When we spoke with Noel Gallagher recently, the ex-Oasis guitarist had harsh words for Beyoncé and Kanye West. Gallagher loves to run his mouth — and I love to hear him running it — so of course he had some more vitriol to spew when Rolling Stone caught up with him, and of course I’m delightedly passing it on. This time Alt-J were the subject of his ire, even though he thinks “Left Hand Free,” their least Alt-J-sounding song of all, is OK:
Do you know that track by Alt-J, “Left Hand Free”? That is a great track. But Alt-J can fuck right off as far as I’m concerned. It’s a great tune, and I paid 79 pence for it, but I am in no way a fan of Alt-J.
When RS asked him why not he said, “I don’t know. One of them’s got a mustache, and that’s unacceptable.”
He also thinks the Grammys are dumb, obviously, and had some wise words about that:
No. I can’t really stomach things like that. Everybody’s too nice. You cannot have a room with 5,000 people, who are all fans of each other. That’s not real.
One thing he does love, though, is Seinfeld:
What are your favorite TV shows?
I still can’t get enough of Seinfeld. It’s still the best thing that’s ever been filmed. It reminds me of the Nineties — good times. I was the only person in England who was watching it! That’s a fact. Certainly the only person in Manchester who watched it. I identify with Jerry. When I met my wife 15 years ago, she’d never seen it, and I was like, “If we’re going to be together, you’ve got to be into this shit, because this is important.” Luckily, she fuckin’ loves it.
Do you have a favorite Seinfeld episode?
I was watching “The Summer of George” last night. That’s pretty fucking good. The one where George starts doing the opposite — that’s a good one. There’s one where somebody talks dirty into Jerry’s tape recorder at the comedy club which is great, as well.
And I particularly enjoyed this description of what constitutes a “fucking pussy” lifestyle now that he’s 47:
I do have a very active social life in London. Trying to make a record there and not disrupt my social life was quite the challenge — more of a challenge than producing the album, I’ve got to say. And I managed to pull off both. I hate to use the word party — it was a word that was invented by your countrymen, party — but we do go out regularly on a Thursday evening and not get in until Friday afternoon. So there wasn’t a great deal of work done on Friday [laughs].
He also talks about meeting his wife while clubbing in Ibiza and kicking it with Bono, two scenes I have trouble imagining. And he rejects Jimi Hendrix’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” as inferior(!), which is quite a tack to take: “I mean, yeah, it’s fucking great — but by its very essence, it’s only a watered-down version of the original.” It’s a great interview because Gallagher only gives great interviews. There’s brief discussions of Taylor Swift as well. He’s a treasure! Read the rest here.
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