With the news that Blur founding member Graham Coxon had released a new score to run alongside his wonderful work on The End of the Fucking Worldfollowing a second series being commissioned we thought we’d find a selection of the guitarist’s favourite albums. We’ve even put them in a lovely playlist for you.
Graham Coxon has been around the scene for quite some time now. The artist has been giving the world a selection of guitar tunes worthy of apocalyptic hedonism ever since he, Damon Albarn, Alex James and Dave Rowntree made their way on to the alternative rock scene in the early ’90s with their band Blur.
The band would break out of their native Essex and on to the national scene as ne of the leading lights of Britpop. They acted as the antidote to the brash and brawling Oasis. Blur were the thinking pub-goers favourite band with a back catalogue filled with dancefloor jumpers, mournful melodies, rousing anthems and everything in between. But what music does Coxon class as an essential record? The below list and playlist should answer that.
The list is filled with some of Britain’s brightest stars from The Beatles to The Kinks, to Pink Floyd and The Jam. Coxon clearly found inspiration from these bands when crunching some of Blur’s notorious riffs. Coxon marks The Jam as the first album he ever bought, telling NME, “I bought it with some birthday money. It has soldiers on the front and it’s got Union Jacks and a bulldog and it’s got ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ on it… it’s a pretty good record.” Based on Coxon’s non-plus reaction to most things, we’ll take that as a glowing endorsement.
In the same article, Coxon also refers to the solo work of Syd Barrett, former member of Pink Floyd, as an inspiration for his own solo work. He talks about his solo record The Madcap Laughssaying, “It’s just full of those moments that make your hairs stand up, and that’s what I always wanted to make partly with my solo albums – but you don’t know whether you actually do that or not, because you’re ‘you’.”
The list shows off that Coxon is every single bit the musical impresario we knew him to be. Picking from a range of artists, a range of genres, and a range of musical inclinations, Coxon acts as the crucible of musical genius. Melting down the metal of Britain’s best to create a solid gold band like Blur.
While Coxon may never reach the heights with his solo career that he enjoyed with his band Blur, he can be safe in the knowledge that he forever changed the face of British music. His powerful riffs, his nonchalant style, his ability to crunch a guitar sound better than any of his contemporaries means he will remain in the pantheon of rock and roll.
The Jam – Setting Sons The Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter Love – Forever Changes Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden The Beatles – Revolver King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs The Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn Depeche Mode – Speak and Spell