Blur’s Graham Coxon: ‘I don’t believe in the devil, but ‘X Factor’ is the devil’s work’

Damon Albarn also says he'd be open to writing songs for Taylor Swift

Blur have discussed Taylor Swift and The X-Factor in a new interview.

The recently-reunited Britpop band, who released their first album in 12 years in April, spoke to the Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine ahead of their Hyde Park show in London this weekend (June 20).

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Asked about where he stands on singing contests, guitarist Graham Coxon replied: “Stage left with a machine gun.” He added: “In the past, TV talent shows provided entertainment, but they didn’t promise anybody a career. I don’t believe in the devil, but The X Factor is the devil’s work.”

Frontman Damon Albarn recalled an encounter with the show’s judge Simon Cowell at this year’s Brit Awards. “I looked at him and said, ‘I’ve got my eye on you’. That’s all I said, because I have. He didn’t say much in reply.” Albarn added: “Simon Cowell seems to be extremely good at what he does and lives in a splendid bubble as a result of it, but it’s so far away from what I do it’s almost impossible to say that the two have any relationship whatsoever.”

The Blur bandmates also revealed their admiration for Taylor Swift, with Coxon describing the singer as “a wholesome person with some classy opinions”. Bassist Alex James continued: “She’s bigger than anyone ever and if you’ve got little girls you can’t resist The Swift. They’re great tunes, she’s smoking hot, what’s not to like?”

Asked whether he would be open to collaborating with Swift, Albarn answered positively but claimed “very few people I write for use my songs and it’s a bit of a mystery to me”. The singer also reportedly laughed when imagining Taylor Swift covering Blur’s 1995 UK Number One single ‘Country House’.

Elsewhere in the interview, Graham Coxon said that the band would support Oasis for £250m. The tongue-in-cheek comment was made by Coxon in response to Noel Gallagher’s recent claim that he would reform Oasis for “half a billion” and Alex James’ subsequent suggestion that Oasis should support Blur on tour.

Blur recently announced a series of US live shows for later this year. The band will play the following headline dates in full:


London Hyde Park (20)
Sesimbra Super Bock Super Rock (July 17)
Benicassim Festival (18)
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Wan Chai (22)
Sydney Qantas Credit Union Arena (25)
Byron Bay Splendour in the Grass (26)
Melbourne Rod Laver Arena (28)
Perth Arena (30)
Laois Electric Picnic (September 5)
Santiago Movistar Arena (October 7)
Mexico City Sports Palace (15)
Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl (20)
New York Madison Square Garden (23)