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The Good, the Bad & the Queen: The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Ben Thompson, The Observer, 21 January 2007

WHAT IS IT ABOUT the clunky phrase "the good, the bad & the queen" that made Damon Albarn want to use it as both the name of his new Notting Hill-based supergroup and the title of their debut album? Whether the original intention was to use his audience's knowledge of spaghetti westerns to impute ugliness to Elizabeth II, or to posit the monarchy as some kind of post-patriotic middle ground between virtue and wickedness, the ultimate effect is unchanged. It lowers expectations for this latest side-project to almost subliminal levels.

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