Listen to this track by the officially unnamed band with a London fixation The Good, The Bad & The Queen. It’s “Green Fields”, their third single from the sole (to date!) 2007 album named, oddly enough, The Good The Bad & The Queen.
The band is comprised of four musicians who’d made their name in other bands; Fela Kuti sideman Tony Allen on drums, Verve guitarist Simon Tong, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, and Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz singing and playing keyboards. Danger Mouse is sort of a fifth member in the producer’s chair helping to create the woozy psychedelia you’re hearing on this cut. Albarn also serves as creative head of the band, with this song being one he’d tinkered with many years before.
When the band debuted, they technically had no name. It was the record that was to be called The Good The Bad & the Queen, not the group. But, things being what they were, chart compilers christened them appropriately. This lack of convention characterized the whole project, designed to create some distance from the formidable backgrounds of each member, and producing something new out of the effort.
But, on this song, the past wasn’t that far out of mind. (more…)