first solo works and The Best Of
1998 - Blur are nominated for four awards at the
annual NME Awards.
1998 - Graham is to launch his own
record label, Transcopic, with the first release
scheduled for March. The label would probably
release music from the bands picked by Graham
himself. "It will be what Graham really
likes," a spokeswoman for the label says.
Adrian Sherwood and Thurston
Moore are among those contributing to Blur's Bustin'
+ Dronin', a Japanese double album of
remixes plus a live set recorded for John
Damon records a cover of
Noël Coward's "London
Pride" with classical composer Michael
1998 - The band will begin to work
on the sixth album in July after the World
Cup. Damon and Alex are both set to release World
Cup singles this summer.
1998 - William Orbit, whose work
Blur liked the most on Bustin' + Dronin',
may be a co-producer on the new album. The band
play at Glastonbury Festival, where they perform
one new song written for the South Park
soundtrack. (Later, the song wasn't included on
the soundtrack, but on 13 as
and Graham remix the new Massive Attack single
1998 - The recording of the new
album has begun. The band also record a track
entitled "Cowboy Song" with the Dust
Brothers for Dead Man On Campus movie.
1998 - Graham's debut solo album The
Sky Is Too High is released.
"The music ranges from
angry and puerile to depressing and rural.
Influence: Yo La Tengo, Dinosaur Jr, Leonard
Cohen, Nick Drake, Terry
Callier, Thurston Moore, Thee Headcoats
and probably more," describes Graham the
album, which charts
at Number 31
1998 - It's been confirmed that William Orbit is
producing the whole of the new album. Damon Albarn remixes
Cornelius' single "Star Fruits Surf Rider" and will collaborate with Michael
Nyman yet again to record a score for the film Ravenous.
1998 - The recording of the new
album has finished. The band are happy with the work of the new
producer William Orbit. There are rumours that a
track called "Tender Is The Night" will
be the first single. Damon joins forces with Ronaldo
to present an award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan.
1998 - Alex and Dave are helping to promote
the new British space mission, which will hunt
for traces of life on Mars. Damon is rumoured to
be planning a duet with Shaznay Lewis
of All Saints.
1999 - Blur play the majority of the new album to
the public at the place called Münchenbryggeriet in
Stockholm. The new single "Tender" is
released and "only" goes to Number 2 in the UK charts, though
over 170,000 copies were sold in the first week.
1999 - Blur's sixth album 13 is released.
Due to radical change in music style, the album gets mixed opinions from fans, but mainly good reviews from
the press. 13 goes straight to Number 1 in the UK charts and stays at
the top for two weeks. On the release date, the band play the BBC
gig at the London Hippodrome. At the end of the month, they fly
to USA and Canada to perform a few gigs and do some TV
1999 - It's been finally confirmed
that "Coffee & TV" will be the next
single from 13.
Due to Graham's unwillingness to
sing the song at gigs over and over again, the
single was originally planned to be
"Bugman", and then "Trimm
June 1999 -
"Coffee & TV" is released. It only manages to reach Number 11 in
the UK charts in its first week. Blur manager Chris Morrison
demands the chart re-run, because of 30-40% of sales were lost
accidentally. The band make their second appearance at the
Tibet Freedom Concert and play at several festivals around
July 1999 -
3862 Days: The Official History of Blur, written by
Stuart Maconie, is out. Blur continue playing
1999 - Blur headline the Reading and Leeds festivals and deny
the rumours of splitting-up.
1999 - The band celebrate their 10th anniversary
by releasing the singles box set and staging Blur:X exhibition at Lux Gallery
in London. The box set includes all of the band's singles with
their B-sides. Blur:X features original artwork and lyrics
for each album, rare footages and a collection of familiar Blur
probs. The Observer is celebrating ten years of Blur by
giving its readers a limited edition Blur CD. The
band play a special B-sides gig at the Camden Electric Ballroom
which is broadcast live on the Internet.
1999 - Damon's partner Suzi
Winstanley gives birth to a baby girl.
1999 - "No Distance Left To
Run", the third single from Blur's platinum
album 13, is released and reaches
Number 14 in the UK. Blur will make history when one of the
single's B-sides will
be send to Mars with ESA's Beagle 2 lander. The band gets
the Best Act in the World Today award at the Q Awards and win the Best Video award for
"Coffee & TV" at the MTV Europe
1999 - Blur play the "Singles Night" UK tour
ending at Wembley Arena. The first
Blur DVD, No Distance Left To Run (The Making
Of), is released. The band do well in many music
magazine's "best of the year" polls
like in Melody Maker, where 13
is the second best album, "Tender" is
the second best single, and "Coffee &
TV" the third best single.
2000 - An unreleased song called
"Hippy Children", written and performed
by Damon Albarn and Graeme Holdaway under the
name Circus in 1989, is available to download
from the Over 18s Records' website for a
small charge. A month later the site has been ordered to close by Damon's
2000 - Blur win three gongs at
2000 - News reports that William Orbit, the
producer for 13,
won't produce the next Blur album due to his busy
schedule. The soundtrack for the new Kevin
Spacey film, Ordinary Decent
Criminal, gets released. It includes five
tracks written by Damon.
2000 - It's been confirmed that Blur will play
their only gig of the year
at Meltdown Festival in July. Damon Albarn is
working with hip-hop producer Dan the
2000 - Graham's second solo album,
the heavy metal influenced The Golden D
is released. Unlike his last album, it doesn't get to Top 40 in the UK. Blur are set to release a greatest
hits album later this year.
2000 - Blur perform a new song
called "Black Book" at Meltdown
Festival. It's meant to be the single from the band's forthcoming "best
of" album. "Coffee & TV" is nominated for Breakthrough
Video at MTV Video Music Awards. Graham Coxon plays a few gigs in
the UK to promote The Golden D.
2000 - Damon Albarn visits Mali in
West Africa, where he plays with many traditional
musicians. The trip is part of the education
project On The Line, founded by Oxfam.
2000 - The new song,
"Music Is My Radar" (an original B-side to
"Black Book"), will come out as a
single to accompany the "best of" album. Damon Albarn
contributes vocals to a Dan the Automator track
"Time Keeps On Slipping", which appears
on Dan the Automator's hip-hop project Deltron
3030's self-titled album. Damon is also involved
with the cartoon band project called Gorillaz and sings
on a few tracks on their Tomorrow Comes
Today EP. Graham Coxon remixes an Idlewild
2000 - "Music Is My Radar" enters the UK
charts at Number 10 and gets mixed
opinions from fans. Two weeks later Blur: The
Best Of is released and goes to Number 3 in the UK. Blur
launch their own radio station on the Internet. Blur-radio.com
features a 12 hours set of concerts, rarities, unheard demos and
a documentary tracing their career. Dave Rowntree programs a
special mobile ringtone version of "Music Is My Radar" and a
mobile icon for Iobox.com.
2000 - Alex James joins cult '80s band Zodiac
Mindwarp for a comeback gig, while Damon Albarn appears with the
London Gospel Community Choir at their Christmas concert. Blur are planning to go back to studio to
record their seventh album in February. Chris
Potter, the producer of Verve and
"Black Book", is set to produce the album. (These
sessions were later aborted).