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In this episode we welcome the wonderful, enigmatic and popular-music-changing Graham Coxon to the show. Graham is a founding member of legendary British band, Blur who reigned alongside Oasis at the top of the 1990s Britpop scene. They’ve sold millions of records and go down as one of the most famous and successful British bands ever. Graham also has a successful solo career and he does soundtracks too.
Coxon’s unorthodox, visceral approach to guitar and music is influenced by – and continues to influence – a long line of alternative players who eschew a traditional scales-and-‘correct’-technique approach in favour simply whatever works best in the context of the music. Quite a bit of this video centres around that whole discussion as it unfolds into a fascinating and inspiring insight into what's going on inside his head. Recollections of a few classic Blur guitar moments are the icing on the cake.
Please note that there’s not a huge amount of playing in this video. That Pedal Shed is entirely out of context with Graham’s usual worlds of all-encompassing live performance, immersive songwriting and in-the-moment recording.
He is a true artist and we thank him warmly for his insight and candour in this video… and of course his colossal contribution to British music.
We asked Graham if he’d like to plug any current activity in this video. He’s way too modest for all of that, so please check out www.grahamcoxon.co.uk and sign up to his newsletter to find out what’s going on in his world.
Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro and welcome: 00:00
- Graham’s 2017 board: 1:30
- What about RATs then? 3:18
- And Marshalls, and Boogies? 6:45
- Bug Man, Coffee & TV: 12:48
- “But, what was great about Oasis”… 13:20
- Graham and the Telecaster: 16:00
- How did your style and approach evolve? 19:48
- The solo at the end of Coffee & TV? 20:55
- Beetlebum… 25:14
- Visual inspiration… and lyrics: 30:35
- Guitar sound on Battle: 35:14
- “No point in learning scales” 38:23
- Soundtracks? 43:30
- “Not interested in being me any more”: 44:45
- A few sounds from Graham’s board: 48:30
- And the fuzz on Song 2? 56:18
Guitars in this episode
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster
Amps in this episode
• Victory Sheriff 22 and V212VH cabinet (1 x Celestion G12H Anniversary, 1 x Celestion Vintage 30)
• Marshall 1987x with Marshall 2061x 2x12 cabinet (Celestion G12H Anniversary speakers)
Both amps are running all the time
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