Thank you to the Ivor Novello Awards for the ‘International Achievement’ award. And thank you to everyone around the world who listened to the songs. You showed me that we all speak this loving, cosmic and universal language of music.
This award is for you.
Graham Coxon's speech at the Ivor Novello Awards :
“This award is a bit premature for him, but he’s written about two lifetimes of work so far. The first time I saw him, he was shouting ‘I’ve got a social disease’ in a school as he gave a very energetic performance in a school assembly. I thought ‘this boy’s got some nerve’. He told me that I had crap shoes, but as you can see I got my own back today.
The second time he met me, he told me as the only sax player in school to play a sax solo. So I did, it was a good little song called ‘when you meet a beautiful alien’. At this point, I’d never met anybody at the age of 13 to even attempt to write a song - but writing songs always seemed to come naturally to him. But that’s not to say that he doesn’t have a good work ethic. He’s very disciplined, and he doesn’t take it all for granted.
Our friendship and working relationship has been a bit like a pot plant - well, y'know a house plant. They need to be re-potted from time to time, and there’s always a certain amount of anxiety concerning whether it will wither and die, but it never has and I think that house plant is doing pretty well right now.
He has written some of my favourite songs, and what’s great about that is that I got to play on a lot of them. They always display the mischief of a mind that isn’t interested in what’s expected, but sees music and the world in general as something to process and use, and nothing is wasted. There you go, that’s one of yours isn’t it?
He is my really talented, horrifyingly honest, embarrassingly honest and ridiculously funny (although he doesn’t always mean to be) best mate - Damon Albarn.”
See, this is what happens when I try to clean out my files. I have this IDed as: Ivor Novello Awards - David Fisher 2008 05 22 - can anyone confirm? He’d have been 31 years old, pre-Sherlock, post Africa.
Paul at the Savoy Hotel on the Strand, London on the 13th July, 1965, accepting five Ivor Novello awards on behalf of John and himself. Due to the fuss over the Beatles MBE’s previously, John chose not to attend, and hence Paul’s acceptance speech above.