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Blur News

Damon Albarn: 'I'm definitely up for more recordings with Blur' - exclusive

Albarn and co up for more recordings, but tells NME.COM fans may have to wait

  • May 10, 2010

Blur's Dave Rowntree fails to get elected in UK general election

Drummer says 'vote held up well' despite losing out in London

  • May 7, 2010

Blur's Dave Rowntree: 'David Cameron's not a real Smiths fan'

Drummer speaks out as he stands for parliament

  • Apr 27, 2010

Blur release first new material since 2003 - read the first review of 'Fool's Day'

Plus band make new track a free download from midnight tonight (April 17)

  • Apr 17, 2010

Blur name new song recorded for Record Store Day - where to buy it

Plus we have a picture of the sleeve so you know what to look for on April 17

  • Apr 14, 2010

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Blur Music Videos

The Universal (Live) Play Video

The Universal (Live)

Watch the official The Universal (Live) video by Blur in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Young and Lovely (Live) Play Video

Young and Lovely (Live)

Watch the official Young and Lovely (Live) video by Blur in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Under the Westway (Live) Play Video

Under the Westway (Live)

Watch the official Under the Westway (Live) video by Blur in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Under the Westway Play Video

Under the Westway

Watch the official Under the Westway video by Blur in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

The Puritan (Lyric Video) Play Video

The Puritan (Lyric Video)

Watch the official The Puritan (Lyric Video) video by Blur in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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Blur Reviews

Blur: Think Tank

Blur: Think Tank

Blur's creative spark is undimmed, even while their stomach for the pop fight fades

  • Sep 12, 2005

Carling Weekend : Reading, Main Stage Saturday

Blur, BRMC, Beck and more...

  • Aug 26, 2003

Blur : Paris L'Espace Clacquesin

Woo, and indeed, hooo...

  • May 1, 2003

Blur : Don't Bomb When You Are The Bomb

It's a new direction. Just not a very loveable one.

  • Dec 5, 2002

Blur: The Best Of

The ones we like best - the big pop anthems, the soundtrack to our very own twin summers of love - are monuments to the power of pop.

  • Oct 26, 2000

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Blur Biography

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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