Noel recently said he wants to take a break from music next year to avoid making another album like the band’s much-maligned 1997 effort.
When asked about the comments, former Oasis rhythm guitarist Bonehead told NME: “I can’t speak for him but I don’t honestly think it was shit, because it wasn’t.”
He added: “It wasn’t on a par with ‘Definitely Maybe’ but I certainly wouldn’t say it was shit. If ‘Be Here Now’ was the latest debut album, it would get rave reviews. But if you’re following on the back of ‘Definitely Maybe’ then it’s hard to follow isn’t it? The press jumped in and slated it because it was the difficult one after ‘Definitely Maybe’ and ‘What’s The Story…’ Maybe Noel’s just saying that to cover his back but I certainly don’t think it’s a shit album.”
Oasis’ third album is widely considered to be one of their worst with Noel Gallagher himself describing it as “the sound of a bunch of guys, on coke, in the studio, not giving a fuck. All the songs are really long and all the lyrics are shit and for every millisecond Liam is not saying a word, there’s a fucking guitar riff in there in a Wayne’s World stylie.”
Bonehead, aka Paul Arthurs, played rhythm guitar in Oasis from 1991 to 1999. He left during the recording of the band’s fourth album ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ stating that he wanted to spend more time with his family. He was replaced in the band by Gem Archer, who now plays with Liam Gallagher in Beady Eye.
He is currently working on an album with his new band Parlour Flames, which is set for release in February of next year.