Graham Coxon: 'I was a mardy brat in my 20s … I'm quite mellow now'

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Blur’s guitarist displays on the state of pop music, swearing, and why he’s glad he doesn’t should wear makeup any extra

Graham Coxon enters the studio by means of a thick cloud of vapour. “Banana and yoghurt,” he pronounces cheerfully. I had anticipated Coxon to be a bit more taciturn, given his fame as the second least chatty member of Blur. But earlier, as I waited outdoors, I heard him loudly, happily tootling a track to himself. As he vapes, he fizzes with enthusiasm, his body barely still for a second, even when he is making an attempt to take a seat down and speak. “I can get fairly careworn,” he says, shuffling in his seat, “however I’m in a great temper once I’m in the studio.”

We're in London’s Konk Studios, close to where Coxon lives, to speak about The Finish of the F***ing World, the Channel 4/Netflix drama about two damaged teenagers falling in love, for which he wrote the beautiful soundtrack. He abbreviates it to “The End of the World”, though, as a result of he is around youngsters rather a lot, his own now being 18 and 5. “The older one hears a number of expletives every so often, but I don’t swear that much any extra. I just discover it a bit grating. I’ve used each swear word underneath the solar however… ” He shrugs. “Who’s acquired the power to be that het up that they’re going to make use of swear phrases? You could be enjoyable, not swearing. It's essential to be doing something else.”

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