Born on 23 March 1968, Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn celebrates his 50th birthday today.
A singer, songwriter, producer and composer, Damon Albarn has created some outstanding music, but it’s not all about Britpop. Below are some of our favourite Albarn creations.
BLUR – GIRLS AND BOYS
The band’s first top five hit, ‘Girls and Boys’ was released in 1994 as the lead single from the band’s third album, ‘Parklife’. It was Blur’s most successful single until ‘Country House’ reached number one the following year.
BLUR – TENDER
Written by Albarn and Graham Coxon after the frontman’s split from Justine Frischmann, lead singer of Elastica, ‘Tender’ was the first track off the band’s sixth album ’13’.
GORILLAZ – FEEL GOOD INC.
The brainchild of Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz consists of four animated characters, Noodle, Murdoc, 2-D and Russel Hobbs. Feel Good Inc, featuring De La Soul, was taken from the band’s second studio album ‘Demon Days’.
DAMON ALBARN – EVERYDAY ROBOTS
Albarn’s debut solo album, ‘Everyday Robots’ was released in April 2014. Inspired by where he grew up, the album features contributions from Brian Eno, Natasha Khan and the Leytonstone City Mission Choir. The album produced five singles, ‘Everyday Robots’, ‘Lonely Press Play’, ‘Hollow Ponds’, ‘Mr Tembo’ and ‘Heavy Seas of Love’.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE QUEEN
Released by an unnamed alternative rock super group made up of Albarn, Paul Simonon (The Clash), Simon Tong (The Verve) and Tony Allen (Fela Kuti), ‘The Good, The Bad and The Queen’ was released in January 2007 and produced by Danger Mouse. Often described as a concept album, the songs are all themed around modern life in London.
ROCKET JUICE AND THE MOON
The album was produced by another super group of the same name, made up of Albarn, Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Tony Allen.