"Don't lay a finger on me eyebrows, or I'll sue you fuckers."
"I think the American public will always find something magical
about five english boys with funny haircuts and funny accents playing
rock'n'roll music. AS LONG AS THE MUSIC'S GOOD.
An our music's good; we've got funny haircuts and funny accents so
it's all there ain't it?
-Noel (A.P.78' Jan.'95)
"I could walk out the hotel and probably stand in the middle of Broadway naked and
everyone would go, 'Ah, who's he?'"
-Noel on fame in America
"I meet these kids in the street and they're shaking. But I'm saying, I'm honoured to meet you. It
makes me cry. It's beyond special."
"I went to Paul McCartney's daughter Stella's party and who should open the door but the man
himself. He was dead cool. There were all these questions I wanted to ask him but I settled on, Do
you watch Brookside?"
"Nothing bothers me more than when groups like Pearl Jam and Nirvana whine and moan and
complain about life and being famous. Let me tell you, being famous is great! The feeling when
someone asks you for an autograph, unbelieveable!
I just think Americans are tired of people telling them how crap their lives are. I think when people
listen to our music, we tell them how good their lives could be.
I guess I just can't understand the thoughts of Eddie Vedder or that whole bit... I mean, lad, if you
hate your job so much, why don't you fuckin' go work at a car wash or McDonald's or something?"
"Someone was playing a joke when they made me, you know, 'Let's make this guy a writer and a guitar player, but let's make him
write with his left hand but play with his right, and let's have him born in the middle of May and give him a Christmas name like
Noel, and let's make him a dodgy, schizophrenic, two-faced Gemini.' Cheers!"
"If I were in the Beatles, I'd be a good George Harrison."
"We're not arrogant, we just believe we're the best band in the world."
"We're not the psychopaths we're made out to be but you don't take shit do you?"
"There's no new direction. It's not more poppy or more rocky. They're just rock'n'roll tunes. I'll never change the music I write."
"The thing about us is we're honest. If we're asked whether we take drugs, we say yes. I was brought up by my mam not to be a
"The people in this band are me best mates in the world!"
"In an ideal world, I wouldn't write them, I can't stand it..."
"I'm not John Lennon. I'm not trying to say anything. I'm just trying to entertain people"(on lyrics)
"My whole world came crashing down on me then. If it hadn't have been for Liam's support I don't
know what I'd have done. This is my little brother, who I look after, putting his arm a round me,
saying 'It'll be all right man.' But I don't think people will ever forgive me for it." (concerning his comment on Blur and Aids)
"In Oasis, (the others) don't take drugs. Me and our Liam do. We'll take anything that's put in front of us because...that's just the
kind of guys we are. But we've never been on stage out of it. We've never taken heroin or crack."
"Liam's leaving the band this very minute. Liam's ALWAYS leaving the band. It's raining today so he's leaving
the band 'cos it's raining. [Imitating mithering brother] Why is it raining?&*#@!That's it!I've had enough of this,
I'm going!I'm sitting there saying [cheerfully] See you then, bye! He threatened to leave in Minneapolis because I
wouldn't go to a pub with him!"
"I've got a bit of a headache, a bit of a lump gathering over my eye but if I have another 75 cigarettes and a couple of bottles of
gin I'll be all right. I might go to sleep tonight."
Question: "Did you write any songs about your mom or for your mom?"
"Live Forever is sort of about me mom, regardless of what you might have heard from anybody else. It's about me mother."
"With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The thing is, they only got there before me. If I'd been born at the same
time as John Lennon, I'd have been up there."
"I like Tony as a geezer, but he wouldn't have been able to drum the new songs."
Question: "Oasis have taken heat for their static stage demeanor. The band's just not exhibitionistic, huh?"
"Definitely not. The songs speak for themselves. They don't need for us to go run up or down the stage like Guns N' Roses. We
know our strenghts and weaknesses. We're not showmen, we're musicians."
"I can't walk straight, let alone drive a car."
"Me and Bonehead would just walk into a hotel room and empty it out the
"Noel had always said he wanted a Rolls-Royce if he ever made it, and I suddenly thought why not get him one. He's sold six
million records in the last year -- if that's what the guy wants I'll buy him a Rolls-Royce. I just loved it as a rock'n'roll gesture."
- Alan McGee, Creation Records
Someone told me 'Supersonic' was about teenage prostitution. Shit. It's about a nine-stone Rottweiler called Elsa who was in the
studio where we were recording."
Question: "Who is Sally from Don't Look Back In Anger?"
"Sally does not exist. There is no Sally. It just fit the lyrics...I've never met a girl called Sally in my entire life."
"Sure I love Liam, but not as much as I love Pot Noodles"
(on Blur)"The guitarist I've got a lot of time for. The drummer I've never met -- hear he's a nice guy. The bass player and the singer -- I
fucking hate them two."
"Americans are crazy. They have this fascination with throwing their shoes on stage. I've been to a lot of shows in me life, some
good and some bad. But I was never moved to take off me shoes and throw it at the lead singer."
"This guy came up to me from some band and he said that 'Man, I'd hate to be you right now, no privacy at all' and I was thinking,
'Sure thing man, I have a fucking Rolls Royce, a million dollars in the bank, a fucking mansion and my own jet and you think you'd
feel sorry for me? What are you? I'd hate to be you, broke as hell living in the dole.'"
(after being sued by Coke)"Now we all drink Pepsi."
I'm a happy-go-lucky character. I'm not that miserable. But I can never let anyone into my world."
"If you don't want to be the biggest band in the world, you may as well pack it in."
"I love playing music. It's a gift given to me by whoever dishes out these talents to people... and as long as I believe I have
something valid to put out as a piece of music then I'll keep doing it. As soon as I feel it's not, I'll stop and do something else like
open a chippy or work in a butcher's shop"
What others have to say about Noel...
"I consider Noel Gallagher to be the finest
songwriter of his generation."
"Noel is the band's
leader, the songwriter. Nothing happens to Oasis without his
say-so. His grip on the group is hard tight and
"Noel was always a happy-go-lucky type, always had loads of friends. Noel would be growing up
and he'd always have loads of girls, everyone that knocked at the door was for Noel."
-Peggy Gallagher(his mum of course :))
"We didn't get on too well because he was always so moody. I'm very talkitive but he'd
lock himself away in his bedroom playing guitar. You'd have to kick his door in to see him."
-big brother Paul Gallagher
And as for any little digs at Oasis, at the end of
the day, Noel Gallagher opened our eyes; for a lot of
young people in the North West, to pick up a
guitar. Thankyou very much. Rock'n'Roll!
-Richard Ashcroft of The Verve while accepting an award.