Noel Gallagher sat down with Rolling Stone magazine to discuss the year in music. He wasn’t very positive, but it made for a very entertaining read.
Noel gave praise to David Bowie
RS: So the Bowie album lived up to your expectations?
NG: I thought at the time, and I still think now, that it’s a f***ing masterpiece. I love it. Nobody has the right to be that fucking good at this point in their career. Apart from Neil Young, all of the people that are in his league are basically f***ing sh*t. Do you know what I mean?
He paid a partial compliment to Arctic Monkeys
RS: What else did you like this year?
NG: Half of the Arctic Monkeys record is really good. You know, the other half is like, “Eh, yeah” – but half of it is really f***ing good. And I actually, for the first time ever, listened to a Kanye West record.
Then Arcade Fire came up, and things got fun…
RS: Did you hear Arcade Fire’s new album?
NG: I haven’t heard it. Anybody that comes back with a double album, to me, needs to pry themselves out of their own asshole. This is not the Seventies, okay? Go and ask Billy Corgan about a double album. Who has the fucking time, in 2013, to sit through 45 minutes of a single album? How arrogant are these people to think that you’ve got an hour and a half to listen to a fucking record?
RS: Did you see that they’ve asked people to wear formal wear or costumes at their shows? [Ed. Note: Arcade Fire has clarified that this dress code is “super not mandatory.”]
NG: [Sighs] Well, what’s the point of that? Do you know what the point of that is? That is to take away from the shit disco that’s coming out of the speakers. Because everybody’s dressed as one of the Three Musketeers on acid. “What was the gig like?” “I don’t know, everyone was dressed as a teddy bear in the Seventies.” “Yeah, but what was the gig like?” “Ah, f*ck knows, man, I have no idea. I was dressed as a flying saucer.” “Yeah, but what was the gig like?” “F*ck knows. I don’t know. Seen Cheech and Chong, there, though.” Not for me.
Read the whole interview HERE