Blur Through The Years


1Music - Blur - The White Room Television Program

Blur front man Damon Albarn during the set
Damon Albarn performing on the now sadly-defunct TV show 'The White Room' in 1996. Pic PA Photos


Blur in 1995: (l-r) Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree, Alex James, Damon Albarn
By September 1995, Blur had emerged victorious in their battle with Oasis (but not the war), seeing their first UK chart-topping single 'Country House' outsell 'Roll With It' by 58,000 copies after they were released on the same day. Pic: PA Photos

3Music - Blur - Photoshoot

Indie band Blur. (l-r) Dave Rowntree, Graham Coxon (rear), Damon Albarn (front), and Alex James
Blur in September 1994. Earlier that year NME had reviewed 'Parklife', saying: "On paper it sounds like hell, in practice it's joyous". Pic: PA Photos

4Music - Blur - Photoshoot

Indie band Blur. (l-r) Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree, Damon Albarn and Alex James
1994 - the year Blur went massive. They released 'Parklife', it went straight to Number One and went on to sell more than two million copies. Pic: PA Photos


Blur (l-r): Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree, Damon Albarn, Alex James
Blur in June 1991. In August that year they released debut album 'Leisure', and 'There's No Other Way' took its place as a dancefloor staple that it holds to this day. Pic: PA Photos


Blur (clockwise from r): Alex James, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree
Blur in June 1991, a year after they formed and around the time NME called them "the acceptable pretty face of a whole clump of bands that have emerged since the whole Manchester thing started to run out of steam". Pic: PA Photos


PA Photo/KIPA : UK USE ONLY 16/9/99 : Damon Albarn lead singer of the band "Blur" on stage during their concert at the Mutualite in Paris.
Damon Albarn in Paris in 1999, the year they released the album '13', which spawned the hits 'Tender', 'Coffee And TV' and 'No Distance Left To Run'. Pic PA Photos

8Blur concert Newcastle2

Blur's Damon Albarn sings to the crowd on the band's first gig in more than a year this evening (Wednesday). The band chose the Mayfair Club in Newcastle for their return to the road. Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA.
Damon Albarn in Newcastle in January 1997, two weeks before the release of 'Blur'. Fans were glad to see the band back on top form after a scuffle between Albarn and Coxon the year before and rumours of a split. Pic: PA Photos

9Music - Blur - NEC Birmingham

Blur front man Damon Albarn sings into a microphone during the gig
Damon Albarn at Birmingham NEC in 1995, at the peak of their career. Pic: PA Photos

10Brit Awards 1995 - Alexandra Palace

Blur frontman Damon Albarn in action on stage
Damon Albarn at The Brits at London's Alexandra Palace in 1995, six months before the Battle Of Britpop with Oasis (when Blur released 'Country House' and Oasis released 'Roll With It' on the same day). Pic: PA Photos




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Blur at the Brit Awards in 1995: Best British Album ('Parklife'), Best British Group, Best Video ('Parklife'), Best Single ('Parklife') - they did well. And they even thanked Oasis. Pic:




Blur in 1999, the year they hired William Orbit as producer and unveiled the more experimental album '13'.

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