Noel Gallagher has a new album with his band the High Flying Birds out this week. Since no one talks about the album, he is keen to appear everywhere.
During the past months he criticized a bunch of artists: There was Kanye West (“Somebody needs to buy that dumbass a dictionary so he can look up the word ‘artistry.’”) and alt-j (“One of them’s got a mustache, and that’s unacceptable”) in Rolling Stone. There was Beyoncé (“If artistry is shaking your ass onstage, she’s effing great”) and Spotify (“you can’t rent Bob Dylan”) in NY Mag. And of course, Arctic Monkeys (“I would rather drink petrol straight from the nozzle at a garage than listen to an interview with Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys”) to the London Standard.
The last chapter of his appearances Noel Gallagher has said he stands by his comments about Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner giving dull interviews. Now Noel has told NME that he can’t understand what the fuss was all about. “What is there to be offended about? I never say anything about their persona,” he said. “I don’t diss anybody’s character. Alex Turner wouldn’t be offended by that, why should he be?”
He added: “Alex is a f***ing top dude in a f***ing top band, and a very attractive man. His interviews, on the other hand, are lacklustre.”
Noel said he never takes criticism personally : “If someone says ‘Noel Gallagher’s s**t’, they’re not saying I’m s**t, they’re saying my music’s s**t…And you can’t be a fan of everybody’s music, can you? I stand by everything I’ve ever said. Apart from Damon (in 1995, Noel said he hoped the Blur singer Damon Albarn and bandmate Alex James would “catch Aids and die). I’d have found that offensive.”
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