Frontman puts the two groups' Britpop rivalry to rest

Damon Albarn has revealed he thinks that Blur’s ‘Country House’ and Oasis’ ‘Roll With It’ were “both shit”.

The two tracks went head-to-head in the UK Official Singles Chart in August 1995 – in a chart battle which has now become a symbol of the two bands’ rivalry in the Britpop years. Blur ultimately hit the Number One spot.

Writing in a RedditAMA for Dazed Digital, Albarn revealed that he now thinks that both tracks were not any good.

In reply to one commentor, who wrote that they shoplifted both singles in the interest of “fairness” and now owes the band “a couple of quid”, Albarn wrote: “I wouldn’t worry about it… They were both shit.”

Albarn recently told NME that making an album with Noel 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.”

Damon Albarn released his debut solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ yesterday (April 28).

Damon Albarn will play a string of live dates to mark the album’s release. Damon Albarn will play:

London Rivoli Balroom (April 30)
London People’s Palace (May 1)
Bristol Trinity (May 30)
Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (31)

To check the availability of Damon Albarn tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.