Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon has snubbed frontman Damon Albarn's invitation to rejoin the band, because he's too focused on his solo career.

The eccentric musician - who was reportedly ousted from the group during recording sessions for Blur's latest album THINK TANK - has blasted Albarn's offer, insisting a reunion wouldn't fulfil his aspirations to make progressive music.

Responding to his ex-bandmate's invitation to reform, Coxon says, "If that's true then why was I un-invited to the studio when I was in Blur? I'm not particularly interested in progress in that area at the moment.

"I have a lot of personal progress to look at. It's very heavy but I have been straight and clean for two years now and discovering my own emotional self again is quite time consuming, and the only thing that I can do that's supporting that is writing music and be involved creatively because I am just a total creative lunatic and I can't really do anything else and it's really looking after myself and that's what I do."

Coxon's fifth solo album is due for release in March (04).

17/11/2003 09:53