Gorillaz Plastic Beach is possibly the most celebrity laden album of the year, but it would be interesting to know who Damon Albarn and his band approached that didn’t make the record. John Lydon is apparently one of the famous figures who gave Gorillaz the cold shoulder, as he revealed in an interview with British tabloid the Daily Star.
“They gave me a bell but the answer was ‘no’,” he said. “I really don’t want to be dabbling in other people’s gene pools. I’ve worked with many so-called famous people over the years but it’s never been for any deliberate financial motivation.” The presence of his old rivals from the Clash, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, probably made the decision a lot easier for Lydon. The singer once staged a rap/rock collaboration of his own with Afrika Bambaataa named Time Zone (see below).
The PiL singer has also been talking about how his commercials for British butter helped fund that band’s recent spate of reunion dates. “For eighteen years I haven't been able to fund this, so when that butter advert came along I was more than ecstatic,” he claimed in an interview with NME.