Damon Albarn

Born 23 March 1968.
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Damon Albarn - 6 Music Festival highlights

Highlights of Damon Albarn's set at 6 Music Festival 2014

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Biography

Damon Albarn (born 23 March 1968) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known for being the frontman of the Britpop/alternative rock band Blur as well as vocalist and principal songwriter of virtual band Gorillaz.

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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Dr Dee

    Dr Dee 2012

    Reviewed by Martin Aston
    A well-researched soundtrack piece full of memorable melodies.
  2. Review of Democrazy

    Democrazy 2003

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    Amid the nonsense lie a couple of real gems...