Blur still hopeful of Coxon reunion

Alex James is talking to the guitarist

Blur hope to reunite with Graham Coxon for one last album, Alex James has revealed.

The bass player believes that the band – in its original line-up – is “too good a thing to let it disintegrate”.

And James revealed that he is on good terms with the estranged guitarist, who left the band acrimoniously in 2002.

He told the BBC: “I’ve got high hopes that Blur will have a happy four-piece ending. I think it would be a shame if it didn’t really. I think we’d all like to make another record. We’d all like to do it with Graham. I’ve been talking to Graham a bit and hopefully I can persuade him. I’m going to have to beg him though.”

While Coxon has enjoyed solo success, Blur’s remaining members have been concentrating on side-projects since 2003’s ‘Think Tank’, James with WigWam and Damon Albarn with Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad & The Queen.

But James insisted that Blur would be back in action soon. He said: “One way or another, there’ll be another Blur album, with or without Graham – but hopefully with Graham. I think it’s definitely worth trying. I’m sure Paul McCartney feels the same, but I still don’t think we’ve made our best record yet. That’s one of the things you get when you’re a musician. You think, ‘I’m going to do something brilliant in a minute’. If you don’t think that, you’ve got to stop.”

As well as a musical project with actor Steven Berkoff, James tries his hand at presenting this Friday, hosting the new radio version of classic music TV show ‘The Tube’.