The guitarist says that Blur and his former band Oasis were the last bands to really matter in the charts.
Posted on Jan 09, 2012 02:58 pm
Noel Gallagher claims that Oasis and Blur were the last rock bands to really matter in the charts.
Speaking to The Mirror, Noel expressed his disappointment with modern rock music and the "rubbish" he now hears in the charts:
"The days of Oasis and Blur were the last great assault on the charts by alternative music. Christmas Top of the Pops was dreadful. Every song sounded like it came from the same field of music. There was a rap in there somewhere, everyone sang in a transatlantic soul voice and it was rubbish," he said.
"The Britpop thing was vastly different. We were all great live bands, and that's gone now."
The former Oasis guitarist hasn't lost all faith in new music, adding that The Stone Roses rehearsals sound "amazing" - though the fact that they are an old band who have recently reformed, and once influenced a young Noel, means it could be less of a compliment than he intended.
On Friday, Noel told chat-show host Graham Norton that the day his first solo album went to number 1 in the UK was one of the best days of his life.
He explained that he found out that his wife was pregnant around the same time that he started recording. "It's funny how the more kids you have, the more work you want to do," he said.
Noel originally wanted to record his album in the UK, but says his producer Dave Sardy stepped off the plane and immediately insisted they continue recording in LA. Considering the weather, it's no surprise that Noel was happy to oblige.
Are Noels comments about the state of rock music another inditement that it is winding down next to bigger genres, or does he just lust for the days when his original band first hit the big time? Tell him what you think in the comments.