There's No Other Way

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"There's No Other Way"
There's No Other Way.jpg
Single by Blur
from the album Leisure
  • "Inertia" (7")
  • "Inertia", "Mr Briggs", "I'm All Over" (12" and CD)
Released15 April 1991
Blur singles chronology
"She's So High/I Know"
"There's No Other Way"

"There's No Other Way" is a song by English band Blur, released on 15 April 1991 as the second single from their debut album Leisure.


The song utilizes a beat and tambourine sound typical of songs of the Madchester and baggy scene.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song (released 1991) was directed by David Balfe,[citation needed] the former keyboardist for The Teardrop Explodes and owner of Blur's label Food Records.

The video begins with a close-up shot of a worm inching through the grass. A pink ball is dropped next to the worm and a young girl picks it up, throwing it to her identical sister nearby. The scene cuts inside the dining room/kitchen of a suburban house, with Albarn and the rest of the band sitting down at a table. A woman, assumed to be the mother, sets out dishes on the table with the help of the girls, including a chicken pie, carrots, broccoli, soup, rolls, gravy and new potatoes.

The family is then joined by a man assumed to be the father, and the whole group digs into the meal. During the meal, Albarn will occasionally stop eating, look up at the camera, and sing along to the lyrics.

After dinner has ended, the mother gets up from the table and retrieves a trifle from a cabinet, which she holds up in front of her face. The camera then gets distorted and jerky, the view filling up with a variety of colorful, loud filters applied to the film. The family looks at the mother with a mixture of apprehension and excitement as the film gets more distorted and layered with effects. As the song ends, the camera cuts back to a clear shot of the worm crawling in the grass again.


The song was the band's first top 10 in the UK, reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The single was also a minor hit in the US, reaching number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number five on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[3]


A playable version of the song is available for the Rock Band video game series, and it is available to download for Guitar Hero 5.[4] Kurt Cobain of Nirvana told NME that "There's No Other Way" was his favorite British song of 1991.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Blur.

7" and cassette
  1. "There's No Other Way" – 3:14
  2. "Inertia"
  1. "There's No Other Way" (Extended Version) – 4:04
  2. "Inertia" – 3:51
  3. "Mr Briggs" – 3:59
  4. "I'm All Over" – 2:00
  1. "There's No Other Way" – 3:14
  2. "Inertia" – 3:51
  3. "Mr Briggs" – 3:59
  4. "I'm All Over" – 2:00
Remix 12"
  1. "There's No Other Way" (Blur Remix) - 5:09
  2. "Won't Do It" - 3:19
  3. "Day Upon Day" (Live) - 4:02


  • Damon Albarn – lead vocals, organ, production on "Inertia", "Mr Briggs", "I'm All Over" and "Won't Do It"
  • Graham Coxon – guitar, backing vocals, production on "Inertia", "Mr Briggs", "I'm All Over" and "Won't Do It"
  • Alex James – bass guitar, production on "Inertia", "Mr Briggs", "I'm All Over" and "Won't Do It"
  • Dave Rowntree – drums, production on "Inertia", "Mr Briggs", "I'm All Over" and "Won't Do It"
Additional personnel
  • Stephen Street – production on "There's No Other Way"


Charts (1991) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 113[6]
UK Singles Chart 8[2]
US Billboard Hot 100 82[3]
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 5[3]
US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 15[3]


  1. ^ Ramirez, Aj (22 April 2010). "Blur – 'There's No Other Way' | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Blur | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Blur - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero Roll into April With Hot New Rock Additions to the Guitar Hero Music Library". 31 March 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lindsay, Cam (11 May 2018). "How Nirvana's Success Prompted Blur to Kick off the Britpop Explosion". Vice. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 24 May 2016". Retrieved 24 May 2016.

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