Damon Albarn Biography
Raised in Leytonstone, East London and around Colchester, Essex, Albarn attended Stanway Comprehensive School, where he met Graham Coxon and eventually formed Blur whose debut album, Leisure, was released in 1991 to mixed reviews. After spending long periods of time touring the United States, Albarn's songwriting became increasingly influenced by British bands from the 1960s. The result of these influences came in the form of Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). All three albums received widespread critical acclaim while Blur gained mass popularity in the UK, aided by a rivalry shared with Oasis. Subsequent albums contained influences from lo-fi, electronic and hip hop music such as Blur (1997), 13 (1999) and their final album Think Tank (2003). Albarn was voted the fourth-greatest frontman of all time in a 2010 UK Poll for Q Music magazine.
In 1998, Albarn along with Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett, formed the "virtual band" Gorillaz. Drawing influences from hip hop, electronica, dub and alternative rock, the band released their self-titled debut album in 2001 which was hugely successful worldwide. Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, the albums feature many collaborations from a wide range of artists. Gorillaz are cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Successful Virtual Band". Other projects include working with African musicians in aid of the charity Oxfam, writing and performing lead vocals on The Good, the Bad & the Queen as part of an unnamed supergroup featuring Tony Allen, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong and composing film soundtracks. He has also ventured into the world of opera with Dr Dee and Monkey: Journey to the West. He is also a Chelsea F.C. fan and frequently attends games involving the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
Albarn's debut solo album Everyday Robots was released in his native United Kingdom on 28 April 2014, co-produced by XL Recordings CEO Richard Russell and featured collaborations with Brian Eno and Natasha Khan.
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Albarn has previously written two operas
- Jul 21, 2014
The Blur frontman opens up on BBC Radio 4's ‘The Last Word'
- Jul 8, 2014
The track features on the Afro-beat drummer's fifth solo album 'Film Of Life'
- Jul 2, 2014
The singer performed the band's 1997 hit in Boston
- Jun 11, 2014
Albarn also plays Blur's 'Song 2' for first time as a solo artist at US show
- Jun 10, 2014
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The Blur frontman's excellent solo debut shows us a bit more of the real him - but you have to work hard to find it
- Apr 25, 2014
Has its moments, but in the end, isn’t medieval life rubbish?
- May 8, 2012
Palace Theatre, Manchester, July 1st
- Jul 12, 2011
Auntie serves up a series of special shows, string sections and, er, Saturday Night Fever. Various Venues (October 22-26)
- Nov 7, 2008
Monkey: Journey To The West
- Aug 14, 2008
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