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Habitual

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 23 June 2009 by eT

Habitual: adjective 1 done constantly or as a habit. 2 regular; usual.

Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as Parklife
A morning soup can be avoided if you take a route straight through what is known as Parklife
John’s got brewer’s droop – he gets intimidated by the dirty pigeons – they love a bit of it (Parklife!)
Who’s that gutlord marching… you should cut down on your porklife mate… get some exercise!

(Blur, ‘Parklife’)

Sure, it’s not the meatiest definition in these pages, but Blur deserves credit for spicing up their pop lyrics with a little more zest than was strictly necessary.  Parklife was the title track of their third album, and was the third charting single from the album, reaching number 10 in the UK top 40 in September 1994.  The recording and its accompanying video highlighted the role of actor Phil Daniels (best known for his role in Quadrophenia and the soap EastEnders) as the Mockney narrator of the song, but 15 years after its release it’s singer Damon Albarn’s relentless goonery and mugging in the video that’s most striking.  If you can get past that it’s still a catchy slice of the Britpop boom at its apex.

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