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"Song 2" (often mistakenly titled as "Woo Hoo") is a song by English rock band Blur, the second track from their 1997 eponymous fifth studio album. Released in April 1997, "Song 2" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart,[3] number four on the Australian ARIA Charts,[4] and number six on US Billboard Alternative Songs (previously called Billboard Modern Rock Tracks).[5]

"Song 2"
Blur song 2 CD1.jpg
Single by Blur
from the album Blur
B-side
  • "Get Out of Cities"
Released7 April 1997 (1997-04-07)
Format
Recorded1996
StudioMayfair Studios
(London, England)
Genre
Length2:02
LabelFood
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Stephen Street
Blur singles chronology
"Beetlebum"
(1997)
"Song 2"
(1997)
"On Your Own"
(1997)
Audio sample
"Song 2" by Blur.
Music video
"Song 2" on YouTube

At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, "Song 2" was nominated for Best Group Video, and Best Alternative Video.[6] At the 1998 Brit Awards, the song was nominated for Best British Single, and Best British Video.[7] In December 1998, BBC Radio 1 listeners voted "Song 2" the 15th Best Track Ever.[8] In 2011, NME placed it number 79 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[9]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The track was originally nicknamed "Song 2" as a working title, but the name stuck.[10] The song is two minutes and two seconds long, with two verses, two choruses and a hook featuring Damon Albarn yelling "woo-hoo!" as the distorted bass comes in. It is the second song on Blur's self-titled album, as well as Blur: The Best Of, and was the second single released from the former album.[11] Some writers have stated that the song is intended to be a parody of the grunge genre,[12][13] while others state that it was a parody of radio hits and the music industry with a punk rock chorus.[14]

ReceptionEdit

In the UK, "Song 2" built upon the success of Blur's chart-topping single "Beetlebum" to reach number two in the charts.[3] It was also popular on radio stations in the US; consequently, it went at number 55 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, number 6 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, staying on that chart for 26 weeks and number 25 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[15] This is the band's only crossover hit to date crossing over to top 40 radio. It also placed number two on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 1997 in Australia. The song is atypical of Blur's previous style. The song's intro has been called Graham Coxon's "finest moment".[16]

Music videoEdit

The music video for this song was directed by Sophie Muller, and it features the band playing in a small, secluded room with loud amplifiers behind them. During the choruses, the volume of the song sends the band members crashing against the walls and ground. The set used was modeled on that in the video for their pre-breakthrough single "Popscene".

Live performancesEdit

On 20 October 2018 at the Demon Dayz Fest LA, Damon Albarn's other well-known band Gorillaz played the familiar Song 2 theme but in characteristic Gorillaz style with dub/funk elements. While recognition was still dawning on the audience, Graham Coxon joined Gorillaz onstage and launched into his original riff before he and Gorillaz went on to perform the classic arrangement to an enthusiastic reception.[17]

In popular cultureEdit

The song became popular in the UK and overseas upon its release in 1997, and featured on college and modern rock radio stations in the US.[18]

Licensed worldwide on numerous occasions, its first appearance came as the title music for the hit FIFA video game FIFA: Road to World Cup 98. It has been used in commercials for the Pentium II, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra, and television spots for the film Starship Troopers.[18]

"Song 2" was used as part of the London 2011 New Year's Eve fireworks display.[19] It appeared in shortened form mixed alongside various other landmark British tracks including "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles, "We Will Rock You" by Queen, and "London Calling" by The Clash.[19]

"Northrop Grumman, which is an American defence contractor, got in touch with us and asked if they could use the song for their trade shows to promote the next generation of stealth fighters," said Blur manager Chris Morrison in 2010. "We thought that was probably inappropriate. The money was great but we turned it down."[20] Albarn is an antiwar campaigner.[9][21]

FilmEdit

The song was used in the trailer for Thunderbirds.[22]

"Song 2" was also used in some TV spots for the film Starship Troopers.[23]

It was used in BMW Films' short film Star featuring Clive Owen and Madonna.[24]

TelevisionEdit

The song is briefly featured in the episode "Malled" of the animated series Daria.[25] The song appears in the Parks and Recreation episode "Prom".[18] "Song 2" is also featured in "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" (1999) of the animated series The Simpsons (Season 10, Episode 12) as part of a montage sequence which ends satirically.[26]

Track listingEdit

All music composed by Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree. All lyrics composed by Albarn.

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[45] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[46] Platinum 50,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Platinum 600,000 

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Richin, Leslie (12 January 2017). "20 Alternative Rock Hits Turning 20 in 2017". Billboard. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  2. ^ Pappademas, Alex (February 2003). "Essential Britpop". Spin. 19 (2): 56. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
  4. ^ "Blur - Song 2 (Song)". Australian Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  5. ^ Billboard Alternative Songs Billboard.com. Retrieved 9-1-2014
  6. ^ 1997 MTV Video Music Awards Rock On The Net. Retrieved 10 February 2012
  7. ^ The Brits 1998 Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2012
  8. ^ Radio 1 - Best Tracks Ever Rock List.net. Retrieved 10 February 2012
  9. ^ a b "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years | #79 Blur - Song 2". NME. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  10. ^ Hottest 100 - Of All Time: Song 2. Blur ABC.net. Retrieved 10 February 2012
  11. ^ "Woo hoo! 20 things you may not know about Blur's 'Song 2'". CBC Music. 29 April 2018.
  12. ^ Lau, Melody. "Woo hoo! 20 things you may not know about Blur's 'Song 2'". CBC Music. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  13. ^ DeVille, Chris. ""Song 2″ Turns 20". Stereogum.
  14. ^ Paulas, Rick. "Woo-hoo! 20 Years Ago, Blur's 'Song 2' Became an Unlikely Sports Anthem". Vice Sports. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  15. ^ Blur | AllMusic
  16. ^ Harry Wylie (August 1997).Top Ten Indie Guitarists Total Guitar. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  17. ^ Gorillaz - Covering Blur-Song 2 with Graham Coxon, Demon Dayz Fest LA, October 20, 2018, 2010-10-18, retrieved 2018-10-18
  18. ^ a b c Song 2 at AllMusic Song 2 | AllMusic
  19. ^ a b "London Eye fireworks mark new year 2011". BBC News. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  20. ^ digitalspy.com/music/a199327/morrison-duffy-coke-ad-was-abysmal/
  21. ^ Wilson, Jamie (9 April 2004). "Britpop rebel with a cause says no new nukes". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  22. ^ AdsNTrailers (2010-02-12), Thunderbirds (2004) Short Movie Trailer, retrieved 2017-08-23
  23. ^ AdsNTrailers (1997-05-12), Starship Troopers (1997) TV Trailer, retrieved 2018-12-18
  24. ^ "BMW Films 'Star'". YouTube. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Soundtrack Daria: Blur - Song 2". u-subtitles.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012.
  26. ^ "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday". The Simpsons. Season 10. Episode 12. FOX. 1999.
  27. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Blur – Song 2". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  28. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blur – Song 2" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  29. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 3223." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  30. ^ "Lescharts.com – Blur – Song 2" (in French). Les classement single.
  31. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Song 2". Irish Singles Chart.
  32. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blur – Song 2" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  33. ^ "Notowanie nr800" (in Polish). LP3. 30 May 1997. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  34. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  35. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blur – Song 2". Singles Top 100.
  36. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  37. ^ "Blur Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard.
  38. ^ "Blur Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  39. ^ "Blur Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  40. ^ "Chart: CLUK Update 13.06.2009 (wk23)". Zobbel. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  41. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  42. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  43. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1997". ARIA. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  44. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 50 Alternative Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  45. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  46. ^ "Italian single certifications – Blur – Song 2" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 25 June 2018. Select "2018" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Song 2" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  47. ^ "British single certifications – Blur – Song 2". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 October 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Song 2 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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