by Walter Price
People are so comfortable these days being offended and/or waiting to be so. Boring really. People also try to skip things they deem too far out from their wheelhouse. Anyway, Noel Gallagher is fast doing two things. A) Becoming one of the more entertaining rock stars with his High Flying Birds ‘Chasing Yesterday’ wall to wall excellent and B) Moving from cantankerous self-serving loud mouthed lout (allegedly) into a voice of pop culture and beyond reason.
Move over Morrissey and Robert Plant, Noel Gallagher is possibly the new king of quotables. Have a look at the best things said in the recent intedrview with Jason Newman at Rolling Stone: (seems like I did this already, recently)
The last two tours I’ve done I’ve enjoyed immensely because I know a) I’m going to turn up for the fuckin’ gig; b) I’m going to finish the gig.
Smaller Club Auidiences
We’d been so huge in Oasis for years and then we did this fan club thing in Cologne, Germany, and the crowd was right there and it was the first time we’ve ever done it. There were these German kids and nobody said a word and it was really weird. [Oasis singer] Liam [Gallagher] was getting really stressed about the whole thing. I said, “Well, fuckin’ hell, that was awful.” But the more that I do it, the more I’m really at home with it now. I can engage with the audience and we have a good laugh. So I prefer this now. It’s a funny thing; I’ve grown.
U2’s Stage Shows
God bless that band because they do take that side of it very seriously. I’ve been privy to discussions about what they were going to do. Part of me thinks, “Oh, thank God I don’t have to worry about that ’cause I really don’t give a fuck about that side of it.” Get me up there, plug me in. That’s my shit. But because they are the biggest band in the world and they care about their shows and all that kind of thing, they have to keep outdoing themselves, and it’s great for us as fans because you’re getting to see something different every night.
What do these old men in the courtroom think is going to happen? Do they think that depravity is just going to be fuckin’ rained down upon the world because two people from the same sex can recognize each other in a marriage partnership? You have the religious fuckin’ thing in this country and it’s fuckin’ insane. It’s insane. The religious right would go back to stoning doctors in the street who perform abortions. That’s fucked up
Marriage is not about that; it’s about a commitment between two people spending their lives with each other. They’ll throw the procreation thing in there to muddy the waters a little bit.
It’s a strange thing for that lad to have done at that age. The greatest quote was — I laughed out loud when I read it — “I just want to be a normal 22-year-old.” Pfft. Who wants to be a normal 22-year-old?! Hang on a minute. You can be fucking anything that moves and gettin’ paid half a million dollars a week, you fuckin’ idiot. You want to be a normal 22-year-old? Have you met any normal 22-year-olds? They’re fuckin’ shit-for-brains. What are you talking about, you fuckin’ idiot? God. All those young Japanese girls suckin’ me cock. [Sarcastically] So shallow and meaningless. I’ll say this to you, Zayn: You might have wanted to be a normal 22-year-old, but you won’t want to be a normal 25-year-old.
I think ultimately with the spiel they came out with, it was like, “Do these people think they’re the fuckin’ Avengers? They’re going to save the fuckin’ [world].” I was speaking to Chris [Martin] the day after, and I said, “Are you after a Nobel Peace Prize? Is that what you’re after?” They were like, “We’re going to fuckin’ save the music business.” And I’m just sitting there, thinking [imitates smoking weed] you might want to write a decent chorus for a fuckin’ start. Never mind fuckin’ royalties and the “power of music.” Write a tune. Fuckin’ start with that.
Brother Liam, ‘Misunderstandings’ and Oasis Reforming
He’s being a bit disingenuous to Oasis fans in the sense that he always gets their hopes up.
There was a rumor last week that we’ve had a gentleman’s agreement [to reform the band], but that rumor’s come from his people. It’s a “source close to him,” and I’ll tell you how close it is: She probably wakes up with him every morning. It’s always left to me in an interview to let the kids down. People say, “You’re breaking these kids’ hearts.” Well, what the fuck, man?
Check out the rest of Jason Newman’s Q&A with Noel and hear about legalizing drugs, Morrissey, his daughter and career success and Blur. Plus audio. Do it HERE
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