Matty Healy has confirmed that The 1975 were involved in a version of Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’, but those songs weren’t released.
Making an appearance on Kroq’s DTS Sound Space, Matty revealed that the band did work on ‘Midnights’, but that version “never came out”. He also shared that Taylor had heard some of The 1975’s latest album, ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’, ahead of its release.
The band worked on their fifth album with Jack Antonoff, who has been Taylor’s go-to producer since the release of ‘1989’ back in 2014, and played a large part in the making of ‘Midnights’.
In the clip, Matty explained that their input on ‘Midnights’ “didn’t work out for reasons that are not to be criticised. She’s amazing.” You can watch the full clip below.
Ahead of the release of ‘Midnights’, rumours were circulating that The 1975 were set to appear on a track on the album after a tracklist was leaked, but this was confirmed to be fake. Since, Matty has been dispelling rumours of a collaboration between the two, despite how much the band would “love to” work with Taylor.
Despite this, it seems there is still hope for a Taylor Swift featuring The 1975 release at some point in the future. The 1975 are currently in the midst of their North American headline tour, and last night (28th November) called upon Phoebe Bridgers, who has collaborated with both the band and Taylor Swift previously, to join them onstage and perform an acoustic rendition of ‘Milk’.
The 1975 are Dork’s December 2022 / January 2023 cover stars. You can grab a copy here.