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Damon Albarn Side Project Eyes 2007 Release Date

The Good, the Bad, and the Queen, which also features members of the Clash and the Verve, will be out early next year.

Damon Albarn’s side project with Paul Simonon (the Clash), Tony Allen (Fela Kuti/Africa 70), and Simon Tong (the Verve) will release their album, The Good, the Bad, and the Queen, in January 2007. Produced by Danger Mouse, the release of the album will be preceded by first single “Herculean,” which hits U.K. radio waves Oct. 9, while a sold-out show at London’s Roundhouse Oct. 26 will build even more hype.

Albarn says the first seeds for the project were planted in 2002 when he first worked with Allen, and grew when Allen and Tong joined Albarn in the studio in Lagos, Nigeria for two weeks of recording in 2004. In 2005, the project gained even more momentum as Albarn met with Simonon to talk about working together and invited him to listen to the recordings made in Nigeria. “I came down to listen to two tracks, and I could hear a bass line for it immediately,” Simonon said in a statement. “We thought ‘Let’s give it a go…and we basically started from that…and we started a whole new record.”

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