September 27, 2012 SOUNDS ⁄  GRAHAM COXON: FANTASY FIVE-PIECE

GRAHAM COXON: FANTASY FIVE-PIECE
German-born English national treasure and multi-instrumentalist of Blur fame,
Graham Coxon, curates his dream band, Spondon Grammar…

“I would just play rhythm guitar with spurts of lead – I’m happier in that role. And maybe not sing. I’d want to do one thing at a time; not two things at a time. It would be great to have instruments lying around to be played at random – like a grown-up weirdo playground.

There needs to be more eccentricity in music – and I don’t mean marketing eccentricity. I mean people who can offer real soul to the world. They are the most magic people, the eccentrics. I think these people would be very mood altering combined…”

Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your glands together for Spondon Grammar, my fantasy band…”

DRUMS

Mitch Mitchell… (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

‘Cuz he could play jazz. He was one of the last great swingy drummers, before the mega forearm drummers came along. He made dangerous fills, shifted the beat around and was sometimes inaccurate through excitement – but I like imperfection. Mitch could play heavy rock drums too and seemed like a lovely man. (I met him once, in Japan).

ORGAN

Hugh Banton (Van der Graaf Generator)

His band are pretty much the only band I listen to and don’t miss guitars, because he does that job and more. Organs are spiritual. Hugh could take you up with the angels and down into hell with his sounds. A lot of my guitar work attempts to do what Hugh did with his organ.

GUITAR

Michael Karoli (Can)

I love minds that will wrench and bend an instrument to their will. No one has to be a technical genius to express themselves on an instrument. They just need belief and bloody mindedness. People who don’t care what their contemporaries think and decide to plough their own path, when they are very young, are very special indeed.

BASS

Rachel Haden (That Dog, The Rentals)

She has the jazz in her genes from her dad, Charlie, and is in one of my favourite ever bands (That Dog). She’s a very playful bass player. I think she would love to lock in with Mitch – they’d have fun together.

VOCALS

Mark Hollis (Talk Talk)

His voice became like a wind instrument: words would slur and become beautiful, because of the sound. There’s a wild melancholy in his voice – and tremulousness, like a strange bird. I’d also like Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes) to sing with him and play instruments of her choice.