Noel Gallagher wants Damon Albarn on his next album – and reveals his favourite Blur song

Noel says his younger self would have found his friendship with Damon to be a "sick joke"

Noel Gallagher has revealed his favourite Blur song, while also raising the possibility of Damon Albarn appearing on his next album.

Gallagher recorded backing vocals for Gorillaz track ‘We Got The Power’ last year, what Albarn at the time called a “victory lap” and “the ultimate self-congratulatory Britpop moment”.

After Albarn nearly appeared on Gallagher’s ‘Who Built The Moon?’ album, Noel has now said that he intends to work with his former Britpop rival again in the future.


“I don’t remember asking to be on a Gorillaz record,” Noel recently told Q. “I do remember being at Paul Simonon’s one night and it being discussed.”

“[Damon] was supposed to play on ‘Who Built The Moon?’ but we couldn’t make the timings work. Maybe next time,” Gallagher added.

Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher
Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher

Last year, Noel’s brother Liam hit out at Albarn, calling him a “gobshite” and accusing him of turning Noel “into a massive girl”.

Noel has now said of his newfound friendship with Damon: “I really love working and hanging out with that mob. Not just Damon, but all his people. It turned out we had a lot of mutual friends and they’re all cool as fuck. The Gorillaz shows at The O2 recently were two mega nights out.”

“If you’d told my younger self that he’d done one day be singing on a record by Damon Albarn he would have laughed and probably said, ‘If either of you are still going it’ll be a fucking miracle – a sick joke that will fascinate speccy Guardian-reading journalists for years.'”


Elsewhere in the Q interview, Gallagher revealed that ‘Beetlebum’ is his favourite song that Albarn has written. “When I heard it for the first time I did think, ‘Shit, I wish I’d written that,'” he admitted.

Noel continued: “When I first heard Blur, I thought they were very English, like The Kinks. When it came to all the other projects he was doing, I thought, ‘When does this fella go on holiday?'”

Noel Gallagher recently told NME that he wants to work with Morrissey and Shaun Ryder on his next album, which he says sounds like a cross between The Cure and The Police.

Gallagher is set to head out on tour to support his latest album, ‘Who Built The Moon?’. Full dates are below and tickets are available here.

Sunday 22 – BRIGHTON Centre
Tuesday 24 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Wednesday 25- ABERDEEN AECC BHGE Arena
Friday 27 – LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley
Monday 30 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Tuesday 1 – BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Thursday 3 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena
Friday 4 – MANCHESTER Arena
Saturday 5 – ABERDEEN Cafe Drummonds
Sunday 6 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Monday 7 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Wednesday 9 – BELFAST SSE Arena Belfast
Thursday 10 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Sunday 27 – WARRINGTON Victoria Park
Friday 15 – WOODSTOCK Blenheim Palace
Friday 6 – SCARBOROUGH Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Saturday 7 – LONDON Old Royal Naval College
Thursday 19 – EDINBURGH Castle