Blur is a British rock band from London, England. Formed in 1989, it is composed of singer Damon Albarn (Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad and the Queen), guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Like Oasis, this group is emblematic of the britpop of the 1990s, the two groups then being described as rivals. Blur is known for songs like Song 2 or Girls and Boys.
After a separation of the group in 2003, the group reformed, and released a new album in 2015.
Damon Albarn met Graham Coxon in Colchester, Essex, England at the Stanway Comprehensive School when they were only fifteen. They have not left each other since. Graham met Alex James, a French student from Bournemouth, at a bar in London. The three decided in 1989 to form a band named Seymour with Dave Rowntree, a drummer from Colchester. Seymour, whose name evokes a character in a novel by J. D. Salinger, is distinguished by its energy on stage, and is discovered by Andy Ross, director of the label Food Records. He would like to sign with the group but on the express condition to change his name. Albarn submits Blur, which makes Ross say that the name is "arty" without being too obscure>.
Blur released a first single, She's So High, recorded in July 1990, which painfully reached the 48> rank of the English charts. The second single, There's No Other Way, released in January 1991 is more successful, reaching the 8th place in England. The first album, Leisure, produced by Stephen Street was released in the late summer of 1991, and although it reached 7th place in the UK charts, does not attract the praise of the trade press.