I can’t believe the movie Baby Driver is literally based off this early 2000s music video that Edgar directed, which featured Noel, Julian, and Nick Frost. That’s why they played a clip of it in Baby Driver.
(Know that different countries sometimes assign a different gender to one and the same name. For example, Michelle is a strongly female name in germany while it’s not considered feminine in others countries. It’s possible that some of those names are gendered in your country.)
Interviewer: Do you think that having the Verve around is good for you? They’re one of the few bands capable of kicking you up the arse.
Liam: We can get more inspiration off the likes of the Verve than off of Prodigy or anyone else.
Noel: It’s about time that band done sommat, because Richard is a genius, right. And the rest of them–and Nick is, Nick McCabe, he’s one of the best guitar players I’ve ever seen. And they’re a great band, and even when we supported them years and years and years ago, they were a great band then, and circumstances just worked against them. And I was the happiest man in the world when that band went to number one with their album.
Liam: It means more to us than it probably does to them.
Int: It’s strange because as Verve fans, people who follow the Verve, everyone feels really vindicated by the fact that they’ve gone on to be successful. Everyone who liked the Verve, back then.
Noel: Who feels vindicated? All the people that were slagging them off three years ago?
Int: No, no–
Noel: We were the only people who were saying about that band–I don’t write songs about many people, I’ve written songs about him [Liam], I’ve written songs about me mam, I’ve written songs about Richard Ashcroft. That man is a genius, right. And I’ll tell you what, man. He ain’t doing it for him. He’s doing it for me, because that geezer–
Int: How do you mean, for you?
Noel: Because he has got to be a better songwriter than me, right, and then in return I have got to write better songs than him. And that’s what it’s about. And people are going to build up this thing about The Verve vs. Oasis, but we go back so far, from Manchester, Wigan, that they will never be able to touch the bond and the friendship that we have with that band.
- Liam and Noel reveal themselves to be huge Verve fanboys in their Evening Session interview, 23-10-97. People always talk about Oasis vs. Blur, but in Noel and Liam’s minds it was clearly The Verve that they had to compete with.
Watch Trailer for Mr. Roosevelt, Written and Directed by and Starring Noël Wells
As is sometimes the case with people who have a very short run at Saturday Night Live, they flourish in their career post-SNL.
Jenny Slate is a great example of that and Noël Wells seems to be walking a similar path.
After a memorable turn on Master of None, Wells has made a debut as a writer/director/star with her film, Mr. Roosevelt. This film puts Wells in the spotlight in the very uncomfortable situation of staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
See for yourself in the trailer, then look out for Mr. Roosevelt in theaters later this month on Friday, October 27th.
Emily Martin is a struggling 20-something who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy after graduating college in Austin, Texas. When a loved one falls sick, she returns to Austin and runs into her ex-boyfriend, as well as his amazing and intimidating new girlfriend. Low on funds and stuck in Texas for the weekend, Emily stays with the two of them in her old, but miraculously remodeled house. She quickly finds her way into the circle of a local female badass who shows Emily a good time and tries to keep her from spinning out as she goes toe-to-toe with the new girlfriend, all the ways her ex has changed, and ultimately, her own choices and guilt about leaving the past behind.
Directed by: Noel Wells
Starring: Noel Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower, Andre Hyland, Daniella Pineda, Armen Weitzman, Doug Benson
Release date: October 27, 2017 (Austin); November 17, 2017 (LA); November 22, 2017 (NY)