Noel Gallagher: ‘Oasis were 100 times bigger than today’s big bands’

Gallagher looks back at the sense of expectation surrounding the band as they recorded 'Be Here Now'

Noel Gallagher has spoken about the “massive” impact Oasis had on music during their mid-’90s imperial phase.

During a video interview posted on Oasis’s Vevo channel, the band’s main songwriter said that he think’s today’s teenage music fans would struggle to understand the sense of expectation surrounding Oasis as they recorded their 1997 album ‘Be Here Now’.

“I don’t think anyone will ever be able to fully explain to people who are maybe teenagers now what a colossal thing Oasis was in the lives of anybody who gave a shit about music,” Gallagher said. “It was massive.”

He continued: “There’s big things in music now. I do festivals all over the world and there are big bands. Fucking Oasis was a 100 times bigger than all of them put together, do you know what I mean? Particularly in England. You couldn’t accurately describe it to anyone [now].”

During the interview, Gallagher also admitted that he wishes the band had waited longer to record ‘Be Here Now’, their follow-up to 1995’s enormously successful ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’.

The band’s remastered reissue of ‘Be Here Now’ was released yesterday (October 14) and is streaming now. Watch Gallagher discuss the making of the album below.