Monday, 26 July 2010

More hints on the new album

Posted by Graham on the official forum last July 22:

"well... here we are in our last two days of recording...fuckin up drums....listenin to betty harris and irma thomas....
this friggin record is a sea of influences as wide rangin as i can muster it seems...its still 22 tracks...
is there such a thing as an LP anymore??
not really huuh? so...a 22 track album would be fine, wouldnt it???

we got the doo-wop , we got the soul, we got the spittin punk and cryin room ballads...we got resentment, romance...fizzin...sonics from 50s to present day...we got dancing, dr. dark's wit, runnin from the devil...addiction and death(as usual) sorrow and regret, psycho kidnap, shards of murder, empty dark cities...packin heat...and.....

hit it!"

Now we're wondering when will it be published... And so does him.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

A curiosity: Louise Wener from Sleeper on Graham

Check out what the lead singer of the band Sleeper tells about Blur members and specially on Graham:

Graham Coxon has asked me to marry him. He is drunk. He asks everyone to marry him. Graham Coxon is great company at the start of the evening, funny and gentle and sharp. But you have to tread carefully when Mr Spectacles is on the sauce; there’s a moment when he tips over to splenetic. He has a tendency to insult people to their face. Strangers. Passers-by. Couples quietly drinking in the hotel bar. He is a harsh critic. It is sometimes uncomfortable.

Read the full article:

Mr. Spectacles she calls him... I like it hehe.
By the way, hot news on the recording of the new album. I'm hoping to post it tomorrow, if I find the time.

Stay tuned x

Monday, 5 July 2010

60 years of the Fender Telecaster

Graham on why he likes Fender Telecaster...

Graham Coxon, Blur

I think my first encounter with a Telecaster was when I had a go on [Blur producer] Stephen Street's, years ago. It looked like a piece of pine with a pretty scratchplate, but it made a really nice sound. I suppose it was the guitar I'd been searching for; I used to draw Teles a lot when I was at school.

It's versatile, simple and strong. You can make it sound old-fashioned and warm, like something you'd have in a doo-wop band, or totally the other way: trebly and trashy. And it's quite difficult to describe, but they have a kind of creak underneath the sound – something you only really get with a Telecaster.

The first one I got was very shiny, butterscotch job: a reissue of one from 1959. I used that throughout the whole of Blur's career. It ended up with a Mr Smiley sticker, and an Air India sticker on it, and a really bad drawing that I did on the back. That was my workhorse, and I've still got it.

It just feels really, really nice: like a BMX, as opposed to a big, heavy bike. The one I use now had been butchered by its previous owner, but the neck was so beautiful, I couldn't resist it. It looked like it had been creosoted, so I call it the Shed.