Damon Albarn & Noel Gallagher: A Timeline
As resident anglophile Michael Nelson explained in his tremendous introduction to Britpop Week, the era’s feuds are almost as essential to Britpop history as the music. And no conflict defined the Britpop era more than the rivalry between Blur and Oasis — more specifically, the war of egos between the bands’ primary songwriters, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher. The dueling geniuses have since gone from bitter enemies to such jolly old pals that they’re talking about collaborating on music, but Britpop’s royals had to endure a wildly entertaining yet disconcertingly bilious media-abetted war on the way to a united kingdom. Here are 10 notable moments in that progression from adversaries to chums.
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