They became sworn enemies when they battled for the No 1 single spot in 1995.Â
But Damon Albarn and Oasis singer Noel Gallagher have buried the hatchet 20 years on, with the Blur frontman touching upon their strong friendship.Â
The rocker, 50, who made amends with Noel over a beer, said the Wonderwall hitmaker, 51, is one of the few people who ‘understands’ the lifestyle he led in the Nineties.Â
Making amends: Damon Albarn and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher have buried the hatchet 20 years on, with the Blur frontman touching upon their strong friendship
He told The Sun: ‘We don’t talk about our past, we talk about our present.
‘I value my friendship with Noel because he is one of the only people who went through what I did in the Nineties.’
Damon added he still has flashbacks from his partying days, as he said: ‘I went to see that Alexander McQueen film last night, and I spent all night having nightmares just because it kind of triggered all of those scenes of nightlife and people getting wasted, it triggered stuff that I wasnâ€™t aware I was storing.’
Former rivals: The rocker, 50, said the Wonderwall hitmaker, 51, is one of the few people who ‘understands’ the lifestyle he led in the nineties (pictured 1994)
The ParkLife hitmaker said he found the experience ‘cathartic’ but felt ‘terrified to think what I might have turned into’.Â Â Â
Back in 1995, the release of the album’s lead single Country House played a part in Blur’s public rivalry with Manchester band Oasis, later termed the ‘Battle of Britpop’.Â
Partly due to increasing antagonisms between the groups, Blur and Oasis ultimately decided to release their new singles on the same day, an event the NME called ‘The British Heavyweight Championship’.
Mature attitude:Â Touching upon their friendship, he said: ‘We don’t talk about our past, we talk about our present’
The debate over which band would top the British singles chart became a media phenomenon, and Albarn appeared on the News at Ten.
At the end of the week, Country House ultimately outsold Oasis’ Roll With It by 274,000 copies to 216,000, becoming Blur’s first number one single.Â
But after years of cross-words and bitter fall-outs, the pair made amends.Â Â
Noel previously described ending their long rumbling feud, in an interview with The Sunday Times.
He said: ‘We were in a nightclub â€” 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!”Â
Making up over a beer: After years of cross-words and bitter fall-outs, the pair made amends