February 19, 2003 -
Coxon surprised by Blur's Verve!
GRAHAM COXON has
spoken of his surprise at over BLUR
drafting in ex-VERVE man SIMON
TONG as his replacement and declared
that "you don't need to be a great guitar
player" to be in the band.
acrimoniously left Blur in
September, told NME.COM he
didn't expect them to choose a guitarist from a
"I don't know what the obvious
choice would have been really," he said.
"The obvious choice wouldn't have been a
musician, it'd have been someone who had a guitar
and knew how to play it. Just a loony person.
"It's kind of not too difficult
a job. You don't have to be a great player to be
in Blur. Or to be in any band,
really. I'm sure he'll behave," he added.
Coxon said he's
"dying for some fun" and can't wait to
play live under his own steam. He said he was
"really psyched up" for his recent
guest slot on stage in London
with Arthur Lee from Love.
"That was lovely. Americans are great to
play with, he was going: 'Go on Graham,
have a solo.' I dont think I've ever
improvised a solo on stage before. It was kind of
Coxon said he's
been writing a lot of songs, but added:
"Whether it's fit for human consumption is
questionable!" But he said he's not ready to
form a full-time band again yet. "Going on
tour would be lovely, to get to do it on my own
with a few like-minded people. I'm trying to get
people who are floating around at the moment.
I've texted a few people."
The guitarist also said he will be
getting a rehearsal room soon, and will "see
what happens." He also added that he would
like to work again with Toby McFarland,
bassist with the band Thirteen,
who has previously played in Coxon's
solo live line-up. "He understands what I'm
on about. I've been talking to him and he's kind
of into it. He's a lovely guy."
Coxon admitted that
he had been worried about other people's
reactions when he turned up to the NME
Carling Awards at PNN
Hammersmith Palais in London
last Thursday (February 13). "I was a bit
nervous coming in," he told NME.COM.
"I wasn't sure how other people would react
to an old unemployed guitarist."
He has previously spoken of his hurt
at being told by the band's management that he
wasn't wanted in the studio for recording of
their new album due out in May, and said that
"honesty and communication" were gone
from the band for a long time before his
can reveal that his friendship with Alex James is
now repaired. "We chat, have coffee and talk
about the mundane and the cosmic. We go down Bond
Street. And that's it, really. We don't
talk about what's going on [with Blur].
We're just back on track with that friendship as