Britpop chart battle returns...
Andy Day
16:12 4th September 2005
In a rerun of a chart battle a decade ago, Damon Albarn has beaten the Gallagher brothers to the top spot yet again this week with ‘Dare’ by cartoon band Gorillaz.
Albarn, the mastermind behind the comic book pop stars, originally beat the Mancunian brothers to number one in the UK singles chart in 1995 when his other band Blur clinched pole position with ‘Country House’. Released on the same day as ‘Roll With It’ the two Brit Pop giants slugged it out 10 years ago sparking a North-South spat that prompted Noel Gallagher to say he hoped “Albarn caught aids and died.”
Last week’s chart had Oasis securing the top spot with ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’ but Damon Albarn will win out for the second time pushing Oasis down to number 5.
This week’s chart topping single also features the vocal skills of Baggy legend and Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder.
We’ll have to see if Noel has the bottle to ignite round two of Brit Pop Wars and drag the ‘Pills, Thrills And Bellyaches’ star into the row.

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