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McCartney To Work With Gorillaz?

Written by Barnaby Smith on June 15, 2011

Sir Paul McCartney has hinted that he may be about to embark on a collaboration with Gorillaz. The 68-year-old former Beatle revealed that he has been in talks with Damon Albarn about working together, but has not yet been able to nail down a a time.

Macca spoke of the possible partnership in an interview with The Quietus (via Spinner), on the promotion bandwagon for his pair of reissued solo albums, McCartney and McCartney II.

He said, “We have kind of talked. Nothing serious, but I like what they do. I have run into Damon at things and we have talked. It’s got near a couple of times but we never had the time, I suppose.”

McCartney also gave a couple of interesting comments regarding the rather maligned record that is McCartney II, with its experimental and electronic touches – although he stopped short of saying it was influenced by Sparks.

“Sparks? Not so much. I’d just seen them on telly and probably the main reason I noticed them is they famously said guitars are finished. I was like, ‘not entirely sure about that, lads.’ Ha!”

Elsewhere, McCartney expounded on the excellent 1970 album, McCartney, the first album he released after the depressing break-up of the Beatles.

“It was right after the Beatles had broken up, we’d finished recording,” he said. “I’d been writing a couple of songs towards the end of the Beatles sessions.

“So after that I just had this choice – like, do I immediately get another band? Do I take six months off from music? Or do I just do what I do and make some music at home, that kind of thing. So I ended up doing that – I didn’t think I was making an album, I think that’s why some of the things are not aimed at anyone or anything. They are just me having fun.”

In other news, Sir Paul will play a number of North American tour dates in July, including two shows at New York’s Yankee Stadium on July 15 and 16. That’s a fast turnaround, as he only just finished off his 15-month Up and Coming world tour the other week.


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