Damon Albarn spent the 1990s as the frontman for Blur, kings of Brit-pop and heirs apparent to the guitar-pop throne held in decades past by The Kinks, The Who and The Smiths. The band also experienced mainstream success in the U.S. (not to mention sporting events worldwide) with the fuzzed-out anthem “Song 2.” By the time the band fizzled in 2003, Albarn was already firmly entrenched in his new role as the voice and puppet master of virtual band Gorillaz, whose mish-mash of pop and hip-hop made him even greater international fame – despite the fact that he spent the band’s earliest shows performing in silhouette while his “band members” were projected onto a screen. —Jeff Royer
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