Noel Gallagher - XFM Scotland - 9th January 2006
To commemorate the launch of Xfm Scotland, Noel Gallagher came onto the station to talk with Breakfast DJ Dominik Diamond, who found the Oasis helmsman in typical form.
Speaking to Dominik on the new Xfm Scotland Breakfast Show, Noel set about looking back over some of the rather more controversial statements he’s made in his past, and quite impressively managed to offend a whole new collection of people.
First subject matter was KT Tunstall, who Noel recently slated, seemingly by accident, just before Christmas. And now, bless him, he regrets it,
“I gotta say this,” he starts, “I was in Q magazine a while ago slagging off KT Tunstall, and I was kind of shocked at that cos I’d only been speaking to her ten minutes before and I don’t really mind her music and she’s a really sweet girl.
“I really didn’t mean to lump her in with James Blunt, it’s just that she plays an acoustic guitar. I apologise for that cos I thought she was really cool but I was kinda horrified. I was like ‘Oh no, I didn’t say that?’ cos she was alright and she’s not as bad as James Blunt. He’s rubbish.”
Dominik also steered Noel’s sights toward Bloc Party (a band his brother Liam famously described as “A band off University Challenge”) and a comment he himself recently made about them saying “A band that constantly describes music as interesting makes me sick to my f**king stomach.”
“Every time I read an interview by that shower,” Noel clarifies, “It’s like they’re talking about their favourite music, ‘Yeah, I heard a Bjork B-side that was interesting…’ People that analyse music? It’s either good or its bad. So it either makes sense to your brain or it doesn’t.
“There’s no such thing as interesting. I’ve never sat down and listened to a record and gone and analysed it that much that that I was ‘interested’. It’s like, put it on and within two minutes you’re going, ‘Its rubbish, turn it off, turn it off!’ or stick it on again.”
There was no way Noel was going to get away without justifying his famously controversial quote where he hoped Damon Albarn and Alex James from Blur would catch AIDS and die.
“It was kinda a bit of a stitch up by the journalist,” Noel explained, “I was in this dressing room after we played Irvine Beach in that Big Top, and we were all f**ked taking drugs - she was taking drugs an all, and I won’t name her on the f**king radio because that’s probably not the best thing legally to do - but I kinda thought we were speaking off the record, but of course there was a tape recorder on.
“But, there you go. I obviously don’t wish that… A bad cold I should have said. Flu maybe?”