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Formed out of London, England in 1988.

Their debut album was titled "Leisure" and was released in 1991, taking in a lot of what was known by many as the sounds of Madchester or Shoegaze.

After a bit of a change in style, which seemed to draw some influence from the likes of; The Kinks, and The Beatles, Blur put out "Modern Life Is Rubbish" in 1993, "Parklife" in 1994, and "The Great Escape" in 1995.

As a result, they helped to shape the genre that we all came to know as Indie or Britpop and earned themselves massive popularity.

The next album was simply entitled, "Blur" and was released in 1997, they went through another small reinvention for this album, incorporating some of the sounds being heard in the lo-fi style of American Rock/Grunge artists. This album, gave us the classic single "Song 2", and earned Blur mainstream attention.

The next album was named, "13" and appeared in 1999, this one saw the band experimenting with more electronic sounds, and some gospel music, it also featured more personal lyrics from Albarn.

In May 2002, Coxon quit Blur whilst recording album number seven "Think Tank", which was released in 2003. This album took in electronic sounds and combined that with minimal style guitar work, "Think Tank" was also marked by Albarn's growing interest in Hip Hop and African music.

Following their 2003 tour without Coxon, they did no studio work or touring as a band, but members got involved with other projects.

In 2008 Blur reunited, with Coxon back in the fold, for a series of concerts in the following year, and have continued to release several singles and retrospective releases, as well as touring internationally.

In 2012, Blur were given the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

On April the 27th 2015, they put out their first album in 12 years, "The Magic Whip".

Albums List

1) Leisure (1991)


2) Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993)


3) Parklife (1994)


4) The Great Escape (1995)


5) Blur (1997)


6) 13 (1999)


7) Think Tank (2003)


8).The Magic Whip (2015)


Members Name Check

The lineup consists of;

  • Singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn
  • Guitarist/singer Graham Coxon
  • Bassist Alex James
  • Drummer Dave Rowntree

External Links

Band Website

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