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Colchester, England (1989 – 2003, 2008 – present)

Blur is an 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 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 style of American 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 music and 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 and African music.

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  • priyadibya

    Kings of Britpop [4]

    5 hours ago Reply
  • talita_mendes

    <3

    Yesterday 8:26pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    They aren't just britpop guys.

    12 Jul 1:44pm Reply
  • DefenceMan

    Kings of Britpop [3]

    10 Jul 5:27pm Reply
  • Pequitass

    kings of britpop [2] ♥

    9 Jul 3:04pm Reply
  • laryoverkill

    felicidade é blur!

    6 Jul 10:05pm Reply
  • Cylob

    What are the essential albums of the Madchester era? Join the debate!

    6 Jul 9:33pm Reply
  • talita_mendes

    s2

    4 Jul 11:04am Reply
  • Yuxter

    Надеюсь эти уёбки работают над новым альбомом, а то буду ждать как Half-Life 3.

    3 Jul 8:42pm Reply
  • eitzenchemical

    baggy clothes & weird haircuts ftw, 'Leisure' is my weekend choice.

    3 Jul 4:30pm Reply
  • drochlen

    Одна из лучших брит-поп групп на альтернативной сцене. Мне сложно назвать что-то лучше.

    30 Jun 4:47pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    Blur is the only answer, really.

    24 Jun 12:58am Reply
  • its_fred

    kings of britpop

    22 Jun 7:54pm Reply
  • Bewbman

    The self titled album is legit, I'm surprised because I hate British stuff.

    17 Jun 2:51am Reply
  • canklebracelet

    People posting Oasis on here are trolling. They don't care in reality, and they know they should be showing the Oasis shoutbox some love instead of trying to rile up the Blur fans on this shoutbox. It doesn't bother me, although I prefer Blur.

    17 Jun 1:52am Reply
  • Pianointhewind

    LOL it's fucking pathetic that people still breathe life into the Oasis x Blur feud. Hey idiots, it's not 90's anymore. Mature people can appreciate both bands and if you choose to be a narrow-minded retard, I feel bad for you.[2] It's soooooooo rediculous

    13 Jun 5:26am Reply
  • niQboy

    LOL it's fucking pathetic that people still breathe life into the Oasis x Blur feud. Hey idiots, it's not 90's anymore. Mature people can appreciate both bands and if you choose to be a narrow-minded retard, I feel bad for you.

    11 Jun 10:42am Reply
  • PurplePostRock

    Girls & Boys ♥

    5 Jun 4:15pm Reply
  • Degina

    Shit, this shoutbox is almost as bad as Radiohead's.

    4 Jun 3:11am Reply
  • RAFfaelllllll

    Trimm Trabb ♥

    1 Jun 5:59pm Reply
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