Adele and Damon Albarn attempted to collaborate on music for Adele’s 25, but the aborted sessions left Albarn calling Adele “very insecure” and dismissing her music as “very middle of the road.” Adele responded by saying she regretted working with and even meeting Albarn, who had been a hero of hers. As Pitchfork notes, Albarn addresses the falling out again in a new Time Out London interview about his Lewis Carroll-inspired musical wonder.land.
Confusingly, Albarn said the perceived feud between Adele and himself is “not even true” even though neither musician seems to have been misquoted: “It’s amazing how people will run with stuff that has no credence whatsoever and turn it into something and then watch the reaction.” He also scoffed at the public outcry: “I was number five on Twitter… I mean, how pathetic is that?” And then there’s a section in which writer Andrzej Lukowski recounts Albarn apparently learning about online comments sections for the first time:
He freely admits to being baffled by the internet, and tells an anecdote about reading an interview with himself on the Guardian website and not initially understanding that the below-the-line comments weren’t part of the article (“People were not kind; it was… enlightening”).
Many grandparents apparently understand the worldwide web better than Damon Albarn. How great would it be if he had Twitter, though?