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Under the Westway

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Under the Westway is a single by English alternative rock band Blur, released in July 2012. After being played by Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon at Brixton Academy as part of a charity performance for War Child, speculation rose as to “Under the Westway”‘s release. On the 25th June 2012, it was announced on Blur’s Twitter account that the track would be performed live by the band via a live stream and released for download shortly after, with Albarn stating “I wrote these songs for [the upcoming Hyde Park show] and I’m really excited about getting out there and playing them for people.” The single was released as a download-only release on 2 July 2012, accompanied by The Puritan, and received a physical release in August. The song also made its radio debut on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 6 Music show on the same day. It is the band’s first single since 2010′s “Fool’s Day”. An early mix of the song is included on the Blur 21 box set.

The performances of Under the Westway and The Puritan on 2 July are the first live performances of new material by the whole band since 30 January 1999, when all four members played a fan-club only concert at Finchley Arts Depot, London.That was at the start of the 13 tour, in which all songs from that album bar two were premiered.

7″, download

  1. “Under the Westway”
  2. “The Puritan”

CD

  1. “Under the Westway”
  2. “Under the Westway” (acoustic)
  3. “Under the Westway” (instrumental)
  4. “The Puritan”
  5. “The Puritan” (instrumental)