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March 29, 2012 - vblurpage.com:

Have Blur fallen out of Orbit?

As previously reported, producer William Orbit has worked with Blur on a few tracks since last January. However, later comments from the band revealed that only one new track, "Under The Westway", has been in the making. Now William Orbit has hinted on Twitter that the collaboration between him and the band is over.

When a fan yesterday (Mar 28) asked William about the latest happenings in the Blur camp, he replied [link down]:

 "Blur could have been good. But Damon, brilliant and talented tho he is, is kinda a shit to the rest of Blur."

As usual, no comments from the band nor their management have emerged yet.

Damon recently told The Quietus about the background of "Under The Westway" and revealed that the song, which was actually composed years ago, could be Blur's "last little coda".

"Funnily enough I've done a new tune for Blur, I don't know if it will ever see the light of day. It's something I've had knocking about for years and didn't know what to do with it," he said.

"I wrote it as a slightly wistful national anthem for my house, I had this idea of getting it made into an old 78 record and making a flag and then just playing it - just being really silly. But I had these chords and I ended up writing this tune around it... I don't really do anything with Blur any more - there's this concert this year but it's not a full time thing at all. Maybe this tune's a last little coda to the whole story."



Update added April 8, 2012:

Blur to call it a day after Hyde Park?

Damon and Alex
Damon and Alex rehearse for the
Brit Awards show at HMV Forum
 

Damon has shed some more light about Blur's current situation and future plans. He was interviewed by The Guardian about three weeks ago and revealed that "Under The Westway" was recorded in one take by the band, and that there will probably be no more Blur recordings and live gigs after Hyde Park.

"And I hope that's the truth: that that's how we end it," he said.

Speaking about the recording process of "Under The Westway", he said: "We recorded it live in one take. It's the first Blur song where it's been one take, because previously I never finished the lyrics before we recorded. This time, I'd done that, so we were actually able to perform it - which is quite nice, because I don't really see any more recordings after this. So it's nice to have finally done one song where we did it properly."

He added: "I find it very easy to record with Graham. He's a daily musician. With the other two, it's harder for them to reconnect. You know what I mean? It's fine when we play live – it's really magical still – but actually recording new stuff, and swapping musical influences… it's quite difficult."

Another The Guardian article claims that "Under The Westway" is set to be released as a one-off single around the time of Blur's Hyde Park performance in August.



Update added April 25, 2012:

Damon: Blur and Gorillaz aren't finished yet

Excerpt from an interview with Damon in Metro (Apr 25):

Are Blur and Gorillaz both finished?
No. That comes from an article which was an interesting take on a very long conversation. I don't know how we'll feel when we play Hyde Park. Some days I feel one way and other days I feel the other. If you don't see something as a career but as an important part of your life, you don't know how you're going to feel about it. We want to put on a great performance but nothing's been said between us about the beginning or the end.

What about Gorillaz?
When Jamie [Hewlett] and I have worked out our differences, I'm sure we'll make another record.



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