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“If you say that again, I’m going to hit you hard. Really hard.” Blur’s singer Damon Albarn issues a deadpan threat to Blur’s bassist Alex James, who’s just leaned across his various spiced delicacies to whisper something offensive. James does it again. And Albarn hits him hard. Really hard.

Everyone laughs and orders more Indian lager.

Despite three sprightly hits (She’s So High, There’s No Other Way and Bang) and a splendidly accomplished debut album, Leisure, life for Blur is not as easy as it may seem. Read More

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Words: Paul Elliot

Four years ago Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett shared a flat and partied with the Spice Girls. Then they invented Gorillaz. The weed-soaked cartoon collective has proved so successful that even Blur are rattled. “We’re already working on a second album”, they tell Paul Elliot.

Damon Albarn would like Liam Gallagher to be in his band. Not Blur, mind you, but Gorillaz, the unorthodox spiky pop/hip hop collective run with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett and fronted not by Albarn but by four of Hewlett’s cartoon characters, named 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. These are strange days indeed for Damon Albarn. But is he serious about getting Liam in on the act? Read More