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.


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