Blur frontman Damon Albarn's has credited departed guitarist Graham Coxon as the inspiration behind the band's new punk track WE'VE GOT A FILE ON YOU.

The song, which appears on new LP THINK TANK, includes just over a minute of the band yelling over the sound of pounding guitars.

Albarn says recording the song was a means of filling the void left by longtime axeman Coxon - who acrimoniously quit Blur at the beginning of the project last year (02).

Albarn says, "In the absence of Graham it was getting very frustrating, not having any of that sort of madness on the guitar.

"I think we just said, 'Let's do it, turn the amps up and just scream for a minute.'"

But the singer insists Blur are still Blur, even without Coxon providing their trademark guitar-led sound.

He adds, "It was never exclusively Graham's heritage. It was all of ours and that's how we formed a band, and when we were SEYMOUR that's what we were all into totally.

"But in a way we've had quite a public existence and shared how we as band feel quite openly over the years, and so it's become the received wisdom that Graham's the one who likes angry music and the rest of us just, 'Well, whatever.'"

06/05/2003 17:23