Blur Guitarist Graham Coxon On Reality TV – ‘The X Factor’ & ‘The Voice’ “Are Disgraceful”

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43-year-old Graham Coxon left Blur in 2002, but came back in 2009 after adding four more albums to his solo discography. Although Blur frontman Damon Albarn has hinted (and then refuted) that Blur won’t be making any more music after the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Coxon is still riding high on positive critical reviews for his eighth solo album A+E. He’s also about to open on tour for Blur’s once-upon-a-time enemy Noel Gallagher.

“The fact that Noel and Damon are pretty good friends now and I’m supporting Noel on tour in September doesn’t seem to enter people’s heads,” said Coxon in an interview. They want to perpetuate something that us lot have forgotten about.”

“In the rare moments that it pops up in conversation we’re, like, ‘What was that about? What a lot of nonsense’.”


Coxon told The Independent about his social anxiety and general phobias that have retained about decades of touring around the world and making music.

“I’m very self-conscious about getting up and going to the loo,” he explains, while fidgeting with his hair. “So invariably in the second half of the film I’m crossing my legs in different ways trying to get through it and praying for it to end,” explained the guitarist.  “Middle-class cockney I guess.”

“Damon’s gone off to Mali and worked with all sorts of different people. Musically, he’s put himself in some weird areas where he might have struggled. He’s made some brave and adventurous moves and that’s probably what I want to do,” Coxon said. “I mean, I don’t think I’d go into opera, although I went to see Damon’s and thought it was lovely.”

The guitarist admires Albarn’s operatic endeavors but thinks reality television shows like The X Factor and The Voice are “disgraceful.”

“I’ve only got myself to please. When I’m on my own in my front room with a guitar, there’s no one going to say to me, ‘That’s really great’ if I play some old rubbish,” says Coxon, referencing his solo career. “I do believe in doing things right.”

“Which is why The X Factor and The Voice are so disgraceful to me…Perhaps I’m old-fashioned in that sense – that I believe you have to pay your dues. Being a musician is not something you can become overnight.”

Read the entire interview in The Independent.

–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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