Noel Gallagher: ‘If Paul McCartney writes an Oasis comeback single, then we’ll talk’
Noel Gallagher has commented on recent remarks made by Paul McCartney encouraging an Oasis reunion.
YAHOO MUSIC:So I know you have a new solo album, but I have to ask this. One of your heroes, Paul McCartney, recently said in an interview that he thinks Oasis should get back together…
Noel Gallagher: “I did read that, yeah.”
So, what did you think of that? That’s some pretty major encouragement right there.
“Yeah, well, tell him if he writes our comeback single, it’s on. Tell him to write an Oasis track and then we’ll talk. I’ll just put that out there.”
How do you feel about this near-constant clamoring for an Oasis reunion, even after all these years?
“It’s flattering. It’s funny, in the sense that it really does sum up the British psyche, that when we were together the press couldn’t wait for it to fucking implode, and then when it did implode, they can’t wait for it to be back together again. I think from a fan’s point of view it’s flattering that people still want it, and then if I’m taking a real overview of it all, I think it’s sad that it’s needed. Because there are no other bands out there for anyone to focus their attention on every week. If we go back to '94, when we broke, nobody mentioned anybody reuniting, because we were the big shit, and that was it. We didn’t need anybody else, didn’t need the Beatles anymore from the '60s or the Pistols or any of that, you know? Our generation had its own thing. This generation doesn’t have it, so they harken back to the last one. It’s nice that they’re talking about my group, my songs, but…”
Why do you think this is the case?
“It’s all because of the Internet, because you can Google nostalgia quite easily… Enough generations grow up looking back, so nobody’s looking forward, you know? My fear would be, is it gonna take for all of us to die, for the next generation of youth to get something for themselves? Is it gonna take the fact that [the legends have] all gone, they’re all dead? But I believe someone must be around the corner, because there’s not a great band to come along for a long, long time now.”
Do you really believe that? No one?
“There are good bands and some of them write good tunes, but when I mean great, I’m not a barometer of greatness and I don’t define greatness, but we all know that thing. It’s not in the records, because records are subjective. It’s just a thing, and there’s not been a band with the thingfor a long time. People make great music, people write great tunes and do great gigs and all that, but really who’s got the fucking thing? The magic? I don’t see it.”
I suppose you have it…
“Nah, I don’t think I’ve got the magic. I think I had the magic, but I’m too old for magic now.”
So, there will be no Oasis reunion, I assume?
“No. I’d do it if I needed the money. If I was broke, I would do it. And I’d be quite frank about that. But I’ve got no need to do it. I couldn’t think of a good enough reason. We could sit and debate and you could throw reasons at me, but musically, what would I want to do that for? I’m not really interested in what fans want. I’m not bothered about that. If you didn’t see us [before], then you didn’t see us. I’ve never seen Nirvana. So fucking what? The world’s not gonna end. Lots of people never saw the Beatles or the Sex Pistols, and it didn’t make a fucking bit of difference to music, do you know what I mean? I wouldn’t do it. I don’t need it for the glory; I get enough of that. I don’t need the money. I don’t need the fucking hassle. I just don’t see a reason. The only reason I would ever do it is if I was broke, or maybe if Liam was broke… And I would fucking stand in front a room of a thousand people of the press and I would say, “This isn’t for musical reasons. I’m broke, so I need to do it.” And if Liam was broke and he was destitute, then I would fucking help him out.”
“Because we need each other, we believe in one another…” :(
Aliens don’t exist. A very reliable source confirmed.
“Me? nah, i don’t believe in fookin’ aliens, man. i mean, I -as God- don’t remember creating those cunts.” Former Oasis rocker told NME in his latest interview, adding, “go buy my new record you wankers, it’s pure gold! I was so fookin pleased with my own genius I didn’t even sleep last night. d'youknowwarramean?”
The Chief also reassured us for the 137th time that there won’t be an Oasis reunion anytime soon, even if “Dora The Explorer (talking about his brother, Liam Gallagher) accepts the fact that he’s not John fookin Lennon” and “…learns to articulate a proper fookin sentence without using the fookin F word”.