LABOUR PARTY leader Blair invited guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher to his Downing Street residence shortly after coming to power - attracting accusations he wanted to boost his popularity by associating himself by the burgeoning 'Cool Britannia' movement.
But, as author JOHN HARRIS reveals in his book THE LAST PARTY: BRITPOP, BLAIR AND THE DEMISE OF ENGLISH ROCK, Blair had a more direct intention.
The politician and his cohorts were desperate to get their hands on the WONDERWALL rockers' fan database, which they believed contained 250,000 names.
Political planners wanted to use the information, gleaned from postcards filled in by fans whenever they bought a new album, as a marketing tool. They planned to flood Oasis fans with pro-Labour information in the run-up to the '97 election.
But the party's strategy failed. A spokesman for now-defunct CREATION RECORDS, the Gallaghers' label, insists that the pair quashed the idea.
He says, "We said, 'No, we can't do this. There will be 130,000 names on it.' I think eventually it went up to a quarter of a million. But Oasis owned that."
Guitarist Noel registered his disapproval by boycotting the Labour Party's victory celebration that year (97), when they won the general election anyway.30/05/2003 13:43