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Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 07:19 GMT 08:19 UK
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Timeline: Blur v Oasis after Britpop
14 August, 1995
Blur release Country House as Oasis release Roll With It.
Londonbased Blur singer Damon Albarn guitarist Graham Coxon bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree released the first single from fourth album The Great Escape. Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher's Manchester band Oasis featuring guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and London drummer Alan White released the followup to number one hit Some Might Say.
20 August, 1995
Blur beat Oasis to number one.
Blur release fourth album The Great Escape.
The Great Escape entered the UK chart at number one and spawned three further hit singles The Universal Stereotypes and Charmless Man. Despite gaining good reviews it did not have the chart longevity of its predecessor Parklife.
Noel Gallagher says he hopes Albarn and James catch Aids and die.
In an interview with the Observer newspaper Noel Gallagher said "I hate that Alex and Damon. I hope they catch Aids and die." Gallagher later explained "As soon as I had said it I realised that it was an insensitive thing to say as Aids is no joking matter and immediately retracted the comment. Although not being a fan of their music I wish both Damon and Alex a long and healthy life."
Oasis release Whats the Story Morning Glory
Oasis' second album remained in the UK chart for two years spawning two further hits Wonderwall and Don't Look Back in Anger. The album became a top 10 hit in the US throughout Europe and Asia.
Oasis win three Brit awards.
Oasis took three Brit awards for best British group best album for What's the Story Morning Glory and best video for Wonderwall. One year earlier Blur had won the best British group best album video and single Brits for their Parklife album and single while Oasis were named best British breakthrough act.
Liam Gallagher pulls out of a US Oasis tour.
Liam Gallagher pulled out of a tour 15 minutes before the band were due to fly to the US to go househunting with his thengirlfriend the actress Patsy Kensit. Liam later rejoined the band but after a fortnight band tension led Noel Gallagher to walk out. The remaining US dates were scrapped.
Liam Gallagher is cautioned for cocaine possession.
Liam Gallagher is cautioned by police after being arrested in London's West End after winning the "best act in the world" award from Q magazine.
Noel Gallagher says taking drugs is like having cup of tea.
Defending sacked East 17 singer Brian Harvey who had admitted taking ecstasy Noel Gallagher told BBC Radio 1 "As soon as people realise that the majority of people in this country take drugs then the better off we'll all be. It's not like a scandalous sensation or anything like that... drugs is like getting up and having a cup of tea in the morning." His comments were condemned by Paul Betts the father of teenager Leah Betts who died after taking ecstasy.
Blur release selftitled fifth album.
During a year out of the spotlight Blur recorded their fifth album in Iceland. Influenced by the US indie rock bands favoured by Graham Coxon the album impressed critics but split fans of their earlier Britpop sound. Nevertheless it spawned four UK hit singles including charttopper Beetlebum and earned them a new US audience largely thanks to the success of single Song 2.
Noel Gallagher goes to Labours victory reception at Downing Street.
Noel Gallagher a vocal supporter of Tony Blair in the runup to 1997's general election joined other celebrity Labour supporters at a No 10 Downing Street victory celebration. Liam Gallagher and Damon Albarn declined the invitation with Albarn replying "Dear Tony I have become a Communist. Enjoy the smooze comrade."
Third Oasis album Be Here Now released.
Oasis released their third album with a huge amount of publicity breaking records by selling 696000 copies in the UK in its first week. It gained good reviews and spawned three hit singles number ones D'You Know What I Mean and All Around the World and Stand By Me. However by 1998 Be Here Now's 6.7 million global sales failed to match the US success or 12.3 million sales of its predecessor.
Blurs Alex James and Graham Coxon branch out.
Blur guitarist Graham Coxon launched his own label Transcopic and released debut solo album The Sky is Too High. He would go on to release a further four solo albums. Meanwhile bassist Alex James formed sideproject Fat Les with actor Keith Allen and artist Damien Hirst securing number two hit single Vindaloo.
Blur release sixth studio album 13.
With all but one of its tracks produced by dance producer and Madonna collaborator William Orbit 13 spawned three hits Tender Coffee and TV and No Distance Left to Run.
Founder members Guigsy and Bonehead leave Oasis.
Guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs quit Oasis as the band recorded its fourth album saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Noel Gallagher told music magazine NME "It's hardly Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles." Later that month bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan also left. ExRide guitarist Andy Bell and exHeavy Stereo guitarist Gem Archer became their fulltime replacements in 2000.
Damon Albarn describes past ecstasy use.
As Blur played the 1999 Reading Festival Damon Albarn told the audience that he and Alex James had taken ecstasy before they appeared on BBC One show Top of the Pops in the early 1990s. Paul Betts whose daughter Leah died aged 18 after taking Ecstasy said "Mr Albarn should not be boasting in this way. The music industry should be sending out a much more positive signal to young people."
Damon Albarn accuses Gallaghers of betrayal.
After Noel Gallagher referred to him as a "knobhead" who "looks like a dustbin man these days" Damon Albarn criticised the Gallagher brothers' public lives. "I just think it was a shame when they started appearing in Hello and OK magazines" Albarn told the NME. "For me that just seemed such a betrayal of what they were all about. So I don't know where do you go from there"
Oasis release Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.
Oasis secured their fifth number one single with Go Let It Out the first to be taken from fourth studio album Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. It was followed by two further hits Who Feels Love and Sunday Morning Call.
Noel Gallagher quits Oasis world tour.
Noel Gallagher refused to continue Oasis' 2000 world tour after a "major disagreement" with brother Liam saying he was no longer prepared to play overseas dates with the band. Liam responded by telling The Sun newspaper "If he does a solo album then Oasis will be over." Gallagher subsequently rejoined the band for its UK dates.
The Best of Blur greatest hits album released.
Damon Albarn launches cartoon hiphop act Gorillaz.
Damon Albarn formed hiphop act Gorillaz with artist Jamie Hewlett DJ Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and rapper Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. Represented only by cartoons the band released a selftitled debut album which spawned four hit singles Clint Eastwood 192000 Rock the House and Tomorrow Comes Today. Liam Gallagher said he was unimpressed adding "It's like threeyearolds' music worse than Steps."
Mali Music album released on Damon Albarns new label.
Damon Albarn set up his own record label Honest Jon's and named its first release Mali Music his collaboration with African musicians Afel Bocoum Toumani Diabate and Ko Kan Ko Sata Doumbia.
Graham Coxon unofficially leaves Blur.
After stories of a rift Blur admitted that guitarist and founder member Graham Coxon was no longer working on the band's forthcoming album. A split was never officially confirmed but a band spokesman said "Blur and Graham are contemplating and deciding among themselves what the future arrangements will be." Later Coxon said Blur's "professional commercial" approach to recording was the opposite of what he wanted to do.
Liam Gallagher arrested after Munich fight.
Liam Gallagher Oasis drummer Alan White and three members of the band's entourage are arrested after a fight in a Munich hotel. The band said they had been victims of an "unprovoked attack" but police said Gallagher kicked an officer in the chest and had large amounts ofdrugs and alcohol in his blood. Gallagher lost two front teeth in the fight he was subsequently fined 50000 euro £34600 and the band's German tour was abandoned.
Think Tank Blurs seventh studio album released.
Recorded in Morocco with DJ Fatboy Slim assisting as producer Think Tank contained three hit singles Out of Time Crazy Beat and Good Song. Unlike previous Blur albums estranged guitarist Graham Coxon was only credited with cowriting one song closing track Battery in Your Leg.
ExOasis drummer Tony McCarroll loses appeal.
Founding Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll was fired from the band in April 1995 after an argument with Liam Gallagher. In 1999 McCarroll was awarded £550000 in unpaid royalties effectively severing any ties he had with the band. In 2002 he tried to sue band solicitors Statham Gill Davies saying the original contract they negotiated with him had wrongly favoured the Gallaghers. A High Court judge threw out McCarroll's claim a ruling backed by the Appeal Court in 2003.
Oasis sack drummer Alan White.
Noel and Liam Gallagher sacked Alan White who had been in the band since original drummer Tony McCarroll was fired shortly after the 1995 release of debut album Definitely Maybe. Meanwhile the band announced that dance act Death in Vegas were working with them on the forthcoming Oasis album.
Oasis headline Glastonbury.
Oasis played a headline slot at 2004's Glastonbury festival in Somerset. ExBeatle Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey played drums subsequently joining Oasis fulltime but despite mixing new songs with fan favourites it was an uneventful concert.
Oasis release Dont Believe the Truth.
Having abandoned work with dance act Death in Vegas Oasis' sixth studio album was less of a departure from their traditional rock sound than predicted. It contained number one UK hit Lyla and latest single The Importance of Being Idle a song described by a band spokesman as "so stark so simple and so fundamentally Oasis that it could have been a bside in 1994 it's that good". The band marked its release by embarking on a UK and European tour.
Blurs future depends on Graham Coxon says Damon Albarn.
With no new Blur material imminent Damon Albarn told the NME that he wanted Graham Coxon to return to Blur before they made another album. "I'm waiting for Graham to talk to me again" Albarn said. "I'd love to see if we could make another record. I miss playing live in something that I grew up in. I do feel it's a shame that we didn't stick to it. Hopefully we'll play together soon. As musicians we need to spread peace and love."
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