Blur release limited-release record
Published 17/04/2010 | 04:17
Music fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the limited edition release of Blur's first new material for seven years on Saturday.
The band chose to make the single-sided vinyl available only through independent record shops, saying they were an "important part of our musical culture".
Just 1,000 copies of Fool's Day, recorded earlier this month, will be offered for purchase.
Some indie stores will stock just two copies and have come up with ingenious methods of distributing them fairly among fans to cope with the expected demand.
The single - in a minimal blue sleeve - is being issued on seven-inch vinyl by label Parlophone to mark Record Store Day.
The day aims to highlight the continuing contribution of Britain's 300-odd remaining indie shops to music.
It is the first track to feature all four members since Battery In Your Leg from the album Think Tank, released in 2003.
Spencer Hickman, of London's Rough Trade East store and spokesman for the event, said: "We have had people contact us from all over the world. Some people are even threatening to fly in for the day just in the hope of picking up a copy of the Blur single."
Pure Groove records in London's Smithfield will hold a Blur Quiz, while Blackcat Records in Taunton plans to raffle the single.
The release is one of more than 100 exclusive items to be made available at indie stores participating in Record Store Day, including 1,000 copies of seven-inch vinyl of The Rolling Stones Plundered My Soul, a previously unreleased track from their Exile On Main Street sessions.