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Gorillaz’ collaboration with Stevie Nicks was originally meant for Julian Casablancas

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Damon Albarn has revealed that Gorillaz‘ forthcoming collaboration with Stevie Nicks was originally meant to sung by Julian Casablancas.The animated band enlisted the Fleetwood Mac star for the song ‘Oil’, which will appear on their forthcoming eighth album ‘Cracker Island’.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.

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