Noel Gallagher – NME People Of The Year 2015

WHO: The world’s greatest interviewee. Also a songwriter.


On Sleaford Mods “They are like fucking Brown Bottle in Viz. It’s just two guys, one clearly mentally ill, shouting about fucking cider and shit chicken. There’s no joy in that.” NME, January
On Alex Turner “I would rather drink petrol straight from the nozzle at a garage than listen to an interview with Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys. Wouldn’t you?” Evening Standard, February
On Oasis “If you could sum up my career with films, Oasis was a cross between The Wolf Of Wall Street and Saving Private Ryan – it was all about struggle and chaos.” Vogue, March


On headlining festivals “Just get up there and give it 75 per cent! One always has to save some for the aftershow.” NME, June
On his brother “Where’s Liam? He’s at home looking at himself in the mirror.” Onstage at Latitude, July
On the Apple Music launch “Unless there’s a fucking section that says ‘Noel Gallagher’s music collection’ I won’t be listening to it.” The Varvet International podcast, August
On the United Nations doing sod all in Syria “What on earth was that assembly set up for, if not for things like this?” NME, September

On appearing on Desert Island Discs “I’m reaching the grey army!” Q Awards, October
On the music press “I reckon if Thom Yorke fucking shit into a light bulb and started blowing it like an empty beer bottle it’d probably get 9 out of 10 in fucking Mojo.” Esquire, November
On the Paris attacks “It makes music even more special. These fucking animals are trying to take that shit away from us. They hate women. They hate music. That’s all I love. It’s even more important to put more music out there in the world – to protest that, to counter that.” Music Feeds, December

WHAT HE SAYS: “I love interviews because I get to be a gobshite, and I get to do that thing: to be the last of a dying breed.”


WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT HIM: “It’s a rite of passage to get a pasting from Noel Gallagher” – Gus Unger-Hamilton, Alt-J

HOW HE MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE: By never, ever losing his sense of humour.

Read about why we picked the rest of our People of the Year 2015:

Taylor Swift – For establishing herself as the most powerful pop star on the planet
Kendrick Lamar – For making rap righteous again
The Libertines – For the year’s most beautiful (and unlikely) comeback
Mhairi Black – For changing the face of British politics
Skepta – For taking grime global
Miley Cyrus – For refusing to conform, and celebrating diversity
Nicki Minaj – For speaking out on race, gender and sexuality
Mathieu Flamini – For trying to save the world with his geo-energy company GF Biochemicals
Adele – For breaking every record in music history
Jennifer Lawrence – For being the year’s best role model
JJ Abrams – For re-awakening The Force