I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar / then it meant that you were a Protest Singer
Oh, I can smile about it now / but at the time it was terrible
--The Smiths, “Shakespeare’s Sister”
We know that Blur front man Damon Albarn keeps himself busy with any number of projects, from Gorillaz to The Good, The Bad and the Queen and lots of other jams that get asses out of seats and into the aisles. But what about “the other guy from Blur,” as Jake refers to Graham Coxon? Well, it seems he’s a lot like me. He sits around in the woods playing acoustic guitar.
Sure, the song and the video are a bit depressing, but I am a sad bastard with a penchant for Brit Pop and this is really pretty. Scratch the surface and you find that it is indeed a protest song, but not how you might think.
According to the press release, “Falling was written by talented unknown songwriter and dedicated father Luke Daniel, who after a long fight with chronic pain tragically ended his own life last year.” Coxon rerecorded the song and has released it as a double A-side with Daniel’s original version. A portion of the proceeds go to The Campaign Against Living Miserably, which is a fantastic name for a good cause few like to talk about: preventing male suicide.
The NME claims to have the first copy of Pete Doherty‘s as-yet-unnamed solo album and they’ve posted details of what’s inside. What does it sound like? “Well, like Gorillaz. And The Coral. And The La’s. And Blur. And Bob Dylan.” OK.
The album apparently features a lot of work from the recently reunited Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and veers from plaintive acoustic ballads and musings on what it is to be British, to “Gorrillaz-esque” dance and drone numbers. Production credit goes to Stephen Street and the album was recorded at London’s Olympic Studios, according to Spin.
The album is currently slated to drop on March 9 in the UK with no US release date yet scheduled.
I’ll be damned if The NME hasn’t done it again: Blur is reuniting.
According to Billboard, the band will reform for “an open air show in London’s Hyde Park next summer.” The show is booked for July 3 and will be promoted by Live Nation, so I would bet they’re getting phat cash for this gig.
According to the article, guitarist Graham Coxon is on board for the show. Coxon quit the band in 2002. There are rumors that the band could also headline next years Glastonbury festival, but there’s been no official word.
I will once again submit a formal request for the NME to focus all efforts on reuniting The Libertines. Once that is complete, we can discuss the Stone Roses and the Smiths (for shows only, no new recordings).
“It just felt it was right again,” declared Albarn of Blur’s return. “It somehow feels like there’s something for us to do again, we’re not completely useless or pointless, we’ve got a reason to exist.”
Rumors of a reunited Blur seem to be heating up again. Guitarist Graham Coxon left the band in 2002 and so far has refused to rejoin the band despite public requests from his former band members. The NME is reporting (second hand, now THIRD hand on GLONO!) that Blur bassist and Coxon have been in contact and that a reunion was possible. Keep in mind, the NME has claimed countless Stone Roses and Smiths reunions over the years, so…