Graham Coxon – My Music

Pick up this week’s NME to read about Graham Coxon’s favourite records in more detail.


My first album…
The Jam – ‘Setting Sons’
“The first single I ever bought was ‘Roxanne’ by The Police, and then my first album was ‘Setting Sons’ by The Jam – I bought it with some birthday money. It has soldiers on the front and it’s got Union Jacks and a bulldog and it’s got ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ on it… it’s a pretty good record.”


Right now I’m loving…
The Incredible String Band – ‘The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter’
“I’ve been listening to The Incredible String Band, but that’s about it. The other night I sang with Mr Heron [Mike Heron, co-songwriter and co-frontman along with Robin Williamson] and Robyn Hitchcock, you see, we sang ‘A Very Cellular Song’ [13-minute epic from ‘The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter’] and it was fantastic, so that nudged me into listening to that album.”

Everyone should hear…
Love – ‘Forever Changes’
“I hate it when people say there’s an individual album that they really like, ’cause I always think they don’t get it like I do – I suppose everyone thinks that though. Probably Love, ‘Forever Changes’, a lot of people know about that anyway, though the young’uns might not.”

I wish I’d made…
Talk Talk – ‘Spirit Of Eden’
“If I ever make an album as good as this I’ll be happy for the rest of my life, probably. Danny Thompson [double bass player who played on Coxon’s ‘The Spinning Top’ album] is on it, and it’s kind of obvious immediately, his bass playing is amazing, everything just sounds perfect.”

I’ve played to death…
The Beatles – ‘Revolver’
“’Revolver’ would have to be the one that I’ve played the most.”


I’ve rediscovered…
King Crimson – ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’
“I rediscovered this recently, one of my favourites, it must be in my top five favourite albums. That was another one I got into when I was a teenager in Colchester and it’s reared its ugly face again. It’s just a bloody masterpiece, absolutely.”

An emotional one…
Syd Barrett – ‘The Madcap Laughs’
“It’s just full of those moments that make your hairs stand up, and that’s what I always wanted to make partly with my solo albums – but you don’t know whether you actually do that or not, because you’re ‘you’.”