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Love-in Of The Week: Noel Gallagher & Damon Albarn

By | Published on Friday 21 October 2011

Noel Gallagher

See, we’re not all about the beefs. Noel Gallagher has been all nice about former rival Damon Albarn in an interview with Shortlist. Gallagher and Albarn, of course, participated in a very public war of words – spurred on by the tabloids and music press – back in the heyday of Britpop, and hadn’t spoken for fifteen years as a result. But then, it seems, they randomly met in a nightclub and buried any hatchets that were still unburied.

Says Gallagher: “Funnily enough, when I was out last night, I bumped into him [Albarn]. I literally haven’t seen the guy for fifteen fucking years and I bump into him in some club. We both went, ‘Hey! Fucking hell!’ and then he said, ‘Come on, let’s go for a beer’. So, we’re sitting there, having a beer, just going, ‘What the fuck was all that about fifteen years ago? That was mental’. Then he said, ‘It was a great time, though’, and I was like, ‘Yeah, it was a fucking good laugh’. It was cool, man”.

Despite having a reputation for dissing various other artists over the years, Gallagher insists he’s complimentary about many more people, it’s just that the meee-dja are only interested when he’s being critical. Referring to his outspoken remarks about the decision to let Jay-Z headline Glastonbury in 2008, Gallagher added: “Look, like I said to [Damon] last night, you can say that you respect someone as an artist a thousand times and it will never get reported. But you call someone a cunt once… you know? And it still rings true today. I lose count of the number of times I’ve had to say about Jay-Z, ‘Look, hang on a minute here…’ and it never gets fucking printed. But I don’t mind. I can live with that”.