Bio Info:

This bio was written by myself, if you wish to use it then please reference myself and this site. If you encounter any mistakes do not hesitate to contact me @ ciaran@bluebottle.com

 
Leisure (1991)

The debut Blur album released in 1991. Featuring the track Sing, which featured in the smash hit film Trainspotting. It was an album that stank of Stone Roses and Pink Floyd.

She's So High struggled, but made it into the top 50 in the UK chart.

There's No Other Way was Blur's first top 10 hit and set them up for a prosperous future. It was very Stone Rosesesque and the public loved it. It is still played in breaks at major festivals and at Indie nights throughout the UK.

Bang, like She's So High, failed to make much of an impression on the UK public under the decline of Indie music and did not chart well.


Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993)

It's title came from a piece of graffiti sprayed on a wall. The original MLIR should have been released in 1992, but it was held back to be refined. Most of the original tracks on it became B-sides on the revised and released version. Its highest chart position was No. 17.

For Tomorrow was the first single released off the album and charted top 20. It was an Indie track and is to date one of the Blur favourites.

Chemical World was the follow up single. It relates to the way Britain was at the time it was released. It charted similarly to For Tomorrow

Sunday Sunday was a taster of what was to become a genre known as Brit-pop. However, it is claimed that the band now hate the song.


Parklife (1994)

Parklife shot Blur to fame in 1994. It won the band 4 Brit awards and was there first No.1 album. It went triple Platinum.

Girls and Boys still is one of Blur biggest hits. It highlights British life. Girls and Boys even did well over the sea in North America.

To The End, This Is A Low and End Of A Century also charted well, but the main song on the album was Parklife.

Parklife was released in the summer of 1994 and had people across the country singing. It featured Phil Daniels and made Blur the band of the moment.


The Great Escape (1995)

The Great Escape was the follow up to the highly successful Parklife album. It too shot straight to No.1 in the album charts.

Country House was the first release and had its release date changed to coincide with Oasis' Roll With It single. Country House entered at No.1 and Roll With It No.2. Blur had won that battle.

The next single, The Universal, never did as well as Country House and was only a Top 5 hit whereas Oasis continued to rule the charts. The Universal was a good track, but at the time Blur could have killed Oasis off by releasing a track such as Globe Alone.

Stereotypes was another top 10 hit for Blur but was overshadowed by the sudden adoration for Oasis with their highly 'original' sound.

Charmless Man was yet another Top 10 hit, but the same situation occured as with Stereotypes.

Blur (1997)

Blur was released after the battle of the bands with Oasis. Where Oasis continued producing similar sounding music over and over, Blur moved back to their roots with a Modern Life Is Rubbishesque album. It was more Amercanised and featured, for the first time, Graham Coxon singing lead vocals on a Blur track.

Beetlebum shot straight to No.1 and emphasized the fact that Blur were back. It was different from any of the Blur singles from previous years and had a predominate Beatles sound to it.

Song 2 entered the UK charts at No.2, but sent shockwaves across the planet. Song 2 (aka the Woo hoo song) was taken in by the American crowds who are renound for liking simple music with mad guitars. The song has since featured on many adverts and is played each time a goal is scored at Major Hockey games in America. Blur were offered millions of pounds by the US Army to let them use Song 2 to launch a new Stealth Jet. Blur refused.

On Your Own entered the UK top 5 and was easily one of the best songs on Blur. It was fun and amusing not unlike tracks from the Blur Britpop era.

M.O.R caused Blur some trouble. They were 'apparently' sued by David Bowie's record label because of how similar it sounded to one of Bowie's hits. It missed the top 10, but was a good song nonetheless.

 

13 (1999)

13 was Blur's much anticipated 6th studio album. It followed on the lo-fi theme from the previous self titled album, Blur. 13 was the first time Blur had produced an album without veteran producer Stephen Street. For this album they opted to have Madonna producer William Orbit produce the album.

Tender shot into the charts at No.2 after an earlier release mid0week due to demand. It was kept off the top spot by Britney Spears' 'Baby One More Time'

Coffee and TV failed to make the top 10 due 40% of its sales being delted by accident. This infuriated the band, but Dave was quoted in saying 'It's only a number'. The Coffee and TV video has one many awards including one from NME.

No Distance Left To Run was the final release from the 13 album and again missed the top 10. It's video featured the band sleeping and was deemed 'too dull' by idle MTV chiefs who refused to play it. The lack of interest in this single showed in its chart placing. The singles B-sides included Beagle 2, the song being sent in the probe to Mars in 2003.

Think Tank (2003)

Possibly the last album Blur will release with Graham Coxon on the credits. After being thrown out of the band, Graham has concentrated more on his solo efforts. The Kiss Of Morning was released a few months before Think Tank and was well received by the critics. Graham expects to release his new album in Spring 2004, which will feature the single "Freakin' Out".

With Think Tank Blur went experimental. Working with a mixture of producers (including Fatboy Slim) tracks like Crazy Beat were released. Also released were Good Song and Out of Time, a track about the Iraq war.

 
By C. Murdoch
 
 


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