Clash bassist reveals how he joined the band

The Clash bassist Paul Simonon has spoken for the first time about how he got involved with Damon Albarn’s new band.

The Gorillaz chief has collaborated with Simonon, former Verve and Blur guitarist Simon Tong and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen on the ‘The Good, The Bad and The Queen’, which is due out in January 2007.

Speaking about the project Simonon said that as soon as he heard the music he decided to get involved.

He said: “I came down to listen to two tracks, and I could hear a bassline for it immediately. We thought let’s give it a go and we basically started from that and we started a whole new record.”

Albarn has been working on the album, which has been produced by Gnarls Barkley’s Dangermouse, for the last two years.

They plan to release a single and appear for a live date at the revamped Camden Roundhouse in October.