With guitarist Graham Coxon, singer and songwriter Damon Albarn formed the Circus, which developed into Seymour before finally settling on Blur. From 1993's Modern Life Is Rubbish through 1995's The Great Escape, Blur grew to become the most popular and influential band in England and captured a rabid cult following abroad; the band's popularity in the U.S. peaked in 1997 with "Song 2." In 2000, Albarn debuted Gorillaz, his successful "virtual hip-hop group," which released three albums between 2001 and 2005. Other Albarn-driven collaborative projects came from Mali Music and the Good, the Bad & the Queen, which released albums in 2002 and 2007, respectively. ~ Jason Ankeny
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