Blur Biography (Wikipedia)
Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1988 as Seymour, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change influenced by English guitar pop groups such as the Kinks, the Beatles and XTC, Blur released Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). As a result, the band helped to popularise the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK, aided by a chart battle with rival band Oasis in 1995 dubbed "The Battle of Britpop".
Blur's self-titled fifth album (1997) incorporated influences from the lo-fi styles of American indie rock groups, and became their third UK chart-topping album. Its single "Song 2" brought the quartet mainstream success in the US for the first time. Their next album, 13 (1999) saw the band experimenting with electronic and gospel music, and featured more personal lyrics from Albarn. Their seventh album, Think Tank (2003), was shaped by the singer's growing interest in hip hop and African music, with more minimal guitar work. Coxon left during the recording, and Blur disbanded for several years after the album's release, with the members engaged in other projects.
- Parklife in Blur's own words: "Cor!" (Music News 1994)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04vn4wn.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04vn4wn.jpg2017-03-03T09:49:00.000ZThe members of Blur talk Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq through the making of their third album, Parklife.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04vn3jq
Parklife in Blur's own words: "Cor!" (Music News 1994)
- Blur Back in the Day: Graham and Damon in a classic 1996 interviewhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t9q9y.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t9q9y.jpg2017-02-18T11:59:00.000ZSteve Lamacq digs out a classic 1996 Evening Session interview with Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn of Blur to mark 20 years of the band's Blur album.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04t9qbr
Blur Back in the Day: Graham and Damon in a classic 1996 interview
- Blur at The Brits 2016https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03knqn8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03knqn8.jpg2016-02-25T20:00:00.000ZBlur at The Brits 2016https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03knv22
Blur at The Brits 2016
- Alex James speaks to Simon Mayohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02xbgft.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02xbgft.jpg2015-07-17T12:04:00.000ZBlur bassist Alex James speaks to Simon about the band's current tour and all things Feastival, ahead of the fourth year running of his music, food and family festival.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02xbgwb
Alex James speaks to Simon Mayo
- Blur are back! Jo Whiley chats to the bandhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02khdhw.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02khdhw.jpg2015-02-20T20:38:00.000ZBlur drop by the studio to see Jo Whiley, and talk about the surprise news that they are back together and releasing their first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02khfjg
Blur are back! Jo Whiley chats to the band
- Blur tell Steve about their new album 'Magic Whip'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kcvcv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kcvcv.jpg2015-02-19T18:31:00.000ZBlur give the first radio interview about their new album 'Magic Whip' to Steve.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kcwlt
Blur tell Steve about their new album 'Magic Whip'
- Blur: Song 2https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025dghl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025dghl.jpg2014-08-25T06:30:00.000ZSteve Lamacq reflects on the brilliance of the Song 2 riff by Blurhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p025dgls
Blur: Song 2