Damon Albarn revealed that he was put off his decision to perform as a political leader after a meeting with Tony Blair. However, once he considered pursuing a political career.
Recently the Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn recalled his discussion with politician Tony Blair. The discussion took place before Tony became the Prime Minister in 1997.
Damon said, “Politics is such a murky business. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t considered it when I was younger,” He also said, “I even went and had a strategic meeting with Tony Blair before he became Prime Minister, but that terrified me so much. [I thought] ‘I don’t know if this is for me at all. I’m not a politician, I am a musician.”
The musician added, “I met Tony Blair and had a sort of premature insight into the dark mechanics of politics and at that point, I honestly felt terrified about Tony Blair.”
Then he continued, “I picked up on something kind of odd about him that I didn’t understand. I was a bit scared of him if I’m honest with you.”
Albarn took inspiration for his song ‘Polaris’ from the name of Britain’s nuclear attack defense. He said, “A big anxiety of my adolescence was nuclear destruction. It has now become third or fourth on the list of imminent doom and Armageddon.”