Mike Skinner tells NME.COM the star's contribution to 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' may never see the light of day...

Streets have finished their long awaited new album – but MIKE SKINNER says his collaboration with CHRIS MARTIN may now never see the light of day.

‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ was completed last month and has been scheduled for a May 10 release. The follow-up to ‘Original Pirate Material’ took two years and the first single, ‘Fit But You Know It’, precedes the album on April 26.

Despite working together on the “sad” album track ‘Dry Your Eyes’, Skinner suspects Chris wasn’t that keen on the finished product, so their version won’t be on the album.


Skinner told NME.COM: “‘Dry Your Eyes’ is the moment of complete panic when your girlfriend finishes with you…it’s a sad one. I wrote the track and I thought that he (Martin) would sound really good on it. I asked him to do it and he did. After that I don’t really know. I don’t think his record company liked it. But maybe he didn’t like it. On the day he was (happy with it). Well, maybe he wasn’t, maybe he was lying to me and he walked out going ‘This is not working’. But it wasn’t massive stress. It would have been nice, but we’ve re-recorded it and it sounds great.”

On his second album Skinner says he’s tried to avoid writing about his new found celebrity status. Like ‘Original Pirate Material’, the album was mainly recorded in Skinner’s bedroom.

Speaking about becoming a tabloid figure, he said: “It’s hard because you get edgy and paranoid and you’ve gotta watch what you do and what you say. You’re not a nobody anymore, you’re someone who people want a piece of.

“I mean, I live in Stockwell and walking to the tube is still exactly the same as walking to the tube ever was and going to the shop at midnight to get fags is no different, nothing is different. I’m as street as I’ve ever been because I still live in the same city and I still do the same things. I’ve just got a nicer floor and nicer wallpaper and I’ve got a telly in my kitchen now.”

The tracklisting for the album runs:

‘It Was Supposed To Be So Easy’


‘Could Well Be In’

‘Not Addicted’

‘Blinded By The Light’

‘I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way’

‘Get Out Of My House’

‘Fit But You Know It’

‘Such A Twat’

‘What Is He Thinking’

‘Dry Your Eyes’

‘Empty Cans’

Skinner will play songs from the album on a May tour of the UK. The full dates are:

Manchester Apollo (May 14)

Glasgow Barrowlands (15)

Leeds Metropolitan University (17)

Bristol Carling Academy (18)

Birmingham Carling Academy (20)

London Carling Academy Brixton (21)

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