Damon Albarn criticises pop music’s ‘selfie generation’

The Blur frontman laments the lack of politics in modern music

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has hit out at what he calls pop music’s “selfie generation”.

Speaking in the Sunday Times Culture magazine, Albarn criticised what he perceives as a lack of political engagement in modern music.

“Look at music now. Does it say anything?,” Albarn is quoted as saying. “Young artists talk about themselves, not what’s happening out there. It’s the selfie generation. They’re talking platitudes.”


He added: “What are any of them saying? I don’t hear anything other than: ‘This is how I feel.’ Which is an important part of songwriting, but we’re talking in the context of the election – and they don’t have anything to do with it.”

Discussing the upcoming General Election, Albarn said his ideal government would be a “Green and Labour” coalition “with a serious move to reduce Trident and the armed forces”.

Blur release new album ‘The Magic Whip’ on April 27, their first with guitarist Graham Coxon since 1999’s ’13’. Coxon recently told NME that the new album helped him “make amends” with Albarn.

Earlier this month, Blur shared the video for their track ‘Lonesome Street’ featuring San Francisco’s Phoenix Fly Line Dancing Group, specialists in Chinese folk dancing – watch the video here.

The band will headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on June 20. They have also been announced as a headliner for this year’s Isle Of Wight festival and Benicàssim festival in Spain.

Drummer Dave Rowntree has claimed that Blur will not be headlining Glastonbury this year.