Similar to the supposed rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the rivalry between Oasis and Blur was largely concocted by the English press, though the Gallagher brothers were glad to oblige with some provocative quotes. Initially supportive of each other, tensions between the two bands had been building for months when, in August 1995, the two released singles on the same day, which the press seized on and dubbed “the Battle of Britpop.” Blur won, selling 58,000 more copies of its single than Oasis, whose management came up with various excuses; there were two versions of Blur’s single and supposedly problems with Oasis’ single’s barcode. Noel’s response was more succinct; he said he wished Blur would “catch AIDS and die.” He later apologized.