May 29, 2002 -
FATBOY SLIM has
been axed from production duties on BLURs
new album after drunken rows with DAMON
ALBARN about dance music, NME.COM
can exclusively reveal.
The superstar DJ has appealed to the
Blur frontman via NME.COM
to let him know if hes still any chance he'
s needed for the new album or not.
revealed to us last year that Fatboy
aka Norman Cook
had been lined up to work with the band. At the
time, Albarn denied this meant
the band were taking a dance direction. Since
then, Cook and Albarn
have fallen out.
Norman Cook told NME.COM:
"To be honest, the last time I saw Damon
was at the Brits in February and
he said Ive written 14 songs,
Ill send them to you tomorrow. But
nothing happened and then about a month later I
read that they were halfway through the album. So
I kind of figured that Id got gonged!
"So much waters passed
under the bridge since we first talked about
doing it, and then theres the whole Gorillaz
thing. Anyway, I havent heard from Damon
since the Brits. So Damon
if youre reading this, do give us a ring!
Dont be scared. Even if its a no, do
give us a ring."
Cook admitted that
part of the problem seems to be that his dance
music background caused friction with the Blur
man. "I kept bumping into Damon
when he was on tour with Gorillaz,
and we did have a couple of drunken late night
arguments about dance music," Cook
told NME.COM "He said dance
musics shit, and I said well, a)
youre making it and b) what are you doing
working with me then?. He said Gorillaz
isnt dance music and what you do isnt
dance music. We did have a few arguments.
You know what its like, four oclock
in a hotel room when youre pissed. Maybe
thats why I got gonged off!"
For more, see this
week's NME, which is out now.
According to NME, Blur's new album
will be out in the Spring 2003. However, Damon
said it will be out "very soon,
actually" at Tower Records in London
yesterday. He also mentioned that the story above