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Blur

David Buckley

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.46594

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English rock group. It was formed in Colchester in 1989 by Damon Albarn (b Whitechapel, London, 23 March 1968; vocals), Graham Coxon (b Rinteln, nr Hanover, 12 March 1969; electric guitar), Alex James (b Bournemouth, 21 Nov 1968; bass guitar) and Dave Rowntree (b Colchester, 8 May 1964; drums). Their first album, Leisure (Food, 1991), hinted at a psychedelic pop sensibility, but subsequent recordings established the band as mordant and witty observers of small-time English psychoses, which they housed in an infectious combination of mod and punk styles indebted to the Small Faces, The Kinks, David Bowie and the Jam. Thematically, Modern Life is Rubbish (Food, 1993) remains perhaps their most complete work, a paean to ‘little Englandism’ in the face of American imperialism, but musically Parklife (Food, 1994) is superior, with its sarcastic post-Aids disco anthem of sexual liberation, ‘Girls and Boys’, its tale of transvestism in ‘Tracy Jacks’ (a 1990s update of Pink Floyd's ‘Arnold Layne’) and the epic ballad ‘This is a low’. As Britpop took off in ...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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