Rocker Dave Rowntree is convinced collecting Blur's special honour at Tuesday's (21Feb12) Brit Awards will be a "bittersweet experience" - because of the U.K.'s "bleak" prospects in the recession.
The Parklife hitmakers have been named as the recipients of the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the London ceremony, and they'll perform a special set of their hits to close the event.
But Rowntree, who stood for election in the U.K. in 2010, is adamant the state of his native country will be on his mind as he picks up the trophy, and he fears Prime Minister David Cameron's current coalition government is too similar to that of 1990s leader John Major.
Rowntree tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "We seem to have come full circle. It is depressing to see that we have such bad unemployment again. There are real echoes going back to the Major years.
"The contrast with us celebrating our career and yet the country going down the pan could not be more acute. It is a very bittersweet experience, at least for me.
"It was a really bad time and there was an awful lot of pessimism at the end of (Margaret) Thatcher's rule (in 1990), a lot of despondency and a sense that the future was quite bleak. That is how it feels now and of course it is a real self-fulfilling prophecy."