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Damon Albarn speaks about his friendship with former rival Noel Gallagher

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, following the huge success of the 2018 Gorillaz record The Now Now, Damon Albarn talked a little about his friendship with former Britpop rival and Oasis leading man Noel Gallagher.

Back in the 90’s the two were on opposing sides of one of the most hotly contested musical battles in living memory, Blur and Oasis respectively, but now it seems the pair have a relationship beyond simply respecting one another.

Noel even recorded some backing vocals for the Gorillaz track ‘We Got The Power’ last year. At the time, dmaon was quoted as calling it “victory lap” and “the ultimate self-congratulatory Britpop moment”.

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But in a recent interview, Albarn has gone one step further and said that the pair have cemented their friendship after taking similar paths in life with the success of their respective bands.

“He’s like a comrade,” said Albarn. “It’s about that specific moment in time when you both get the carpet pulled from underneath you, and everything you’ve been abstractly dreaming about suddenly becomes a reality. I was 22, and I couldn’t walk down the street without everybody recognising me.”

“That’s an exhilarating but terrifying moment, and we went through it together.”

There will be lots more opportunities for the two to collaborate though with a new Gorillaz record in the offing as well as some from The Good The Bad & The Queen.

 

 

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