After spending long periods touring the U. All three albums received critical acclaim while Blur gained mass popularity in the UK, aided by a Britpop rivalry with Oasis. Subsequent albums such as Blur , 13 , and Think Tank incorporated influences from lo-fi , electronic and hip hop music. Albarn formed the virtual band Gorillaz in with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. Drawing influences from hip hop, dub , pop,  trip hop ,  and world music ,  Gorillaz released their self-titled debut album in to worldwide success, spawning successful follow-ups Demon Days , Plastic Beach , The Fall both released in , Humanz , and The Now Now Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, Gorillaz albums typically feature collaborations from a range of artists. His debut, and thus far only, solo studio album Everyday Robots was released in In , The Daily Telegraph ranked Albarn number 18 in their list of the " most powerful people in British culture".
Damon Albarn , born March 23, , Whitechapel, London , England , English musician who found fame as the front man for the rock band Blur and as the main creative force behind the pop group Gorillaz but was also noted for his eclectic output as a composer, producer, and collaborator. As a youth he learned to play the violin and the piano, and in secondary school he befriended Graham Coxon, with whom he soon began to write and perform songs. Following a brief stint in drama school, Albarn formed a rock band that eventually became known as Blur. With Albarn as lead vocalist and principal songwriter, the group—which also included Coxon guitar , Alex James bass , and Dave Rowntree drums —issued its debut album, Leisure , in Having established itself as clever observers of everyday British life, in the tradition of the Kinks and the Small Faces, on Modern Life Is Rubbish , Blur achieved a critical and commercial breakthrough with Parklife , a winning collection of pop songs in that vein. By the mids Blur was a chief exemplar, along with fellow melodic-rock revivalists Oasis, of what was called Britpop , and a frenzied media-fueled rivalry emerged between the two bands. Partially in response, Albarn and company shifted course after The Great Escape and returned with Blur , a garage-rock-indebted record that expanded their American audience, and the stylistically varied 13
Damon Albarn. Published: 12 Aug Tony Allen obituary.
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