This week could see another resurgence in Britpop bands, after recent reports that Blur could be reforming gather pace.

After a flurry of rumours that the famous rivals of Oasis in the 90s could be getting back together for one last album, bassist ALEX JAMES told BBC Radio 5 Live that he had met Graham Coxon recently and they had chatted about reforming.

Although the group are well known for their side projects, such as Damon Albarn's Gorillaz and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE Queen, bassist JAMES also recently told music show THE TUBE that he was "going to have to beg" COXON to rejoin to make sure of a "happy four-piece ending".

Meanwhile, longstanding indie rockers THE Super Furry Animals are the latest group to admit they are in the throes of a comeback. The Welsh outfit told the NME that they are "working on about three different Furries records at the moment".

The band claim to have about 20 hours of music recorded, but are dumping all the slow songs and "just doing Rocky numbers".

But frontman GRUFF RHYS was keeping his cards close to his chest regarding an album release date, but that the "sooner the better" is most likely.

THE SUPER FURRY ANIMALS' last album, Love Kraft, came out in summer 2005, but it's not unusual for big name bands to be able to take a break and come back with a new album with little pressure, at least according to one master of longevity.

OASIS legend Noel Gallagher told the BBC earlier this year that "success gives you a lot of time to take time on stuff".

He explained: "It's not considered commercial suicide for a band like OASIS to disappear for three years and come back with a record."



08/12/2006 13:21:41