Despite being long-term friends, the pair had an often stormy working relationship, and fell out after Coxon left the band during the making of the group’s last studio LP, 2003’s ‘Think Tank’.
Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Coxon said:
“Damon and I have an increased respect for each other because of this record, and we’re not ashamed to let each other know about that increased respect. But what we also have a lot of history, and our friendship – like any friendship between two people in a band together – has had to go through a lot. It’s been put to the test, and we’ve often let each other down. This record was a way of saying, ‘Sorry for being such a pain in the arse for the last 20 years.'”
In his track by track guide to ‘The Magic Whip’ for NME, Coxon explained that the track ‘My Terracotta Heart’ was about his relationship with Albarn.
He admitted: “I knew it was going to be an incredibly sad song, which is why I put the crying guitar on there. What I didn’t know at the time was that the lyrics would turn out to be about Damon and I, our long-term friendship and the ups and downs we’ve had.”
Blur’s live performance of their new album ‘The Magic Whip’ in London last week will be streamed online this evening (March 25).
The full concert was filmed exclusively by Beats By Dre and will be shown via the Beats YouTube channel tonight at 8pm (GMT).
Last Friday (March 20), Blur played new album ‘The Magic Whip’ in full at tiny west London club Mode to an audience of 300 fans. After performing ‘The Magic Whip’ in full, they ended with an encore of ‘Trouble In The Message Centre’ from 1994’s ‘Parklife’.
‘The Magic Whip’ is out on April 27.
The band will headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on June 20. They have also been announced as a headliner for this year’s Benicàssim festival in Spain.
Earlier this week, drummer Dave Rowntree confirmed that Blur will not be headlining Glastonbury this year.