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Blur is an English rock band formed in Colchester on 1989 at Goldsmiths College. They were known as an icon of the British pop movement and one of the most critically and commercially successful band of the early 1990s.
Blur was originally formed on 1989 at Goldsmiths College to a trio Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, and Dave Rowntree. Bassist Alex James joined the lineup later. Initially they were not as known, until following an image makeover in the mid 90s, they emerged as the most popular band in United Kingdom.
In their journey to become one of the most successful bands of all time, they entered the doors for a new generation of band labelled to as the Britpop. The group became the leader of the Britpop movement. Soon, they slowly felt of a trapped, since they were one of its biggest bands, they nearly fell apart when the movement died.
Through some reinvention, Blur reclaimed their position as an art pop rock band in the late 1990s. Until on 1991, they were signed by Morrisey producer Stephen Street to produce their debut album, Leisure. The partnership was incredibly successful that would last the next seven years. Street's exceptional production help, trasnformed the band to stardom, that often led to him being dubbed the band's fifth member by fans and press.
Until on 1997, when they released their self-titled album, Blur, they gained elusive success in the United States.
- Damon Albarn - vocals, guitar, keyboards, lead songwriting;
- Alex James - bass guitar, backing vocals;
- Dave Rowntree - drums and percussion, backing vocals;
- Graham Coxon - lead guitar, occasional lead vocals and songwriting, backing vocals (1989–2002)
Awards & Certifications
|1995||Brit Award||Best Album for Parklife|
|1995||Brit Award||Best Video for Parklife|
|1995||Brit Award||Best Single for Parklife|
|1995||Brit Award||Best British Group|
|2004||Brit Awards||Nominated for Best album for Think Tank|
|Year||Title||U.S. Modern Rock||Album|
|2003||Crazy Beat||22||Think Tank|
|1993||Chemical World||27||Modern Life is Rubbish|
|1991||There's No Other Way||5||Leisure|
Tours & Concerts
There are no current tour and concert schedules available for the band.
There are no announcements as of the moment.
Comprehensive list of the recordings made.
August 26, 1991
May 10, 1993
April 25, 1994
September 11, 1995
February 10, 1997
March 15, 1999
May 15, 2003
|1990||She's So High||Food|
|1991||There's No Other Way||Food|
|1994||Girls & Boys||EMI|
|1994||To the End||EMI|
|1994||End of a Century||EMI|
|1997||On Your Own||Food|
|1999||Coffee & TV||EMI/Food|
|1999||No Distance Left to Run||EMI/Food|
|2000||Music Is My Radar||EMI/Food|
|2003||Out of Time||EMI/Food|
Compilations & Live Releases
October 26, 1994
May 22, 1996
April 7, 1998
October 30, 2000
- The trio: Albarn, Coxon and James attended Goldsmiths College, whose noteable alumni also include Damien Hirst and Julian Opie.
- In a 1995 interview with The Observer, Noel Gallagher of Oasis expressed a wish for Damon Albarn and Alex James to "catch AIDS and die". He later appologized in a formal letter to Melody Maker.