They're not Steps but they're not Throbbing Gristle apparently, plus the lowdown on omelettes vs tortillas and their thoughts on insects taking over the earth...

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If you could kill anyone and blame it on any of the Oasis blokes, who would it be? (Karen Torres, California)

Alex: “Steven Wells.”


Damon: “John Lennon. Definitely.”

Would you ever return to writing more commercial pop songs, or is each Blur album going to be more extreme in its experimentation? (Bob Thompson, Ontario)

Damon: “I think ‘Tender’ is a real pop song. So’s ‘Coffee And TV’. We always write pop songs. It’s not Steps, no. But it’s not Throbbing Gristle, either.”

Dave: “We did a show with Steps yesterday, a live broadcast to Japan with Jamiroquai and Paul Weller, Nick Cave, and The Corrs. I thought they had a very easy job, to be honest.”

Alex: “Yeah. But they had to wear yellow.”

Graham: “They’re very healthy people.”


Alex: “The Corrs, meanwhile, just keep getting prettier.”

Damon: “Who are The Corrs? If you asked me to identify them, I couldn’t.”

Graham: “They all need a month on the pasta.”

Alex: “They want to fucking start rocking out a bit, and swearing.”

What music is on your stereos today? Jeffrey Hadzima, Chicago)

Alex: “The Cult‘s Greatest Hits.”

Dave: “Jazz FM.”

Graham: “You want to know everything I’ve listened to today? I had some Handel first, then some Hellacopters, then some Entombed, then some Ruts, then The Clash, then the Gummo soundtrack, then Entombed again.”

Which Blur member do you consider to have the best and most active sex life? (Chris Bell, Leeds)

Damon: “I don’t think I could be presumptious enough to say.”

Alex: “Well, we’re all going steady, aren’t we?

Damon: “I’m certainly the steadiest I’ve ever been.”

Damon, are you going to be a father or not? (Lorraine Prince, Manchester)

Damon: “I’m not answering that question.”

Do any of you have any regrets about your past career? (Andy Roberts, Oxfordshire)

Damon: “I wouldn’t say regrets, exactly, but I think there’s been quite an acute learning curve.”

Graham: “We were like four Tufty Squirells when we started. A great big voice telling us what to do, what not to do. Tufty got run over, didn’t he?”

Alex: “You either regret everything, or you regret nothing. Depending on how you feel.”

Graham: “What if you could go back and erase some of the things you regret, like a video, and then take the time you’ve erased and add it on to the end of your life? I’d be about twenty-four.”

Damon: “What if you could live your life in any order? That would be quite interesting, to live one year as an eighty year old, and the next as a five year old.”

Graham: “Yeah, if you could put your life-player on random. Although it might be a bit of a shock waking up in the morning. You wake up and you’ve shat yourself and wet yourself, and you realize you’re two months old.”

Alex: “I’ve had that happen. Only I was thirty.”

Are you now embarrassed by ‘The Great Escape’? (Billy Hanafi, Richmond)

Damon: “I wouldn’t stand it up as a great work of art, but it’s what came out of that time of our lives. We are responsible for it. You can’t eradicate it. It’s out there forever now. It would take an awful lot of going round to people’s houses and demanding their copies of it. So you’ve got to accept that it exists.”

Who do you most fancy in the public eye? (Tash Samuel, High Wycombe)

Damon: “Have you seen Missy Elliott‘s lips on the cover of The Face? Unbelievable. That’s what I fancy most at the moment, Missy Elliott‘s lips. They’re gorgeous.”

Does Damon believe in true love? What was the meaning behind ‘To The End’? (Becky Blanton, USA)

Damon: “I got that from a comic where there were two kids sitting in the entrance to a barn, and one of them was saying “it looks like we made it to the end”. It’s quite a romantic picture. I love that song. I really like singing it. It appeals to my sense of country boy melancholy.”

Alex: “You’re not a romantic sort, though, are you?

Damon: “I wouldn’t write songs like that unless I was.”

What kind of omelette is enjoyed equally by all members of Blur? (Rachel Monroe, Virginia)

Dave: “Cheese and onion.”

Damon: “I don’t think I like omelettes. Everyone likes tortilla, though, don’t they?”

Alex: “We’re more of a cheese sandwich band, really. You can’t beat cheese and tomato. In all its many variations.”

Graham: “I like DairyLea and those square tomatoes you can get now.”

Damon: “Camembert and soda bread, that’s my favourite.”

Is ‘Beetlebum’ about heroin? (Devon George, Ipswich)

Damon: “No, it’s about MDMA.”

Dave: “My drumming is about heroin.”

Will insects eventually take over the world? (Joanna Farmer, Coventry)

Damon: “That’s a Dave sort of question.”

Dave: “Get some sleep.”

Alex: “Not for a very long time.”

Graham: “But they will, won’t they? A cockroach can live without its head for ten days. Remember when we were in that sauna in New York, and there were all these cockroaches walking around, without a care in the world?”

Alex: “They were the cleanest cockroaches in the world.”

Graham: “Do you think cockroaches kiss?”

Alex: “Not if they don’t have any heads.”

Damon: “I don’t like killing cockroaches. But the best way to do it is with a blow torch.”

Graham: “Do they burn?”

Alex: “The scariest thing I’ve ever seen is a horseshoe crab. Fucking hell. They’ve got all different kinds of legs and landing gear. It’s like a Swiss Army knife under there.”

Dave: “They’re not insects, though. I admire insects. I think people generally like insects more after ‘Antz’ and ‘Bugs’. That gave them personality. But they’re all aliens, though, really.”

Alex: “Imagine if you could spin a web, or sting. It would be nice to have all that tackle. What do humans have to protect ourselves?

Dave: “Our rapier wit.”

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