Noel Gallagher Talks About His Brother, Band Reunions And More
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.07.2013
He says he could put out four albums now if he wanted...
Noel Gallagher had an interview with Time Out Dubai in which he talked about his brother Liam, band reunions and more. Here are highlights:
On if he's working on new material: "I'm always writing. I've got lots of songs, more songs than I know what to do with. If somebody put a gun to my head tomorrow and said ‘I need four albums by the end of the week', I could probably do it."
On if he's surprised by the popularity of his solo album: "Well yeah, because you can never really account for those things. I knew that the record was good, but the pages of iTunes are filled with great records that never sold a single copy. I'm surprised I got to where I am in such a short space of time. It's kind of spoilt it a little bit: I was expecting a little bit of a trip from small clubs to theatres, to maybe one day in the far off distant future getting to play arenas. And it happened overnight and I was kind of thinking: oh right, I'm just back to where I was with Oasis really."
On the liklihood of an Oasis reunion: "I don't live that far, I could probably get there and back in 40 minutes... For the sake of headlines all over the press, I'm not going to answer that because it would just be nonsense. Look, it's not going to happen in 2015 [the 20th anniversary of (What's the Story) Morning Glory?] because the boys in the other band [Beady Eye] are all flat out busy, they're making a record at the minute so they're going to be on the road until 2015 you'd imagine. And I probably will have been coerced into doing something by then. I wish people would give it up – it's not going to happen, for no other reason than we've moved on. That's not to say it won't happen in 25 years time, or 20 years. And where did this mythical date come from anyway? Why not 2017? Why not 2014? Why not celebrate the release of Definitely, Maybe – never mind Morning Glory. I understand people are interested, and The Stone Roses have done it, and Led Zeppelin have done it, and blah, blah, blah."
On being backstage at the BRIT Awards: "There are no characters left in the music business. When we first started going there was a healthy percentage of people, and we were all [dirt]-kickers from council estates, and we all couldn't believe our luck that we were at the Brits. You go in now and everybody is a careerist. It's very corporate, and you know what I've actually seen people doing at the Brits? Eating. I saw the drummer from Muse smoking an electronic cigarette. A cigarette with a battery in. I had to say to him: ‘Really? Really? Is that where you are at? Do me a favour mate, either have a proper one outside, or don't have one.' It lit up green when he had a drag of it. Nonsense. He said that immortal line – ‘oh you know how it is mate'. And I said ‘I'm sorry mate, I actually don't.'"
On former Oasis members Andy Bell and Gem Archer being in Liam's band and not his: "I don't feel anything. I left [Oasis] and that was it. As far as I was aware Oasis were going to carry on with the name. And I was more than prepared to give the name up. Then somebody convinced them it would be a bit of a sham and they changed their name, and that was it. I've got no problem with it."