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Blur bassist Alex James likened issues within the band to those suffered by The Stone Roses and Oasis – with whom there was a bitter rivalry during the 1990s.
James insisted intra-band tensions helped fire to craft hits like Country House and Parklife.
“I realise that what always felt like monumental problems for us weren’t actually so bad. Without tensions, I’m sure we’d have been less creative.
It’s not meant to be an easy ride. I think other bands like The Stone Roses and Oasis have similar stories because it becomes such a pressure cooker.”
Blur are reforming again for a mammoth gig in Hyde Park at the close of the London Olympic Games, next month.
Relations between members of the band are a contrast to the situation between members of 90s’ northern rivals, Oasis.
Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher are reportedly kept apart in case fireworks erupt when the fiery pair meet.