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Background information
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Alternative Rock
Indie Rock
Years active 1989—present
Label(s) Virgin Records
Parlophone Records
SBK Records
Food Records
Associated acts Gorillaz
The Good, the Bad & the Queen
The Ailerons
Fat Les
Me Me Me
Website Website
Damon Albarn
Graham Coxon
Alex James
Dave Rowntree

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Blur Overview


Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1989 as Seymour, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change—influenced by English guitar pop groups such as The Kinks, The Beatles and XTC—Blur released the Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995) albums. As a result, the band helped to popularise the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK, aided by a famous chart battle with rival band Oasis dubbed "The Battle of Britpop".

Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur (2009) Think Tank (2003) Blur: The Best Of (2000) 13 (1999) Bustin' + Dronin' (1998) Blur (1997) Live at the Budokan (1996) The Great Escape (1995) Parklife (1994) Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993)

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Damon Albarn Collaboration With Dan The Automator, Kid Koala Leaks Online

April 27, 2011
Damon Albarn's collaboration with Dan The Automator and Kid Koala has leaked online. The untitled track leaked online after being played by Kid Koala on a radio show last night (April 26).   Read more 

Coldplay, Muse and Blur 'Asked To Write London 2012 Olympics Anthem'

April 8, 2011
Coldplay, Muse and Blur frontman Damon Albarn have been asked to write the official anthem for London 2012, according to reports. Organisers are said to be keen to bring the trio of artists together to write an "inspirational" song for the Olympics next year.   Read more 

Blur's Alex James To Launch Music Festival At His Own Farm

February 3, 2011
Blur bassist Alex James is to stage a musical festival at his own farm in Oxfordshire, it's been announced. The event, dubbed Harvest, takes place from September 9-12, and will feature performances from KT Tunstall and Steve Earle.  Read more 

Blur To Release Full Album In 2011

December 20, 2010
Blur are set to reunite again to record a new album, it's been reported. Damon Albarn, Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Graham Coxon have apparently scheduled a recording session in January and could release the LP by the end of 2011.  Read more 

Damon Albarn: Blur Planning To Do 'Something' In January

November 15, 2010
Damon Albarn has revealed that Blur are planning to get back together again in January. The group, who reunited last year, met up last week to discuss the possibility of collaborating again.  Read more 

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