Damon Albarn has revealed that he almost recorded an album with
David Bowie and Ray Davies.
The Blur and Gorillaz frontman who is currently gearing up for
the release of the studio album version of his opera 'Doctor Dee'
commented this week on his prolific songwriting career and how much
he enjoyed collaborating with other musicians.
Damon, who has released collaborative efforts with former Clash
bassist Paul Simonon, Dan The Automator, Snoop Dogg and Red Hot
Chilli Peppers bassist Flea amongst many others told The Quietus:
"I do genuinely like working with people but at the same time I
don't expect it to work, and there have been a lot of people who a
lot of things don't happen. I mean, for about 24 hours, many years
ago, I was making a record with David Bowie and Ray Davies. But
that only lasted 24 hours."
Albarn also spoke about 'Under The Westway', a new song he has
written for Blur, which the band showcased earlier this year during
a gig at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and which bassist Alex
James has heavily hinted that they will be performing at their Hyde
Park show this summer.
Speaking about 'Under The Westway', he said: "I've done a new
tune for Blur, it's really traditional. It's something I've had
knocking about for years and didn't know what to do with it.
Initially I wrote it as a slightly wistful national anthem for my
house, I had this idea of getting it made into an old 78 record and
making a flag and then just playing it - just being really silly.
But I had these chords and I ended up writing this tune around
He then went on to say that although Blur are back playing
together for this summer's live appearances, he didn't see it as a
full return. "I don't really do anything with Blur any more -
there's this concert this year but its not a full time thing at
all. Maybe this tune's a last little coda to the whole story."
Meanwhile, Damon's right hand man in Blur, Graham Coxon is also
preparing himself for the release of his 8th Solo album
Speaking this week to NME, Graham said he believes the recording
of this album has opened him up to a whole new style of music. He
also revealed that he has another 10 songs recorded but, does not
want to release them as he feels it would be a "backward step".
When asked how many songs he recorded for 'A+E', the guitarist
replied: "Well I recorded 22 songs, and 'A+E' was 10 of those. If
I'd done these 10, it'd be a couple of months. Quite quick. Two of
the 22 were rubbish, so really there's another 10."
Then asked what was likely to happen to those songs, he said:
"They're just sitting there. They're not like 'A+E'. 'A+E' was a
particular pile of songs, and the other songs went into another
pile. They're more what you'd associate with Graham Coxon I guess.
Mid-80s, indie, Velvet Underground-influenced, Scott Walker-y,
Asked if those tracks would ever be released, he replied: "I
don't think so. It might be backward step. If it feels good to put
them out, maybe I will, but with 'A+E' I feel like I've opened
another door and I want to have a look through it. I love some of
the songs. I don't think they can be dressed up differently
'A+E' is released on Parlaphone on the 2nd of April but you can
stream it right now on the Guardian website here
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