October 13, 2002
He's on the phone
BLUR bassist ALEX
JAMES has said he plans to call
estranged guitarist and former bandmember GRAHAM
Coxon has only
played a small part in the recording of the new Blur
album after he was told his services were no
The three remaining members of Blur,
Damon Albarn, Alex James
and Dave Rowntree recently flew
out to Morocco with producer Fatboy Slim
to finish the record. Coxon did
not travel, remaining in London
where he is promoting his own solo album.
Writing to fans on the bands
said that he is wondering where Coxon
is, and that hell call him.
"I wonder where Graham
is. Camden." He said.
"Maybe Ill call him. It seems to have
worked out for everybody. Were all happy.
Best record weve ever made."
James said that
sessions in Morocco have spawned a new song, that
sounds like "a cross between Blur
and Fatboy Slim".
He continued: "Norman
has a musical compass and he leads us places we
havent been before. Its good to get a
fresh perspective on a few tracks and hear some
isnt scared of anything, oh except the
thing with 10 legs that eats marbles that lives
behind the studio, but he has a fearless
perspective that people who know they are good
"We had a good time with a
couple of songs that we hadnt seen for
ages, and a whole new one arrived. It sounds a
bit like a cross between Blur
and Fatboy Slim. "
that the sessions in Africa are now drawing to a
close, and the band will return to the UK in the
coming weeks. The record, which was started in
November last year, is due at the start of 2003.