Noel Gallagher has a lot to say about the current music scene, but very little of it is good. He took special issue with the adulation that Radiohead receives.
The former Oasis guitarist told Esquire UK in a recent interview: “I’m aware that Radiohead have never had a f**king bad review. I reckon if Thom Yorke f**king sh*t into a light bulb and started blowing it like an empty beer bottle it’d probably get 9 out of 10 in f**king Mojo. I’m aware of that.”
Both bands came of age in the 90’s, and both initially received great acclaim – but only Radiohead is left standing today, with its ninth album on the way, and more celebrated by (most) musicians, fans and critics than almost any other working band today.
Gallagher saved up some enmity for the Stone Roses too, while discussing where Oasis belongs on the all-time rock hierarchy:
“I used to put us at number seven. It went The Beatles, the Stones, the Sex Pistols, The Who, The Kinks… who came in at six? I don’t know. We were at seven. The Smiths were in there, The Specials. Where would I put us now? I guess I’d probably put us in the top 10. We weren’t as great as the greats but we were the best of the rest. We did more than The Stone Roses could f**king even fathom. We’re better than The Verve: couldn’t f**king keep it together for more than six months at a time. If all the greats are in the top four, we’re in the bottom of the top four, we’re kind of constantly fighting for fifth, just missing out. Just missing out on the top four, I’d say.”