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

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

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

Album + Live + Remix

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

Single

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

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