Noel Gallagher has helped present the breakfast show on Absolute Radio, pouring forth wisdom on life, the universe and everything.
Love him or loathe him, but Noel Gallagher makes for entertaining company. With his debut solo album almost upon us, the one time Oasis songwriter has stepped out and done the media rounds in some style.
Appearing on BBC Newsnight recently, Noel Gallagher followed this by helping to present the Christian O’Connell breakfast show on Absolute Radio. Helping read out the travel updates, the songwriter moved between telling personal anecdotes and revealing what fans can expect from his new album.
Probed about his love of ‘The X Factor’ the songwriter explained that he doesn’t take the show seriously. “People in the music business tend to take it way too seriously, ‘Oh it’s destroying music and it’s spoilt the Christmas number one that has’. Good. Good, I’m glad it has. It’s great television, I do like it, I particularly like when the live sing-offs start.”
At one point explaining that women don’t normally form groups due to “bitching” the songwriter was challenged about his own experiences in Oasis. “That wasn’t bitching, that was outright insulting and verbal warfare, it wasn’t sly bitching” he explained. “Everybody spoke their mind at all times. That could be the understatement of the decade.”
Asked about his upcoming live performances, Noel Gallagher stated that his attitudes haven’t changed. Reflecting on past shows, the songwriter recalled an incident while on tour with Oasis.
“Morrissey said to me one night, sorry to name-drop here but there we go, Morrissey said to us one night in the dressing room, he’d come to see us in LA, it was before we went on stage, he said ‘So, what can we expect tonight?’ and I was like ‘Well, I don’t know’, and he said ‘Do you have any new moves?’ ‘No, just got the music, mate’, and he kind of give a withering look.”
“I said to him, and this is the best thing that’s ever been said to me by anybody, someone came in and said ‘Five minutes to stage time’, and we said to Morrissey ‘Come back and see us for a drink afterwards, we’re having an after-show party’, and he said ‘Oh don’t worry about that, I’m only staying for the first three songs’. We’re like ‘Well, at least he’s being honest’.
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‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ is set to be released on October 17th.