37 Facts About Damon Albarn

1. Damon Albarn is the only artist to ever withdraw a nomination for the Gorillaz back in 2001.

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2. Damon Albarn is at groups just like the Aftermath and Actual Lives before developing Blur.

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3. Damon Albarn was voted the fourth-greatest frontman of all time in a 2010 UK Poll for Q Music magazine.

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4. Damon Albarn is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

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5. Damon Albarn was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2016.

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6. Damon Albarn was in groups like The Aftermath and Real Lives before forming Blur.

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7. Damon Albarn was due to speak in Hyde Park on the rally in February 2003 when a million people took to the streets of London in protest at the imminent war.

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8. Damon Albarn teamed up with Robert "3D" Del Naja of Massive Attack and worked with Stop the War Coalition, CND and the Muslim Association of Britain to organise campaigns to raise awareness of the potential dangers of the UK's involvement in the war.

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9. Damon Albarn is anti-war, holding views shared by others in his family, including his grandfather Edward Albarn, who died on hunger strike in 2002.

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10. Damon Albarn has formed a collective with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos to make a charity single with the money earned from that single donated to Oxfam.

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11. In 2006, Damon Albarn was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of East London, saying it was "great to receive [the] award from an institution where my dad used to work and which I, as a child, used to think of as that big building with lots of interesting people in".

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12. Damon Albarn played "Bull" in Joe Orton's Up Against It, a Radio 4 play about the Beatles broadcast in 1998.

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13. Damon Albarn was featured in Gunar Karlsson's 2007 film, Anna and the Moods, along with Terry Jones and Bjork.

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14. Damon Albarn provided a track for the film The White Helmets called "Crashing Down", an abandoned track initially for the Gorillaz album Plastic Beach.

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15. Damon Albarn wrote the music for a musical based on Alice in Wonderland called Wonder.

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16. Damon Albarn recorded the film score for the film version of the book The Boy in the Oak, which was written by his sister, Jessica Albarn.

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17. Damon Albarn composed the score with collaboration by Michael Nyman for the 1999 movie Ravenous, and was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Music for his work.

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18. In 2016, Damon Albarn appeared on De La Soul's studio album and the Anonymous Nobody on the song "Here in After".

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19. Damon Albarn produced soul singer Bobby Womack's twenty-seventh studio album The Bravest Man in the Universe, released in 2012.

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20. In 2003, Damon Albarn worked with the garage rock band The Strokes on their album Room on Fire.

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21. In 2014, Damon Albarn appeared in the song "Go Back" in Tony Allen's albums Film of Life and The Source.

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22. Damon Albarn said he would be taking his album on tour, and that he would play songs from all of his other bands, including Blur and Gorillaz.

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23. In 2003, Damon Albarn released an EP, Democrazy, a compilation of demos he recorded in various hotel rooms during the United States portion of Think Tank's tour.

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24. Damon Albarn released Mali Music in 2002, recorded in Mali, during a trip he made to support Oxfam in 2000.

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25. Damon Albarn said, "I just can't do it anymore", and explained that the main motivation for participating in the reunion was to repair his relationship with Coxon, which succeeded.

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26. Damon Albarn was in a group named Circus alongside Coxon and drummer Dave Rowntree.

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27. Damon Albarn enrolled on a part-time music course at London's Goldsmiths College in 1988, claiming that his sole intention was to gain access to the student union bar.

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28. Damon Albarn studied acting at the East 15 Acting School in Debden, but left after the first year.

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29. Damon Albarn started playing guitar, piano and violin in his youth and was interested in composing music, one of his compositions winning a heat in the nationwide Young Composer of the Year competition.

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30. Damon Albarn was interested in music from an early age, attending an Osmonds concert at the age of six.

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31. Damon Albarn described himself as "not really fitting in with the politics of the place.

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32. In 1968, at the age of six months, Damon Albarn was a "testing expert" for designs for educational aids and toys for children including fibreglass furniture and play-structures fancifully called "The Kissmequiosk".

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33. Damon Albarn was born on 23 March 1968, is the eldest child of artist Keith Albarn and his wife Hazel, nee Dring.

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34. Damon Albarn was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to music.

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35. Damon Albarn has scored stage productions, namely Monkey: Journey to the West, Dr Dee (2012) and Wonder.

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36. Damon Albarn formed the virtual band Gorillaz in 1998 with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett.

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37. Damon Albarn is an English musician, best known as the lead singer of the British rock band Blur as well as the co-founder, lead vocalist, instrumentalist, and principal songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz.

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