Damon Albarn on Oasis: 'I Was Never Gonna Beat Noel in a War of Words'

Blur frontman describes class rivalry between the two bands as "insane."

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Damon Albarn has said (via NME) that while Oasis and Blur were always rivals during their Britpop heyday, Noel Gallagher held the upper hand in the press.

He also discussed the division that many fans saw between northern, working class Oasis and southern, middle class Blur.

Speaking in an interview with the Guardian, the Blur frontman said: "The whole class thing was just insane," says Albarn, growing suddenly animated even after all these years. "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 become friends and collaborators, and Albarn recently told NME that making an album with Gallagher is a "distinct possibility" in future.

"I still see Noel from time to time. We text a bit," Albarn said. When asked if the pair would be making a record together, he replied, "I can imagine that being a very distinct possibility at some point in the future. But, as yet we haven't really talked about it, although..."

Albarn continued: "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."

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    Man, I'd truly love to hear a collaboration between them. Both are terrific songwriters, their different styles aside. On a side note, when is the new High Flying Birds album coming out? Getting real tired of your shit, Noel.
    They've both proven a fair degree of flexibility over the course of their careers. It has the potential to be pretty good.
    They started out as enemies, but might just come together as friends nowadays. Can't help but smile at the thought.
    They were actually all quite good friends until the British media played them off against each other and made a thing about rivalries between Blur and Oasis.