Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Two For The Money - Blur - 'Coffee & TV' & Graham Coxon - 'Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery'


Blur - 'Coffee & TV' (1999)

In most forms of entertainment you get sequels. Books, films, games & TV shows have them but you don't seem to get them in music. However, I believe I've found one in the case of these two songs.
I remember first hearing 'Coffee & TV' and thinking "Blimey, Damon sounds a bit weird on this one" and then came the video with its cartoony milk carton trying to find the singer of the song. And of course we know its not Damon, but guitarist Graham Coxon. It was the first time I'd heard him sing and I was impressed. So much so that I've bought quite a few of his solo albums over the years.

Graham Coxon - 'Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery' (2004)

He's had some standout tracks, but my personal favourite is 'Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery' which to my limited musical brain sounds like it's picked up from where 'Coffee & TV' ended. The video for this probably cost about £37.50 to make as it's essentially Graham playing guitar and singing in a park somewhere with a small dog (dachshund maybe ??) watching him. A woman falls from the sky (maybe those special effects alone will bump it up to a £50 cost) and dances badly. The ending is almost a payback as he is discarded by the woman and dog in much the same way as 'Milky' the milk carton was in 'Coffee & TV'.

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Two For The Money - Blur - 'Coffee & TV' & Graham Coxon - 'Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery'
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12 August 2015 at 12:04

A nice pair even for the price of milk. You could be right that the same dog that pisses on Jessica's leg

17 August 2015 at 18:56

Oh my god I have to confess something. I thought Graham Coxon was the ginger one all this time! God knows why!
I loved the Blur song and video when they came out and definitely hear the similarities between Bittersweet Bundle. I think I didn't like it as much as I felt I was betraying Blur by liking his solo stuff. But then I like Damon's so that's a rubbish argument. Nevermind, good choices.