Paul and Graham's long-awaited love-in gets a release date
Paul Weller and Graham Coxon are to release their first collaborations in July.
“This Old Town”, “Each New Morning” and “Black River” will be available as a download from July 2. A seven-inch single version is due on July 30, but you’ll have to move fast, since there’ll be only 5,000 copies to go round.
Rumours continue to grow that Coxon will imminently be rejoining Blur. But while Damon Albarn concentrates on his Chinese Opera, Monkey, Coxon appears to have slipped over to the camp of their old enemies. Not only is Weller a close ally of Oasis, but drums are played on “This Old Town” by Zak Starkey, last seen backing up the Gallaghers.
Coxon, though, is an old mod. “As a long time admirer of Paul I never dared imagine getting a chance to work with him,” he says. “I was bricking it when we first met… but he is an absolute gent and a shockingly great singer and musician. It’s been a total pleasure.”
Weller is equally lavish in his praise. “I’ve always been a big fan of Graham’s,” he says, “and love his work, so it was exciting for me to work on something new with him.”
“This Old Town” is written by the pair of them, while “Each New Morning” is a Coxon song and “Black River” is one of Weller’s own. All tracks were produced by the duo and engineered by Charles Rees.
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