This week on No Magic we go into the archives and feature the increadible debut record from The Good, The Bad, and the Queen; one of Damon Albarn's many groups, bringing together Albarn, Paul Simonon of The Clash, Simon Tong of The Verve and The Magnetic North, and Tony Allen of Fela Kuti. I honestly get chills thinking about this record, so packed with perfect tonal inflections, and a warm, rusty tone that makes it compulsive listening as the sun streams in through morning windows, or late at night as the world closes in. The influences of its contributors — especially Simonon — are bold and add something really significant to Albarns recognisable vocals. We'll play a load of music from the band's other projects and major influences.

Also, we're joined in the studio this week by Radical Advice host Lily Sloane.


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  1. Between Me and My Maker by Kele on Between Me and My Maker (Kola) $ Buy
  2. Fun City by TOY on Fun City (Tought Love) $ Buy
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  4. History Song by The Good, the Bad & the Queen on The Good, The Bad, & The Queen (Parlophone) $ Buy
  5. The Guns of Brixton by The Clash on London Calling (Sony) $ Buy
  6. Old Marcus Garvey by Burning Spear on The best of Burning Spear (Island) $ Buy
  7. Airbag by Radiohead on OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (XL) $ Buy
  8. Break
  9. Kingdom of Doom by The Good, the Bad, & The Queen on The Good, the Bad, & The Queen (Parlophone) $ Buy
  10. He Thought of Cars by Blur on The Great Escape (Food) $ Buy
  11. History by The Verve on A Northern Soul (Virgin) $ Buy
  12. The Selfish Giant by Damon Albarn on Everyday Robots (Thirteen) $ Buy
  13. Break
  14. Ambrosia by Rosie Tucker on Ambrosia (The Sunshine Sound) $ Buy
  15. White Noise White Heat by Elbow on Giants of All Sizes (Polydor) $ Buy
  16. Break
  17. Behind the Sun by The Good, the Bad & the Queen on The Good, the Bad, & The Queen (Thirteen) $ Buy
  18. Every Planet We Reach is Dead by Gorillaz on Demon Days (Parlophone) $ Buy
  19. Monkey Banana by Fela Kuti on The Underground Spiritual Game (Quannum Projects) $ Buy
  20. Rosie by DJ Shadow on Our Pathetic Age (Mass Appeal) $ Buy
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  22. The Poison Tree by The Good, The Bad, & The Queen on Merrie Land (Studio 13) $ Buy
  23. Remains of Elmer by The Magnetic North on Prospect of Skelmersdale (Full Time Hobby) $ Buy
  24. By Then It'll Be Too Late (feat. Ali Coyle) by Yppah on By Then It'll Be Too Late (Future Archive) $ Buy
  25. Youth by Daughter on If You Leave (4AD) $ Buy
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  27. Heroist (Substance Remix) by Apparat on Heroist (Substance Remixes) (Mute) $ Buy