Noel Gallagher: ‘I’d rather drink petrol straight from the nozzle than listen to Alex Turner’

Gallagher insults Arctic Monkeys frontman as he says there are no "characters" left in music

Noel Gallagher has said that he would rather “drink petrol straight from the nozzle” than listen to Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talk.

Gallagher’s comments came in an outspoken interview with the Evening Standard in which he rallied against the lack of “characters” in the music industry and stating his belief that “alternative thinking is on the way out”.

“There doesn’t seem to be any characters any more,” Gallagher said. “When you have proper characters, the music sort of becomes secondary – it looks after itself. Look at bands like The Smiths and The Jam – all great characters.


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Aiming fire at Alex Turner, he continued: “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? Alternative thinking is on its way out. They just don’t make for great copy. Is it any coincidence that all the indie labels got bought up by the major labels and things have started to get boring?”

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James Blunt, who Gallagher labeled “boring” in a different interview last month, was among his other targets. “I remember the Brits in 1994 – we were all shit-faced on drugs. The new names like James Blunt, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J – they defer to the [record] labels. The bands that I grew up with had a healthy dose of indifference and contempt towards their labels. That has gone.”

It was recently reported that Gallagher had revealed that his collaboration album with psychedelic producers Amorphous Androgynous will “never see the light of day” because “the mixes weren’t right” and he just “couldn’t be arsed” to put out another record.

Ed Sheeran, meanwhile, has responded to Noel’s remarks that he couldn’t live in a world where Ed Sheeran headlines Wembley, stating: “I can live in it, it’s really enjoyable.”

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will headline London’s Calling Festival on July 4. The event, which takes place on Clapham Common, will also see performances from Ryan Adams, The Hives and Echo And The Bunnymen.