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Thread started 06/01/18 2:34am

yello1

Damon Albarn Turned Down Prince Collaboration Because He Couldn’t Smoke In the Studio

https://pitchfork.com/news/damon-albarn-turned-down-prince-collaboration-because-he-couldnt-smoke-in-the-studio/

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Reply #1 posted 06/01/18 4:19am

antonb

What a knob
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Reply #2 posted 06/01/18 6:08am

NewYorkCity

He's an idiot. Lol. He failed to realize Prince was already the smoke.

[Edited 6/1/18 6:09am]

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Reply #3 posted 06/01/18 6:09am

RodeoSchro

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Never heard of him. Nor have I ever smoked but I cannot in any possible way imagine that having a cigarette is better than jamming with Prince.

Second Funkiest White Man in America

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Reply #4 posted 06/01/18 6:35am

rogifan

RodeoSchro said:

Never heard of him. Nor have I ever smoked but I cannot in any possible way imagine that having a cigarette is better than jamming with Prince.


Lead singer for the British band Blur. This was probably their most famous song (I never liked it personally):

Paisley Park is in your heart
#PrinceForever 💜
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Reply #5 posted 06/01/18 6:51am

RodeoSchro

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rogifan said:

RodeoSchro said:

Never heard of him. Nor have I ever smoked but I cannot in any possible way imagine that having a cigarette is better than jamming with Prince.

Lead singer for the British band Blur. This was probably their most famous song (I never liked it personally):



Thanks. Never heard of him or Blur but I sure HAVE heard that song on lots of commercials! First time I've ever listened to the whole song. The hook is really good. I'll check these guys out.

But first I want to buy some Intel chips, a Nissan Sentra and a BMW while playing the FIFA video game, LOL.

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Reply #6 posted 06/01/18 7:11am

StrangeButTrue

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Aside from Blur, a wonderful band relegated to "one hit wonder" and the sound "woo hoo" (I suggest the dreamy William Orbit produced "13"). Damon Albarn is also a key player in Gorillaz, whos collaboration with De La Soul was a Grammy winner and performed at 2006 with Madonna, De La, and the cartoon band. I appreciate his ability to create unconventional sounds from established acts.

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Damon Albarn also produced Bobby Womack's final album The Bravest Man in The Universe.

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He is a talented fella, I can only dream of what kind of fantastic stuff he and P could have created together.

if it was just a dream, call me a dreamer 2
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Reply #7 posted 06/01/18 7:53am

Genesia

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And I should care because...?

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #8 posted 06/01/18 8:13am

udo

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Genesia said:

And I should care because...?

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Everyone should be aware that addicts' brains function differently.

The person is not important, the situation is.

Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill
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Reply #9 posted 06/01/18 8:27am

Genesia

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udo said:

Genesia said:

And I should care because...?

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Everyone should be aware that addicts' brains function differently.

The person is not important, the situation is.


But the situation is about the person, isn't it? I don't know what point you're trying to make.

I don't know this guy from Adam. He's just some random dude who values smoking over working with Prince. Okay. Whatever.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #10 posted 06/01/18 8:29am

RodeoSchro

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Genesia said:

And I should care because...?



yello1 never said you should care. But you cared enough to post on the thread, so tell us why you cared enough to take time out of your busy day to make a snarky comment.

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Reply #11 posted 06/01/18 8:30am

Genesia

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RodeoSchro said:

Genesia said:

And I should care because...?



yello1 never said you should care. But you cared enough to post on the thread, so tell us why you cared enough to take time out of your busy day to make a snarky comment.


Awwww...you just can't help yourself, can you? Admit it - you miss me.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #12 posted 06/01/18 8:31am

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The sanctimonious substance dependency argument is a bit ironic.

if it was just a dream, call me a dreamer 2
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Reply #13 posted 06/01/18 8:35am

ThatWhiteDude

RodeoSchro said:

Never heard of him. Nor have I ever smoked but I cannot in any possible way imagine that having a cigarette is better than jamming with Prince.

THIS! You have the chance to make music with Prince and smoking a cigarette is more important to you? lol

"Like books and BLACK LIVES, Albums still MATTER."
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Reply #14 posted 06/01/18 8:48am

poppys

Genesia said:

udo said:

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Everyone should be aware that addicts' brains function differently.

The person is not important, the situation is.


But the situation is about the person, isn't it? I don't know what point you're trying to make.

I don't know this guy from Adam. He's just some random dude who values smoking over working with Prince. Okay. Whatever.

He'd rather smoker than make noise with Prince? His second mistake was admitting that.

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Reply #15 posted 06/01/18 8:53am

jaawwnn

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Genesia said:

And I should care because...?


No reason at all.

Aged 12 though blur were my favourite group in the world, a million times more exciting than that soppy Prince fella singing about the Most Beautiful Girl in the World and changing his name.

Damon Albarn is a major talent, up there with the very best.

Should you care though? Not in the slightest.
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Reply #16 posted 06/01/18 9:27am

Strive

The actual long answer is much more respectful and interesting than the clickbait.

He was already frustrated that Prince had a "no smoking in studio" rule and instead putting himself in a bad situation with somebody he likes, he opted out.

Damon was right. Imagine the personality clash that would've happened with them being stuck in the studio together for 8+ hours working on something with Damon on edge and Prince making snide comments every time he tried to sneak out for a break.
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Reply #17 posted 06/01/18 9:41am

poppys

priorities bored

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Reply #18 posted 06/01/18 10:15am

thisisreece

No judgement on Albarn, but I'd have bit my tongue and done it regardless. It's a shame, a collaboration between the two would have been really interesting.

Hundalasiliah!
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Reply #19 posted 06/01/18 10:32am

PURPLEIZED3121

Damon really is a genius BUT what an idiot....once in a lifetime opportunity lost over smokes!

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Reply #20 posted 06/01/18 11:45am

jazzz

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Another arrogant “Brit-pop genius” hahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!
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Reply #21 posted 06/01/18 12:01pm

IstenSzek

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Strive said:

The actual long answer is much more respectful and interesting than the clickbait. He was already frustrated that Prince had a "no smoking in studio" rule and instead putting himself in a bad situation with somebody he likes, he opted out. Damon was right. Imagine the personality clash that would've happened with them being stuck in the studio together for 8+ hours working on something with Damon on edge and Prince making snide comments every time he tried to sneak out for a break.


i would have just stuck 17 nicotine patches on my arms legs and back and been like 'let's do this! guitar ' lol

then you could still go out for 1 cigarette once there was a lull in the recording or prince was on
the phone to one of his girlfriends at the time lol

albarn is a very talented guy though. writing and producing for others and in several bands at the

same time (blur, gorillaz, the good the bad & the queen, rocket juice and the moon) as well as
composing film scores and releasing solo material, plus guesting on other people's songs.

you can see why prince took an interest, probably.

i've always sort of liked him because when he writes a good song, it's really really good. but the
majority of his stuff, i can happily live without. no idea what to even begin to imagine a colab of
him and prince would have been like. seriously, no idea.




and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #22 posted 06/01/18 12:19pm

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I forgot about Rocket Juice & The Moon! This group features Flea and Tony Allen, their album had one of the most bizarre Erykah Badu tracks I've ever heard "Hey Shooter" also featuring Thundercat. I wonder if the P collaboration was meant for this project.

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Reply #23 posted 06/01/18 1:35pm

pricetag

StrangeButTrue said:

The sanctimonious substance dependency argument is a bit ironic.

BOOM!

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Reply #24 posted 06/01/18 1:36pm

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I'm surprised more of you aren't familiar with Blur, given that it was their drummer Dave Rowntree that mocked Princes 'Slave' phase at the '95 Brit Awards by writing "Dave" on his face.

Clearly Prince didn't hold a grudge and recognised Damon's talent. Could have been an interesting collaboration.
"Had to get off the boat so I could walk on water..."
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Reply #25 posted 06/01/18 1:39pm

NorthC

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I'm surprised more of you aren't familiar with Blur, given that it was their drummer Dave Rowntree that mocked Princes 'Slave' phase at the '95 Brit Awards by writing "Dave" on his face.

Clearly Prince didn't hold a grudge and recognised Damon's talent. Could have been an interesting collaboration.

I guess they just never made it big in America. That "Dave" joke is good English humour. biggrin
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Reply #26 posted 06/01/18 1:40pm

pricetag

RodeoSchro said:

Never heard of him. Nor have I ever smoked but I cannot in any possible way imagine that having a cigarette is better than jamming with Prince.

Always make me laugh when people use their narcissistic ignorance of a certain person, or thing, to belittle them/ it. How does the fact that you, RodeoSchro, not knowing of Damon Albarn possibly have any influence over this subject? It's completely arbitrary. All we know from what you've said is that you've never heard of him. Ok, fine. But why should anyone care? Please. Stop wasting our time.

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Reply #27 posted 06/01/18 1:41pm

pricetag

NorthC said:

BlackCandle said:
I'm surprised more of you aren't familiar with Blur, given that it was their drummer Dave Rowntree that mocked Princes 'Slave' phase at the '95 Brit Awards by writing "Dave" on his face. Clearly Prince didn't hold a grudge and recognised Damon's talent. Could have been an interesting collaboration.
I guess they just never made it big in America. That "Dave" joke is good English humour. biggrin

Drunken humor, more like. But, yes, mildly amusing.

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Reply #28 posted 06/01/18 4:55pm

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Damon is bloody amazing. One of the world's most talented songwriters to come out of the nineties.

His social commentary is great, particularly on songs like "Me, White Noise" and "The Universal", but Blur (and Gorillaz) have a lot of good stuff.

I'm still laughing at one of their recent videos for "Lonesome Street":

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"...and If all of this Love Talk ends with Prince getting married to someone other than me, all I would like to do is give Prince a life size Purple Fabric Cloud Guitar that I made from a vintage bedspread that I used as a Christmas Tree Skirt." Tame, Feb
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Reply #29 posted 06/01/18 5:13pm

giorgio

Loving Damon, his work with Blur, Gorillaz & solo record, too - but smoking inside the studio?? That’s a safe way to cause trouble with the electronic gear over time.
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