Damon Albarn

Born:
Mar 23, 1968

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Damon Albarn OBE (/ˈdeɪmən ˈælbɑːrn/; born 23 March 1968) is a British musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the frontman and primary lyricist of the rock band Blur and as the co-founder, lead vocalist, instrumentalist, and primary songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz.

Raised in Leytonstone, East London, and around Colchester, Essex, Albarn attended the Stanway School, where he met guitarist Graham Coxon and formed Blur, releasing their debut album Leisure in 1991. After spending long periods touring the U.S., Albarn’s songwriting became increasingly influenced by British bands from the 1960s. The result was the Blur albums Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). All three albums received critical acclaim while Blur gained mass popularity in the UK, aided by a Britpop rivalry with Oasis. Subsequent albums such as Blur (1997), 13 (1999), and Think Tank (2003) incorporated influences from lo-fi, electronic and hip hop music.

Albarn formed the virtual band Gorillaz in 1998 with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. Drawing influences from hip hop, dub, pop, trip hop, and world music, Gorillaz released their self-titled debut album in 2001 to worldwide success, spawning successful follow-ups Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach, The Fall (both released in 2010), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and the first season of their latest project, Song Machine (2020). Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, Gorillaz albums typically feature collaborations from a range of artists. Gorillaz are cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Virtual Band”.

Albarn’s other notable projects have included two supergroups: The Good, the Bad & the Queen and Rocket Juice & the Moon, working with the non-profit organization Africa Express, which he co-founded, and composing film soundtracks. He also scored the stage productions Monkey: Journey to the West (2008), Dr Dee (2012) and Wonder.land (2016). His debut, and thus far only, solo studio album Everyday Robots was released in 2014.

In 2008, The Daily Telegraph ranked Albarn number 18 in their list of the “100 most powerful people in British culture”. In 2016, Albarn received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to music.

In 2021, for the “McCartney III Imagined” project, Damon Albarn reimagined the song “Long Tailed Winter Bird“.

I have actually a recording of Paul and myself that I could use for a Gorillaz tune. I mean it’s quite a basic recording, but I would never release it without talking to him first. Don’t go and say I have a tune with Paul McCartney, because I don’t have a tune with Paul McCartney, but my point is, of course, I could definitely work with him. He is one of the most special pop musicians ever.

Damon Albarn – interview with Dutch podcast Kink, November 2020
From Sir Paul McCartney and Damon Albarn arrive at the Q Awards at the… Photo d’actualité – Getty Images – LONDON – OCTOBER 08: Sir Paul McCartney (L) and Damon Albarn (R) arrive at the Q Awards at the Grosvenor Hotel on October 8, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney & Damon Albarn – mid-90s – unknown copyright

Last updated on April 18, 2021

Albums, EPs & singles which Damon Albarn contributed to


McCartney III Imagined (Target Exclusive, CD)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


McCartney III Imagined (Physical release)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


McCartney III Imagined (Limited Pink Cassette)

By Paul McCartney • Cassette

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


McCartney III Imagined (Indie Smoky Tint Cassette)

By Paul McCartney • Cassette

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


McCartney III Imagined

By Paul McCartney • Streaming

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


McCartney III Imagined (Spotify Exclusive 2LP)

By Paul McCartney • LP

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


McCartney III Imagined (Gold Vinyl 2LP)

By Paul McCartney • LP

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


McCartney III Imagined (Limited Edition Exclusive Splatter 2LP)

By Paul McCartney • LP

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


McCartney III Imagined (Red Vinyl 2LP)

By Paul McCartney • LP

Contribution: Bass, Drum machine, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals, Wurlitzer keyboard • 1 songs


Concerts, TV & radio shows


Concert with Africa Express

Sep 08, 2012 • United Kingdom • London • Granary Square

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