Liam Gallagher has denied his former band Oasis‘ famous rivalry with Blur during the 90s Britpop heyday was merely a media fragmentation, saying that at the time he had a genuine dislike for his London counterparts.
In 1994, as Oasis embarked on the journey which would soon lead them to become briefly the biggest band in the world with the release of debut album ‘Definitely Maybe‘, Blur were already at the top of the tree in Britain thanks to the success of their own ’94 studio record ‘Parklife‘.
And by the time they were preparing to follow-up those records a year later, a bitter war of words was being played out by the two bands in a UK press who were more than happy to fuel the fires of a grudge which became embodied in class and cultural stereotypes.
However, the ex-Oasis frontman has said he doesn’t feel the rivalry was purely a media plaything by the time it reached a peak in August 1995 when the groups released singles on the same week.
“I don’t think so,” Liam said when asked if he felt manipulated by the press. “At the time I hated Blur, I thought they were just pansies from London and we were a totally different thing. You might have done certain things, but no-one told me whether I liked someone or not. I thought it was just all good fun.”
Liam Gallagher was speaking to NME as one of a number of cover stars for the publication this week as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.Just Published: