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I turned down chance to work with Madonna! former black country rocker on his life in music and film.

Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG Feature Writer @grahamyoung

FORMER Stourbridge rocker Clint Mansell has revealed how he turned Madonna down - after TWICE going to her house.

As a dreadlocked rock star in the 1990s, Clint Mansell was a leading light of the Midlands' band Pop Will Eat Itself.

He had a great time "touring the world and drinking" but he decided to call it a day 20 years ago at the age of 33.

For his next move, he went to New York and met aspiring film-maker Darren Aronofsky.

They hit it off creatively and Clint, now 53, composed scores for hit films Pi and Requiem For A Dream.

After moving to New Orleans, Clint settled down in Los Angeles and worked on scores for the likes of Black Swan, Noah and High-Rise.

One day, he had a call to say that Madonna was a big fan and would like him to consider scoring her next movie project.

Clint, who played The Barrel Organ, The Golden Eagle, The Powerhouse and the Hummingbird in his previous pop star life, says: "I thought that was great and decided to go.

"I was asked to go round to watch her new film so that I could then return three days later and talk about it with her.

"I was nervous, even though I knew she wouldn't be at home on the first day. I parked the car down the road, walked up to the gate, pressed the buzzer and was let in.

"I then watched the film and thought, 'This is cool, watching Madonna's new film in her own house.'.

"Two or three days later, I was driving back there, thinking I wouldn't be as nervous this time.

"But I felt hungry, so I went to a good burger place called In-N-Out Burger and got a burger, chips and Coke and ate them in the car. I then went back to the gate, buzzed and was let in.

"This time I met Madonna and we talked about her film and I was thinking had kind of made it.

"In the end, I decided I didn't want to do the score for her film and left it at that.

"It was only when I got home and looked in the mirror that I saw I had a chip stuck to the shoulder of my T-shirt with sauce on it - and she never said a word."

? After playing Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the first time, Clint Mansell is currently on a short tour of the UK called Uneasy Listening With Clint Mansell.


Former lead singer of Pop Will Eat Itself Clint Mansell and (right) Madonna

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Date:Mar 28, 2016
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