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 Blur13and Think Tank incorporated influences from lo-fielectronic and hip hop music. Albarn formed the virtual band Gorillaz in with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett.
Drawing influences from alternative rocktrip hop hip hopelectronicadubreggae and pop,   Gorillaz released their self-titled debut album in to worldwide success, spawning successful follow-ups Demon DaysPlastic BeachThe Fall both released inHumanzand The Now Now Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, Gorillaz albums typically feature collaborations from a range of artists.
Albarn's other projects include two supergroups: He has also scored stage "Damon albarn birthday," namely Monkey: Journey to the WestDr Dee and
Damon albarn birthday. His debut solo studio album Everyday Robots was released in InThe Daily Telegraph ranked Albarn number 18 in their list of the " most powerful people in British culture ".
Their daughter Jessica, born inalso went on to become an artist.
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Damon's paternal grandfather Edward, an architect,   had been a conscientious objector during the Second World War and was involved in a farming community in Lincolnshirebecoming a peace activist. In Edward Albarn died; Damon stated in an interview that Edward did not want to live any longer and decided to go on a hunger strike.
I went against the grain in a weird way — by continually following them. He described himself as "not really fitting in with the politics of the place.
Albarn was interested in music from an early age, attending an Osmonds concert at the age of six. After both siblings failed their eleven-plus exams"Damon albarn birthday" started attending Stanway Comprehensive Schoolwhere Damon described himself as being "really unpopular" and "[irritating to] a lot of
Damon albarn birthday. Look, mine are the proper sort"  as he was showing off his leather shoes, fashionable footwear at the time influenced by the Mod Revival.
Damon albarn birthday acting at the East 15 Acting School in Debdenbut left after the first year. On leaving drama school he entered a production and management contract with Marijke Bergkamp and Graeme Holdaway, owners of the Beat Factory recording studio, where the members of Blur, then known as Seymour, did their first recordings.
His first band was the synthpop group, Two's a Crowd. Albarn enrolled on a part-time music course at London's Goldsmiths College inclaiming that his sole intention was to gain access to the student union bar.
They changed their name to Seymour in Decemberinspired by J. The resulting single, " There's No Other Way ", became a hit, peaking at
Damon albarn birthday eight. Although the resulting album Leisure peaked at number seven on the UK Albums Chartit received mixed reviews,  and according to journalist John Harris"could not shake off the odour of anti-climax".
The sessions with Partridge proved unsatisfactory, but a chance reunion with Stephen Street resulted in him returning to produce the group. The second Blur album, Modern Life Is Rubbishwas released in May and peaked at number 15 on the British charts,  but failed to break into the US Billboard
Damon albarn birthday, selling only 19, copies.
Parklife entered the British charts at number one and stayed in the album charts for 90 weeks.
Blur began working on their fourth album The Great Escape at the start of James reflected, "It was all more elaborate, more orchestral, more theatrical, and the lyrics were even more twisted It was all dysfunctional, misfit characters fucking up. Partly due to increasing antagonism between the groups, Blur and Oasis decided to release their new singles on the same day, an event the NME called the "British Heavyweight Championship". The debate over which band would top the British singles chart became a media phenomenon, and Albarn appeared on News at Ten.
The Great Escape was released in September to positive reviews, and entered the UK charts at number one. However, opinion quickly changed and Blur found themselves largely out of favour with the media. An early Q interview reported that relations between Blur members had
Damon albarn birthday strained; journalist Adrian Deevoy wrote that he found them "on the verge of a nervous breakup". Albarn visited Iceland during this period: And one hazy, lazy day [laughs], I was watching the TV and I saw a programme about Iceland, and they had black beaches.
So I got on a plane
Damon albarn birthday was on my own: I didn't know anybody. I went into the street, Laugavegurwhere the bars are, and that was it. After initial sessions in London, the band left to record the rest of the album in Iceland, away from the Britpop scene.
Although the music press predicted that the lo-fi sonic experimentation would alienate Blur's teenage girl fanbase, they generally applauded the effort. After the success of Blur
Damon albarn birthday band embarked on a nine-month world tour. Released in MarchBlur's sixth studio album 13 saw them drift further away from Britpop. Albarn's lyrics—more heart-felt, personal and intimate than on Damon albarn birthday occasions—were reflective of his break-up with Elastica frontwoman Justine Frischmannhis partner of eight years.
Not long after the sessions began, Coxon left the group. The guitarist's absence also meant that Think Tank was almost entirely written by Albarn. Its sound was seen as a testament to Albarn's increasing interest in African and Middle Eastern musicand to his control over the group's direction.
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Damon albarn birthday were well received; The Guardian ' s music critic Alexis Petridis gave their performance at Goldsmiths College a full five stars, and wrote that "Blur's music seems to "Damon albarn birthday" potentiated by the passing of years Reviews of the Glastonbury performance were enthusiastic; The Guardian called them "the best Glastonbury headliners in an age".
The band released their second greatest-hits album Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur in June After the completion of the reunion dates, Albarn told Q that the band had no intention of recording or touring live again. He said, "I just can't do it anymore", and explained that the main motivation for participating in the reunion was to repair his relationship with Coxon, which succeeded.
Albarn and Jamie Hewlett met in when Coxon, a fan of Hewlett's work, asked him to interview Blur. Hewlett initially thought Albarn was "arsey, a wanker", and despite becoming one of the band's acquaintances, Hewlett often did not get on with its members, especially after he started going out with Coxon's ex-girlfriend, Jane Olliver. The idea to create Gorillaz came about when the two were watching MTV: So we got this idea for a cartoon bandsomething that would be a comment on that," Hewlett said.
Demon Days went "Damon albarn birthday" times platinum in the UK,  double platinum in the United States
Damon albarn birthday and earned five Grammy Award nominations for  and won one of them in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category. In Decemberthe group released The Fallrecorded over 32 days during their North American tour. In a interview, Albarn talked about the unlikelihood of any future Gorillaz releases; his relationship with Hewlett had soured when Albarn chose to undercut the role of animation on their Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour.
Albarn released Mali Music inrecorded in Mali, during a trip he made to support Oxfam in He has visited Nigeria to record music with African drummer Tony Allen.
InAlbarn released an EP, Democrazya compilation of demos he recorded in various hotel rooms during the United States portion of Think Tank ' s tour.
He also said he would be taking his album on tour, and that he would play songs from all of his other bands, including Blur and Gorillaz.
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Albarn's debut solo album, Everyday Robotswas released on 25 April to generally positive reviews. The album peaked at No. The first single by the line-up, " Herculean ", was released in late Octoberand peaked at
Damon albarn birthday. A second single, " Kingdom of Doom ", and the band's debut album were then released in January That single fared slightly better than "Herculean", peaking at No.
Whippy", though the song does not appear on the album it is a B-Side on the Herculean single. Albarn has stated that he is not responsible for the name; someone in Lagos did the sleeve design and
Damon albarn birthday the name Damon albarn birthday was given. Albarn has claimed that he's content with the outcome, as trying to come up with band names is difficult for him.
The band performed together for the first time on 28 October in Cork, Irelandas part of the annual Cork Jazz Festival. A full tour is not expected any time soon due to conflicting schedules, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' tour continuing until Their debut album was released on 26 March Producer, Gordon Rapheal claims that Damon was experimenting with backing vocals on the record. In the end Albarn's contributions did not make the record.
And so no backing vocals were used. More recently, on Massive Attack's Heligoland album, he sang on the track "Saturday Come Slow" and contributed keyboards to the track " Splitting the Atom ".
Albarn also produced soul singer Bobby Womack 's twenty-seventh studio album The Bravest Man in the Universereleased in Albarn composed the score with collaboration by Michael Nyman for the movie Ravenousand was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Music for his work.
In their first major work together since Gorillaz, Albarn and Hewlett, along with acclaimed
Damon albarn birthday theatre and opera director Chen Shi-zhengadapted for stage the Chinese story Journey to the West as Monkey: Journey to the Westwhich received its world premiere Damon albarn birthday the opening show of the Manchester International Festivalon 28 June at the "Damon albarn birthday" Theatre, Manchester.
In collaboration with theatre director Rufus NorrisAlbarn has created an opera for the Manchester International Festival based on the life of Elizabethan scientist John Dee and titled Doctor Dee. Albarn recorded the film score for the film version of the book The Boy in the Oakwhich was written by his sister, Jessica Albarn.
The film was set for a spring release in select theatres. Albarn wrote the music for a musical based on Alice in Wonderland called Wonder. InAlbarn, among others, criticised the London Live 8 concert for not featuring enough black artists; among the few included were Ms. Eventually the organisers added a separate concert at the Eden Project in Cornwall to the programme in order to showcase African musicians.
Albarn said he did not want to perform at Live 8 because he thought it was too "exclusive" and may have been motivated by self-promotion.
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Albarn has been a vocal critic of celebrity culture: I suppose you start with the celebrity thing InAlbarn was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of East Londonsaying it was "great to receive [the] award from an institution where my dad used to work and which I, as a child, used to think of as that big building with lots of interesting people in".
During the s, Albarn had a long-standing relationship with Elastica frontwoman Justine Frischmann. On 2 Octoberartist Suzi Winstanley gave birth to their daughter,  Missy, named after hip hop artist Missy Elliott. On the top floor of his west London studio, “13”, Damon Albarn is sitting at his year-old daughter, went out to celebrate the 17th birthday of. The Blur frontman has
Damon albarn birthday his birthday was nothing compared to his Britpop " comrade," who had a Narcos-themed bash.
Damon Albarn turns 47 today (March 23). To celebrate, here's the Blur man's last NME cover – a discussion "Damon albarn birthday" NME editor Mike Williams from.
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