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The Good, The Bad & The Queen: Kingdom Of Doom

A love song for “the collaboration”

The Good The Bad and The Queen
It may be no accident that, when the promo copy is loaded via iTunes, this record is listed as ‘Baby It’s You’ by The Beatles; it is, after all, the closest Damon Albarn has swerved towards ’60s Brit psychedelia since modern life was below-par back in ’93. With its chonky piano-thumps and scabrous melody, ‘Kingdom Of Doom’ is a Kinks song at heart, albeit one dragged through 40 years of economic freefall, miners’ strikes, ‘London Calling’, Thatcher, Cold War paranoia, IRA bombings, Brixton riots, Gulf War I, 9/11, Gulf War II, 7/7 and being sold down the river by a hypocritical cocksucker of a PM. “Drink all day ’cos the country’s at war”, Damon deadpans as Simon Tong’s serrated Smithsian guitars sketch out a proud country in ruins. Should be on the National Curriculum.

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