Blur (UK alternative rock band)

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

Annotation last modified on 2009-10-18 22:19 UTC.

Wikipedia

Blur are an English rock band. Formed in London in 1988, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist 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".

Blur's self-titled fifth album (1997) saw another stylistic shift, influenced by the lo-fi styles of American indie rock groups, and became their third UK chart-topping album. Its single "Song 2" brought the band mainstream success in the US for the first time. Their next album, 13 (1999) saw the band experimenting with electronic and gospel music, and featured more personal lyrics from Albarn. Their seventh album, Think Tank (2003), continued their experimentation with electronic sounds and was also shaped by Albarn's growing interest in hip hop and world music, featuring more minimal guitar work. Coxon left the band during early recording sessions for Think Tank, and Blur disbanded for several years after the end of the album's associated tour, with the members engaged in other projects.

In 2009, Blur reunited with Coxon back in the band and embarked on a European reunion tour. In the following years, they released several singles and compilations and toured internationally. In 2012, they received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Their eighth album, The Magic Whip (2015), was the sixth consecutive Blur studio album to top the British chart. The group have largely been on hiatus ever since the end of The Magic Whip tour.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1991LeisureBlur3.513
1993Modern Life Is RubbishBlur4.216
1994ParklifeBlur3.919
1995The Great EscapeBlur3.6515
1997BlurBlur3.919
199913Blur4.315
2002Think TankBlur426
2015The Magic WhipBlur8

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1994The Special Collectors EditionBlur51
199910 Year Anniversary Box SetBlur1
2000Blur: The Best OfBlur3.511
2009Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to BlurBlur5
2012Blur 21: The BoxBlur3

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1995Live at the BudokanBlur2
1997LiveBlur1
2009All the People: Blur Live at Hyde Park 02 July 2009Blur3
2009All the People: Blur Live at Hyde Park 03 July 2009Blur3
2012ParkliveBlur55

Album + Live + Remix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1998Bustin’ + Dronin’Blur7

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1990She's So HighBlur55
1991There’s No Other WayBlur47
1991BangBlur4
1992PopsceneBlur5
1993For TomorrowBlur5
1993Chemical WorldBlur4
1993Sunday SundayBlur4
1994Girls & BoysBlur11
1994To the EndBlur5
1994ParklifeBlur4
1994End of a CenturyBlur5
1995Country HouseBlur8
1995The UniversalBlur4
1996StereotypesBlur4
1996Charmless ManBlur5
1996It Could Be YouBlur1
1997BeetlebumBlur5
1997Song 2Blur6
1997On Your OwnBlur3
1997M.O.R.Blur8
1997I Love HerBlur1
1998CloseBlur1
1999TenderBlur6
1999Coffee + TVBlur5
1999No Distance Left to RunBlur4
2000Music Is My RadarBlur4
2002Won't Do It / Come TogetherBlur1
2003Crazy BeatBlur4
2003Out of TimeBlur4
2003We've Got a File on YouBlur1
2003ColoursBlur1
2003Good SongBlur4
2005Some Glad MorningBlur1
2010Fool's DayBlur2
2012Under the WestwayBlur3
2015Go OutBlur1

Single + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1995The Universal II: Live At BeebBlur1

EP

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2001B-Sides Gig EPBlur1

EP + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2012Live From the BritsBlur1
2019Live at the BBCBlur1

Other + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2004StarshapedBlur1

Broadcast + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
20092009-06-28: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, UKBlur2
20211994-06-26: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, UKBlur1

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