While the 90s might remember Blur from the Britpop battle, there’s more to this band than sparring with Oasis. Fronted by Damon Albarn and ably backed by Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree, Blur was an ever-changing outfit, never afraid to experiment.
Beyond the bouncy big-hitters, such as Parklife, Country House and Girls and Boys, Albarn and chums have a formidable canon of work up their sleeves. Following in the footsteps of the likes of The Kinks, they are unashamedly British, but always ready to embrace new influences. Beetlebum saw them taking on a lo-fi edge, while Tender uses gospel to heart-wrenching effect.
Since the heydays of the 90s, Blur reinvented itself, releasing a series of tracks that could have been paving the way for Gorillaz. Think Tank is packed with ominous electronica and stripped-back guitars. While they’re currently on hiatus, rumours of a reunion are never far away.