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May 16, 2003 - NME.com:

Damon - Iraq is the Bomb!

BLUR frontman DAMON ALBARN says he wants to record the band's next album in BAGHDAD.

The star says he has been considering it for years because he loves the Iraqi musical style. The singer, who recorded a solo album in Mali and parts of the new Blur LP 'Think Tank' in Morocco, hopes the album will help change the way Islamic culture is misrepresented in Western societies.

Albarn told the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper: "(I want to do it) even if everyone thinks I'm crazy. I love the way the Iraqis arrange strings and vocals."

Albarn also suggested old sparring partners Liam and Noel Gallagher follow their idols and try to find enlightenment at an Ashram.

"It makes me laugh every time I see how obsessed Oasis are with The Beatles and block all other influences," he said.

"Even The Beatles left England for almost a year and got to know Indian culture. When they came back home they were the political Beatles."

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