The thawing of the mid-’90s Britpop feud between Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn during their Oasis and Blur days has resulted in Gallagher contributing background vocals to “We Got the Power,” a song on Gorillaz‘s upcoming album, Humanz. In a new interview, the two men talk about how the track came together, with both of them taking shots at Noel’s brother Liam.
“In a sort of lighthearted way, I’d promised Noel he could be on this record,” Albarn told Vulture. “He was always like, ‘I want to be on the next Gorillaz record,’ and I was like, ‘Sure.’ I thought it might be cute, the idea of us singing about the power to love each other. Of course, no one’s asked Liam what he thinks about the song yet. No doubt he’d have a fantastic one-liner about what a bunch of f—ing knobheads we are.”
Liam had praised Blur’s most recent release, calling “Lonesome Street” the “song of the year.” When that fact was brought up to Albarn, he quipped, “Yeah, but The Magic Whip didn’t have his brother and I singing about loving each other.”
Noel had a different take on how he wound up on Humanz. “Damon and I were at a party at [former Clash bassist] Paul Simonon’s house, and we had a very brief, casual chat about doing some stuff together,” he recalled. “I went away on tour for a couple of years, and then somebody called me and said, ‘Would you be up for working on the new Gorillaz record?’ I said, ‘If you can make the time work, I’m up for it.’ It all went quiet again for ages. And then, one day, out of the blue, one of his people called one of my people and asked what was I doing next week. I just happened to have a week off, and I was in London.”
However, they agree that recording it required two sessions, and that they spent part of it discussing soccer (Albarn supports Chelsea and Noel is famously a Manchester City fan). Also, neither of them is too concerned with how Liam would react to “We Got the Power.”
“Listen, nobody gives a f— what Liam thinks about anything,” Noel said.