So I said, 'OK, whatever it is, I'm gonna do this.'"And so, more than a decade since he last released an album, and some 20 years since he kicked epic addictions to cocaine and alcohol, Bobby Womack was back in the recording studio, and back performing live.
My daughter, she's 23, I was playing a tape, and she walks in the house and she says, 'Dad, what are you doing with that? ' And she said, 'Dad, you got to do this…' She's been my daughter as long as I can remember, and I ain't ever seen her this excited!
The album brilliantly layers the lived-in Womack voice over jittery beats, sweet electronic melodies and synthetic squelches. They're not supporting anything.' I didn't know this!
Just as he said it would three years ago, that "positiveness" Womack was surfing came good. After touring the world with Gorillaz for much of 2010, Womack fell catastrophically ill. Then on the 17th day they came in and my eyes were open.
Paul Simonon and Mick Jones, formerly of the Clash, are sporting what look like submariners' caps.
Damon Albarn buzzes between Portakabin dressing-rooms, checking on the inhabitants.