Damon Albarn doesn’t stop himself from voicing his opinions. These opinions can be good, or absolutely critical of anyone or anything. Albarn spoke about The Rolling Stones’ new album Hackney Diamonds during his conversation with with French publication Les Inrockuptibles.
According to Music Radar, Damon didn’t mince what he had to say about the way the songs were done or the method in which the album was presented. It’s worth noting that the Blur and Gorillaz man wasn’t pleased with anything involving The Rolling Stones. 90s was the time when Blur and Oasis were compared as to who was The Beatles and who was The Stones, but things have changed over the years.
Damon said, “My family lives in Hackney and the way they showed up at the Hackney Empire venue really [hacked] me off. They never did a thing in Hackney, they’ve never played there, never contributed to anything. They just showed up. It’s all nonsense.” He didn’t stop at that as his critical approach extended to how The Rolling Stones have approached their career.
The Blur member said, “I did all sorts of things, whereas they’ve never been anything other than the Rolling Stones. I love the idea of devoting your life to one thing, in search of the sublime. But the truth is, they’ve become worse. Worse at persisting to stay themselves. That’s something I don’t understand. Making exactly the same music but not that good. There must be no joy in doing something like this.”
It doesn’t take away the fact that Damon Albarn is an exceptional performer while Mick, Keef and co are a superb unit in their own right. The Rolling Stones hasn’t said anything on Damon’s thoughts, but it would be interesting to see their side of the story.
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