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The scenes on Blur’s recently re-released DVD Starshaped tell it all. In candid camera shots from various tours, starting at Reading ’91 and ending at Nottingham’s Heineken Music Festival ’94, we see a young and innocent Graham Coxon slowly isolate himself from the band that made him the Johnny Marr of the Stone Roses generation. We also see the late John Peel famously dismiss Blur as “all right” and “not my cup of tea” at the band’s festival debut. While Damon Albarn was busy kicking the help and taking his shirt off at every possible moment, Coxon was wandering drunk and alone on festival greenery. “I’m feeling emotional and homesick,” he confided to a roadie. Yes, Coxon never really fit in. For every kitschy, up-tempo pop number that Albarn wrote about charmless men or really big houses in the country or girls who are boys who like boys to be girls, Coxon countered with the lethargic, lo-fi bliss of “You’re So Great” and “Coffee & TV.” But those two gems weren’t enough of a creative outlet, and in his off-time, Coxon would channel his homesickness in four Pavement-obsessed solo records, complete with such Mr. Mopey song titles as “Leave Me Alone” and “Bitter Tears” Then he left Blur, and much of the despair went away, to judge from his latest solo offering, Happiness in Magazines. It sounds less like the frown we’re used to and more like the band he didn’t belong in, pulsing like XTC, popping like the Kinks, and bouncing like, uh, Blur. Don’t demand the “Woo-Hoo Song” when Coxon plays with the 22-20s and the Golden Republic at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960. (Constantine Caloudas)