Noel Gallagher: 'I'd rather work with Damon Albarn than Radiohead'

Ex-Oasis chief says Blur man is 'mad as a box of frogs'

Noel Gallagher: 'I'd rather work with Damon Albarn than Radiohead'

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Noel Gallagher has said he'd rather work on new material with Damon Albarn than Radiohead - describing the Blur man as being "as mad as a box of frogs".

Gallagher and Albarn ended their lengthy feud in October last year after a chance meeting in a nightclub. They hadn't spoken in more than 15 years following the infamous 1995 chart battle between Oasis' 'Roll With It' and Blur's 'Country House', which saw the latter go to Number One.

Speaking in this week's issue of NME, Gallagher has said it was "quite a moment" when the pair buried the hatchet over a beer.

"It was a great relief. I'm glad I've seen him and shook his hand and apologised for all the shit," the High Flying Birds Man declared. Asked whether he'd rather work with Radiohead or Albarn, Gallagher responded:

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 loads of hip-hop dudes working on it, which itself would be fucking mental. And number three? It would be a better record.

The exclusive interview also saw Gallagher talk about the progress of his collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous.

He said that the album, which was due to be released this year, had turned into a "right fucking saga" after the dance duo missed their deadline for getting it finished and instead only delivered "a couple" of tracks.

"They're trying to mix it while I'm on the road and it isn't working," Gallagher explained. "I've got a break in the middle of this tour in July, so now the plan is to do something then, and then to finish it off after the tour in October. So it might come out at the end of the year, but it's more likely to be next year now."

To read the full interview with Noel Gallagher, where he gives his views on everything from the chances of supporting The Stone Roses at Heaton Park and Oasis reforming to ROFLcopter to Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now or available digitally.

Gallagher is due to pick up this year's Godlike Genius award at the NME Awards later this month (February 29) and will also perform at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, a special collectors' issue dedicated to Noel Gallagher produced by the teams behind NME and sister title Uncut is also out now. The magazine features Gallagher's greatest interviews, unseen photos and a competition to win albums signed by the man himself. The issue is available on newsstands and digitally now - click here to order your copy.


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