Why Damon Albarn can’t stop collaborating
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Damon Albarn is at a rare loss, unable to recall the name of a band he was in a few years back. It’s understandable, given that the 46-year-old British rocker has spent the past 25 years playing in an ever changing lineup of groups and collaborations, including Britpop icons Blur in the 1990s; the animated, dub-influenced virtual band Gorillaz in the aughts; and a multimedia opera, Monkey: Journey to the West, inspired by a 16th century Chinese novel, which had its U.S. debut at Lincoln Center last year.
“What’s that other band I was in?” Albarn asks on a recent afternoon, letting the words linger in midflight.