Damon Albarn on the great class divide: ‘I was never gonna beat Noel Gallagher in a war of words’

The musician weighs in on the class divide between Oasis and Blur

Damon Albarn has officially buried the hatchet with Noel Gallagher, after years of feuding in the Nineties.

Oasis and Blur notoriously competed with each other during Britpop's heyday, when both bands were at the peak of their fame. Blur was thought to be the middle class, arty southern alternative to Oasis’s northern, working class rock ‘n’ roll.

"The whole class thing was just insane," said Albarn.

"But we were young and we let ourselves get caught up in it. And the competitiveness was ridiculous for a while, but, you know, I was never gonna beat Noel in a war of words."

The pair have recently been in talks about collaborating on a possible album – although nothing has been confirmed yet.

"I can imagine that being a very distinct possibility at some point in the future," he said. "But, as yet we haven't really talked about it, although… OK we have a little bit. We're talking. It's not anything to get excited about yet. I mean, he's doing his thing. He's finishing a new record. I've got my record coming out, but the principle of us making music together is something…you know, it would be fair to say, we have discussed it at least once."

 

The musician - who has just release his first solo album, Everyday Robots - is disappointed with the evolution of pop music – particularly its lack of political and cultural sustenance.

"It's bereft of it," he told the Guardian. "It's a shame because the three-minute pop song was such a great way to express discontent. But we have allowed our pop music to become dumber. You have to look to the margins for a lot of the really interesting stuff. With the mainstream, it's like we've gone back to showbusiness again. It's a pop landscape that exists like Dylan and the Beatles never happened, never mind the Specials."

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