Gorillaz’ collaboration with Stevie Nicks was originally meant for Julian Casablancas
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Nicks recently spoke in an interview about her experience of becoming “an honorary Gorilla” on the Greg Kurstin-produced track. “I can’t wait till it comes out because I’m so proud of it,” she said.
During a new conversation on Apple Music 1, Albarn explained that ‘Oil’ came together “very quickly” as he had previously recorded a demo version in London. However, he’d initially set his sights on The Strokes‘ frontman as a guest vocalist.
“At first I was thinking of Casablancas for the voice, but that didn’t work out,” Albarn said. “Not for any [reason], just logistically and everything. And so, I don’t know. Somehow from Julian, it came to Stevie Nicks.”
He continued: “I was amazed when Greg Kurstin said, ‘I can get Stevie Nicks’. In a way, one of the nice reasons for working with people from so many different eras is that it’s not a numbers game. It’s not like, ‘If I get this person, I will get this amount of numbers’, which unfortunately, collaboration has turned into.”
The musician went on to say that collaborative projects have become “somewhat generic” of late, adding: “So this [song with Nicks] is the antithesis of that. This non-generic collaboration.”
Last month, Nicks revealed that her “one demand” to Gorillaz was to feature in the official ‘Oil’ music video. “Because that’s how I know about the Gorillaz, is because of all their crazy cartoon videos,” she said.
“I want to be a Gorilla, and I want to have big, false eyelashes, and I want to have blonde hair, right? So, that’s what I said. And so, they’re doing [the video] as we speak. And the whole song is… I think that song is somewhere between love and war.”
‘Cracker Island’ is due for release on February 24, 2023 via Parlophone (pre-order here). It’ll also contain Gorillaz’ recent Tame Impala team-up, ‘New Gold’, as well as guest spots from the likes of Bad Bunny, Beck and Thundercat.
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