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Back with a No.1 bang, the boys from Oasis, well Noel and Liam, were in a chatty mood at their recent TOTP outing. Here's what they had to say...

For a band your size, what does it still mean to you to do TOTP?
Liam: TOTP, for a band of our size, means everything because it’s TOTP, innit.

Do you still enjoy doing it?
Liam: Yeah, I love it.
Noel: I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live. You can go and get drunk! Well, we’ve always treated it as a day out you know cos we’d always invariably been doing it...
Liam: Plus doing it live anyway always sounds naff dunnit. I don’t think many of the people know what they’re doing with the sound. So, that’s the reason why people probably end up miming - because it sounds like the record.
Noel: ...So, as I was saying, we’d usually do it on a day off, and days off are days off. So, we’d just treat it as a bit of a jolly up.

The new album is coming out July-ish. Can you tell us anything about it? How is it different from the others?
Liam: It don’t really differ to tell you the truth cos you know we are who we are. There’s no weirdness going on it - it’s just another 11 songs by our band. I think they’re better than the last bunch. Well that’s it, you know what I mean. People might disagree but that’s up to them. I like it and that’s all that matters. It’s not 'Definitely Maybe', it’s not 'Morning Glory', it’s not 'Be Here Now', it’s not 'Standing on the Shoulders of Giants' and it hasn’t gone back to our roots you know. Our roots are fine, you know what I mean. It’s just another album by Oasis.
Noel: We’ve gone back to our roots and it’s not, it’s not just another album.

What’s the mood like in the band at the moment?
Noel: Surreal. At the minute anyway. It’s alright as it goes. I dunno, we’re just rehearsing to go ahead and do various bits and bobs. Doing this and interviews and stuff like that. But it’s good, it’s good to have a record out that we feel stands up against the ones we’re most famous for.

What do Gem and Andy bring to the band?
Noel: Gem brings two packets of crisps and Andy brings a lunchbox and some sandwiches.
Liam: Gem brings a bit of Joy Division
to it and Andy brings a bit of Oxford dust to it.

  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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