Blur has been one of my favorite bands since I borrowed (stole, really) my sister's copies of The Great Escape and Parklife back in the mid 90's. When Blur (1997) was released, I was even more excited: my favorite britpop band tackling left field Pavementesque alt rock while retaining their quirky brit rock sensabilities. 13 simply left me floored. It's still one of my favorite albums of all time and provided the soundtrack for some difficult coming-of-age years. I later discovered their first two albums--not quite as good as everything from Parklife to 13, but the seeds of brilliance are still evident (they sound a bit like a cross between The Stone Roses and Morrissey's early solo stuff on Leisure and Modern Life is Rubbish. Think Tank is the only album I could do without (perhaps they're not the same band without Graham Coxon), although there were still a few really great tracks within. Anyway, of the music I listened to form the 90's, this is one of the few bands I still listen to on a semi-regular basis. I think what separates them from most of the other so-called britpop bands of the era is that they were never content or comfortable staying within the narrow confines of that genre. I only wish they had made more albums, but at least we have Graham Coxon's solo albums and Gorillaz.