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We sat Johnny Borrell down and asked him to explain himself

It's fair to say that no one has experienced the 'build 'em up to knock 'em down' mentality of the British press quite as forcefully as Johnny Borrell.

Having been involved with the formation of the Libertines, he rose to worldwide fame as the rent-a-quote, unabashed rock star frontman of Razorlight, who rode the crest of the early naughties indie wave to sell bucketloads of their debut album Up All Night and then, armed with a genuine mainstream crossover hit in the form of America, even more of their second, self-titled, album.

However, the critics turned on third album Slipway Fires, the rest of the band departed, before being replaced (and unveiled via a much-mocked photograph) while Borrell moved on to a completely new venture.

Borrell 1, a record made by Borrell and his backing group Zazou, was released in 2013 to predominantly negative reviews and famously sold just 594 copies during its first week on sale, quite a comedown for a man who played Wembley Stadium (as part of Live Earth in 2007) and sold more than 2.5m albums in the UK alone.

This 'failure', complete with a mocking press release from his own label, saw open season for the critics to gain their revenge.

Now, he's back with a second album with Zazou, entitled The Atlantic Culture, and once again, it looks unlikely to be bothering the charts.

But does he care?

And does he stand by what he did in the past, or does he have regrets?

What about those famous quotes?

We spoke to Johnny in Paris to discover the truth. And no, we weren't walking down the street with a guitar at the time.



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