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 put on makeup any extra

Graham Coxon enters the studio by way of a thick cloud of vapour. “Banana and yoghurt,” he broadcasts cheerfully. I had expected Coxon to be a bit more taciturn, given his status because the second least chatty member of Blur. However earlier, as I waited outdoors, I heard him loudly, fortunately 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 quite careworn,” he says, shuffling in his seat, “however I’m in an excellent temper once I’m in the studio.”

We're in London’s Konk Studios, near where Coxon lives, to talk about The End of the F***ing World, the Channel four/Netflix drama about two broken teenagers falling in love, for which he wrote the beautiful soundtrack. He abbreviates it to “The Finish of the World”, though, because he's round youngsters lots, his personal now being 18 and five. “The older one hears a couple of expletives once in a while, however I don’t swear that much any more. I simply find it a bit grating. I’ve used every swear phrase beneath the solar however… ” He shrugs. “Who’s acquired the power to be that het up that they’re going to use swear phrases? You'll want to be enjoyable, not swearing. It is advisable to be doing one thing else.”

Talking as a guitar player, Britpop was uninteresting. No one was doing anything fascinating with a guitar … [apart from] Jonny Greenwood

Our label thought, 'Handsome boys, get 'em in Smash Hits.' They'd put tons of make-up on you, brush your eyebrows up so that you appeared mad, and put fairly T-shirts on you. I felt hideous

Graham Coxon is on tour within the US: 27 September Philadelphia Foundry; 30 September San Francisco, CA August Corridor; 1 October Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room. Details here

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