OK – I’m sure you probably knew this but next week sees the release of another Damon Albarn-related project The Good The Bad And The Queen. Of course, this time round, his collaborators are none other than bassist Paul Simonon from the Clash, guitarist Simon Tong from The Verve and Fela Kuti’s drummer Tony Allen. Truly Damon is a renaissance man – he’s forty next year, so watch out for a whole wealth of articles then that will be considering just how far he’s come since 1990 (why do I get the feeling that this is not going to happen to Noel Gallagher?). It’s hard to judge the project on the basis of just one track, but this is really very good, and let’s face it, with that list of collaborators, there is going to be no shortage of media and indeed public interest.
Their myspace page only has the aforementioned tune to stream, but there is a new album to follow in 2007. (Don’t bite my head off Damon, but do I take it that is going to mean no new studio album from Blur or Gorillaz next year then? Er, just wondering). The single is out now to download and will be released on Monday October 30 in the UK on CD and 7″ and deleted that day, so act quickly.