Noel Gallagher: 'BBC Radio 1 Is Ignoring New Bands'

Singer hits out at radio station for programming policy

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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 and Muse 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. What do you think? Do radio stations need to change their music programming policies? Let us know in the comments.

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    Radio 1 is playing the shit out of Marmozets at the moment. Who are a great up and coming band. In fact like 3 days ago they signed to roadrunner pretty much because of their airplay. Also the fact they are great musicians helps. (check out 'a perfect beverage' by them for proof)
    Wholeheartedly agree with this. Fantastic band that deserve all the attention they're getting.
    Gallagher is right. BBC radio are branding their stations according to age groups not musical taste, genre or what is actually popular. BBC Radio has rarely played what I like (blues, rock, metal etc). Frankly I dont care. If I listen to the radio now I listen to Planet Rock or listen to a sports channel.
    Radio 1 does play some new or more obscure stuff, it's just all in ****ed up hours of the day, I think Rolo Tomassi did a session with them a while back.
    [b]Gene Simons has yet to say anything this douchey: [i]"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" [b]What the hell does that have to do with music?