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blindside is a hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. They formed in 1994 as "Underfree" and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996. All members are Christian, and it is evident in their lyrics ("I thought about Your love"; "I caught a glimpse of Your eye"), among countless other examples.
In 1997, Solid State Records got a hold of the EP, and signed blindside to a record deal. The first album, which was self-titled, was released to American audiences. In 1998, Tooth & Nail Records issued a new EP, titled Empty Box.
In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. It was their final album for Solid State, after lackluster sales of the two albums. P.O.D. soon started endorsing blindside (actually, they were doing so since 1998) and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint, 3 Points.
2002 saw the release of blindside's next album, Silence. It generated minor hits in "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful", and "Caught a Glimpse". In 2003 they toured with Hoobastank in support of the album.
Then in 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. It has generated a minor hit in All of Us. In late 2004, it was announced that blindside were leaving Elektra Records per the band's request.
In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, and employees lost jobs as a result. Therefore, the label couldn't support them anymore. Thankfully the Blindside Union and P.O.D. Warriors are doing more than enough to help out. blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined this Summer (2004).
However, the headlining tour was marred by a couple of incidents. First, their tour bus crashed, and was in disrepair, so they were forced to rent a van. Second, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be cancelled. They went in to a restaurant after their show in Dallas, TX, and when they came out, they found every thing in their rental van stolen, including their passports and whatever money they had.
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First, their tour bus crashed, and was in disrepair, so they were forced to rent a van. Second, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be cancelled. They went in to a restaurant after their show in Dallas, TX, and when they came out, they found every thing in their rental van stolen, including their passports and whatever money they had. Considering the recent inactivity of the band and the diverse projects of Damon (working with Gorillaz), Dave (making computer cartoons) and Alex, the latter date - 2006, for a next studio project by Blur, is more probable. However, the headlining tour was marred by a couple of incidents. Coxon is also preparing for another record with similar release dates like his former band. blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined this Summer (2004). According to the band the next album will see grenlight in late 2005 or early 2006. Warriors are doing more than enough to help out. There will be another Gorillaz album released before the Blur release.
Thankfully the Blindside Union and P.O.D. Whether it will be an EP or a full-length album - it remains to be seen. Therefore, the label couldn't support them anymore. Blur are currently recording for a forthcoming release. In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, and employees lost jobs as a result. Ironicly, Coxon realigned with ex-Blur producer Stephen Street, to release his most successful and accessible solo album up to date Happiness In Magazines in middle 2004. In late 2004, it was announced that blindside were leaving Elektra Records per the band's request. Ex-Verve guitarist Simon Tong has been standing in place of Coxon on live dates.
It has generated a minor hit in All of Us. The album resulting from the sessions, Think Tank, was released in May 2003 to mostly favourable reviews and was nominated for Best British Album at the 2004 Brit awards. Then in 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. Albarn later told an interviewer that there had been a big struggle between himself and Coxon. In 2003 they toured with Hoobastank in support of the album. Since then Albarn had said that the door is always opened for Graham to return, but a possible project or a collaborative work of the full line-up is not very likely in the foreseeable future. It generated minor hits in "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful", and "Caught a Glimpse". After several weeks of rumour and uncertainty, Coxon confirmed that he had been asked to leave the band for reasons connected with his "attitude" at a time when he had given up a heavy alcohol habit.
2002 saw the release of blindside's next album, Silence. He
was apparently unhappy at the choice of dance DJ Fatboy Slim as the sessions'
producer. soon started endorsing blindside (actually, they were doing so
since 1998) and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint,
3 Points. Coxon was variously reported to have failed to attend recording sessions or to have been shut out of them. P.O.D.
In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. Albarn said that as they
didn't stop for nine years, they needed break. In 1998, Tooth & Nail Records issued a new EP, titled Empty
Box. Exhausted by incessant recording and touring through the world, the band entered into a hiatus. The first album, which was self-titled, was released to American audiences.
All members are Christian, and it is evident in their lyrics ("I thought about Your love"; "I caught a glimpse of Your eye"), among countless other examples. In addition, a box set celebrating Blur's 10th anniversary was released later that year. They formed in 1994 as "Underfree" and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996. This album was the first record produced by William Orbit, not by longtime producer Stephen Street. blindside is a hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. In 1999, Blur released 13, more mature album lyrically dominated by the end of Albarn's turbulent relationship with Justine Frischmann - Elastica frontwoman as well as former's battle with drug and alcoholic addictions. Sleepwalking, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #31. The success in America eventually spread over in Britain and by the end of the year the album bounced back into the charts.
Pitiful, Modern rock tracks, peaked at #36. the record received strong reviews and the album and its second single "Song 2" became a moderate hit. Pitiful, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #18. In U.S. 2004 - About a Burning Fire. - the album and the first single, "Beetlebum" debuted at number one but quickly fell down the charts - as the group's mass audience didn't accept this incarnation. 2003 - Silence. However the band's reinvention didn't earn them initially warm reviews in U.K.
2000 - A Thought Crushed My Mind. These influences sparked in Blur's self-titled fifth album, which was released in February of 1997 to very positive reviews, nearly rivaling with those of the Great Escape. 1997 - Blindside. By the end of the year, Albarn was declaring that he was no longer interested in British music and was fascinated with American indie rock, a genre that Graham Coxon had been supporting for years. Marcus Dahlstrom - Drums. Instead they decided to spend the entire year out of the spotlight. Tomas Naslund - Bass. In the face of negative press and weak public support, Blur nearly broke up in early 1996, following a scuffle between chief artists Coxon and Albarn.
Simon Grenehed - Guitar. charts at number one and earned overwhelmingly positive reviews, it sold in smaller numbers, and by the beginning of 1996, Blur was seen as has-beens, especially since they once again failed to break the American market, where Oasis had been (at least partially) successful. Christian Lindskog - Vocals. While The Great Escape entered the U.K. Although Blur won the battle, with "Country House" becoming the group's first number one single, they ultimately lost the war, as Oasis became Britain's biggest band with their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, completely overshadowing the follow-up to Parklife, The Great Escape. The strategy backfired.
Blur released "Country House", the first single from their new album, in August amidst to media attention because Albarn had the single's release moved up a week to compete with the release of "Roll With It," a new single from Blur's chief rivals, Oasis. The group spent the first half of 1995 recording their fourth album and playing various one-off concerts, including a sold-out stadium show. By the beginning of 1995, Parklife had gone triple platinum and the band had become superstars. Oasis, Elastica, Pulp, the Boo Radleys, Supergrass, Gene, Echobelly, Menswear, Mansun, Radiohead, Suede and numerous other bands all benefited from the band's success.
With the success of Parklife, Blur opened the door for a flood of British indie guitar bands who dominated British pop culture
in the mid-'90s.
The stylized new wave dance-pop single "Girls and Boys" entered the charts at number five; the single managed to spend 15 weeks on the U.S. Released in April 1994, Parklife entered the charts at number one and catapulted the band to stardom in Britain. Modern Life... turned out to be a dry run for Blur's breakthrough album, Parklife. Modern Life Is Rubbish received good reviews in Britain, peaking at number 15 on the charts, yet it failed to make much of an impression in the U.S.
The record was released in May in Britain; it appeared in the United States that fall. At this point the band was quite angry and irritated, thus they refused. Modern Life Is Rubbish was set for release in the spring of 1993 when SBK asked Blur to re-record the album with producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Sonic Youth). and charted at number 28 in the U.K.
Blur complied and recorded "Chemical World," which pleased SBK for a short while; the song would become a minor alternative hit in the U.S. record company, SBK, believed there was no American hit single on the record and asked them to return to the studio. Food was ready to release the record, but the group's U.S. Blur went back into the studio and recorded Albarn's "For Tomorrow," turned out to be a British hit.
After spending nearly a year in the studio, the band delivered the album to Food records. The record company rejected the album, declaring that it needed a hit single. XTC's Andy Partridge was originally slated to produce Modern Life Is Rubbish, but the relationship between Blur and Partridge soured, so Street was again brought in to produce the record. For a couple of years, Blur struggled to abandon this title and prove the critics wrong. Although receiving good reviews, the album fit neatly into the dying Manchester pop scene, causing some journalists to dismiss the band as manufactured teen idols.
"She's So High," the group's first single, made it into the Top 50 while the follow-up, "There's No Other Way," went Top Ten. Both singles were included on their 1991 Stephen Street-produced debut album, Leisure. But the band's legacy remained in Britain, where they helped reinvent guitar pop by skillfully updating the country's pop traditions. Through some reinvention, Blur reclaimed their position as an art pop band in the late '90s by incorporating indie rock and lo-fi influences, which finally gave them their elusive American success in 1997. With Damon Albarn's wry lyrics and the group's mastery of British pop tradition, Blur was the leader of Britpop, but they quickly became confined by the movement; since they were its biggest band, they nearly died when the movement itself died.
In the process, the group broke down the doors for a new generation of guitar bands who became labeled as Britpop. Blur was one of the multitude of British bands who appeared in the wake of the Stone Roses, mining the same swirling, pseudo-psychedelic guitar pop, only with louder guitars. Following an image makeover in the mid-'90s, the group emerged as the most popular band in the U.K., establishing themselves as heir to the English guitar pop tradition of the Kinks, the Small Faces, the Who, the Jam, Madness, and the Smiths. Originally called Seymour, Blur was formed in London in 1989 by vocalist/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/back vocalist Graham Coxon, and bassist Alex James, with drummer Dave Rowntree joining the lineup. Blur is the name of a british rock band.
See eyeglass prescription, lens or the eye. Blur refers to the appearance of an unfocused image. "Good Song" (2003) (#22). "Crazy Beat" (2003) (#18).
"Out of Time" (2003) (#5). "Music is My Radar" (2000) (#10). "No Distance Left to Run" (1999) (#14). "Coffee & TV" (1999) (#11).
"Tender" (1999) (#2). "M.O.R." (1997) (#15). "On Your Own" (1997) (#5). "Song 2" (1997) (#2).
"Beetlebum" (1997) (#1). "Charmless Man" (1996) (#5). "Stereotypes" (1996) (#7). "The Universal" (1995) (#5).
"Country House" (1995) (#1). "To the End" (1994) (#16). "End of a Century" (1994) ( #19). "Parklife" (1994) (#10).
"Girls & Boys" (1994) (#5). "Sunday Sunday" (1993) (#26). "Chemical World" (1993) (#28). "For Tomorrow" (1993) (#28).
"Popscene" (1992) (#32). "Bang" (1991) (#24). "There's No Other Way" (1991) (#8). "She's So High" (1990) (#48).
Blur: The Best Of (2000) (greatest-hits album, #3). Bustin & Dronin (1998) (live/remix album). Live at Budokan (1996) (Japan-only live album). The Special Collectors Edition (1995) (Japan-only B-Side album).
Think Tank (2003) (#1). 13 (1999) (#1). Blur (1997) (#1). The Great Escape (1995) (#1).
Parklife (1994) (#1). Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993) (#15). Leisure (1990) and (1991) (#7).