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Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and Blur’s Damon Albarn call truce on infamous Britpop fallout

October 20, 2011

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This has been a week for unlikely outcomes. Just as The Stone Roses announce a shock reunion, it would seem that former Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher has been having beers with Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

As Gallagher reveals in the latest issue of Shortlist, the pair bumped into each other in London recently and decided to bury the hatchet over a few pints.

“So we’re sitting there, having a beer, just going ‘What the f*** was all that about 15 years ago? That was mental.'”

Damon AlbarnThe legendary bust-up, which happened back in 1995, was largely fuelled by a record company chart war that saw both bands release singles on the same day. As a result, Oasis’ Roll With It and Blur’s Country House went head-to-head for the then-relevant Number One spot, with the latter eventually polling on top. What followed was a war of words between the two biggest bands in UK, one which was widely and regularly reported by tabloid and music media.

“Look, like I said to him..” Noel continues. “You can say that you respect someone as an artist a thousand times an it will never get reported. Buy you call someone a c*** once… y’know?”

Noel’s first post-Oasis album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds looks set to top the UK charts this week. Meanwhile, Damon Albarn also has an eventful schedule ahead thanks to the release of a new Gorillaz compilation The Singles Collection 2001-2011 in November 2008. He will also play with his other band project The Good, The Bad and The Queen at London’s Coronet on November 10th. The special one-off gig will be held in celebration of 40 years of Greenpeace.

Blur
Country House
1995

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