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Blur

We all remember the Britpop era well don’t we? The battle between Blur and Oasis and how everything was suddenly Cool Britannia. A Damon Albarn led assault on the charts had begun and Blur were fast becoming one of the coolest bands around with a heavy fan base amongst both men and women.

Formed in London and originally named Seymour rather boringly the boys Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree has the swagger of a British rock band if ever we’ve seen one. The image of youth, rebellion and mixing it with fashion could have been enough by itself but it was the quality of the alternative rock they produced that made them so popular.

When looking for influences in their style you could name anything from British modern rock history with The Kinks, Pink Floyd and even The Beatles credited with influence and their original album Modern Life is Rubbish is now widely heralded as an exceptional debut album.

Coxon and Albarn were childhood friends and met James at Goldsmith’s College in London. They joined a band called Circus and after several changes and a name evolution to Seymour but when they met Andy Ross from Food records he brought up his dislike for the name of the band, after talks the name Blur was agreed upon and well it’s hard to imagine them being called anything else.

Though they received mixed reviews and some success with She’s So High it wasn’t until There’s No Other Way was released the band established themselves as known pop stars. Criticised for being more style than substance they struggled to follow up on that success and when they found themselves in debt a rushed tour of the US was planned and then panned.

The US audience simply didn’t buy into the British theme they were still smarting from the power bands and grunge legends like Nirvana and Blur seemed like a barking puppy rather than the roaring monsters that were going through the music scene and primarily Seattle.

Albarn found himself feeling increasingly homesick and missing British life and it heavily influenced their second album Modern Life is Rubbish. The cover was controversially changed after release because the media viewed it as nationalistic showing a skinhead with a bull dog and it was quickly changed.

At that time there was tension within the band and with their second offering not even charting in the US and not acclaimed in the UK it seemed like there were tough times ahead until the amazing Parklife exploded Blur back into the public eye.

The classic anthem Girls & Boys was constantly played on BBC Radio 1 and fans caught a feverish liking for the song. It only reached number 5 in the UK chart which is incredible given its popularity still now. Perhaps their time out of the public eye and their brand new hit caught the charts too quickly for it to gain its rightful position at the top but the next single was to capitalise on that.

Parklife was the next single and it went straight into the charts at number one and there was a Blur boom around the British Isles. Brit Awards came with critical acclaim and it’s now regarded as possibly the defining album of the Brit Pop era.

The battle was on to be King of the British Charts and it led to tension between the bands. Oasis and Blur then both released in the midst of media frenzy their first two singles from their albums on the same day and Country House came out in top outselling oasis’ Roll With It.

The band took a different direction but still with great success Song 2 is possibly one their longest standing songs and Beetlebum charted at number one but there seemed to differences and splits within the camp.

Albarn had started work on his animated band Gorrilaz and each member took a new path but left a legacy that is hard to forget and possibly one that defined a generation.