August 19, 2011

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Blur in 1991 - even early on there were signs.


Ending up 90's week with Blur and a track from their debut album Leisure with Bad Day. Blur, along with much-publicized arch rivals Oasis, were probably two of the best known of the 90's "Brit-Pop" bands. although Oasis managed to score heavily in the U.S., Blur were still one of the more influential bands as far as furthering this genre was concerned. Basically an outgrowth of the Madchester Movement in the late 80's, Blur took the highly-experimental nature of bands like The Charlatans and Happy Mondays and injected well crafted and executed songs with a nod going back to fellow countrymen The Kinks. The result was a wildly popular combination that won worldwide support almost from the get-go. Their debut single There's No Other Way immediately landed on the charts and instantly established Blur as a band to watch. Over the next ten years they released a string of well-received (critically and popularly) albums and a ton of singles and ep's before putting it on hiatus and splitting in to other projects. Lead singer and co-founder Damon Albarn has continued his success with Gorillaz and a recent reunion of Blur for the Glastonbury Festival once again proved Blur have their same appeal and fan base as ever.

But for tonight it's back to the formative days of 1991 when Blur were just getting their feet on the ground and laying the groundwork for what was to eventually become.

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