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Damon Albarn: “Kids These days…”


…but seriously folks

What is it about Damon Albarn that makes him the most irritating blowhard in modern pop music? He shouldn’t be that annoying. A good looking lad, plenty of good taste, used to nail Justine Frischmann of Elastica back when that actually meant something, and beat out Oasis while keeping to his guns musically, in the race to conquer the USA.

So what’s not to like?
The man is a pendantic dick and a know it all, a boring arty farty asshole who should never be forgiven for making Bobby Womack’s last album such a load of twaddle and whose solo work is worse than his work for Blur, and now this from an interview with the Sunday Times: “But look at music now. Does it say anything? Young artists talk about themselves, not what’s happening out there. It’s the selfie generation. They’re talking platitudes. What are any of them saying? I don’t hear anything other than: ‘This is how I feel.’ Which is an important part of song-writing, but we’re talking in the context of the election – and they don’t have anything to do with it.”

Wow, that is a horrible, stupid and arrogant load of nonsense. I guess the kids aren’t alright. What does Damon have to say that is so high falutin’ important? That we’re all robots, or does he mean clichés? He hasn’t written a great song since, if not “End Of The Century””, “Country House” and if neither them, “Song 2”. This century I’ll give him some of Gorillaz, “Clint Eastwood” maybe.

Certainly, his idea of political thought, a sort of arty Labour-y bunch of malarkey for the rich and famous and a sort of urban, paranoia ennui as panache born wiseacre, puts him nowhere near the place where he needs to be, in order to  tell young kids what they should or shouldn’t say in song.

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