UK Referendum Poll Dredges Up Battle of Britpop Between Blur and Oasis
Published Jun 23, 2016Today (June 23), Brits head to polling stations to decide whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union. But the referendum isn't the only battle that's raging: a new survey has dredged up the 1995 Battle of Britpop.
Buzzfeed quizzed more than 1,300 participants about their intentions in the Brexit vote, and the results revealed a correlation between political alignment and musical preference. It found that fans partial to the music of Blur are more likely to vote "Remain," while Oasis lovers are more likely to vote "Leave."
It's worth noting that Oasis proved to be more popular across the entire population, but support for the Gallagher brothers' band dipped significantly among the "Remain" voters.
Among those UK citizens hoping to leave the EU, 68 percent preferred the music of Oasis, while among those in favour of remaining in the EU, just 58 percent chose Oasis over Blur — causing polling company YouGov to conclude that there is "a statistically significant difference between EU vote preference and those who preferred either Blur or Oasis."
Oasis' Noel Gallagher, meanwhile, doesn't seem to care for either option in today's referendum. "Do I think we should leave? I don't think we should be given a vote," he told CBC Music.
"I see politicians on TV every night telling us that this is a fucking momentous decision that could fucking change Britain forever and blah, blah, blah. It's like, okay, why don't you fucking do what we pay you to do which is run the fucking country and make your fucking mind up," he continued. "What are you asking the people for? 99 percent of the people are thick as pig shit."
He finished off his less-than-glowing endorsement of his home and native UK: "They [politicians] didn't fucking ask us for a referendum when they were going off to war, did they? No, fucking assholes."
Gallagher did, however, concede that he liked the fact that the term Brexit "sounds like a cereal."
As for the members of Blur, they've been a little more forthright with how they plan to vote.