Blurry

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"Blurry"
Pomb.jpg
Single by Puddle of Mudd
from the album Come Clean
ReleasedOctober 30, 2001 (2001-10-30)
FormatCD
RecordedOctober – December 2000
GenrePost-grunge
Length
  • 5:04 (album version)
  • 4:17 (radio and video version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Puddle of Mudd singles chronology
"Control"
(2001)
"Blurry"
(2001)
"Drift & Die"
(2002)
Music video
"Blurry" on YouTube

"Blurry" is a song by the American rock band Puddle of Mudd. It was released in October 2001 as the second single from the album Come Clean.

Composition and background[edit]

Composition[edit]

Guitar One magazine named Doug Ardito's "Blurry" guitar harmonic riff as one of its "Top Ten Riffs of the Decade".[citation needed]

The song is written in the key of G major with a moderately slow tempo of 78 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression of C–D–Em, and the vocals in the song span from C4 to C7.[1]

Background[edit]

Puddle of Mudd's lead singer Wes Scantlin wrote this about his desire to be a good father and spend quality time with his son, Jordan. "Blurry" angered Jordan's mother when she first heard it. She and Scantlin are separated. According to Scantlin, "Blurry" facilitated discussion of unresolved issues within their marriage and improved their relationship.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Blurry" is Puddle of Mudd's most successful song, reaching the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts for ten and nine weeks, respectively. This soon propelled the single to mainstream success, reaching the number 5 spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[3] and Billboard Hot 100[4] and number 3 on the Pop Songs chart. The song is also the band's highest selling U.S. single ever, with sales of 753,000 copies, as of 2010.[5] Additionally, the song's writers, Wes Scantlin, Doug Ardito, and Jimmy Allen won ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Song of the Year and Pop Song of the Year for this tune.[6] "Blurry" also won two Billboard Awards in 2002, for Modern Rock Track of the Year and Rock Track of the Year. It also received the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. "Blurry" reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart on its release there in June 2002, becoming the band's highest charting single in the United Kingdom.

Track listings[edit]

Promo Single
No.TitleLength
1."Blurry (Radio Edit)" (Scantlin)4:20
2."Blurry (Album Version)"5:06
3."Blurry (Video)" (Directed by Fred Durst)4:16
Enhanced Single[7]
No.TitleLength
1."Blurry (Album Version)"5:06
2."All I Ask For" (Scantlin, from Abrasive)4:55
3."Nobody Told Me (Album Version)" (Scantlin)5:23
4."Blurry (Video)" (Directed by Fred Durst)4:16

Music video[edit]

The music video shows Scantlin playing with Jordan, interspersed with shots of the band playing in a garage. Towards the end, a man and a woman (presumably Jordan's mother and stepfather) are shown driving away with Jordan in the back seat as Wes watches sadly. The video was directed by Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Uses in media[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
AOL Radio United States "Top Alternative Songs of the Decade - 2000s"[29] 2009 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blurry". www.musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  2. ^ "Blurry by Puddle of Mudd". Songfacts.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 510.
  5. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: Top 20 Songs In Digital History - Chart Watch". New.music.yahoo.com. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  6. ^ ""Elvis Costello Receives Founders Award at 20th Annual Pop Music Awards" American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Retrieved June 16, 2011". Ascap.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  7. ^ "Puddle of Mudd – 'Blurry'. Companies, credits, notes, barcode and all the versions released". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Puddle of Mudd – Blurry" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ "Musicline.de – Puddle of Mudd Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Blurry". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Puddle of Mudd – Blurry". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Puddle of Mudd – Blurry" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Puddle of Mudd – Blurry". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Puddle of Mudd – Blurry". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Puddle of Mudd Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Puddle of Mudd Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Puddle of Mudd Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Puddle of Mudd Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Puddle of Mudd Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Puddle of Mudd Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  23. ^ a b "The Year in Music 2002". Billboard. Vol. 114 no. 52. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 28, 2002. p. YE-87. ISSN 0006-2510.
  24. ^ "The Year in Music 2002". Billboard. Vol. 114 no. 52. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 28, 2002. p. YE-38. ISSN 0006-2510.
  25. ^ "The Year in Music 2002". Billboard. Vol. 114 no. 52. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 28, 2002. p. YE-41. ISSN 0006-2510.
  26. ^ "Puddle of Mudd. Soundtrack. 'Blurry'". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  27. ^ "Trailer of A Man Apart". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  28. ^ "Blurry in Rock Band 3 DLC list". Archived from the original on 2011-08-10.
  29. ^ Dickinson, Boonsri (2009-12-07). "Top Alternative Songs of the Decade - 2000s - AOL Radio Blog". AOL Radio. Retrieved 2010-02-04.

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