Blur bassist Alex James has blamed Damon Albarn for delaying plans for a band reunion.

The Britpop legends have long planned to reform only for individual members to then publicly express distaste at the idea of getting back together.

And according to James - who recently travelled to Colombia to produce a documentary regarding the cocaine trade for BBC1's Panorama - it is lead singer Albarn who is the current hurdle in the path towards a Blur revival.

Talking to the BBC, he explained: "We all have to sort of take it in turns to not want to do it. I think it's Damon who doesn't want to do it at the moment, I think it's my turn next.

"March onwards I can't do it because I am in a bad mood," he joked.

The four-piece have not recorded together since the Marrakesh production sessions for their 2003 album Think Tank, during which guitarist Graham Coxon quit the band.

While Coxon has continued his respected solo career, Albarn formed the hugely successful virtual band Gorillaz as well as collaborating with former Clash bassist Paul Simonon in the Good, the Bad and the Queen.

James has since worked regularly as a writer, broadcaster and farmer, while drummer Dave Rowntree stood unsuccessfully as the Labour Party candidate in the candidate in the Marylebone High Street ward by-election for Westminster city council.

But according to James, a new album could now be on the cards for the Parklife stars.

"We are all talking," he explained. "You know, it's great, we have all gone on to do other things, it would be a disaster to think there would never be another Blur record."


30/01/2008 12:15:46