With the last Blur album Think Tank (1908) a distant memory, the BBC is to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Damon Albarn’s first tediously worthwhile solo project. All BBC Radio stations will simultaneously be re-broadcasting the work – a five hour operetta – in its entirety.
The move follows yesterday’s radio broadcast of a three-minute Alban composition to mark 90 years of BBC Radio.
‘Pylovarz’ chronicles the life of George IV’s pedicurist Campbell McDougall. It originally included a chorus of Tibetan monks chanting in time with a de-tuned Pianola.
‘Pylovarz is still a piece of work that I have a lot of fondness for, ‘ explained the Country House and Parklife composer in a break from rehearsing his latest work, a 15 hour collaboration between Siberian open throat singers and a specially mic’d up Sinclair C5.
‘But clearly after 90 years it was sounding a bit dated,’ he said. ‘Thankfully the BBC have kindly allowed me to use Yaks instead of the monks, which was my original intention.’