Blur: 'We used to take it in turns to punch each other'

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Back in Hong Kong, where they recorded their album The Magic Whip, Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave speak about falling out and making up, the state of British pop music and why 90s Britpop was a wasted alternative

Hong Kong in July could be a disorientating place for outsiders: the suffocating humidity, the density of human bodies, the mind-jarring collision of east and west. Maybe the last thing you need whenever you’ve arrived there, mind fuddled with jetlag, is a conversation with Damon Albarn in full manic circulate. One minute he’s talking about refusing to leave the stage after a five-hour gig with Africa Categorical (“Am I hooked on work? Clearly”), the subsequent he’s revealing his ardour for selecting wild flowers. Then he starts talking about fairies ...

“I’ve a house that’s built on a bit of land which was a recognised fairy group,” he says, with a straight face, once we meet backstage on the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre, where Blur are because of play that night time. “We needed to get a fairy lawyer in. When individuals come and stay at my house, they go and provides them an providing simply to maintain them glad because we’ve constructed on their land.”

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