While the rest of the world was obsessing with fellacio in the Oval Office, ethnic conflicts in the Balkans and Jennifer Aniston’s hairdo, many Brits spent the mid ’90s debating who were better – Blur or Oasis? Insults were hurled from both sides, with arguments usually degenerating to being less about the music itself, and more about the supposed sexuality of the opposition, what part of the country they were from and what sixties band their idols were overtly ripping off. However, fifteen years or so on, members of the bands themselves are at least burying hatchets. Blur’s Damon Albarn told Shortlist magazine recently that he’d love to collaborate with former nemesis and ex-Oasis songsmith Noel Gallagher. “Well, why not?” he explained. “He should come on the Africa Express train (Albarn’s newest music collaborative) in September. That’d be a nice chance to collaborate.”
Albarn also harked back to the halcyon days of the Britpop years, and the tabloid embellished rivalry between him and Gallagher. “I never had anything against him, even right in the middle of it. I just kind of admired them in a way; that they were better at handling it all than me.”
Speaking to NME recently Gallagher too alluded to a possible collaboration between the two: “If I was gonna make a record, it’d be Damon. For a start, he’s as mad as a box of frogs. Number two, he’d get lots of hip-hop dudes working on it, which itself would be fucking mental.” Until then, both Gallagher and Albarn (with Blur) are completing a number of festival dates in Europe.
On a side note, Noel’s brother Liam gate crashed his beloved soccer team Manchester City’s post game press conference, as the club defeated arch rivals Manchester United, to go a step closer to claiming their first league title since 1968.