Kingdom Of Doom

Album: The Good, The Bad and the Queen (2007)
Charted: 20

Songfacts®:

  • This song is an apocalyptic tale of a future London where the River Thames has flooded and the country is at war.
  • The Good, the Bad & the Queen were a band formed by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) featuring Paul Simonon (ex of the Clash), Simon Tong (ex of The Verve and sometime member of Gorillaz) and Africa 70 drummer Tony Allen.
  • The Good, The Bad and the Queen was voted the Best Album of 2007 by the Observer Music Magazine. Paul Simonon told the magazine how the record came about: "It's not a commercial record, so OMM's award shows that you can make music that moves people without going down the obvious route. I hadn't been in a band for 17 or 18 years, and then Damon asked me to listen to some tracks he'd recorded in Nigeria. I'd met him once before, at Joe Strummer's wedding reception. We shared ideas about people, musical styles and where we live. With the music, I wanted to complement Tony's drums. I'm not into over-complication - I'm not capable of it, to be honest. The lyrics, the London atmosphere, all that evolved as we played. There's a lot of craftsmanship on the record, and Damon has a vision for arrangements, and everyone slotted in around them. 'But it's all done now. We won't make another record, and we didn't properly name the band, because a name is for a marriage."
  • On "Clint Eastwood," the debut single of another of Damon Albarn's bands, Gorillaz, the theme from Eastwood's movie The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly can be heard periodically throughout the song.

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