He also reiterated his plans to NME on the red carpet of the BRIT Awards 2022, where he told us of his plans to meet Gallagher at the ceremony and talk him into a collaboration.
Asked how he’d go about starting up a conversation with Gallagher, the 22-year-old replied: “I’ll just say, ‘Why are [you] not on my album yet?’ See how it goes from there.”
Now, speaking to NME for this week’s Big Read, Gallagher has responded saying that he won’t be appearing on Aitch’s album.
Gallagher said: “He ain’t got seven million fucking quid – he ain’t got fucking seven fucking quid, never mind fucking seven million.”
He continued: “Listen, I don’t do that – that’s not for me, man. He seems like a nice lad, but I don’t wanna be on anyone’s album.”
Gallagher – a famous Manchester City fan – also said Aitch’s football allegiances would prevent his working with him.
“He’s a United fan, so it ain’t fucking happening,” Liam added. “When I read that, I was like, ‘No mate’. He don’t need me on his album anyway, but I do appreciate the fact that he thinks I’m cool, I guess. Even if he did have seven million pounds, I wouldn’t do it because I can’t be fucking bought.”
The Blur and Gorillaz frontman was on the receiving end of a backlash last month when he said that Swift’s “co-writing” approach was at odds with his “traditionalist” view of songwriting.
This led to Swift hitting back with the tweet: “@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”
A number of musicians also jumped to her defence, which led Albarn to subsequently apologise “unreservedly and unconditionally” to Swift, claiming that his words had been “reduced to clickbait”.
When asked by NME whether co-writing isn’t “real” songwriting, Gallagher replied: “Says who? All them fucking gorilla albums are co-writes aren’t they? I get it – Noel bangs on about it as well: ‘I’m more important than you because I write my fucking songs’.”
With regard to the Albarn backlash, he continued: “Well, he [Albarn] won’t be saying that again in a hurry, though, will he? Did he not get ran out of fucking town by the Swifters? I think [Taylor’s] fucking cool, man. She does write her songs and I’m sure she’s co-wrote with people.”
Speaking about Grohl’s contribution on ‘Everything’s Electric’, Gallagher said it was chosen over a number of offerings from his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins because “it’s an out-and-out rock’n’roll tune”.
Gallagher added that Hawkins’ ideas were less to his taste. “They’re a fucking bit kinky, man,” he said. “I’m like, ‘You don’t need me, man – you carry on doing that stuff’.”
Gallagher’s new solo album ‘C’mon You Know’ is set to be released on May 27 via Warner Music.
On March 2, Gallagher will collect the this year’s Music Moment Of The Year Award at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Tickets to the event are on sale now and available here.