Alex James Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

24th June 2015

Quote: "Taylor Swift is bigger than The Beatles... She’s bigger than anyone ever and if you've got little girls you can't resist The Swift. They’re great tunes, she’s smoking hot, what’s not to like?" Blur star Alex James is a big TAYLOR SWIFT fan.

26th April 2015

Quote: "There came a point around 2003 where we all needed to go off and do our own things and be other people, rather than being this four-headed monster. I wouldn't call it animosity, but there was a little bit of ill feeling. We needed time out and to reconcile." Blur bassist Alex James opens up about the band's split in 2003. The four-piece reunited in 2008.

2nd April 2015

Quote: "Yesterday I was wrangling five kids onto a plane. Believe me, this is a day off." British rocker Alex James loves promoting his band Blur's upcoming album The Magic Whip as it gives him a break from his hectic family life.

10th August 2013

Fact: Blur rocker Alex James is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Gloucestershire in England in November (13).

26th July 2013

Quote: "Ironically, Noel and Damon are, like, best mates now. They go off and smoke cigars together. I think we realised we're all on the same side eventually." Blur star Alex James insists the band's rivalry with Oasis is now a distant memory.

21st June 2012

Fact: Blur rocker Alex James and veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave are celebrating after a 'deli-to-the-stars' in the heart of London's West End theatreland was saved from closure. James and Redgrave campaigned successfully to persuade local officials to allow Gaby's Deli to stay open amid a regeneration of the area.

5th March 2012

Quote: "We've got a new song to unveil. I just listened to it this morning - it's like a hymn, a real tear-jerker." Rocker Alex James reveals Blur will debut an emotional new track when they perform at special gig in August (12) to mark the end of the London Olympics.

20th February 2012

Quote: "I'm a cheesemaker now. I did meet the chef James Martin at the Nantwich International Cheese Show this year but I have to say it wasn't quite the same as sitting between Prince and Helena Christensen at the aftershow party in 1995." Blur rocker Alex James admits his new career doesn't live up to the glamour of the music industry.

20th February 2012

Quote: "I was looking forward to a quiet Christmas with my family when I heard the news that Blur are being honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at this year's show. It made the Christmas tree and the tinsel seem a bit ordinary." Blur star Alex James was overwhelmed to hear the band will be the recipients of a special prize at Tuesday's (20Feb12) Brit Awards.

7th December 2011

Quote: "I don't think Blur would be signed if they were around today. It's a shame, but you can't really be in an indie band these days." Blur star Alex James feels sorry for aspiring rockers.

15th September 2011

Fact: Rocker-turned-cheesemaker Alex James is to write a weekly column for British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph. The Blur bassist will update readers about life on his dairy farm in Oxfordshire, England.

17th August 2011

Quote: "It was just sickeningly sad watching it on the TV. It was really compelling." Blur star Alex James on the riots that broke out in the U.K. earlier this month (Aug11).

23rd June 2011

Quote: "As soon as you become a father, you get the phone book out and say, 'Get me Eton'. You want your kids to have the best education." Blur star Alex James is hoping to enrol his sons at the U.K.'s prestigious Eton College, which boasts Prince William, Dominic West and Hugh Laurie among its past students.

26th May 2011

Quote: "Every day, my kids say, 'Dad, are Blur getting back together?' We all love each other and something will happen eventually." British rocker Alex James is keen to team up with his former bandmates again in the future.

11th November 2010

Quote: "I am still so pleased for Take That. They were always such delightful, gentle boys. They were outstandingly nice and have been whenever I've bumped into them since. Howard is my favourite. They've all struggled with demons. It's great to see them reunited..." Blur rocker Alex James hopes the TAKE THAT reunion will allow the pop stars to finally put their past problems behind them.

11th November 2010

Quote: "TITANIC was the most expensive film ever made. I went to the launch party and was sick on Kate Winslet's sister's shoe." Blur star Alex James caused trouble at the height of the band's fame in the 1990s.

17th August 2010

Quote: "They're guaranteed to drive you to your wits' end. Especially the boys - they can gang up on you. One will try to eat your cheese while the other will try to get you to put the telly (TV) on." Blur bassist Alex James struggles to cope with his brood of five children.

22nd December 2009

Fact: Blur bassist Alex James is to become a fifth-time father. The British rocker is expecting a baby girl with his wife Claire. The couple is already parents to three sons and one daughter.

27th August 2009

Quote: "Flying is more expensive than drugs but better." Blur bassist Alex James enjoys a natural high from travelling on airplanes.

13th July 2009

Quote: "The cheese was actually a bit strong for me." Former New Order star BERNARD SUMNER isn't a fan of the homemade cheese new bandmate Alex James' cooks up at his Cotswolds farm in England. The pair worked on songs for Bad Lieutenant's new album Resistance there.

19th June 2009

Quote: "DAMON (ALBARN) will be jangling along with some chords and I'll start banging along and you (Graham Coxon) will join. Our musical cup overflow-eth at the moment. It’s all good." Blur bassist Alex James is looking forward to the reunited group's live dates this summer (09).

13th June 2009

Quote: "We went into the studio to do a full run through and I started crying. We were so tight and it's got better every day. It's been emotional." Blur bassist Alex James is getting tearful as the rockers prepare for their comeback concerts.

13th June 2009

Quote: "We went into the studio to do a full run through and I started crying. We were so tight and it's got better every day. It's been emotional." Blur bassist Alex James is getting tearful as the rockers prepare for their comeback concerts.

19th January 2009

Quote: "Waking up on a Sunday at boarding school and my dad and DAMIEN HURST and Alex James from Blur were on the cover of a magazine, naked. On a hill. With sheep. That was the most embarrassing moment of my life." Pop star Lily Allen on her actor father Keith.

26th January 2008

Fact: Blur rocker Alex James will be the first guest on pop star Lily Allen's new BBC chat show LILY ALLEN AND FRIENDS.

17th January 2008

Fact: Former Blur bassist Alex James will travel to Colombia to report on the South American country's cocaine trade after confessing to spending "$2 million (GBP1 million) on champagne and cocaine".

12th December 2007

Fact: Blur star Alex James will be a member of the judging panel for the 2007 Costa Book Awards - the accolades formerly known as the Whitbread Prize. The winners will be announced in January (08).

18th September 2007

Fact: Blur bassist Alex James will write a fortnightly column for British political magazine The Spectator.

4th August 2007

Quote: "I think we are kind of stuck together forever... There will always be Blur somehow or other, I think." Alex James dismisses reports his band are on the verge of splitting up.

19th July 2007

Quote: "Why would I want to listen to Hard-Fi piffling around when there is Rossini? Bring me cellos. Being me French horns. Bring me a choir. And some cannons, maybe, for the end." Blur bassist Alex James is excited about presenting British radio station Classic FM's new series When Classic Meets Pop.

13th July 2007

Quote: "I was drunk and called Bruce Dickinson a devil-worshipping, Satan's c**k-sucking w**ker. And he just came over and put my nose in his mouth. It was the first encounter I'd had with a famous person, too." Blur star Alex James didn't make a good impression on the Iron Maiden frontman when they met.

12th July 2007

Quote: "I chucked a telly out of a window, but I did check there was nobody coming. I was quite responsible. It didn't go bang, it just went plop. Very disappointing." Bassist Alex James recalls his hellraising days in English rock band Blur.

7th March 2006

Quote: "Part of me wants GRAHAM to be a f**king disaster so he'll come back." Blur bassist Alex James considers sabotaging his former bandmate Graham Coxon's solo career in a bid to lure back the estranged guitarist.

4th January 2006

Fact: <p>BLUR star Alex James has formed a new band with British pop singer BETTY BOO - real name ALISON CLARKSON - called WIGWAM. </p>

21st August 2005

Quote: <p>"There are three reasons to be a rock star - travelling, drinking and shagging." Blur bassist Alex James reconfirms the reason why boys dream of becoming rock stars. </p>

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