The music of Oasis defined a generation – my generation. Those halcyon days of cider drinking and women chasing during the 1990s are long gone, yet the music of Noel Gallagher is still just as relevant today as it was when it first hit the charts.
Although Oasis were very much a group when Definitely Maybe was released in 1993, there is absolutely no doubt that Noel Gallagher’s fingerprints covered everything the band released during those early years of success. And though his brother Liam got involved in later years, Oasis was, and still is, Noel’s baby.
Noel Gallagher is not just a legendary song writer, however. He is a man of great wit and intellect; the kind of guy you’d love to argue politics and music with over several pints at your local. Famed for his no-nonsense approach to popular culture, football and the political establishment, Gallagher is also a great wordsmith.
Concise, meaningful and hilariously funny, the man from Manchester’s long list of very public put-downs is the stuff of legend. At a time of synthetic, made-for-profit pop, Gallagher has simply refused to be quiet – despite the deafening silence currently being created by Oasis. Of all his stunning insightful one and two-line put-downs, here are ten of Noel Gallagher’s very best. Click ‘Next’ for Gallagher’s top insults!
1. On brother Liam: “He’s rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”
This classic was delivered to a probably stunned reporter during an interview with Q Magazine in 2009 – at the height of the brothers’ relationship troubles.
2. “I particularly loathe the Scissor Sisters. I like ‘Laura’ from the first record, but it’s music for squares, man. They’re huge in England, but there’s no accounting for taste as far as the English are concerned.”
Who knows what the Scissor Sisters did to incur the wrath of Noel Gallagher during a 2006 interview for Spin Magazine. This quote demonstrated the fact that Noel is just a lover of music – in all its forms. Although deriding the band in one breath, he couldn’t help himself from accentuating the positive in the other.
3. “What did I think of Jay Z doing Wonderwall? It was pretty funny. But I’m sure one should not be seen in public with a white Stratocaster.”
This quote was taken from an interview with Blender in 2008. It followed a long-running, public spat with the American rapper, during which Gallagher insisted that having rap at Glastonbury was wrong (A reference to Jay Z’s appearance at the festival). Noel’s words must have struck a nerve, as Jay Z referred to Noel’s outburst in a subsequent release.