The band told The Quietus that the pairing was their record company’s idea.
Guitarist John Taylor said: “That whole project was a fucking nightmare. We delivered an album to Sony that was a natural-sounding, almost rock album and they were like, ‘We need something a bit pop, do you fancy doing a couple of track with Timbaland?'”
He added: “Around the same time we fell out with Andy [Taylor, the band’s former guitarist] so the Timbaland stuff sounded hugely different from what we’d done before.”
Keyboardist Nick Rhodes admitted that there was a communication breakdown between the two parties.
“When Timbaland saw the guitar and the bass and the drums come in to the studio, I think he was mortified because everything’s in a box for those guys,” he said. “But I’m really glad we made that album, because in time I think it will stand up.”
The band recently released their new Mark Ronson-produced new album ‘All You Need Is Now’.