The 1990’s pop-punk band Blur have been back in the headlines recently. They have and will be performing again, but today we are learning that the band’s guitarist is back in rehab after having relapsed. This is of course sad news to him, the band and to fans.
According to The Express, Despite self-criticism, Graham Coxon (guitarist) acknowledges that his style worked well on Blur’s songs across chart-topping albums including Modern Life Is Rubbish, Parklife, The Great Escape, Blur and 13. He explains: “I played around with musical cliches in Blur. I was evoking 1950s guitar playing, and that gave Blur’s songs some humour.”
Graham’s self-effacing attitude is typical for a musician whose disarming honesty makes his new autobiography, Verse, Chorus, Monster! a charming and conversational read about life at the top as a musician, as well as honestly describing his anxiety and alcohol addiction.
The guitarist has admitted that he was drunk for much of Blur’s success.
Today Graham reveals his frustrations that the band got caught up in the business side of the industry, rather than being left to create music. This happens oh so often. Graham says: “I don’t think we could have done anything differently about the business side of music itself. But my response to it could have been different.
“I could have been more accepting that this is what the business I’d got into was like. The question was: ‘Do you have a rough time kicking against it, or do you cope with it and accept it?’ I should have gone with it a little more and tried to enjoy it more.”