Blur are an English rock band, formed in London.
Originally called Seymour, Blur formed in Colchester in 1989 at the Goldsmiths College
from the remnants of a band called Circus by vocalist/keyboardist Damon Albarn,
guitarist/backing vocalist Graham Coxon and drummer Dave Rowntree, with bassist
Alex James later joining the lineup.
Alternative rock, britpop, indie rock, electronic, art rock
The Good, the Bad and the Queen
Damon Albarn - vocals, guitar, keyboards, lead songwriting
Alex James - bass guitar, backing vocals
Dave Rowntree - drums and percussion, backing vocals
Graham Coxon - lead guitar, occasional lead vocals and songwriting, backing vocals
Did You Know:
• From 2001 to 2007 the band was on hiatus as members pursued other projects.
Music is something that should speak for itself, straight from the heart. It took me a long time to understand that.
I was going through a break up. I was depressed... I really did need to do something. Recording an album was a great escape. I don't know what would have happened if I wouldn't have started to work.
I was naive enough to believe it would be enough to replace the government. Well, I made fun of the people in the government and then realized that even if we got rid of them, they were replaced by exactly the same guys.
We already left Britpop behind with our last album [Blur, 1997, a UK number one album]. It's just more obvious on this album.
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video: "Coffee and TV"
BRIT Award for British Group
BRIT Award for British Album
BRIT Award for British Video "Parklife"
BRIT Award for British Single "Parklife"
BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music