Sunday, July 8th, 2012
"That's When I Reach For My Revolver"
Graham Coxon covers Mission Of Burma
WikipediaWhen you look at the breathless, “will they/won’t they/are they/aren’t they” drama surrounding the Blur reunion after the end of that initial round of touring in 2009, it’s hard not to wish they’d just stop the hand-wringing and get on with it; maybe take a cue from a far more improbable reunion than theirs – that of Boston’s Mission Of Burma – and just get on with it.
MOB’s career was initially cut short in 1983 by not by interpersonal strife or creative differences, but by guitarist Roger Miller’s debilitating tinnitus. This stalled their output at just a single EP and album, but both would prove to be hugely influential on the burgeoning American college rock scene and by extension, the British artists who drew inspiration from them. Blur guitarist Graham Coxon was one of these, as shown by the decidedly American slant of his solo records and the inclusion of this cover of MOB’s most-famous song on his second album, The Golden D, in 2002 (his eighth solo release A+E came out earlier this year).
But I digress. The point is that Miller got his tinnitus to a manageable state and Mission Of Burma returned in 2002, first with live shows and then four studio albums – the latest of which, Unsound, is out this week – that more than fulfilled the promise of their early works. Blur have proved that they can still turn out great tunes as their new single release earlier this week can attest; just record ten more, put out an album and everyone will leave you alone. Promise.