Blur were formed in Colchester, Essex in 1989. The band are composed of vocalist Damon Albarn, guitarist/vocalist Graham Coxon, bassist/backing vocalist Alex James and drummer/backing vocalist Dave Rowntree. Blur were one of the most successful bands in the UK during the Britpop music movement of the mid-1990s but have been on hiatus since 2003. Blur's original influences on their debut album, Leisure (1991), included contemporary British alternative rock trends such as Madchester and shoegazing. Following a style change in the mid-1990s, influenced by English guitar groups of the 1960's such as The Kinks and The Beatles the band released the albums Modern Life is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). As a result, the band became a household name in the UK, aided by the famous chart battle with Britpop rivals Oasis. By the late 1990s, with the release of their fifth album, Blur(1997), the band underwent another reinvention, influenced by the indie rock and lo-fi music style of American bands such as R.E.M., resulting in considerable American success with the single "Song 2". The final album featuring the band's original lineup, 13 (1999), found Blur experimenting with electronica and gospel music. While recording Think Tank (2003), the band's seventh and latest album, Graham Coxon left the band to pursue a successful solo carer. Blur continued in his absence, seeing both the album and a tour through. Since the end of their 2003 tour, the band have been inactive as a group, while working on solo projects. In late September 2007, the band reunited with Graham Coxon for the first time in 5 years and a few days later a announcement was made via the bands official website saying that, while relations are healthy between the group, they are not currently planning any musical activity.

Blur Studio Albums...

  • Leisure (1991) - BP Rating 7/10
  • Modern Life is Rubbish (1993) 8/10
  • Parklife (1994) 10/10
  • The Great Escape (1995) 9/10
  • Blur (1997) 9/10
  • 13 (1999) 7/10
  • Think Tank (2003) 5/10

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