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The Streets’ Mike Skinner: ‘Damon Albarn should quit’

Skinner says he has no regrets ending The Streets

The Streets‘ Mike Skinner has said Damon Albarn should give up performing and call it a day, just like he has done.

Speaking to The Guardian, Skinner said: “It’s like, well, Noel Gallagher has always just stood there and sung a song, and I think you can take that right through to middle age.”

Before adding:

Whereas Damon Albarn needs to stop. His kind of music is ‘I’m a bit mad’. It just doesn’t work. Unfortunately, my music is a bit mad (too)

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Skinner was responding to questioning to whether or not he had ever regretted bringing The Streets to an end. He also spoke out about taking drugs and being diagnosed with ME – a factor he contributed towards ending The Streets.

He said: “It was a weird one. I don’t know what I had and no one really knows. Is it ME? I’ve no idea but I had to stop working ‘cos that was definitely making me worse.”

According to the NHS, around 250,000 people in the UK have ME, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. The condition causes persistent fatigue that affects everyday life and doesn’t go away with sleep or rest.

Skinner releases his autobiography, entitled The Story Of The Streets, on March 29. Ben Thompson, who has previously worked on memoirs by Russell Brand and comedian Vic Reeves, helped ghost write the book.

The book will feature previously unseen pictures from Skinner’s youth as well as tales about his adolescence and his success with The Streets.

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