"Parklife" is a song by Blur. It is the title track of their 1994 album Parklife. When released as the album's third single, "Parklife" reached #10 in the UK singles chart. The song has spoken verses, narrated by actor Phil Daniels, who also appears in the song's music video.
A number of newspaper articles about the young middle classes' adoption of Estuary English - a phenomenon of which Blur's frontman Damon Albarn was a prominent example - appeared during the single's chart run, including one in The Sunday Times on the day the song entered the singles chart (although Daniels's accent is closer to Cockney).
The song played a part in Blur's supposed feud with fellow Britpop band Oasis when, at the 1996 BRIT Awards, the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, taunted Blur by singing a drunken rendition of "Parklife" (with Liam changing the lyrics to "Shite-life"). The members of Oasis were collecting the "Best British Album" award, which both bands had been nominated for.
The song's video features Daniels as a smarmy double glazing salesman, with Albarn as his assistant and the other band members appearing as various characters from the song. At one point, Albarn is impressed to see a man carrying a placard reading "Modern Life Is Rubbish", the title of Blur's previous album; on the reverse is written "End of a Century", the title of their subsequent single from Parklife.
The song is still very popular today, with occasional radio plays and regular appearances on music television, in shows such as "The Best of... 1994" on The Vault.
In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Parklife" at number 41 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.
- "To The End" (French version)