Blur

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Changed their name from Seymour in 1990 in order to secure a record deal.

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Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988 as Seymour. The group consists of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer 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 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 chart battle with rival band Oasis in 1995 dubbed "The Battle of Britpop".

In recording their follow-up, Blur (1997), the band underwent another reinvention, showing influence from the lo-fi style of American indie rock groups. The album, including the "Song 2" single, brought Blur mainstream success in the United States. Their next album, 13 (1999) saw the band members experimenting with electronic and gospel music, and featured more personal lyrics from Albarn. In May 2002, Coxon left Blur during the recording of their seventh album Think Tank (2003). Containing electronic sounds and more minimal guitar work, the album was marked by Albarn's growing interest in hip hop and African music. After a 2003 tour without Coxon, Blur did no studio work or touring as a band, as members engaged in 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 tour internationally. In 2012, Blur received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Leisure Blur 3.35 8
1993 Modern Life Is Rubbish Blur 4.6 8
1994 Parklife Blur 3.85 8
1995 The Great Escape Blur 4.35 9
1997 Blur Blur 4.3 12
1999 13 Blur 4.75 8
2003 Think Tank Blur 4.25 18

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 The Special Collectors Edition Compilation Blur 5 1
1999 10 Year Anniversary Box Set Compilation Blur 1
2000 Blur: The Best Of Compilation Blur 3 6
2009 Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur Compilation Blur 1
2012 Blur 21: The Box Compilation Blur 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Live at the Budokan Live Blur 2
1997 Live EP Live Blur 1
2009 All the People... Blur - Live in Hyde Park 02-07-2009 Live Blur 1
2009 All the People... Blur Live in Hyde Park 03/07/2009 Live Blur 1
2012 Parklive Live Blur 5 3

Album + Live + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Bustin’ + Dronin’ Live Remix Blur 3

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 She's So High Blur 5 5
1991 There's No Other Way Blur 4 6
1991 Bang Blur 4
1992 Popscene Blur 5
1993 For Tomorrow Blur 5
1993 Chemical World Blur 4
1993 Sunday Sunday Blur 4
1994 Girls & Boys Blur 7
1994 To the End Blur 4
1994 Girls & Boys: Pet Shop Boys Remix Blur 3
1994 Parklife Blur 4
1994 End of a Century Blur 5
1995 Country House Blur 6
1995 The Universal Blur 4
1995 To the End Blur et Françoise Hardy 1
1996 Stereotypes Blur 4
1996 Charmless Man Blur 5
1996 It Could Be You Blur 1
1997 Beetlebum Blur 3 5
1997 Song 2 Blur 6
1997 On Your Own Blur 3
1997 M.O.R. Blur 8
1997 I Love Her Blur 1
1998 Close Blur 1
1999 Tender Blur 6
1999 Coffee + TV Blur 5
1999 No Distance Left to Run Blur 4
2000 Music Is My Radar Blur 2
2002 Won't Do It / Come Together Blur 1
2003 Out of Time Blur 4
2003 Crazy Beat Blur 2
2003 Colours Blur 1

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