Noel Gallagher on why he can’t write “sad” like Thom Yorke

"There's enough fucking bullshit in the world"

Noel Gallagher has said that he never writes songs when he’s sad – and that he leaves that to Thom Yorke.

The former Oasis turned solo star was speaking to Rolling Stone, when he said that his quest to make ‘hopeful’ music not only stands in the way of him reuniting with brother Liam, but also sets apart from the Radiohead frontman.

“I find it fascinating that people find the relationship between me and Liam fascinating,”said Gallagher. “It would only be fascinating if we were a songwriting partnership and had to make this thing work. But my songs all contain some kind of hope in them. I try to get some kind of hope and joy in there. I write when I’m happy, and I’m happy most of the time. When I’m sad – [and] I’m never really that sad – I just don’t write.


“I think there’s enough fucking bullshit in the world. You can sit and write about the news. Someone is doing it right now – Thom Yorke, probably. And I think there’s too much of that in the world. It’s very easy to write angst. I find it very difficult.”

Last month, Gallagher admitted that while Radiohead do ‘have some tunes‘, he’s never ‘in the mood for them’ and maintains that his cat is ‘more rock n’ roll‘.

Defending the band, Gallagher confessed “listen, they have done some great stuff” – but added that they “weren’t a party band”.

“No. This is the one thing that I am always going to hold against them,” said Gallagher. “My wife has a physical reaction to them, when she hears them. It’s like: ‘No – can’t do it. Once he [Thom Yorke] starts singing. Can’t do it.’ No, they’re not a party band. But I’ve got some of their tunes on my phone. But I’m never in the Radiohead moment where I’m thinking, ‘Oh, a bit of modern angst will do her!’”

Noel Gallagher
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Noel Gallagher tour dates and tickets

His upcoming tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

Sun 22 April 2018 Brighton, Brighton Centre
Tue 24 April 2018 Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Wed 25 April 2018 Aberdeen, BHGE Arena
Fri 27 April 2018 London, The SSE Arena Wembley
Mon 30 April 2018 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Tue 1 May 2018 Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
Thu 3 May 2018 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Fri 4 May 2018 Manchester, Manchester Arena
Sun 6 May 2018 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Mon 7 May 2018 Leeds, First Direct Arena
Wed 9 May 2018 Belfast, The SSE Arena
Thu 10 May 2018 Dublin, 3Arena