Blur Headline Olympics, Reveal Song

Britpop legends Blur have revealed a new song, and have announced they will close the London 2012 Olympics. Not forgetting tonight's Brit Awards performance...

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Blur have revealed a brand new song, and announced plans to headline a special show to close the London 2012 Olympics.

It follows comments from the band which had said their reunion tonight at the Brit Awards may be their last.

The band will be awarded with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, and will perform an 11-minute set to close the Brit Awards - the longest ever given to a recipient of the award, according to Gigwise.

Writing in The Sun, bassist Alex James said the Brit Awards reunion was like "reassembling the A-Team for one last job". He also explained why they originally split - and why they are now happy to perform together again.

"As much as we loved Blur, if you do anything day in, day out for 15 years, it becomes a job," he said. "We all needed to go our separate ways and do other things with our lives. Now when we play together, it's for the joy of it, like in our early days."

Of course, the band have now accepted an invite to play at the Olympics show, which is raising hopes for a full-scale reunion tour and album.

Listen to new song "Under The Westway" here, the first since 2010's "Fools Day" which was released as a limited edition vinyl and download for Record Store Day.

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Should Blur have stayed in the 90s, or does it make sense for Britpop to make a comeback for the Olympics? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    '93
    BlueIceBox wrote: WOO HOO
    i see what you did there
    Baconfish
    24murraygnr wrote: Glass Prisoner wrote: So, to represent the UK and their contribution to music over many decades and to close the most anticipated sports event in the world they choose Blur?!? Am I missing something? I completely agree. Blur are ok but really?, should have gotten The Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd for the Olympics.
    They'd need to get Mick Jagger to talk to Keith Richards for the first one and a spade for the second, but sure.
    Glass Prisoner
    So, to represent the UK and their contribution to music over many decades and to close the most anticipated sports event in the world they choose Blur?!? Am I missing something?
    the_modfather
    The singer better come out in a Red Imperial Military jacket waving the Union Flag to make up for maiden not doing it
    OtherGuy
    Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones Radiohead Rolling Stones Pink Floyd Muse In no particular order, these are all bands that would be better headliners, that said I actually love Blur!
    24murraygnr
    Glass Prisoner wrote: So, to represent the UK and their contribution to music over many decades and to close the most anticipated sports event in the world they choose Blur?!? Am I missing something?
    I completely agree. Blur are ok but really?, should have gotten The Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd for the Olympics.
    vinnym86
    OtherGuy wrote: Muse ...bands that would be better headliners...
    I'd take Blur over Muse any day
    refizzled
    YEAH! These guys are so underrated, but in my opinion that's what makes them even greater. And yes, you just witnessed hipster tendencies from a metalhead.
    RichieJovie
    The Olympics, show the world what Britain does best. Apparently crap has been indie bands who can't sing... Yay Go UK.
    burninfrets
    what happened to Coldplay? I mean Blur is cool and all but I dont understand the logic... Muse, Radiohead, shit let Adele do it.... I mean not to shit on Blur but there are far better choices.... get Skream and Benga to do it.
    MarkSlayer2009
    I hope they perform better than they did at last nights Brit awards - they were bloody awful!
    tom11
    Great news. Blur were never really a 'Brit Pop' band though, their influences and mix of styles were too varied, they just got lumped into it with bands like Supergrass cos it was cool at the time. New album please!
    DisarmGoliath
    On behalf of the UK, I'd like to take this moment to apologise to the rest of the world: Guys, we're sorry!
    CinderellaFan14
    Blur is cool and all, but... OVER PINK FLOYD OR LED ZEPPELIN??? I hope this a prank! It's the LONDON OLYMPICS! You don't get a London Olympics every year or two! You should get the biggest bands from London to represent London! Blur? They're good, but NO! If there's no Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd at the Olympics, then some band is going to get bashed!
    jakka93
    What about the Azerbaijani melodic death metal band that only i've heard of?!!!
    dollyDagger
    Very cool indeed. They should keep going, they're still young. Olympics have got it right. I would much rather watch this instead of the games.
    Shuei5
    I don't mind mind Blur closing, but I really still hope there was something to the rumors about Bowie opening the Olympics...
    daken_1
    Blur is cool and all, but... OVER PINK FLOYD OR LED ZEPPELIN??? I hope this a prank! It's the LONDON OLYMPICS! You don't get a London Olympics every year or two! You should get the biggest bands from London to represent London! Blur? They're good, but NO! If there's no Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd at the Olympics, then some band is going to get bashed!
    If you people actually read the news, then you would know 2 things. 1. Robert Plant is WAY too stubborn to have a Led Zeppelin reunion, even if it IS the Olympics. 2. Pink Floyd only has 3/5 of the original members left, and I personally think they're awesome but they would look kind of awkward at a major event compared to Blur because all the essential members of Blur are still there and that just wouldn't suit the Olympics. However I do agree that Radiohead and Muse are totally better candidates.
    LeakyFlask
    Ah, Blur was my favorite band as a kid. Still remember when my dad told me about Graham Coxon's departure. It wasn't all that bad though, because I spent all of the next summer listening to Think Tank. Good times, still a smashing album and a smashing band.
    revolution1251
    Blur defined a generation... They have as much right to be up there than anyone else, more right than Muse to be fair. Also RichieJovie would you say the same about Bob Dylan or Hendrix? They couldn't sing, they were still awesome though.