Noel Gallagher - The Sun - 6th December 1999
The Oasis songwriter was speaking exclusively to me after new recruits Gem Archer and Andy Bell made their debut tour gig in Philadelphia - which marks the rebirth of the band.
He said: "It's odd because we're playing all our old stuff, but it's all coming together. The bass playing is a lot better and Gem plays more lead guitar than I do, so that's a lot better too. It feels like we've been together for a while, but it's only been three weeks.
"I think we're brilliant now. But to be honest, I can't even remember what we sounded like before. The crowd reaction from the gig would indicate that we are better than ever. By the time we get to Wembley we'll be incredible."
The quality of musicians is not the only thing that has changed - the whole look of Oasis is different.
The replacements for Guigsy and Bonehead both dress in the same style as Noel, brother Liam and drummer Alan White. They all have feather-cut hair and wear cool, casual clothes.
Noel said: "Everyone's been saying we look good, and it's great to have lads with decent haircuts on board. The music comes first but with the same haircuts we look great, like more of a band."
He joked: "The first time I looked around at the show and saw that Bonehead and Guigsy weren't there, it was a bit weird. But we're trying to get Gem a bald wig and get Andy to put on a few pounds to help me out."
Noel added: "I thought the show went really well. There was a lot of pressure on us because it was our first one with the new line-up."
He also revealed that while the rest of the band went boozing after the gig, he and Liam were tamely tucked up in bed. He said: "I had two pints of Guinness and felt a bit wobbly and went to bed.
"I haven't got a problem with drinking - my problem is I have two pints and start talking s**t. I'd love to be able to stay up all night drinking."
The Gallagher brothers seem to be settling into a less wild lifestyle now they have family responsibilities.
Liam's wife Patsy Kensit gave birth to his son Lennon two months ago and Noel's wife Meg Mathews is expecting their first child in the New Year.
He added: "I want a girl. We've got a few ideas for names but the wife's sworn me to secrecy.
"If it's a lad I wanted to call him Swifty, but the missus is having none of it."
Oasis' fourth album - Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants - is due out early in the New Year and a single from it is expected to get radio airtime this week.
Noel said: "It's a good pointer to what the album's like. It's more detailed, electronic and funky than our live stuff - it's less rock and roll."