How do you feel about some of the more excitable female fans at your gigs? You had a few offers at your Bedford Esquires show on 11 March 2004 - Fliss Collier, London
I did! The problem about these offers is that they were during a show and there wasn’t an awful lot I could do about them. I’ve never been told that before and I think I feigned being shocked quite well. It was quite forward of this young lady but it was very nice to hear as well, in a perverse way.
What did she say? She said, “I want to suck your dick”. It was really loud and the whole venue heard. It was during a quiet bit in between songs when I was stuttering for something to say and, of course, I stuttered even more after that.
Tim Dellow (co-founder of Transgressive Records, the record label Graham is on):
Signing Graham Coxon was pretty amazing. Still getting over that one. He’s actually been a hero for a really long time so working with him – like actually advising him – seems pretty strange. He once introduced me to someone who was taking his photo as “his boss” and I nearly passed out. I was like “I literally can’t deal with that”. He was obviously just taking the piss…
"The idea of "Dead Bees" came from, I was having to tidy up my painting studio in the countryside…and it was full of bees that had died: got in the studio couldn’t get out, lack of flowers in the studio. And it was quite sad, and they had all sort of turned into fluff. And there were actually about 2 bucketfuls of dead bees. And I had to sweep them all up, and then I put them in the wood burner and had to burn them. I didn’t really know what else to do, so I sort of cremated them and I tried to do it respectfully. And I went outside and saw the ghosts, thousands of ghosts of bees coming out the chimney.”
-Graham describing the story behind “Dead Bees,” in his BBC Session
OH GRAHAM, this is why you have crazy fans.
P.S. The live version of “Dead Bees” in this session is A+.