Noel Gallagher: 'I’d have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon'

The outspoken Oasis founder laments the lack of working-class musical culture and says that Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian have done nothing to inspire ‘new noise coming from the council estates’

Noel Gallagher has spoken about the lack of working-class voices in contemporary music, suggesting the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian have made no impact in terms of encouraging any new “noise coming from the council estates”.

During an interview for the BBC Master Tapes show, via NME, a member of the audience questioned the Oasis founder about the health of the current British music scene. “You only have to look at the charts, what happened at the end of the 90s, all those bands used to be in the top 10, like us, Manics, Pulp, the Verve, Suede and Blur, and I think bands like that have been marginalised and sidelined,” he said. “There’s X Factor and all that kind of thing, but you name me the last great band that came out of this country? There’s not really been any great bands in the last 10 years.”

Specifically lamenting the lack of exciting bands (adding that One Direction were “not a band” but a group), Gallagher said that Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian had done little in the last decade to expand the variety of musicians operating in an increasingly middle-class music industry:

Shame on those two bands for a start because they didn’t inspire anybody else. The working classes have not got a voice any more. There doesn’t seem to be a noise coming from the council estates, you know what I mean?

I’d have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon in the 90s, one interview, destroyed, gone, never to be heard of again. Easy, had ’em for breakfast. My bass player summed it up – we’re constantly saying: ‘Where is the next band coming from?’ and he rightly says: ‘Never mind the band, where are the people?’”

Gallagher added: “When I first started I wanted to get in the charts and wreck it, like stamp Phil Collins out and Wet Wet Wet, they’ve got to go, and all that 80s gear, we don’t need that any more. I don’t see anything from the working class, I just don’t see it.”

The musician’s recent statements echo his comments from a 2013 interview in weekly men’s magazine Shortlist, claiming that it was only the “middle-class” bands that refused to play at Teenage Cancer Trust gigs taking place at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The new album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday, is released in March.

Contributor

Guardian music

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Suede/Noel Gallagher | Pop review
Fifteen years after Britpop's prime, Suede find the old spark and swagger while Noel Gallagher runs through the Oasis songbook

Kitty Empire

28, Mar, 2010 @12:05 AM

Article image
Noel Gallagher: Oasis will re-form, for £20m
Britpop leader has named his price for a reunion with ‘very angry man’ Liam, as new Oasis documentary is screened at Cannes

Guardian music

18, May, 2016 @9:20 AM

Article image
Noel Gallagher lifted new album from Oasis sessions, claims Liam

Former Oasis singer says songs on forthcoming project from brother Noel were conceived during work on Dig Out Your Soul

Sean Michaels

06, Jan, 2011 @10:25 AM

Article image
Noel Gallagher: I think Liam should make a solo record
In a recent interview, the former Oasis leader has suggested his brother should ‘put his balls on the line’ and make a new album following Beady Eye’s split

Guardian music

30, Dec, 2014 @2:50 PM

Article image
Noel Gallagher | Pop review
Royal Albert Hall, London
Unshackled from Liam, Noel gives new meaning to old classics, writes Alexis Petridis

Alexis Petridis

26, Mar, 2010 @9:30 PM

Article image
Noel Gallagher gets married without inviting Liam
Former Oasis guitarist ties the knot with partner Sara MacDonald while estranged brother tours the States with Beady Eye

Sean Michaels

20, Jun, 2011 @11:58 AM

Article image
Liam Gallagher compares Noel and wife to Fred and Rosemary West
The feud between the Oasis brothers continues, as Liam accuses Noel’s wife Sara McDonald of being ‘the reason Oasis is no longer’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Mar, 2018 @9:15 AM

Article image
Noel Gallagher sitting on stockpile of archive Oasis and solo material
Artist claims to have albums’ worth of music spanning from the Definitely Maybe era onwards, and also admits that he’s ‘already bored’ of new album

Sean Michaels

11, Dec, 2014 @8:40 AM

Article image
Is Noel Gallagher is more delicate than we thought?

Oasis cancel more gigs as singer turns out to be seriously injured after Toronto 'shoving' incident. Other news of his hell-raising past highlights just how far he's (ahem) fallen

Sean Michaels

24, Sep, 2008 @8:31 AM

Noel Gallagher and wife split
Oasis star Noel Gallagher and his wife Meg Mathews have separated nine months after the birth of their daughter, it emerged last night.

Rebecca Allison

06, Sep, 2000 @4:28 PM