For those of us who lived through the mid-'90s, however, If you fancy seeing Gorillaz live this year then you're in luck – they are hosting their own miniature festival in the UK as well as touring North America for the first time in years.
Coxon said that 10 years ago "we were both carrying some troubles, but it was our group and we didn't want to hurt each other's feelings by saying 'Look I need a break'." He added: "It's not that Blur ever stopped, no, we just did other things..."There have also been reports of further dates, including a possible appearance at next year's Glastonbury festival.
From ‘Parklife’ meddling to animated band head honcho; we peek into the weird and wonderful life of the Britpop innovator. Blur were originally known as Seymour, but their record company refused to sign them up until they changed their name to something else. In the Gorillaz jam ‘Clint Eastwood’, the lyrics “I got sunshine in a bag” are in fact a reference to marijuana or a similarly illegal import.
Blur was one of the names on a long list of choices that they finally decided on. The line was plucked from The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, where Eastwood refers to a saddlebag full of gold as sunshine in a bag. Albarn’s regular alias, Dan Abnormal, is actually an anagram of his name, used most famously in the title of a song on ‘The Great Escape’. ‘Song 2’ is not only two minutes and two seconds long.
Since then, none of his albums have been nominated.
Blur infamously struggled to ‘break America’ in their early days, while Elastica enjoyed some success with their self-titled debut.
“I'm not taken very seriously, in a good way,” he said. I've got as many bad habits as anyone else.“I also do loads of funny voices and characters that all the kids in my family have grown up with.
“I walk around in my pants, which my daughter finds highly embarrassing.
Blur hit the height of their fame as the poster boys for Brit Pop in the mid 1990s, and were known for their chart battles with contemporaries Oasis.
Albarn has since gone on to form virtual band Gorillaz, to huge commercial and critical success.