If you lived through the 90’s there are certain things you can remember. Along with Nirvana, Pokémon, and so on there was an epic feud. The Blur vs Oasis one (Oasis vs Blur for some fans). As both bands were the biggest ones on the U.K. as they embody the Brit-pop buzz of the 90’s, or simply the face of the indie British invasion that took over in that decade. In one side you had the goofy, artsy, “posh” guys from Blur and on the other hand, you had the working class, cranky, raw rock and rollers from Manchester of Oasis. The fact that both bands were so antagonistic, even locally as Blur was from the south and Oasis from North, that the entertainment business and marketing had to make a profit out of it, and so the musical war started.
That why few will ever expect that after two decades Albarn and one of the Gallaghers will be together on a stage. Yes, it’s not a joke it has happened. As part of one of the tracks, “We Got The Power,” for Gorillaz’s latest album “Humanz”. Where Noel sings backing up Damon on the vocals. Probably something else you didn’t expect. Even though it might sound lame, only 90’s kids and people who lived through the whole media rivalry will understand it. Since at one point it was compared to the one the Beatles and Rolling Stones had back in the day.
Amnesty at last
A few nights ago, on May 5th, Gorillaz were the musical guests on the comedy chat/late show from the BBC “The Graham Norton Show”. The band, led by Damon Albarn Blur’s frontman, played “We Got The Power,” a song from their new LP “Humanz”. But with the little twist that Oasis’ Noel Gallagher was on stage along Albarn. Being this a surprise for many due to the firey battle both bands lived through the 90’s decade. Even though Gallagher appears on the album’s track as a guest, the live performance took many by surprise. Also, they counted with the featuring of Savages’ Jehnny Beth, who also appears on the studio version of the track.
This obviously left Britpop fans in shock. Since the Gallaghers are not remembered for being the likes of having many friends and easily forgetting, the fights between them are a constant reminder. Since the battle between Blur’s “Country House” and Oasis’ “Roll With It” was what defined 1995 for most of us. So the fact that “bands” had put aside their fierce is a real surprise for many. Especially as they’re agreeing to peace through live TV.
Proving that maybe time, and music, can heal all wounds. Maybe the lyrics of the song along with this presentation are revealing to us its meaning? As the lyrics of the track go: “We got the power to be loving each other. No matter what happens, we’ve got the power to do that,” which sounds a little bit too autobiographical to us. Along with the literary incredible gig the show counted with many other star guests. Featuring Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Bacon and Diane Keaton. But for those who remember the Britpop war, the show was the definitely the main attraction. Even Fassbender asked: “When did you guys make up?”.
Obviously, the buzz wasn’t overseeing through social media. As many of the show’s viewers took Twitter to express their surprise, shock, and even joy. Since for many, the blend between this two great musicians from England’s was almost impossible. So to have the chance to watch them together was really something few expected. Obviously many took the opportunity to make tons of clever jokes about it.
But this is not the first time that both join on stage. Since back on March 23rd of 2013 both Albarn and Noel Gallagher played together at London’s Royal Alber Hall. As they presented on the fourth night of the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts, that were organized by Gallagher. The moment created the same buzz that now, as it was probably the beginning of the truce. Since they played Blur’s hit “Tender,” as the “star song” or the night. As both singers made up after sharing some beers at a night club.
The End Of The Feud Of The Century
To what Noel later described as the end of the rivalry to “The Sunday Times”. “We were in a nightclub — I hadn’t spoken to him for years, but I hadn’t slagged him off for years either. I passed him in the corridor, we said, “Let’s go to the bar and get a beer. It was a bit weird, but it wasn’t like two grown men having a weep about it. It was more like ‘You know what? That time was f****** brilliant, that stuff was f****** great!’”.
Now their most current performance was also pointed out on social media by another Oasis member, Liam Gallagher. Who referred to it in his usual bitter way tweeting: “Now that d**k out of blur and the creepy 1 out of oasis need to hang there heads in shame as it’s no dancing in the streets as you were LG x”. Adding later “That g******e out of blur might have turned Noel Gallagher into a massive girl but believe you me nxt time I see him there’s gonna be war”. Anyways there is still some hope for an Oasis reunion, as Liam has said in recent interviews. Saying that he is willing to get the band together and tour with it. Also, Gorillaz has an upcoming European tour, along their Demon Dayz festival.