Artist: Blur Biography

10 Feb 2006, 14:33  88,429,410  2,856,414

BlurBlur is an alternative rock band which formed in Colchester, England in 1989. The band consists of Damon Albarn (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Graham Coxon (guitar, vocals), Alex James (bass) and Dave Rowntree (drums). Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and Shoegazing and spawned their first UK Top 10 single, There's No Other Way. Following a stylistic change in 1992 (influenced by English guitar groups such as The Kinks, The Beatles, The Animals and XTC) Blur released "Popscene" as a stand alone single, this was a commercial flop, but was widely considered to be a crucial turning point for the band's style. Following this, Blur released 3 studio albums in a similar style: Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). 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".

By the late 1990s, with the release of Blur (1997), the band underwent another reinvention, influenced by the lo-fi style of American indie rock bands such as Pavement; in the process, Blur finally gained mainstream success in the US with the single, "Song 2". The last album featuring the band's original lineup, 13 (1999) found Blur experimenting with electronic music and gospel music, as Albarn wrote more personal lyrics. In May 2002, Coxon left Blur during the recording of their seventh album Think Tank (2003). Containing electronic sounds and simpler guitar playing, the album was marked by Albarn's growing interest in hip-hop and African music.

In December 2008, Blur announced that they would be reforming for the first time since their hiatus in 2003, complete with Graham Coxon, for a UK Tour in 2009. Blur headlined the Oxegen Festival in Ireland, Glastonbury and the T in the Park Festival in the UK, as well as Dates in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Southend and Wolverhampton. The band continues to be sporadically active, releasing the single "Fool's Day" and the documentary "No Distance Left to Run" in 2010, and performing several concerts in 2012. Two new songs, "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan", were released in 2012 leading up to a post-Olympics concert which also features New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club. In 2015, Blur released The Magic Whip.

Top Track "Blur"

Song 2 - Blur

Song 2

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9,318,240
Girls & Boys - Blur

Girls & Boys

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Coffee & TV - Blur

Coffee & TV

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3,882,047
Parklife - Blur

Parklife

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2,810,364
Beetlebum - Blur

Beetlebum

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Tender - Blur

Tender

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2,209,334
Country House - Blur

Country House

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2,125,423
The Universal - Blur

The Universal

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2,183,389
End of a Century - Blur

End of a Century

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1,696,450
There's No Other Way - Blur

There's No Other Way

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1,514,346
Charmless Man - Blur

Charmless Man

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1,574,433
To the End - Blur

To the End

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No Distance Left to Run - Blur

No Distance Left to Run

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1,378,437
Out of Time - Blur

Out of Time

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1,426,629
This Is a Low - Blur

This Is a Low

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1,139,018
On Your Own - Blur

On Your Own

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1,062,233
For Tomorrow - Blur

For Tomorrow

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1,109,043
She's So High - Blur

She's So High

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970,354
Good Song - Blur

Good Song

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Sing - Blur

Sing

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705,254
Tracy Jacks - Blur

Tracy Jacks

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Death Of A Party - Blur

Death Of A Party

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591,117
Music Is My Radar - Blur

Music Is My Radar

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545,897
Country Sad Ballad Man - Blur

Country Sad Ballad Man

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Crazy Beat - Blur

Crazy Beat

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579,015
You're So Great - Blur

You're So Great

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Badhead - Blur

Badhead

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Bank Holiday - Blur

Bank Holiday

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509,953
Bugman - Blur

Bugman

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506,760
Stereotypes - Blur

Stereotypes

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549,295
Chinese Bombs - Blur

Chinese Bombs

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447,725
London Loves - Blur

London Loves

129,479
496,863
Ambulance - Blur

Ambulance

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516,213
Far Out - Blur

Far Out

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428,748
Sweet Song - Blur

Sweet Song

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607,347
Clover Over Dover - Blur

Clover Over Dover

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491,756
Look Inside America - Blur

Look Inside America

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426,269
M.O.R. - Blur

M.O.R.

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471,240
Theme From Retro - Blur

Theme From Retro

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378,568
The Debt Collector - Blur

The Debt Collector

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Trimm Trabb - Blur

Trimm Trabb

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535,766
Jubilee - Blur

Jubilee

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419,554
Lonesome Street - Blur

Lonesome Street

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506,249
Magic America - Blur

Magic America

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397,385
Swamp Song - Blur

Swamp Song

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On the Way to the Club - Blur

On the Way to the Club

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Caravan - Blur

Caravan

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