THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN, THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN (2007 )
Chosen by: Dave Rowntree
“My favourite of Damon’s solo projects is The Good, The Bad & The Queen record. My favourite track is Herculean, but the whole album is extraordinary. It’s very minimal, it’s all about painting pictures with the words. No instrument does more than it needs to. The bass part rattles out a few notes and then is silent for the rest of the bar, there’s drums playing a few syncopated notes and then dropping out again. He stripped it right down until he could draw something that was obviously Damon with only half a dozen lines. It takes someone of Damon’s virtuosity to be able to do that. Damon’s songs were what marked him out for me. I’d played in lots of bands and there are lots of people who are great at playing the bass, there are lots of people who are great at the drums, but very few people who are great at writing songs. It was obvious right from the first point that I met Damon that he was one of those few people who could write songs and I quickly found out why – it’s because that’s what he does. “When the rest of us are watching TV, he’s writing songs. He gets up, he writes songs. He’s always got a hundred to pick from. Damon, seemingly effortlessly but actually with an awful lot of effort, just seems to gush these brilliant pop tunes because that’s what he does. He’s playing in South America around his birthday so I’ll surprise him and pop out and say hello. The day after his birthday he’s playing in Colombia, and I’ll be in North America so I’m going to hop on a plane and go and see the show.”
Royal standard: The Good, The Bad & The Queen in 2006.