BritPop Progenitor – Damon Albarn

I have read at Wired Magazine, NPR Music and Stereogum about the 20th Anniversary of BritPop.

BritPop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. It emerged from the British independent music scene of the early 1990s and was characterised by bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. The movement developed as a reaction against various musical and cultural trends in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly the grunge phenomenon from the United States. In the wake of the musical invasion into the United Kingdom of American grunge bands, new British groups such as Suede and Blur launched the movement by positioning themselves as opposing musical forces, referencing British guitar music of the past and writing about uniquely British topics and concerns. – wikipedia

So tomorrow, Friday is the 20th anniversary of the classic Britpop album: Blur’s Parklife.


Blur serves as the connector for this blog post. The Blur lead singer and keyboardist was Damon Albarn. As you probably aware Damon Albarn founded Gorillaz. Now I totally get that the evolution of the Gorillaz sound was built on BritPop, cool 😉

Everyday Robots is Damon Alban’s most soul-searching and autobiographical album to date, produced by Richard Russell (XL Recordings) and featuring guest appearances from Brian Eno and Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes.



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3 Replies to “BritPop Progenitor – Damon Albarn”

  1. He has recently been given some stick from James Blunt for being posh, so we are talking pots and kettles here. Albarn is one of the creative geniuses of our age – his Chinese Opera, the work on Dr Dee, he is a restless spirit and shows how far popular musoc can go.


    1. I appreciate your insight. Genius he certainly is. I need to find the video of the live Gorillaz concert at the Apollo Theatre. I read how unique this concert was with the live Gorillaz characters appearing all around the theatre during the show 🙂 I definitely need to listen to more of his body of work.


      1. Blur have also taken interesting routes. Graham Coxon is still on the scene, Alex the bass player makes cheese for supermarkets and hangs out with Jamie Oliver and their drummer is now a criminal defence attorney cum dj, wh said that what they had in common was they all had sisters but no brothers, so Blur was a sort of surrogate family for all of them, which is rather sweet. Both Damon’s parents were into art, and the band met at art college, but Abarn claims it ws the mix of urban multicultural upbringing then the quiet village he moved to that gave him such a panoramic view of the world.


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