Blur

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

Blur formed in 1989 as Seymour in Colchester, 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

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Blur Discography Tracks

Albums

Blur - Leisure album art Blur Leisure (Album, Comp) Food, Parlophone South Korea 1991 Sell This Version
Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish album art Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish (Album, Comp) Food, Food Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
Blur - Parklife album art Blur Parklife (Album, Comp) Food, Food Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
SHOW# 94-38 Blur - In Concert: New Rock album art Blur In Concert: New Rock(CD, Transcription) Westwood One SHOW# 94-38 US 1994 Sell This Version
Blur - The Great Escape album art Blur The Great Escape (Album, Comp) Food, Parlophone Thailand 1995 Sell This Version
Blur - Live At The Budokan — Japan Only Official Live Album album art Blur Live At The Budokan — Japan Only Official Live Album (Album) EMI, Food Japan 1996 Sell This Version
96-23 Blur In Concert: New Rock(CD, Transcription) Westwood One 96-23 US 1996 Sell This Version
Blur - Blur album art Blur Blur (Album, Comp) Food, EMI Europe 1997 Sell This Version
Blur - Blurb Interview album art Blur Blurb Interview EMI Europe 1997 Sell This Version
C0X3X01XA Blur - Broadcast Window: October 27 - November 3, 1997 album art Blur Broadcast Window: October 27 - November 3, 1997(CD, Transcription) Global Satellite Network C0X3X01XA US 1997 Sell This Version
none Blur - InterActive Songbook - Parklife album art Blur InterActive Songbook - Parklife(3xCD-ROM) Europress none UK 1997 Sell This Version
Blur - 13 album art Blur 13 (Album, Comp) EMI, Food Mexico 1999 Sell This Version
99-28 Blur - Sonic Net All Access album art Orgy And Blur Orgy And Blur - Sonic Net All Access(CD, Transcription) MediaAmerica Radio 99-28 US 1999 Sell This Version
CDIN134 Blur - The Best Of...The Radio Show album art Blur The Best Of...The Radio Show(CD, Promo) Food, Parlophone CDIN134 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Blur - Think Tank album art Blur Think Tank (Album, Comp) Parlophone, EMI Thailand 2003 Sell This Version
THINK 4, THINK4 Blur - Interview CD album art 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 art 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 art Blur All The People (Blur Live At Hyde Park 02 July 2009) (Album) Live Here Now, Parlophone Europe 2009 Sell This Version
Blur - Parklive album art Blur Parklive (Album) Food, Abbey Road Live Here Now UK 2012 Sell This Version
Blur - The Magic Whip album art Blur The Magic Whip (Album) Parlophone Brazil 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Blur - She's So High / I Know album art Blur She's So High / I Know (Single, Maxi) Food, Parlophone UK 1990 Sell This Version
Blur - Bang album art Blur Bang (Single) Food, Parlophone Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Blur - There's No Other Way album art 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) album art 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 album art Blur Popscene (Single) Food, Parlophone UK 1992 Sell This Version

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Rich.C

Rich.C

January 13, 2017
Mainstays of the British music scene (there was a point when England wondered who would be bigger, Blur or Oasis -- Blur lost) the band broke stateside in 1997 with the irresistible gem "Song 2." This was a rollicking departure from the wry, carefully constructed Brit Pop the band had already perfected. They've continued to evolve beyond the florid psychedelia and high-octane Indie pop of past years, stretching-out their songs, dabbling in Gospel, and taking a deeper, more emotionally expressive approach to songwriting, and just for the record they were/are 10 x better than Oasis ;)

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