Super groups sadly never seem to work out greater than the sum of their parts. In fact, the opposite is often true. Just look at Audioslave. Rage Against the Machine made better-sounding dinners than any Audioslave record.
But taking the bass player from the greatest punk band of all time, an afrobeat drummer and two survivors of Britpop, and forming a band called The Good, The Bad & The Queen is certainly something worth checking out.
Those Britpop survivors are Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, and Simon Tong, the guitarist from The Verve. Paul Simonon of The Clash joins on bass with the rhythm section completed by Tony Allen on drums.
Damon’s called the band’s self-titled debut a natural successor to Parklife, so expect something vastly different to the more electronically driven Think Tank or his Dangermouse-produced space-pop on the last Gorillaz LP.
The record isn’t released in the UK until 22 January but Napster users can grab a sneak preview from today.