Damon Albarn

The English singer-wongwriter initially gained fame as the lead singer and keyboard player for the Rock band Blur, but has become more widely known today as the main man behind virtual Rock band "Gorillaz", as well as "The Good, the Bad and the Queen" project.
Albarn could be said to have had a career and life as off-beat as his music.

His parents were hippies, and he had often been labeled a 'wierdo' in school due to this unconventional background, despite a relatively normal childhood. His interest in the arts was quite evident from a very early age as he took parts in the school plays, and went on to one day win a heat in the nationwide Young Composer of the Year competition.
At the age of 12, he met future band-mate and best friend Graham Coxon, and the two hit it off immediately. It wasn't until the much later years, however, that the two would start making music together. Initially, they formed a band known as "Circus". With the addition of Alex James and Dave Rowntree, they then started paying as 'Seymour'. When they were finally signed to Food Records, they changed their name to Blur. Blur achieved critical and commercial success with their album 'Parklife' in 1994. Theyy were an overnight success, and throughout the 90s, they became beacons and prominent leaders of the Britpop movement that dominated the scene. Their success can also be attributed in some part to their well-publicized rivalry/feud with fellow Britpop band Oasis, a feud which still echoes till today. Regardless, as of 2008, Blur has released seven full-length albums, five of which went to #1 in the United Kingdom and all of which reached the top 15. Albarn has written the lyrics to nearly every song released by the band since their formation. The band halted eventually due to guitarist Coxon leaving the band.
Alban then formed the virtual band Gorillaz in 1998. Featuring a wide array of artist contributions, such songs as "Clint Eastwood", "Dirty Harry", " DARE" and "Feel Good Inc." have become modern classics. Their first album "Demon Days" was been certified Double Platinum and 5 times platinum in U.S. and UK respectively.
Though not as recognized as much as his work with Blur and Gorillaz, Albarn has also been quite prolific on the solo front, releasing such demo albums as "Mali Music" and "Democrazy", and contributing to the likes of Fat boy Slim and Massive Attack, as well as contributing to the sounds of certain films such as "Ravenous" and "Ordinary Decent Criminal".
In May 2006, Albarn joined former Clash bassist Paul Simonon, The Verve/Blur/Gorillaz guitarist Simon Tong, drummer Tony Allen of Fela Kuti's band, Africa 70, and Gorillaz producer Danger Mouse to form an, as yet, unnamed band, and releasing the hit concept album "The Good, The Bad and The Queen" which was certified Gold upon release.
Albarn currently lives with artist Suzi Winstanley, and their daughter Missy in London. Prior to Miss Winstanley, he had a long-standing relationship with Elastica front-woman Justine Frischmann, to whom many of Blur's songs were dedicated to. They still remain good friends. Albarn is a notable activist, and particualrly anti-war having greatly criticized the United States' War on Terror, as well as other things such as celebrity culture.
During October 2007 Q Magazine released a 21st birthday special. Inside featured the "21 Artists who Changed Music" with 8 pages dedicated to Damon Albarn inside for his work in Blur, Gorillaz and The Good the Bad and the Queen. Within the article, Albarn expressed an interest in releasing a solo record under his own name comprised of romantic songs.
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