Damon Albarn performs with his band Blur during the BRIT Music Awards at the O2 Arena in London
Damon Albarn appears to be putting an end to Blur's long-standing rivalry with Oasis.Reuters

Damon Albarn has seemingly put an end to the debate about who was the better band Blur or Oasis.

The two groups, who are credited with championing Brit pop in the 90s, had a very public rivalry at the height of their careers.

However, the Blur front man has now apparently conceded defeat. In an interview with Newsnight he answered the question that had fuelled a decade long feud -Who is better?

"I think Oasis were better," said Albarn matter-of-factly. "They were better at communicating who they were than we were."

It's the first sign of an olive branch between the long warring bands whose chart rivalry was dubbed "The Battle of Britpop.

The NME described their feud as the "British Heavyweight Championship" ahead of the release of Oasis' single "Roll With It", and Blur's "Country House" on the same day.

Blur won the battle of the bands, selling 274,000 copies to Oasis' 216,000 with the songs charting at number one and number two respectively.

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NME added fuel to the rivalry as the two bands fought for the number 1 spot in the British charts.NME

But the conflict between the two bands was about much more than music and chart position. They epitomised the North South class divide as a result of the regional divisions between them, with Oasis representing the North of England, while Blur represented the affluent South.

Oasis became more commercially successful than Blur, as they cracked the US with the singles "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova".

Their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) sold over four million copies in the UK, becoming the third best-selling album in British history.

However after the last tour Oasis split, as a result of brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher's volatile relationship.

In August 2009, Noel Gallagher announced that he would be leaving the band after a backstage altercation with his brother before a festival appearance.

The band, comprising the remaining members of Oasis and led by Liam Gallagher, decided to continue working together under the name Beady Eye, while Noel went on to form his solo project Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Oasis, enjoyed worldwide success before the acrimonious split which brought an end one of the most famous and successful partnerships in British rock history.

It is almost 20 years since the release of the band's debut album Definitely Maybe, which went straight to number one.

Meanwhile, a series of cryptic tweets by former front man Liam Gallagher, have triggered a frenzy of speculation that Oasis could reform.

The one-letter messages posted on Thursday night, spelling out the band's name, were followed by another which read: "Oasis LG."

Last year, Liam said he would be willing to "bury the hatchet" and get back together to mark the anniversary.

However, ex-Oasis guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs warned fans not to read too much into Gallagher's tweets, suggesting that they may have been sent when the ex-band mates reunited for a drink in a pub.

"Probably the fact I texted him going, 'Meet me in the beer garden'. That probably rattled his cage. Maybe that. I don't know though, because I meet him every month. Maybe he's just reminiscing."

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and Paddy Power both suspended betting on Oasis headlining Glastonbury.

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