n Blur formed in London in 1988. Childhood friends Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon met Alex James when they began studying at London's Goldsmiths college. They were joined by drummer Dave Rowntree later that year.
n In 1994, they released the album Parklife, which defined Britpop and turned Blur into megastars. It entered the British charts at number one and stayed on the album charts for 90 weeks.
n Britpop reached its peak in 1995, with Blur breaking a Brits record and winning four awards (best album for Parklife, best single and best video for the album's title track, and best British group).
n In 1995, the band released their fourth album, The Great Escape. The album's lead single Country House outsold Oasis's Roll With It (released the same day) by 274,000 copies to 216,000, becoming Blur's first number-one single.
n Blur, the band's fifth studio album, was released in February 1997, and its first single, Beetlebum, debuted at number one in the UK.
n Their new album, The Magic Whip, will be released this month. Coxon was in rehab for much of the recording of 2003's Think Tank. 13 was their last proper outing as a four-piece in 1999.