Monday, December 14, 2015

Getting Together and Playing Live

Looking at this, I would say that neither Blur nor Oasis have much of a future.

Former foes Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn teamed up to form a one-off supergroup with Chrissie Hynde and The Clash's Paul Simonon to celebrate the latter's 60th birthday.

Clash bassist Simonon turns 60 on Tuesday (December 15) but marked the milestone with a gig on Sunday. Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey, Albarn collaborator Jeff Wootton, rapper Kano and others were also among the guests.

Gallagher joined Albarn, Simonon and co for covers of Gorillaz track 'Dare', plus The Clash's 'I Fought The Law', 'Brand New Cadillac' and 'Janie Jones'.

It makes sense to do something new as opposed to risking the reunion backlash that seems to be creeping upwards every time someone puts the band back together and makes a halfhearted attempt to relive the glory days of 1996 or so (which was a terrible, terrible year for music). Nostalgia is a killer but these new combinations of styles coming together isn't all bad. If anything comes out of a Gallagher/Albarn collaboration, it'll probably be innovative and commercially successful in England. Everywhere else? Who knows?

And did you notice the sexism? Why wasn't the fact that Chrissy Hynde decided to play with a bunch of tossers the lede here? Go and be aghast at it all.

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