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Blur is the band Damon Albarn did before he went to rap as a multitude of cartoon characters. It's the band Graham Coxon did before he went all serious and solo. It's the band Alex James did before he became a farmyard tory. It's the band Dave Rowntree did before... what is Dave Rowntree up to these days? A spark in the still-raging Britpop fire, Blur created music and antics, pop hits and rivalries, serving as the wordy and self-congratulatory foil to the mischief Oasis were making up North. You likely know the hits: the woo-hooing "Song 2", the pantomimic "Country House" and the dread-inducing singalong "Parklife". You might know the rest too.

Starting as an almost confrontationally British band for a time that was demanding Britpop, they debuted Leisure and continued with Modern Life is Rubbish. As time went by, they rescinded the la la las and Londoner snarls in favour of more cerebral music: the domesticated critique of The Great Escape led to stranger, more experimental records like 13, where pop songs existed in more expansive and abstract templates -- the bombastic "Tender" and the mumbled indie rock of "Coffee & TV". Their original existence ended on Think Tank, an obscure, downbeat record that saw them at their most dour and defeated -- they got their best song out of it with "Out of Time". They re-uinted with The Magic Whip recently, but we all know Blur are a piece of history, an iconic band who belong to a period of music press name-calling and band-pranking we can never quite go back to.

Similar to Blur: The Verve, The Stone Roses, James, Pulp, Supergrass, Manic Street Preachers, The Coral, Primal Scream, Suede, Doves, Ocean Colour Scene, Happy Mondays

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Graham Coxon
The End Of The F***ing World (Original Songs and Score)

The End Of The F***ing World (Original Songs and Score) by Graham Coxon marks the Blur guitarist’s first foray into the world of soundtracks. Graham was inspired by the Channel 4/Netflix production’s dark comedy and found himself working at uncharacteristically fast pace with the final tracks selecte...view item »

The Great Escape

For their fourth outing, 1995's "The Great Escape," Blur wonderfully combine the successes of their previous two albums, "Modern Life is Rubbish" and "Parklife." This album is not so much a sequal to "Parklife" as a dark mirror of it. The tales of Londoners found in "Parklife" have been replaced by the twisted secret lives of suburban dwellers h...view item »

Modern Life Is Rubbish

Modern Life Is Rubbish announced Blur as a serious proposition. They carved out an identity, both musically and image-wise for themselves that moved away from the indie-by-numbers of their debut album, Leisure. It earned them comparisons of great Englishness previously characterised by The Kinks and Smal...view item »


My favourite albums tend to be the ones where a successful band leaves behind their signature sound and ventures into new realms that you wouldn't have expected them to and this is no exception. That's not to say that Blur were always the indie pop meets music hall of 'Parklife' and 'The Great Escape', there was definitely evidence of them wanti...view item »

Think Tank

And to think, I almost dismissed this album. Heck, this being my second Blur album (yes, I'm so far behind the times, I can barely see straight), I was ready to dismiss them altogether. On first listen, "Ambulance" sounded dissonant and illogically-rooted, with no discernible melody whatsoever. "Crazy Beat" was a bland attempt at gettin' some ro...view item »


Blur's debut back in 1991 brought along a blend of psychedelic rock and heavy guitars not too far from the sound of The Stone Roses or The Smiths. Though not too welcome by critics, as being too much like shoegazing (a musical trend that was on its way out), in recording "Leisure", along with Charlatan's U.K. and a handful of other bands, they l...view item »

The Box Set

The ultimate collection for the Blur fan. Featuring all their albums (pre split and reformation of course), just the five and a half hours of unreleased material, three DVDs and even a 7" single of a rare Seymour track. Now cheaper, it will still set you back but look what you get for your brass....view item »

The Magic Whip

The first album from Blur in twelve years, born from a chance cancellation of a gig back in 2013, much to the disappointment of fans at the time but to their unbridled bouncy joy today. With original members Graham Coxon, Damon Albarn, Alex James and Dave Rowntree, returned from cheese dreams and high musical art to produce the ...view item »

Under The Westway

If Procol Harum hadn’t already penned ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ (with a little help from Bach) then I’d say that this would be a pleasant diversion down leafy London avenue for Blur with a bit of ‘Waterloo Sunset’ type imagery thrown in for good measure but ins...view item »

The Vinyl Box

It's really hard to recommend this enormous collection to many people. Most hardcore fans will probably only be interested in the four discs of rarities, the vinyl single of "Superman", and the hardback book; for this content, 21 isn't worth the price-point. However, if you are a Blur fan who doesn't happen to own any of their albums, the price ...view item »


Clever pop tunes and dry quips from the English quartets' Parklife create an entertaining milieu of musicianship that will certainly induce delightful head bobbing and toe tapping. Although I believe Blur's self-titled record is much more heartfelt and poignant, Parklife makes up for the lack of sincerity with undeniably catchy pop tunes. For a ...view item »


I bought this just for the beetlebum track and because the artowrk looked cool. However when I got the CD I was happily suprised to discover 2 great b-track singles on there as well. In my opinion 'all your life' is one of blur's best songs, not sure how it didnt end up on an albulm. anyway good stuff :) ...view item »

Country House

If you are a Blur fan, but also very cheap, to get Blur live you have a few options. You could find a copy of Live at the Budokan, which is a top-notch live album, with a good sampling of their pre-1996 work. However, it is fairly rare and as a result, freakin' expensive. You could find a copy of Bustin' and Dronin', which is good, except only h...view item »

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