You’re in good company: Madonna told me she had sex to the tones of ‘Blue...– Robert Del Naja, on people labeling Massive Attack’s music as “dark” (2003)
Robert Del Naja: Do you know what makes recording a song partly difficult? Most of the time you start off on just a melody. Not having actual text yet, you just go like 'lalala' until you get the melody right. And when you have the lyrics, then you have to sing them to the melody, until they feel right, that’s really tough.
Marshall: Damon (Albarn) is a crack at that. He just sings some baby talk, starts writing the lyrics, back in the recording room two hours later and bingo !
For many fans, Massive Attack have acted as the soundtrack to their entire...– SBP, 2010 (via drumsnotdead)
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Triple J: I've been following Mick since a while. I didn't even know about The Clash when I was growing up. I found out through Big Audio Dynamite.
Damon Albarn: I love that. Big Audio Dynamite. That's kind of one of the blueprints for Gorillaz, really. That and Massive Attack. Just those bands that just weren't the kind of standard band, you know, and I've always just kind of been drawn to them, and I've always just found their music kind of fascinating.
- Damon on Triple J radio, March 2010
J. Bentley: How about Paradise Circus and the video for that? This is perhaps the controversial (of all the videos they commissioned for Heligoland). A lot of people on your website, in the forum there, have been talking about this because there is some pornographic imagery. Set this video up.
Robert: (laughs) I think you've set it up nicely.
Robert: You've done a great job there. We're in an industry -an entertainment industry- which is basically surrounded by sex. Sex is a major part of the entertainment industry and the media in general. It sells everything we buy, effectively. It's sort of difficult. But then it's sort of a difficult subject. You're allowed to have porn on the hotel channel, but then no one wants to see you've paid for it. It's this ridiculous scenario, where it's very British: You can have it but let's not talk about it. I think in this case it was discussing it in a much more frank and adult manner. Talking to someone that was in the industry and made an almost mainstream porno film in the '70s, which crossed over, talking about her experiences, positive and negative, but nonetheless talking about them in a much more honest way than you ever get in a discussion now.
Martina: The fact that it was this older woman, first of all, she's not supposed to be talking about sex 'cause she's older anyway. She's totally talking about it, owning it - any kind of discomfort she had with it she's resolved, or whatever, it seemed, innit? I thought it was great.
Daddy G: (under Martina) Yeah, most definitely.
J. Bentley: Also, she was saying that her real fascination was with the camera.
Martina: That's honest. A lot of people have that and she can say it. It's her point of view, her point of view's valid -
Robert: It's very much about now isn't it?
Martina: It's so much, like, everyone want a piece of face time, y'know?