Blur in the 90's

Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1989 as Seymour, the group consists of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change influenced 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 to popularise the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK, aided by a chart battle with rival band Oasis in 1995 dubbed "The Battle of Britpop".

In recording their follow-up, Blur (1997), the band underwent another reinvention, showing influence from the lo-fi style of American indie rock groups. Their next album, 13 (1999) saw the band members experimenting with electronic and gospel music, and featured more personal lyrics from Albarn. In May 2002, Coxon left Blur during the recording of their seventh album Think Tank (2003). After a 2003 tour without Coxon, Blur did no studio work or touring as a band, as members engaged in other projects. In 2008 Blur reunited, with Coxon back in the fold, for a series of concerts and have continued to release several singles and retrospective releases.

Links to Peel

John peel expunge-0

John peel expunge-0

Peel at the 1991 Reading Festival talking about Blur. He wasn't a fan of their "Britpop" era.

Peel was not a fan of Blur's early material, but he did like their 1997 self titled released album, which had a lo-fi American indie style influence and from which he played some tracks. Peel invited the band for two sessions at Peel Acres and a music festival with Silver Apples at Meltdown, drawn up by Peel. 

He also subsequently played some of Blur's later material and also some of Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn's solo career.

Damon Albarn was also a guest of John Peel's Record Box, when he talked about John Peel and his record collection.

Festive Fifty Entries


EDIT Blur "John Peel's Birthday Skank" (not Possible Clint Eastwood Demo)

EDIT Blur "John Peel's Birthday Skank" (not Possible Clint Eastwood Demo)

John Peel's Birthday Skank, session #3

Two sessions only. #1 released on Bustin' + Dronin' (CD, 1998).

1. Live from Peel Acres. Recorded: 1997-04-22. Broadcast: 05 May 1997. Repeated:

  • Country Sad Ballad Man / Chinese Bombs / Movin' On / M.O.R. / On Your Own / Popscene / Song 2

2. Live from Peel Acres. Recorded: 1999-09-17. Broadcast: 05 October 1999. Repeated: None

  • Bugman / Fried / B.L.U.R.E.M.I. / 1992 / Bonebag / Trimm Trabb / John Peel's Birthday Skank


Live from Meltdown with Silver Apples. Recorded 1998-07-05. Broadcast: 07 July 1998. Repeated: None

  1. Misty Mountains
  2. Oscillations
  3. Untitled Collaboration
  4. Essex Dogs

Other Shows Played

Blur - Song 2

Blur - Song 2

Blur - Tender

Blur - Tender


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