for the summer festival circuit and maybe some new music...
who's bum are we singing about here?
Channelling John, are we?
 TravelRat wrote:
I don't know what it is about Blur, but I find myself usually almost liking their tunes but somehow something doesn't work for me. Can't quite pinpoint it, but...
 

There is something like pop parody in their music, kinda like the Dandy Warhols.  I like their album "13" a lot, which has some more serious efforts. It did not seem to be appreciated as much by their fans.
I don't know what it is about Blur, but I find myself usually almost liking their tunes but somehow something doesn't work for me. Can't quite pinpoint it, but...
Drat.  At first I thought this was going to be Me First & The Gimme Gimmes cover of "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard".

This is not as good.  We need some Gimme Gimmes on here!
 rcurrier wrote:

"And it's Jayne Mansfield, way out front!" Growing up listening to Dr. Demento will do terrible things to a young mind. (I prefer Spike Jones to Blur any day.)
 
lol. Thanks for the belly laugh {#Lol}
rluking wrote:
Their best effort, IMHO.
Agreed. :daisy:
Their best effort, IMHO.
lmic wrote:
Mr. Lennon, please meet Mr. Cobain.
ah, but the bastard child is beautiful!
eastcoast wrote:
I doubt if the self indulgent Mr. Cobain would have much cared for meeting Mr. Lennon despite all the ridiculous comparisons that are made. Remember Mr. Lennon was killed by someone else's gun.
Please. Lennon was pretty damn self-indulgent himself. "Bed-in"??
Why is the cover all blurry?...Oh wait, no I see now.
eastcoast wrote:
I doubt if the self indulgent Mr. Cobain would have much cared for meeting Mr. Lennon despite all the ridiculous comparisons that are made. Remember Mr. Lennon was killed by someone else's gun.
Wrong - the Beatles were a major influence on Kurt - and you can hear it - Nirvana'a melodies are so beautiful - only hiding the pain and anguish of a sad tortured soul - all suicides are "self indulgent" to a degree but don't confuse your use of the term
nice. forgot about this one. thanks RP
Great tune. Great tune. Great tune.
one of my favourite blur songs :clap:
love this!
I doubt if the self indulgent Mr. Cobain would have much cared for meeting Mr. Lennon despite all the ridiculous comparisons that are made. Remember Mr. Lennon was killed by someone else's gun. themotion wrote:
What a great moment that could have been.
lmic wrote:
Mr. Lennon, please meet Mr. Cobain.
What a great moment that could have been.
lmic wrote:
Mr. Lennon, please meet Mr. Cobain.
good note
rock this. love this _entire_ groove.
Nice modern remake of Spike Jones 'Beetle bomb' - and here is the winner 'Beeeeeeeeeetlebuuuuuuummmmmm'
Mr. Lennon, please meet Mr. Cobain.
Another great classic! Thanks, RP!
The lyrics are saying "he saw" something, but I swear for awhile I heard "piss off" since its such a high pitch tone of voice.
fatcatjb wrote:
I'll be glad when this is over... oddly out of place on RP
Why is it the different from the other eclectic stuff? :rolleyes:
Farquwaar wrote:
Dude, that is so me on that gurney!!!!
That's me taking the picture. "She'll suck your thumb She'll make you come" Nice.
Blur RAWKS!
this was such a killer album sans "song 2" (due to overplay)
Vogelfrei wrote:
The title makes me think of Doodles Weaver calling a horse race while Spike Jones and the City Slickers play the William Tell Overture.
"And it's Jayne Mansfield, way out front!" Growing up listening to Dr. Demento will do terrible things to a young mind. (I prefer Spike Jones to Blur any day.)
I'll be glad when this is over... oddly out of place on RP
This tune is so....so....ugly. Yea. its ugly.
:arghhh: :puke: :razz:
Vogelfrei wrote:
The title makes me think of Doodles Weaver calling a horse race while Spike Jones and the City Slickers play the William Tell Overture. Aaaaaand Beeetlebaaaaum
Yes! I just heard that old stick-in-your-mind horse race version of the overture the other day and thought of this. Beetlebaum the horse was apparently really "Feitlebaum", so no relation.
I don't know why and maybe I'm definetely wrong but...I think that this is the closest blur'song to beatles' spirit.... :think:
Thas fracking SUCKS :puke:
MojoJojo wrote:
Do beetles have bums? :ask:
Lightning bugs do... their light shines out their bums!
Do beetles have bums? :ask:
Dude, that is so me on that gurney!!!!
ThePoose wrote:
This sounds more like Beatlebum.
Hah, very nice. And I agree.
Mari wrote: Aren't we all just Beetlebum Blurs!.........
I think so
This sounds more like Beatlebum.
yummy britpop. high quality stuff. none of that overblown oasis dreck...
Yes! "and when she lets me slip away"...more from this album!
:music:
Long live Britpop!
Mari wrote:
Aren't we all just Beetlebum Blurs!......... :chillpill:
I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean, but it sounds a bit gross. :shifty:
I very much like Blur and find the breadth of style and the level of musicianship to be such that it is Blur that is better referenced with the Beatles than Oasis. Interesting because it is Oasis that has labored so hard to manufacture music and hype that has Oasis as the latter day heir to the Fab Four. Bang! spot on. Liam should get his teeth knocked out by irate Germans every week.
Not bad, but the problem with trying to do a Beatles thingie is that you can't win. This type of thing always suffers from the comparision with the real thing - sort of like frozen pizza. It just make me want to crank up the Beatles. Oh, Bill just did exactly that. Dig that pony! I told ya so!
I love blurs stuff. Sadly the last year or so its gone down hill. Since Graham left. But this tracks great :) I cant beleave the Guardian called Blur 13 Too emotional and crap. I was shocked. I thought it was probebly the best album they ever made. And at the time the best thing going. Theres just no pleasing some people :) Nutsy
The title makes me think of Doodles Weaver calling a horse race while Spike Jones and the City Slickers play the William Tell Overture. Aaaaaand Beeetlebaaaaum
this whole album is superb. I bought it 6/7 years ago and didn't really like it for a while. But woe does it ever grow on you, it's got such a great mood and feel. great at a party or just to sit and listen to. and there's no comparrison with oasis, blur is far and away superior and nearly completely different genres
:yell: P E R F E C T !!! :roflol: :drummer: :guitarist: :meditate.gif:
Blur! I'm so in. I kind of peripherally knew their stuff, and then finally bought their best of- It stayed in the CD player in my car for months- Can you play "Low" or "Parklife" or "Tender"? Thanks.......
Gish05 wrote:
Great tune. Blur > Oasis, by the way.
I agree! I even like Damon Albarn's cartoon band. :D
Great tune. Blur > Oasis, by the way.
Johray63 wrote:
battle between them and Oasis
Oasis was/is so much better... IMO
Irritating on SO many levels.
The correct answer is "droning". In a good kind of way, that is. ;)
:cool:
Just about to go to bed, but had to listen to this one. It's great at the end with the guitar part.
maniko wrote:
More Blur please
I second that request
Ahhh. Thank you. Feeling better now. Mas Blur, por favor!
I like Blur and all, but I gotta say that I kinda hate this song. I don't know why, really. It just grates.
Now this is what I needed this morning. :D
the_om wrote:
What does Beetlebum mean? Is it a reference to Paul McArtney's bottom?
Fookin' brilliant!
Not their best by a long chalk.......
Kinda sounds like the Beatles mixed with Lenny Kravitz...
From side 5 of the White Album...
Great tune. How about \"Tender\"?
First time I\'ve heard this. When it started I didn\'t like it very much, but over the course of the song it has grown on me a lot. I need to hear more Blur. What does Beetlebum mean? Is it a reference to Paul McArtney\'s bottom?
More Blur please
not bad, but i think they sound more like the kinks not the beatles.
I very much like Blur and find the breadth of style and the level of musicianship to be such that it is Blur that is better referenced with the Beatles than Oasis. Interesting because it is Oasis that has labored so hard to manufacture music and hype that has Oasis as the latter day heir to the Fab Four. Bollocks! as far as I am concerned. It is Blur that more naturally has earned that distinction - if such a distinction must be made. Blur, especially from the \"Parklife\" and \"Girls and Boys\" era material, has evoked comparisons with the Kinks as well. By the way, rent or buy Blur\'s video hits DVD if only to see the hilarious \"Coffee and Tea\". Brilliant.
Very, very, VERY.......... beatles.
YES!! More Blur please. This band is SO much more than the "Woo-ooo" song that gets played at EVERY sporting event. The early stuff from "Modern Life is rubbish" is great. Bill... more Blur please :clap: :notworthy: :clap:
I\'ve never heard this band before, but they have certainly listened to a lot of Beatles, haven\'t they? Great sound. If this is what they do, please play more.
Wasn\'t this band victimized by the so cald battle between them and Oasis, set up by the (English) media? I quess they\'ve just made some good music, listening to this, but that\'s not enough anymore, to a lot of people as it seems.