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Blur

Formed in 1989 as Seymour at London art school Goldsmiths College, Blur (Damon Albarn, Alex James, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree) initially fell between baggy and shoegazing, their 1991 debut Leisure an uneasy hybrid. Just two years later they delivered the literate, clipped Modern Life Is Rubbish, winning critical -- if not commercial -- success. Then came "Girls & Boys," an ironic take on the unreflective hedonism rampant in Britain post-acid house. It struck a chord, climbing to No. 5 in the charts and driving Parklife triple platinum in the process. In a hectic 18 months, Blur edged out Oasis in the Battle of Britpop when "Country House" beat "Roll With It" to No. 1, only to see new album The Great Escape drop off the charts. Cue another shift in musical focus, this time to lo-fi indie rock. With it came spats, splits and separations (Albarn and Elastica's Justine Frischmann broke up), but Blur finally cracked America. However, the departure of Graham Coxon in 2002 after recording just one of Think Tank's tracks finally called time on the band.

Blur Concert Films

  • Live at Hyde Park

    Blur

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 2 hr 5 min

    Blur: Live At Hyde Park is the definitive live Blur concert film. Directed by Giorgio Testi, the film was shot on the 2nd of July 2009 in front of a crowd of 55,000 fans in London's Hyde Park. The gigs were the climax of their hugely successful 2009 comeback tour and saw the band play a 25-song, career spanning set to a rapturous reception from fans. Shot using 18 cameras and featuring stunning HD cinematography, the film lovingly documents Blur's incredible Hyde Park performances.
     
     
  • No Distance Left to Run

    Blur

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 1 hr 42 min

    Filmed throughout the band's 2009 rehearsals and acclaimed summer tour, No Distance Left To Run finds all four members of Blur together for the first time in nine years. With previously unseen archive material alongside new interviews and reportage, the film recounts the highs and lows of a very British band from the late '80s to their headline return at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. The result is a musing on Englishness and identity and a portrait of friendship and resolution.
     
     
  • Starshaped

    Blur

    Year: 1993

    Runtime: 1 hr

    Three years of candid camera on the road with Blur, from Reading 1991 through the dark ages of the EEC in 1992 and then on to Modern Life. This 126 minute tour film features live footage including scenes from Glastonbury ’92, the Heineken Music Festival ’94 in Nottingham, and festivals in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. It is a fascinating rockumentary about the early days of one of the most influential bands of the 1990s.
     
     

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