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The style defines the man

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Washed out, gone to seed and clear as mud

Glastonbury Festival; BLUR

Watch out - there's a maverick about

He's got the boys from Blur, he's got Extreme Noise terror, he's even got Fluff. Who else could assemble such a cast? By Anthony Clavane meets the man behind Meltdown.

Rock: To the Lighthouse Family, via the middle of the road

An Interesting fact about the Lighthouse Family is that they've never had any alternative, artistic credibility, they've never starred in London's Burning or Soldier, Soldier, and they've never been in a manufactured teen band. According to my calculations, this makes them the only act of the Nineties to decide to make smart-but-casual, middle-of-the-road music at the very start of their career. They play this sort of wholesome pop because they love it - and somebody has to.

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Life and times on tour: leave out the philosophy, print the photographs . As Damon says, 'Fans couldn't give a toss about your intellectual manifesto. Most people just want to see you drunk on the pavement.' Photographs by Paul Postle

A very focused Blur

Nicholas Barber on the pop star as caring big brother and normal bloke; profile; Damon Albarn

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This is Jarvis Cocker: etiolated, goggle-eyed, gangly, appallingly dressed, but still, incontrovertibly, a sex symbol. Jessica Berens thrills at the rise of the unlikely lads

ROCK / Blurry shades of Sgt Pepper

AT ABOUT seven o'clock this evening, if the midweek sales pointers are correct, Blur's third album Parklife will enter the chart at No 1, outselling Pink Floyd's The Division Bell by a country mile. It will have been a long time since the top spot has been attained by a record of such wit, intelligence and fun.
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