Blur

Blur

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Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) band from London (England).

Blur formed in 1989 as Seymour in Colchester, UK, composed of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon (1989-2002, 2009- ), Alex James (2), and Dave Rowntree.
Blur's early releases (the singles "There's No Other Way", "Bang", "She's So High", "I Know", and the album "Leisure") were considered indie or alternative rock, heavily influenced by the danceable rhythms of "baggy" bands like The Stone Roses and noisepop bands like My Bloody Valentine, with strains of weirder ideas running throughout, like Syd Barrett (this was often more readily apparent on several single B-sides, where the group let loose its more atavistic, dark side). By 1992, the group was keen on reinventing themselves with a newer, smarter sound and sense of purpose, eschewing the sounds that were coming out of the U.S. specifically, and returning to a retro spectrum of British rock and pop music: British Invasion groups, Mod groups, Psychedelic Rock, even nostalgic music from World War II. They released their second album, "Modern Life Is Rubbish", in 1993, to moderate success and began attracting attention for their stubborn determination to lead Britain out of the miasma that was the grunge years.

Building on the qualified success of "Modern Life Is Rubbish" and its accompanying singles, and aided by groups like Suede, Blur rolled out the carpet for the Britpop cultural movement that would all but engulf the UK for two years, releasing in 1994 what was essentially seen by the general public as the Britpop flagship album, "Parklife". Everything changed culturally, and Blur was riding the crest of that cultural wave. Following rapidly on the heels of the tipping point that was "Parklife", the group's 1995 album "The Great Escape" was a vividly nervy and somewhat cartoonish version of the same formula. It left the group with a hangover that it determined it could only cure by taking several steps back from the Britpop sound and culture. The group re-embraced America, digging into influences like Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., The Pixies.

By the time Blur's fifth studio album, "Blur", came out in 1997, the group had all but severed ties from Britpop and were returning to the same noisy, somewhat spastic experimentalism that was a hallmark of their pre-Blur early days in the late 1980s as a indie artrock group Seymour, only this time the music informed by a broader range of influences. Subsequent albums "13" and "Think Tank" further increased the group's distance from Britpop, eventually encompassing a great diversity of sounds and influences from all over the globe. On February 19, 2015, Blur made a surprise announcement that they'd finished a new album, "The Magic Whip", to be made available to the public on April 25, 2015, and also released a new song, "Go Out".

Noteworthy live & session members:
Wayne Hernandez: Lead vocalist with backing choirs since 1997
Simon Tong: Guitarist; replaced Coxon for 2003-'04 tour duties

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Blur Discography

Albums

Blur Leisure (Album, Comp) Food, EMI, Food South Korea 1991 Sell This Version
DPRO-05424 Blur Focusing In With Blur(CD, Promo, Smplr) SBK Records DPRO-05424 US 1991 Sell This Version
Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish (Album, Comp) Food, Food US 1993 Sell This Version
Blur Parklife (Album, Comp) Food, Food Japan 1994 Sell This Version
Blur The Great Escape (Album, Comp) Food, Parlophone Taiwan 1995 Sell This Version
Blur Live At The Budokan — Japan Only Official Live Album (Album) EMI, Food UK 1996 Sell This Version
Blur Blur (Album, Comp) Food, EMI Poland 1997 Sell This Version
Blur Blurb Interview EMI Europe 1997 Sell This Version
none Blur InterActive Songbook - Parklife(3xCD-ROM) Europress none UK 1997 Sell This Version
Blur 13 (Album, Comp) EMI, Food Thailand 1999 Sell This Version
Blur The Best Of...The Radio Show EMI, Food UK 2000 Sell This Version
Blur Think Tank (Album, Comp) Parlophone South Africa 2003 Sell This Version
THINK 4, THINK4 Blur Interview CD(CD, Promo) Parlophone, Parlophone THINK 4, THINK4 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
Blur All The People: Blur Live At Hyde Park 03 July 2009 (Album) Parlophone, Live Here Now UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
Blur All The People (Blur Live At Hyde Park 02 July 2009) (Album) Live Here Now, Parlophone Europe 2009 Sell This Version
Blur Parklive (Comp, Album) Food, Abbey Road Live Here Now Philippines 2012 Sell This Version
Blur The Magic Whip (Album) Parlophone Brazil 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Blur She's So High / I Know (Single, Maxi) Food, Parlophone UK 1990 Sell This Version
Blur Bang (Single) Food, Parlophone Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Blur There's No Other Way (Single, Maxi) Food, Parlophone UK 1991 Sell This Version
12 BLUR 4 Blur High Cool (Easy Listening Mix) / Bad Day (Leisurely Mix)(12", Ltd, Promo) Food, Parlophone 12 BLUR 4 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Blur Popscene (Single) Food, Parlophone UK 1992 Sell This Version
DPRO-05455 Blur Blur-ti-go(CD, EP, Promo) SBK Records, ERG, Food DPRO-05455 US 1992 Sell This Version
BLUR 6 Gold Frankincense And Blur* The Wassailing Song(7", S/Sided, Single, Ltd, Promo) Food, Parlophone BLUR 6 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Blur Chemical World (Single) Food, EMI UK 1993 Sell This Version