Rocket Juice & the Moon

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Rocket Juice & the Moon
Rocket Juice & the Moon album.jpg
Studio album by
Rocket Juice & the Moon
Released26 March 2012 (2012-03-26)
LabelHonest Jon's
Damon Albarn chronology
The Singles Collection 2001–2011
Rocket Juice & the Moon
Leave-Taking EP

Rocket Juice & the Moon is the eponymously titled album by the supergroup of the same name, formed in 2008. The group consists Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tony Allen, longtime drummer and musical producer for Fela Kuti.

Album history[edit]

The project was announced in mid-2008; however due to various other projects by the band members recording was repeatedly delayed. Allen had previously worked with Albarn as a drummer on the album, The Good, the Bad & the Queen. On 27 October 2011, Albarn released a statement announcing the band's name. He said that he had nothing to do with naming the band and that someone in Lagos did the sleeve design for the album and that's the name he gave it. Albarn said he is fine with the name because trying to find a name for another band is always tricky.

The band's debut album contains 18 tracks and was released on 26 March 2012. The album contains guest appearances by Erykah Badu, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, M.anifest and many others.[3]

Live performances[edit]

The band performed together for the first time on 28 October 2011 in Cork, Ireland, as part of the annual Cork Jazz Festival, under the moniker Another Honest Jon's Chop Up!.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
The A.V. ClubB+[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
Paste Magazine(6.3/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media(6.1/10)[9]
2."Hey, Shooter" (featuring Erykah Badu, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Thundercat)4:10
3."Lolo" (featuring Fatoumata Diawara, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and M.anifest)5:03
4."Night Watch"2:12
5."Forward Sweep"1:49
6."Follow-Fashion" (featuring Fatoumata Diawara and M.anifest)3:57
7."Chop Up" (featuring M.anifest and M3nsa)2:37
9."Extinguished" (featuring Cheick Tidiane Seck)2:39
10."Rotary Connection"2:02
11."Check Out"2:24
12."There" (featuring Cheick Tidiane Seck)4:51
14."Benko" (featuring Fatoumata Diawara and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)2:34
15."The Unfadable" (featuring M.anifest)2:57
16."Dam(n)" (featuring Erykah Badu and M.anifest)2:26
18."Leave-Taking" (featuring Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)2:07
Total length:52:32
iTunes bonus tracks
19."Fatala" (featuring Fatoumata Diawara)3:51
20."Manuela" (featuring Erykah Badu)5:21


Rocket Juice & the Moon
  • Stephen Sedgwick – recording, engineer
  • Jason Cox – recording
  • John Foyle – assistant recording
  • Boris Persikoff – recording (in Chicago)
  • Abel Garibaldi – recording (in Paris)
  • Jimi Bowman – recording (in New York)
  • Mark Ernestus – mixing
Additional musicians
Other personnel
  • Demola Ogunajo – artwork


  1. ^ "Album Review: Rocket Juice and the Moon – Rocket Juice and the Moon". 28 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Ten Essential Damon Albarn Recordings That Aren't By Blur". 17 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Chili Peppers' Flea and Blur's Damon Albarn Talk New Group: Rocketjuice and the Moon". Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Damon Albarn, Flea to release album as Rocketjuice and the Moon — Music News". Digital Spy. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Rocket Juice & the Moon by Rocket Juice & the Moon".
  6. ^ Weiss, Dan. "Rocket Juice & The Moon: Rocket Juice & The Moon".
  7. ^ MacInnes, Paul (22 March 2012). "Rocket Juice & the Moon: Rocket Juice & the Moon – review". the Guardian.
  8. ^ "Rocket Juice and the Moon: Rocket Juice and the Moon". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Rocket Juice & the Moon: Rocket Juice and the Moon Album Review - Pitchfork".

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