Ever since his first interview as a young and cocky guitarist back in the early 90’s, Noel Gallagher’s opinion has always been one worth noting. Whether you agree with him or not, you can’t accuse him of sitting on the fence.
Today Rolling Stone have published a telephone interview with the former Oasis man, who used it as a chance to offer his thoughts on all the big music events of 2013. From David Bowie to Miley Cyrus, Noel puts everything into perspective in his own eminently quotable way.
Read on for his funny summing up of 2013:
Noel on Bowie’s album The Next Day:
There’s at least three songs on there that you listen to them and immediately pick the guitar up and just think, “Fucking bastard! Why did I never write that?” I think it’s some of the best stuff he’s ever done. I’d give it 10 out of 10. I’d give it 11 out of 10, if I could.
Noel on the Kanye interviews and Yeezus:
…somebody told me to watch this interview he did in England, so I watched it and I thought it was one of the best interviews I’ve ever seen. I fuckin’ loved it! Especially the bit about the leather jogging pants or whatever he’s going on about, fucking claiming he invented them.
<blockquote/.So I got the album, and it’s fucking great. I really like it. Particularly that track (‘Black Skinhead’) – it’s fucking out there, do you know what I mean? It’s got a great low-fi, punk vibe to it.
Noel on the state of guitar music:
I don’t think that guitar music is any better or worse than it’s ever been. There’s just a lack of exposure to it. The game has shifted to shiny, urban pop, you know? It’s like, back in the Nineties, when I was going, guitar music was the main thing in Britain or England. Now the focus has shifted to something else. But that’s all right. You’ve got to find it yourself.
Noel on Robin Thicke:
I think he’s going to be a one-hit wonder, surely. It’ll be like that guy who’s done “Gangnam Style” – we’ll never hear from him again.
Noel on Miley:
She was on TV recently, Miley Ray Cyrus, and it was just like, “What the fuck is all this about?” I don’t know. It’s a shame, because it puts all the other female artists back about fucking five years… It’s just embarrassing. Be good. Don’t be outrageous. Anybody can be outrageous! I could go to the Rolling Stone office and fucking shit on top of a boiled egg, right? And people would go, “Wow, fucking hell, that’s outrageous!” But is it any good? No, because, essentially, it’s just a shit on top of a boiled egg. That’s all it is.
Noel on Arcade Fire:
Anybody that comes back with a double album, to me, needs to pry themselves out of their own asshole. This is not the Seventies, okay? Go and ask Billy Corgan about a double album. Who has the fucking time, in 2013, to sit through 45 minutes of a single album? How arrogant are these people to think that you’ve got an hour and a half to listen to a fucking record?