The accounts are published in Haines‘ new autobiography, called ‘Bad Vibes: Britpop And My Part In Its Downfall’.
Blur, who Haines labels “habitual bandwagon jumpers”, are summed up by the singer-songwriter as “a masterclass in media complicity”.
However, Haines is most bitter about Radiohead, who he calls “that most heinous of creatures, a heavy rock outfit, fright-wig and all”.
The book also sees Haines lay into Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain for inadvertently starting Britpop by committing suicide. “Without the abrupt end of Nirvana there would have been no light entertainment battle for Number One between Blur and Oasis,” he said.
“Not only did Cobain kill himself, he went and left the bloody door open on his way out.”
‘Bad Vibes: Britpop And My Part In Its Downfall’ is out now.
Since tickets for that gig sold out so quickly, the band have announced a further show at the Luminaire, to take place on February 24.