Noel Gallagher on Oasis cover in John Lewis Christmas advert: ‘The cheque makes it highly worthwhile

Gallagher says Christmas is 'not my favourite time of year'

Noel Gallagher has discussed Oasis‘ song ‘Half The World Away’ being used in this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.

Norwegian singer Aurora recently covered the 1994 B-side for the UK department store’s annual Christmas advertising campaign, a move which angered many Oasis fans.

Now Noel has commented on the cover, lamenting that the song “will forever be synonymous with Christmas from now on and, as is well known, it’s not my favourite time of year”.


Gallagher was speaking to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 earlier this week when he added: “Having said that, at least it comes with a cheque, which, believe me, is highly worthwhile.”

He continued: “Don’t go buying me John Lewis vouchers for Christmas, trying to be a smart arse, inside a card that says ‘Noel'”.

Noel’s brother Liam recently labelled Noel a “sell out” for allowing use of the Oasis song in the John Lewis advert, according to reports.

Elsewhere in the same interview, Noel Gallagher discussed his regrets over the way Oasis broke up.

He said: “Leaving Oasis – that was a horrible night [in Paris, 2009]. I knew that it was going to be a decision that would follow me around – there’s still not a day where I don’t read something about us getting back together – so I knew what I was getting myself into. [It was the right thing to do], definitely. What Oasis had in its future was to do bigger tours and generate more money, which is great. I wasn’t planning on going solo, but it was such a mess that I was happier off [doing that].”


He added: “I wish – this is all in hindsight – that we hadn’t broken up. That we all agreed we’d all do different things, and then one day we’d all get back together – but it all got vicious, and I wish it had been handled differently. But I don’t have too many regrets.”

Gallagher also said that he is not interested in seeing The Stone Roses live unless the band record a new album, following the group’s recent reunion.

“I’d love to see Ian Brown sing ‘Champagne Supernova’,” Gallagher joked. “If they asked, yeah, but I’m not planning to go to the gigs. I didn’t really go to the last ones. I did a few gigs with them. If they’re going to make a new record I’d go and see that but I’ve seen them before.”

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