The band members, Daman Albarn and Graham Coxan met up with the group’s other half Alex James and Dave Rowntree to form Seymour in 1988. It was inspired by J.D Salinger’s Seymour: An Introduction and the name was then changed to Blur afterwards. Seymour began touring and performed live for the first time ever in the summer of 1989. Soon the A&R representative from Food Records, Andy Ross spotted the group while they were playing their gig. Impressed by what he saw, Ross convinced the label to sign them and they became a part of the Food family in 1990.
Gearing up to make an impact
After signing with the label, Blur toured Britain the same year and opened for The Cramps. They played their new songs at the gig and released their first single, She’s So High which picked up the forty eighth spot on the UK Singles Chart. The band then made some serious progress as they released, There’s No Other Way which became a hit. Later they came up with their not so successful third single, Bang which landed at the twenty fourth spot.
It was time for them to take the next step and Blur released their debut album, ‘Leisure’ in 1991 which picked up seventh position on the UK Albums Chart and was certified gold. The album received mixed reviews from the critics as BBC Music, Michigan Daily and NME had mostly positive things to say about it whereas AllMusic gave it three stars out of five.
Blur are successful
The group released their second album, ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ in 1993 which picked up the fifteenth spot on the UK Albums Chart. It produced three singles, For Tomorrow, Chemical World and Sunday Sunday. The latter performed quite well and went to the twenty sixth spot on the UK Singles chart. The album was certified gold and received mixed reviews from the critics. Blur then followed that up by coming out with their third studio album ‘Parklife’ that took their popularity to the next level. The album debuted at the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart and stayed there for a whopping ninety weeks while going three times platinum. It also received four Brit Awards including ones for the ‘Best Band’ and the ‘Best Album.’ Parklife also received positive reviews from the critics. That was the start of their rise to the top and they have gone from strength to strength since then by coming out with five more number one albums.
The Magic Whip and tour
Blur took a break for twelve years from the music industry and now have returned to treat their fans with their eighth studio album, ‘The Magic Whip.’ The album debuted at the first spot on the UK Albums Chart and fifth on US Billboard 200. It produced four singles, Go Out, There Are Too Many of Us, Lonesome Street and Ong Ong. The album also received favorable reviews from the critics. The seven times NME Award winners are now all set and ready to hit the road once again. There is a lot of excitement surrounding their tour and you can be a part of it too by booking your Blur tickets to watch them perform live.