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

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

Graham Coxon enters the studio by means of a thick cloud of vapour. “Banana and yoghurt,” he broadcasts cheerfully. I had anticipated Coxon to be a bit more taciturn, given his fame because the second least chatty member of Blur. But earlier, as I waited outdoors, I heard him loudly, happily tootling a music 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 burdened,” he says, shuffling in his seat, “but I’m in an excellent temper once I’m within the studio.”

We're in London’s Konk Studios, near the place 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 Finish of the World”, although, as a result of he is around youngsters lots, his personal now being 18 and 5. “The older one hears a number of expletives every so often, but I don’t swear that a lot any more. I simply find it a bit grating. I’ve used every swear word beneath the sun but… ” He shrugs. “Who’s obtained the power to be that het up that they’re going to make use of swear phrases? You must be enjoyable, not swearing. You might want to be doing one thing else.”

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