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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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Blur News

Damon Albarn: 'New Blur album may just be one of those records that never comes out'

Damon Albarn: 'New Blur album may just be one of those records that never comes out'

Band recorded 15 songs in Hong Kong earlier this year

  • Jul 29, 2014

Blur to release 'Live At The Budokan' album recorded at 1995 Japan gig

Album will be released on August 11

  • Jul 28, 2014

Damon Albarn joined by Graham Coxon for Blur's 'Tender' at Latitude

The pair reunited onstage as a storm hit the Suffolk site during Albarn's headline set

  • Jul 20, 2014

Blur’s Dave Rowntree remixes The Cadbury Sisters - listen

Drummer’s three remixes are his first work away from Blur

  • May 7, 2014

Damon Albarn on Oasis: "I was never gonna beat Noel in a war of words"

Blur frontman describes class rivalry between the two bands as "insane"

  • Apr 27, 2014

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The Universal (Live) Play Video

The Universal (Live)

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Under the Westway (Live)

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Under the Westway

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  • Aug 16, 2012

Blur, 'The Puritan'

One of two new tracks unveiled via live stream

  • Jul 3, 2012

Blur, 'Under The Westway'

Their first new song since 'Fool's Day'

  • Jul 2, 2012

Blur: Think Tank

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

  • Sep 12, 2005

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