Graham Coxon

Decades: 1990s 2000s


12 March 1969, Rinteln, Hannover, Germany. Guitarist with Blur, one of the most successful UK acts of the 90s, Coxon’s influence on the band became more apparent as they progressed from the Britpop champions of 1994’s Parklife to the alternative rock experimentalists of 1999’s 13. Coxon’s infatuation with cult US indie bands such as Pavement and Sonic Youth had come to the fore on the latter’s predecessor, 1997’s Blur, which ironically provided the band with their US breakthrough thanks to the success of the single ‘Song 2’ on college radio. The following year, Coxon launched his own Transcopic Records as an outlet for his own recordings and other left field artists (one of the label’s later signings was UK maverick Billy Childish). His debut album, The Sky Is Too High, eschewed the pop leanings of his parent band in favour of lo-fi minimalism, with the material dominated by Coxon’s off-key guitar work. The Golden D...

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