The 16 messiest break-ups in music history….

When they broke up: 28 August, 2009 Who was involved: Noel and Liam Gallagher What happened: The relationship between the Gallagher brothers has always been a turbulent one, and with the addition of drugs, rock n’roll and tabloid fascination, so was Oasis’s history. But after nearly a decade of constantly changing bandmates, poor record sales and worse gigs, the brothers called it a day after yet another fight backstage. Two gigs were cancelled at the last minute with the statement that Oasis “does not exist anymore”. Two hours later, Noel elucidated: “with some sadness and great relief…I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.” Picture: BBC
When they broke up: 1993 Who was involved: Joey Santiago, Black Francis, David Lovering, and Kim Deal What happened: Deal and Francis never got on well, the former only joining the band via an ad in the newspaper. Francis became extremely jealous of Deal – who was adored by the fans – and after a draining tour supporting U2, he announced in an interview that the band was over, unbeknownst to the other members. He later notified Deal of his decision by fax, and over the next decade, didn’t speak to her at all. Picture: Rex Features
When they broke up: 2004 Who was involved: Frontman Anton Newcombe and guitarist Matt Hollywood What happened: The band’s dizzying yet volatile rise, as depicted in the classic documentary Dig!, led to both creative and personal differences. While playing a show in Los Angeles, the problems came to a head, with Newcombe (at the time, a heroin junkie) and Hollywood engaging in a swearing match, before wrestling one another to the floor. Founding member Hollywood quit immediately. Picture: Getty Images
When they broke up: 1990 Who was involved: Gary Kemp, in that the rest of the band tried, and failed, to sue him What happened: The band split in 1990, but it wasn’t until a decade later when things really reached their ugly peak. Singer Tony Hadley, drummer John Keeble and saxophonist/percussionist Steve Norman unsuccessfully sued Gary Kemp over royalties. Kemp’s brother Martin, the band’s bassist, didn’t get involved with the proceedings.
When they broke up: 17 December 2004 Who was involved: Frontmen Carl Barât and Pete Doherty What happened: After months of Doherty’s increasing drug use, he ended up in prison after burgling Barât’s flat when the latter failed to turn up to a reunion gig. In the process, the pair worked hard on their fractured relationship, writing their most successful music to date, second album The Libertines, and Top 11 single, Don’t Look Back Into the Sun. Unsurprisingly, even matching tattoos couldn’t fix the fact they couldn’t play a gig together. Finally, a year after they all played together, Barât called it a day in Paris.
When they broke up: 1984/1996 Who was involved: Mick Avory/Ray Davies/Pete Davies What happened: The Kinks rumbled along from 1964 for the next 20 years but then drummer Avory fell out with Dave Davies. The two brothers kept going until 1996 but repeated disagreements, including Ray reportedly stamping on his brother’s birthday cake, ended the band. In May 2014, Ray Davies was asked at Hay whether there would be a reunion. “Ah, we were always tempestuous,” he said, recalling the time that drummer Mick Avory “tried to kill my brother on stage in Cardiff”. The altercation ended with Dave unconscious and hospital treatment for a wound requiring 16 stitches. Ray Davies said a reunion would require new music, adding with a wry smile: “In any case, my brother still has an issue with the drummer. If they resolve their issues, I might be there.” Picture: Rex Features

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