Guitar Techniques|September 2020
Simon Barnard looks at one of the original purveyors of the Cool Britannia scene, and the individualistic guitar musings of Graham Coxon.
Simon Barnard

Taking influence from the British pop and rock groups of the 60s and their northern contemporaries from the Madchester scene, Blur burst onto our radar in 1991 with a debut album, Leisure. Hailing from London, the band consists of Damon Albarn (vocals), Graham Coxon (guitar and vocals), Alex James (bass), and Dave Rowntree (drums). Blur’s sound and influences have varied from album to album, resulting in a band that has attracted a wide audience of music lovers. The group’s combination of thoughtful lyrics and social commentary, sung with Albarn’s London swagger and combined with melodic and sometimes busy bass lines, plus Coxon’s inventive guitar playing, resulted in something very different for the times.


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September 2020