Noel Gallagher dismisses Damon Albarn’s offer of collaboration

Former Oasis guitarist says he likes Blur's new songs but that he'd be 'amazed' if they worked together

Noel Gallagher has distanced himself from previous reports that he and Blur frontman Damon Albarn may collaborate in the future, saying that he’d be “amazed if either of us ever had the time to make that work”.

Speaking to NME last year, Albarn claimed that a collaboration between the pair could be “a very distinct possibility at some point in the future”. Now, in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, the former Oasis guitarist has dismissed Albarn’s remark as a “flippant comment”.

“The thing with Damon was a flippant comment as casually thrown around as ‘We should go for a drink’,” Gallagher told a fan who had quizzed the musician on the reports. “As for makin’ an album, I would be amazed if either of us ever had the time to make that work.”

However, Gallagher did state that he has heard two songs from the new Blur album, ‘The Magic Whip’, and enjoyed them. “I like the tracks ‘Lonesome Street’ and ‘Ong Ong’,” he said. “I haven’t heard any of the rest of it, but if those two tracks are anything to go by, sounds like it’s going to be good.”

In April 2014, Albarn told NME, “I still see Noel from time to time. We text a bit… I can imagine [a collaboration] being a very distinct possibility at some point in the future. But, as yet we haven’t really talked about it,” adding, “OK we have a little bit. We’re talking. It’s not anything to get excited about yet… 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.”

Last month, reports emerged that Noel and his brother Liam have reached a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to reform the Britpop outfit. While Noel had previously not addressed the rumours, Liam Gallagher decided to offer a no comment statement on the matter.

Oasis acrimoniously split in 2009 with Noel citing an inability to work with his brother as the key reason. There has, however, seemingly been a thawing in the pair’s relationship lately. Last month saw Liam taking to Twitter to post a photo of himself holding a backstage pass to one of Noel’s gigs, who in turn has publically encouraged his younger sibling to record a solo album.

Appearing on Channel 4 show Chatty Man last night (May 1), Gallagher was quizzed by presenter Alan Carr about the prospect of him joining forces with Liam for the super group ‘BirdsEye’, a combination of their post-Oasis bands High Flying Birds and Beady Eye, as well as a reference to the frozen food company of the same name.

Gallagher replied, “Well, as enticing as that sounds, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Sorry.” He added: “No. No. What more can I say? I’ve got nothing more to say on it that I haven’t already said. It’s not going to happen. No, I can’t be arsed.”