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Blur live 29.07.2013 in Rome.jpg
Blur in concert 2013
Background information
OriginColchester, Essex, England
GenresBritpop, alternative rock, indie rock
Years active1989–present
Associated actsGorillaz
The Good, the Bad & the Queen
The Ailerons
Fat Les
Me Me Me
Past membersDamon Albarn
Graham Coxon
Alex James
Dave Rowntree

Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1988 originally under the name Seymour, the group's members are singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's first album Leisure (1991) contained the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. After a change in sound started by English guitar pop groups such as the Kinks, the Beatles and XTC, Blur released Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). As a result, the band helped the Britpop genre become popular and became popular in the UK, which was helped by a rivalry with Oasis in 1995 called "The Battle of Britpop".