"...Graham [Coxon] is sensitive and can find it hard to find the right words. He once told me that he expressed his sorrow at Damon's upset over Justine through his guitar playing, rather than talking to him."
Has England been so good at producing great pop and rock because of the emotional reticence of its people? George Mikes in 'How to be an Alien' wrote 'The English have no soul, they have the understatement instead'. Perhaps the soul ends up in the music?
My Austrian father-in-law identifies with 'How to be an Alien'. When he was a 'resident alien' he had to travel to otherworldly Croydon to get his papers in order, to a place called Lunar House.
My other favourite Mikes quote is: 'An Englishman, even when he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one'; more an historical than a contemporary observation.