February 16, 2007 10:58

Exclusive: Noel Gallagher interview

NME's Oasis chat is online now - in full!

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Noel Gallagher spoke with NME exclusive around this year's BRIT awards as Oasis picked up the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award.

Here now on NME.COM exclusively is the full interview with the guitarist:

NME: Congratulations on your BRIT award.
“Yeah, we’re finally up there with the Eurythmics, Sting and Bob Geldof. I don’t think congratulations are in order, to be honest. We’re taking it now because otherwise they’re going to ask us every year. It seemed the right time. We’d put out ‘Stop The Clocks’ and we’re all under 40. So we just decided, ‘Fuck it, lets do it now’.

How do the NME Awards compare with the Brits?
"The NME Awards are more natural. You get in there, get pissed, go off and get more pissed."

How important was the NME to your success?
“I think we should be proud, but so should the NME. I used to read it every week back in the 80s, and it would always say: ‘Keep a look out for this lot, they’ll take over the world’ - for once it actually happened! We’re the band that came out of those pages, took indie into the mainstream, gave every single band of the day ambition and inspired a whole generation of kids of who are coming through now. Enjoy it, it may never happen again. To paraphrase Elvis, I’m just glad I was lucky enough to be Elvis.”

When did you realise Oasis were going to be so huge?
"When we released ‘Cigarettes And Alcohol’. I was dead against releasing a fourth single from the album but it became the biggest selling single off ‘Definitely Maybe’! I think that album had the same effect as ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’. Those two albums were the most important albums of the last 40 years. Bands are still forming because of both those albums."

Where do you see your musical legacy in the current scene?
"It’s difficult to say, but it’s there because you get told how many bands formed because of that album. When I first met the Arctic Monkeys they came in our dressing room and Alex was saying he got a guitar because of Oasis. So I asked him ‘How old were you when ‘Definitely Maybe’ came out?’. He was nine! That fucking bent my head."

People are calling your Britpop rival Damon Albarn the Bowie of his generation - what does that make you?
"He’s Bowie because he’s always changing? Oh well, we’re Slade - I’m Noddy Holder! (laughs). I’ve got a lot of respect for Damon, I really do mean it. Because I’m indifferent to Damon he thinks that I think he’s a cunt. Our Liam will talk to him, I won’t because he’s just another singer in a band to me, but I don’t think he’s a cunt. Good luck to him!"

So what’s next? New album?
"Our producer Dave Sardy is coming over for the BRITs so I guess we’ll have a chat and kick around some ideas. I’ve got eight songs that I’m pretty happy with. Liam has got one or two that he thinks are brilliant. We’re waiting for Gem and Andy. ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ has been a very healthy kick in the arse. From ‘Be Here Now’ we’ve finished albums and I’ve thought ‘We can do better than that’. When that one was finished I thought ‘Fucking hell, this is good!’. I’ve found myself throwing a lot of songs away as a result. That’s healthy. I fancy doing something more elaborate with this one. It’s about time."

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