‘He needed to get on a practice in Tokyo to see what they have been like. He put on a facemask and did a shiver as a joke. Due to Covid-19, it now seems really prescient’
Blur toured Japan in 1992 and I went with them for NME. It was the primary time we’d seen Japanese youngsters sporting facemasks. Damon was intrigued, so he purchased one. Usually if you’re away with a band, you don’t get time to see anything of the cities you’re in – and a number of bands aren’t that anyway. But Blur have been keen to discover Tokyo. Damon needed to get on a practice and see what that was like. He seems to be like he’s shivering but I feel it was a joke to fit with the face masking. Back then, it was really uncommon to see a westerner sporting a masks. Because of Covid-19, the image seems actually prescient now.
NME acquired loads of letters concerning the shot. Individuals didn’t understand what was happening. How dare someone present vulnerability? I assumed it will make a very good cowl, however NME all the time needed the duvet star to be instantly recognisable and make eye contact, in order that they ran it inside.
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