The singer – who famously quit the group in 1998 before they all got back together for a world tour in 2007 – thinks they should appear at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 summer games, as it will help put British music back on the map.
She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “The Spice Girls are part of me and always will be. If it happened and felt natural and right, then I’m always open to singing with the other girls.
“Singing at the Games is a great idea and would be an amazing opportunity – and it’s a sign the Brits are back. This is our time. Everything is circular and now there’s a British pop revival.
“It needs to put itself back on the map on a world stage. This is our opportunity to show that British music, which has led and dominated the world, should do, always.”
While the Spice Girls – also made up of Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C and Emma Bunton – are one of the acts in the frame to appear at the opening ceremony, indie band Coldplay are said to have been approached to perform an especially written anthem, ‘Welcome Song’.
Other singers considered to appear include Joss Stone, rockers Muse and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn.
Damon Albarn to score childrens film. Gorillaz and Blur frontman Damon Albarn is set to score a Jude Law-narrated short film. It’s a little disingenuous to call it a Jude Law or Damon Albarn short film, as it’s an adaptation of a children’s book written by his sister Jessica Albarn. Ptichfork reports via The Playlist that Damon will write the music for The Boy In The Oak, which tells the story of a boy and an enchanted tree. The book was released late last year and features dreamy illustrations reminiscent of Brian Froud’s classic kids’ book Faeries. Jude Law is set to narrate The Boy In The Oak and ad and film clip director Luke Losey (who has worked with Mercury Rev and Orbital) will direct. The film will be released in the latter half of 2011.
Gorillaz album recorded on iPad to be released. Damon Albarn has been working on the fourth Gorillaz album with the help of his trusty iPad. According to an interview with NME, Albarn said the follow up to the band’s hugely successful third record ‘Plastic Beach’ will hopefully be out before Christmas.
Speaking of the making of the record, he said ”ve made it on an iPad. I hope I’ll be making the first record on an iPad. I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I’ve made a completely different kind of record.’
The fact that the word ‘iPad appears three times in that sentence suggests that he must really REALLY love it, despite his band announcing a partnership with Microsoft to help launch Internet Explorer 9.
Gorillaz partner with Microsoft for the launch of Internet Explorer 9. Today Microsoft has announced a partnership with Gorillaz, the world’s best-selling animated band, to celebrate the Beta launch of its Windows Internet Explorer 9 browser. The new browser will offer a visually richer web experience and marks a new era for how we experience the World Wide Web. Internet Explorer 9 Beta is designed to use the power of a computer’s hardware to radically improve people’s online experiences such as shopping, browsing, surfing, gaming, watching TV or streaming music. At the same time, Internet Explorer 9 Beta reads special web design code enabling it to increase the speed, look and performance of websites by making colours, images and texture richer and deeper. With a pioneering reputation for both online creativity and music, Gorillaz have partnered with Microsoft to develop an online experience for fans that showcases the potential of the Web when viewed through Internet Explorer 9 Beta-. Click Once fans have downloaded Internet Explorer 9 Beta from Beauty of the web they can enjoy richer graphics, top quality sound and high definition Gorillaz video. The Gorillaz’ design team, Zombie Flesh Eaters, has taken advantage of HTML5 and the new features Internet Explorer 9 Beta provides, to create a new web experience for Gorillaz fans as showcased in Murdoc Niccals’ Club Room and across Gorillaz.com. Microsoft is also featuring this web content on its specially designed microsite and The Bluee A video of Murdoc experiencing the wizardry of Internet Explorer 9 Beta is available to view at clubroom Microsoft will officially launch Internet Explorer 9 once the testing of the Beta version has been completed to reach Internet Explorer’s quality bar; however the Beta is available with all of its brand new features so people can experience it now. Internet Explorer 9 Beta requires Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating systems. To experience a demonstration of the features of Internet Explorer 9 Beta, even if you don’t have Windows 7 or Vista operating systems. Speaking to our source Damon Albarn said of the event “I’m here to support my organisation and all the people that make this happen its a big step forward we’re all excited about the future potential”.
‘We’ve all got to get on with our lives now,’ the frontman says. Damon Albarn says he “hasn’t thought” about Blur since their 2009 reunion tour ended. The frontman, who took to the road throughout the summer with the group, playing numerous sold-out shows and festivals, has said he has moved on from the experience. “It was stadiums and everybody singing and very euphoric,” Albarn Continue reading →
The London Evening Standard today launches the third edition of The 1000. The magazine celebrates the 1000 people who are doing most to shape and change London. Geordie Greig, Editor of the London Evening Standard, Continue reading →
The lead track ‘Splitting The Atom’ features Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Horace Andy, while TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe guests on ‘Pray For Rain’. The EP also has remixes of two new tracks. ‘Psyche’ featuring Martina Continue reading →
GRAHAM COXTON battled through a bout of food poisoning to honour Blur’s T In The Park appearance. The guitarist spent yesterday in hospital with the condition as rumours spread round the Scottish festival that Blur would not be playing. But he overcame his sickness to take to the stage, albeit an hour and a half late, to continue to play their last comeback gig. Frontman Damon Albarn told the crowd: “Hi. We nearly didn’t make it. Graham literally walked out of a hospital to come here. He’s alright. This is our last gig.” But the crowd were in a forgiving mood having taken out their anger on co-headliners Snow Patrol. They booed the Northern Ireland rocks who said they were prepared to go on do a double set if the Brit-poppers didn’t show and even went on late to bide Blur a bit of time. Speaking to the Mirror, Blur fan Hazel Blackstock said: “I sort of didn’t like that they were late but it was ok. It was worth it, they were so good.” Rosie Macdonald added: “It was mental. We had to wait an a hour and a half at the barriers but it was worth it. It was brilliant.”
GRAHAM COXON has admitted he tried to jump out of a window when Blur got to number one.The band’s guitarist spoke about how he wanted to end it all when Country House made it to the top of the singles’ charts. He said Britpop was a “grotesque travesty” that was “more about petty rivalries” than any genuine celebration of music. And it was lead singer Damon Albarn who stopped him from leaping to his death. Coxon said: “It was the climax to the so-called Blur/Oasis war. ‘Country House’ had outsold ‘Roll With It’ and went straight to the top of the charts. It felt like a hollow, pointless victory to me. “Our record company threw a big champagne party at Soho House in London. I felt I was being forced into enjoying the moment and I just wanted to be alone really.” He added: “I couldn’t handle being part of that crowd so I tried to jump out of a sixth-storey window. “It was Damon who talked me out of it. Looking back, I should have enjoyed myself a lot more than I did during the Blur days.”
The ‘Parklife’ stars – singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree – reconciled late last year to play several reunion concerts this summer but had not confirmed if they would release new material. However, Graham – who left the group before they began working on their last LP, 2003′s ‘Think Tank’ – said: “I’d be up for it if everyone else is really into the idea. “If it feels good then we will record again. I’m sure we will.” However, fans can expect a long wait for any new music from the group. Graham added to Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “We’ve got some stuff going on so it won’t be in the immediate future.” Blur announced yesterday (21.04.09) details of three more warm up concerts ahead of their July shows in London’s Hyde Park. They will play Southend Cliffs Pavilion on June 21, Wolverhampton Civic Hall on June 24 and Newcastle City Hall on June 25.
Tickets go on limited sale to fans today (22.04.09) and on general sale on Friday(24.04.09).
Previously announced intimate concerts at London’s Goldsmiths college – where members of the group studied – and a hometown show at Colchester Railway Museum sold out shortly after going on sale last week.
Blur have hinted that their summer headline shows could be more than an opportunity for fans to hear their greatest hits. Guitarist Graham Coxon suggested rather than the “high street route” – that would see the band playing their most famous songs – there was also “another route round the back, which is really interesting.”
He told NME: “It’s just about how many ideas we have, that’s what Blur was about anyway. “Between records, when we had time to explore, we’d bring a little knapsack back to the studio. Now we’ve got bloody huge trunks of stuff.” Frontman Damon Albarn also suggested that the band could be in the process of writing new material in preparation for the summer shows. He explained: “I’m not going onstage and just singing all the time because I’m not doing that, I love playing music. “But at the same time, we’re not going to be doing 20-minute organ solos.” Blur are set to headline T In The Park and two summer gigs of their own at London’s Hyde Park (2-3 July).
Damon Albarn (b.1968) and Graham Coxon (b.1969) met as schoolboys in 1980, at Stanway Comprehensive School in Colchester, Essex, where they sang together in the choir. Both had musical parents. Alex James met Coxon at Goldsmith’s College in the London, where they studied together in the late 1980s. Dave Rowntree came from Colchester, where he had seen Albarn perform solo in 1988. Together they formed an art-punk band called Seymour. After a dozen or so shows, they renamed the band Blur in 1989, and were signed to Food Records later that year.
The first release from Blur was the single ‘She’s So High’, in 1990. The story really began to gather speed with the next single, ‘There’s No Other Way’, a hit in Britain in spring 1991.
‘Leisure’, Blur’s debut album released in August 1991, was heavily influenced by Pink Floyd; the guitars and vocal harmonies by the Beatles. With their second album, ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’, Albarn moved on as a songwriter, writing witty caustic lyrics, sung to music littered with Brit pop references and string and brass accompaniment. This sound developed on the third album, ‘Parklife’, which won four Brit Awards in 1995.
‘The Great Escape’ pushed beyond pop, entangling banjo with Mellotron with waltz. Blur then retreated to Iceland, to work on ‘Beetlebum’,another number 1 single, in January 1997, and ‘Blur’, a UK number 1 album.
In 1998, Coxon launched his own label, Transcopic, and released his solo debut. The band returned in March 1999, with ‘Tender’, a lingering meditation on Albarn’s turbulent relationship with Justine Frischmann of Elastica. ‘Think Tank’, recorded without Coxon, takes punk into world music.
Albarn has also worked with comic artist Jamie Hewlett, and several leading hip-hop producers, to create the manufactured cartoon band, the Gorillaz.
The singer expressed his concern about the band’s forthcoming shows in London’s Hyde Park – their first time the quartet have worked together since 2003 – while presenting Zane Lowe Takeover on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday (15.01.09).
Introducing a 10-minute clip of the band’s 1997 John Peel session, the frontman said: “This is one of the highlights of being in Blur.
“I’m going to have to work hard to get back to that standard.”
Earlier in the show, Damon debuted three tracks from the forthcoming album by his other band, animated group Gorillaz – but the perfectionist star insisted they were still unfinished, despite positive feedback from listeners.
Talking about ‘Electric Shock’, ‘Broken’ and ‘Binge’, Damon said: “I keep changing – it’s not finished by any means.
“It’s really hard to know when something’s done – if I haven’t got it right I’ll throw it away.”