Noel Gallagher: ‘I buy NME when Liam’s on the front so I can read him slagging me off’

High Flying Birds man says his brother doesn't 'like anyone very much'

Noel Gallagher has revealed that he buys NME whenever his brother Liam is on the front cover – so he can find out how his old bandmate has been “slagging” him off.

Speaking in this week’s 60th anniversary special collector’s edition of the magazine, the High Flying Birds man said that it had amused him to read the verbal attacks launched against him by his former Oasis cohort.

When asked if he still bought the magazine, Gallagher – who claimed earlier this month that he wouldn’t reform Oasis even if “all the staving children in the world depended on it” – replied:

I buy NME when Liam’s on the front – ‘cos I know he’ll be slagging me off.

He went on to add: “There was one point when Beady Eye was out, but I wasn’t doing anything, and Liam was on the cover of NME every few weeks, basically saying, ‘Noel’s a cunt.’

“I’d go into the newspaper shop and me two Asian mates, they’d be reading it under counter,” he continued. “‘You come for this?’ I’d see them wincing: ‘It’s not a good one…’ ‘I know.’ ‘I don’t think he likes you very much.’ ‘Yeah, I don’t think he likes anyone very much.'”

Gallagher is just one of the eight iconic cover stars on this week’s special collectors issue, with his younger sibling Liam, Arctic Monkeys, Patti Smith, John Lydon, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers and Paul Weller completing the set.

Inside, all eight cover stars reflect on their relationship with NME over the last 60 years – the high times, low times and all the hilarious moments. It’s also packed with interviews from Kasabian, Green Day, Biffy Clyro and Beth Ditto talking through their favourite ever NME covers.

It also includes a free copy of the first ever issue of the magazine. The issue, which was published in 1952, features all the biggest stars from the era, including Vera Lynn, Alan Dean and Heath and Hylton, plus the big debate on whether two-beat Dixieland music rules over four-beat Big Band.

It’s also packed with timely news coverage – including an exclusive story announcing that the Government would soon introduce commercial radio in Britain for the first time. Plus the hottest new music tips – including a certain “sexy singer from America” – future Amy Winehouse collaborator Tony Bennett.

Watch a raft of artists from Bat For Lashes, The Futureheads, Kate Nash, Gallows, Charli XCX, Major Lazer and more wish us a happy 60th birthday in the video below.

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