Pair spent time in Los Angeles with a sober Russell Brand
Gallagher has previously revealed that one song on his new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, titled ‘Riverman’, was inspired by Morrissey playing him Brian Protheroe’s ‘Pinball’ on the night they spent in LA.
Speaking to The Quietus about what happened that evening with Morrissey and Brand, Gallagher said: “We [Noel and Russell Brand] get to this gaff – this is like at seven in the evening – and I’m saying to Russell, ‘I’m up for it tonight, but I don’t want to keep Sara up all night, we’ll kick things in the head about two.'” And Russell snorts. ‘Two o’clock? We’ll be out of here in 40 minutes! I can’t handle Morrissey for more than 40 minutes: he’s fucking mental!’ So, we go in, and there he’s sat, and I could write a book on that night.”
He continues: “Russell doesn’t drink so me and Morrissey were roaring drunk. First thing, he got up and sort of shook my hand. I said, ‘Alright mate, how’re you doing?’ because I’ve met him at awards ceremonies, I’ve been on planes with him going to festivals. He’d just cancelled all the gigs in South America because he had whatever it was. So I go, ‘I thought you just cancelled a load of gigs, I thought you were at death’s door.’ And he said [raises eyebrows, does the voice again] ‘Yet here I am’.
“I was saying to him, ‘So, when you were with The Smiths, the melodies that you wrote… well, you had all these words, but your way with melody is quite unique, it’s not the blues and it’s not pop, so did you have all these songs before you met Johnny?’
“And he says [preens] ‘I did’. And I was like, ‘Did you?’ He said, ‘I had them on cassette’. And I said, ‘But you can’t play the guitar’. He said, ‘No, no, but I had a little drumkit’. And I said, ‘What, a drum kit?’ and he said, ‘Yes, yes, yes’. And I said, ‘What did you have a drumkit for?’ and he said, ‘Well, not many people know this, but Rice Krispies once asked me to do a jingle for them’. So I said, ‘Really? Did you do it?’ and he said, ‘No, no, no, I wouldn’t play it.’ The he paused and leaned over, and said, ‘I wouldn’t wear the leather.'”
Gallagher has done a number of interviews recently as he prepares to release new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, which is out on March 2. Speaking to NME, he admitted he would love to accept Carl Barât’s invitation to produce the new Libertines album, but the band’s insistence on recording abroad means he will be unable to participate.