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Noel Gallagher on ten years of Oasis - exclusive interview

Category: TV Ent

Date: 10.09.2004
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Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Friday 10 September 2004, 10.35pm, BBC ONE


Noel Gallagher gets definitely maybe nostalgic ten years on from the start of pop super-stardom when he meets Jonathan Ross exclusively in the second show of the new series of BBC ONE's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.


Gallagher accuses Jonathan of being "a proper shandy boy" - "We call you Shandy Pants in Manchester!" before reminiscing about the early days of Oasis...


"Lots of good memories, lots of stupid ones, lots of happy ones"... "[our greatest achievement] is that the album [Definitely Maybe] is still talked about after ten years."


And what it was like being at the centre of Brit Pop? "It was quite calm. Not a playing bridge kind of calm. We knew that we deserved all the accolades. It's not arrogance, it's self-belief. There's a difference."


He also talks about his brother Liam: "His mental state is very Salvador Dali.


"The last conversation I had was an in-depth conversation about cheese. And he knows nothing about cheese.


"My mum's worse than him. That's where we get the foul language from."


His school days – "I hated my teachers to a man. I got a letter asking me to go back to a school I went to. But no one inspired me, I had to do it myself."


Creation boss Alan McGee – "We were three-plus years playing toilets up and down the country. Alan came in and offered us a record deal on the spot... six albums, which we're about to complete.


"I'll always be eternally respectful to him... he kept giving us more and more money because he believed in us."


And Noel's inability to drive – "I can't drive, but it didn't stop me buying five cars."


He only ever had ten driving lessons and was once given a Rolls Royce by McGee while the rest of the band received vintage Rolex watches: "It still narks Liam to this day. But he can't tell the time, and I can't drive, so that's cool!"


Jonathan also welcomes to the show Oscar-winning writer, director and actor Tim Robbins, whose play Embedded is currently at the Riverside Studios; Hollywood star Josh Hartnett whose new movie Wicker Park opens this Friday in the UK; and there's a rare appearance by Ian Brown, performing his new single Keep What Ya Got, accompanied by Noel Gallagher.





Category: TV Ent

Date: 10.09.2004
Printable version


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