Noel Gallagher, speaking to GQ
magazine (via NME
) about BBC Radio 1
's policy regarding playing new bands, noted that the station is not necessarily the best place to find new music.
"There's great records coming out this year you're not going to hear on the radio. Temples. Jagwar Ma. Great stuff, but it's on a lower level. It's not on the battleground. You have to be in that world to hear it."
He also criticized their policies on using focus groups to determine what sort of music gets played.
“I don't understand it. It's when radio stations start focus groups. They literally go outside their building and ask people walking by, 'If I played you this song, what would you think?' and all that. Don't ask the man on the street! He's a c--t! That's why he's the man on the street, not the man in the expensive restaurant eating f--king mini sausages at four in the afternoon!"
Gallagher is one of several artists including Green Day
, Robbie Williams
who BBC Radio 1 bosses recently stated would be more at home on Radio 2
, a station whose demographic is typically considered to be the over '30s.
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