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Brand rolls with Parklife taunts

Russell Brand claims he is to record an Oasis song as a response to the wags who have been treating his rants like the lyrics to Blur hit Parklife.

The comedian has found that his Twitter messages featuring his thoughts on society have prompted others to add the word "Parklife!" because they sound like the rambling lines of the Blur song released in 1994.

Russell said he was not offended by the mickey-taking but was planning to team up with Noel Gallagher to record a version of the hit Roll With It by Oasis, who were famously Blur's chart rivals and had a high profile battle to top the charts 19 years ago.

In an interview with radio station Magic, he told presenter Jo Parkerson: "I'm a comedian, and I make all my living out of mucking around and talking, and I've certainly tormented people in the past. So yeah, I don't mind that, I think - unless it's malicious."

He pointed out that his sidekick from his old Radio 2 show, Matt Morgan, had similarly said "Parklife!" many years ago when he launched into a rant.

Russell went on: "I don't know Damon Albarn particularly, but I've spoken to Noel Gallagher and we plan to respond with a Roll With It single. I'll say 'Roll with it' after every seven words."

The comedian and actor said his old pal Noel would not be attending his live show at the Royal Albert Hall in London next week.

"I've not invited him, because he's not been supportive enough lately, " he said. "If he's seen anywhere near the vicinity, I'm going to have someone grab him by the eyebrow, tie a kite to it, and send him off into the ether."

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