Shaun Ryder: ‘I doubt Damon Albarn will ask me to do another Gorillaz song’

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Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman tells NME Albarn’s attidue is ‘been there done that’

Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder doesn’t think he’ll be asked to feature on the new Gorillaz album, despite the success of their previous collaboration ‘Dare’.

Ryder featured on ‘Dare’ from Gorillaz’ 2005 album ‘Demon Days’, which gave the band their only No 1 single so far. Albarn said yesterday (July 18) that he’s “loving” how the new Gorillaz album is progressing, saying that it should be ready “fairly soon”.

But Ryder told NME: “I very much doubt Damon would ask me to do anything with Gorillaz again. His view is probably ‘Been there, done that.’ That’s fair enough, he’s a genius. I don’t know what I’d do if he does ask.”

Ryder plays Sportbeat Fest with Happy Mondays in August, before going on tour in November with Black Grape, his duo with rapper Kermit who enjoyed success with the album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah’ before succumbing to drug problems.

Black Grape reformed last year for a tour, and Ryder says the pair are planning a new album, their first since ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’ in 1997.

Ryder said: “We were going to do a Happy Mondays album first, but we’ve put the brakes on that until next year, as there’s been record label politics. Plus, there’s six people in the Mondays who’ve all got an equal say and we’ve been arguing for 30 years about who’s the boss. It just takes longer to get done.”

He continued: “While all that’s going on with the Mondays, me and Kermit are doing a Black Grape album. We’re keeping it close to our chests as to how it sounds, but me and Kermit still flow. We’ve still got that energy we did back in the day. There’s only two of us, not six, so it’s not too strenuous to make a Black Grape album.”

Black Grape will play:
Norwich Waterfront (November 11)
Cambridge Junction (12)
Minehead Shiiine (13)
Liverpool O2 Academy (17)
Hull Welly (18)
Newcastle Riverside (22)
Glasgow O2 ABC (23)
Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (24)
Aberdeen Beach Ballroom (25)
Carlisle Old Fire Station (26)
London Electric Ballroom (December 7)
Nottingham Rock City (8)
Wakefield Warehouse 23 (9)
Galway Roisin Dubh (22)
Dublin Vicar Street (23)