At the zeitgeist of 1990s Brit Pop populism, Blur were among the finest ensembles of the era who actually lived up to the hype. Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon garnered much of the attention, as singer / guitarists are prone to do. However their not so secret weapon was bassist Alex James – who rendered extraordinary groove / countermelodic motifs as evidenced on such tracks as “Colin Zeal” (Modern Life Is Rubbish/ 1995) “Entertain Me” (Great Escape / 1995), “Girls and Boys” (Leisure / 1991).
Plying his craft with a plectrum, James’ primary tools of the trade included Fender Precision, Fender Jazz, and Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray.
Alex James Sound & Vision:
“Girls and Boys” https://youtu.be/WDswiT87oo8
“Charmless Man” https://youtu.be/p1a_4CN4onA