Shamik Das


Thursday, February 18, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Blur drummer: BRITS are a disgrace and Liam’s rude & obnoxious

Blur-Oasis

FIFTEEN years on, 15 years, and it seems the rivalry between Britpop’s finest remains as strong as ever.

Last night, Blur drummer and Labour parliamentary candidate Dave Rowntree told me Liam Gallagher’s behaviour at Tuesday’s BRIT awards was nothing new, and shouldn’t have come as a surprise:

“He’s made a career out of being rude and obnoxious. It’s no way to behave, it’s how he’s always been, it’s no surprise.”
Rowntree also took aim at the awards themselves, adding:

“The BRITS are a disgrace aren’t they? I mean is that really the best of British music?!”
Wondering what’s the story (my early morning glory)? Definitely? Maybe here’s a little clue...

Can’t say I share Dave’s outrage, gotta say I was watching Liam thinking “Attaboy! Get in!!” - though I do agree with his general assessment of the UK music scene.

It was another sorry indictment of the Cowell-isation of British music, with “X-Factor” graduates JLS and Cheryl Cole stealing the headlines, the only high notes coming from Alicia and Jay Z - neither of whom are BRITS - and Robbie, a ridiculously young winner of the lifetime achievement award.

Oh well, there’s always next year, maybe even a gong for Blur, to sit alongside all Dave’s others in his big big house, very big house in the country ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ...

Summer ’95: Blur v Oasis
Dave Rowntree for Westminster

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