Bono's advice to Noel Gallagher: 'As long as your shit's good, you don't have to be'

'U2 have written some of the best choruses of our generation,' Gallagher states


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Noel Gallagher has revealed some advice he received from Bono, claiming that the U2 frontman told him that success simply boiled down to the quality of the songs you write.

"U2 have written some of the best choruses of our generation, of our lifetime even," Gallagher told Triple J in a new interview. 

"What I've learnt from them is: as long as your choruses are good, you don't have to be. If you get the balance right, you can stick around in the music business forever. If you fall into the trap of thinking you're great and you're - for want of a better word - shit isn't, then you're not going to last very long but if what you do is great then you don't have to be good at all."

Gallagher added: "I'm not a great singer, I'm not a great guitarist, I certainly can't dance but because my songs resonate with people - I can get away with it. Bono told me that one night, he said 'as long as your shit's good, you don't have to be good'."

The former Oasis guitarist has long been vocal of his love for U2, describing their recent 'Innocence and Experience' live show as a "psychedelic experience".

Elsewhere in the Triple J interview, Gallagher took time to pay tribute to Paul Weller.

"You are talking [about] guy who's been at it for 50 years but he doesn't seem like that, seems like a teenager. That is something to aspire to," Gallagher said.

"[He] truly and utterly lives it day to day; he means it and when he's in the studio he's totally immersed in the record he's making. What I've learnt from him is you've got to own it, you've got to mean it; he puts everything into his gigs and his performances and recording sessions." 

"And it infuriates him that I don't. I'm saying, 'yeah but Paul, the Greats don't really have to try, you know?' You're working up a sweat there - I'm sitting here putting the kettle on watching the football."

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