Blur bassist Alex James is disappointed his group's new album failed to set the charts alight - because he thinks it's their best work ever.

THINK TANK - Blur's seventh album - was warmly reviewed by critics, but failed to achieve the commercial heights of previous albums like PARKLIFE and The Great Escape.

And James - who was also furious the album failed to make the short-list for Britain's prestigious MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE - admits he's frustrated after the hard work the band put into the LP.

He says, "When you think you're making the best music in the world, it's just annoying when you're not the biggest band in the world.

"You just wanna feel relevant. You wonder if anyone's listening sometimes. But it's true that none of the Velvet Underground were huge, or The Smiths.

"Maybe what I mean is the most important band in the world. He said. Pompously."

23/09/2003 20:02