Monday, August 22, 2005


When you hear that Oasis have produced another album, it's natural to ask yourself 'why?' Now, Noel Gallagher has provided an answer - he's too dull to think of anything else to do:

There are periods where you think, "What am I doing?" or "What am I doing it for?"; that's a more scary question. "I've made s---loads of money, I've left my mark in music, why am I still doing this?," and it takes a while to answer that question. It comes back every time we're at the end of a tour and you have three or four months off and then you've got to get back on the saddle. More often than not, the answer that comes back from me is, "What else are you going to do?"

I struggle with this conundrum. It's not a very noble thing to carry on, it's not very dashing. But I often meet people who've been in great bands and you go, "What are you doing now?" and they say, "I'm not doing anything," and I think that's more sad.

Really, Noel? You think there's sadness in having the dignity to know it's not worth churning out any old tosh just because you've got nothing else to do with your time?

In the first episode of Coronation Street, Albert Tatlock memorably tells Ken Barlow when he goes down the library he wants to shout at the old geezers they need to get a hobby, otherwise they'll just wither and die. He might have more usefully told them to get some outside interests, otherwise they'll end up recording pubplods like Lyla.

Not that Noel's afraid of his place in musical history:

Razorlight, the Libertines, the Killers, the Strokes, Kings of Leon and Jet, all these bands are (citing) "Definitely Maybe" (the band's 1994 debut album).

We were the first people to come out and say, "The world's a great place, life is for living. Forget grunge music. Get a pint of Guinness down your neck, and pick that guitar up."

Sweet... when faced with "if you seek my legacy, look around", Noel sees Razorlight and The Strokes. Whereas, everyone else sees Athlete and Coldplay.

And we love the idea that Oasis were the original hedonists - they weren't even the original hedonist revivalists, coming so soon after the New Wave of New Wave bands.


ian said...

Come now! Oasis may or may not be a dreary pub rock band, but if anyone's to blame for coldplay, it's radiohead taking too much holiday.

Tomsk said...

What else are rock stars Noel and Liam meant to do? Trout farm? Rock opera based on the life of Jack the Ripper? Shame Death in Vegas never got to produce, but I still think DBTT has its moments.

simon h b said...

Well, perhaps trout farm (and, yes, we'd rip the piss out them for that, too)... but, seriously, to adapt John Goodman's line in Raising Arizona slightly: you're young, you've got your health and you're absolutely financially well-off enough - what on earth would you want to record 'Lyla' for?

Tomsk said...

I think you'll find that 'Lyla' is actually a fine addition to the canon of numbskull rock, following in the fine tradition of Mud and The Sweet. I for one do not want to see that lineage disrupted.

simon h b said...

*checks facts*

Nope, Sweet and Mud wrote stomping great songs which sound like an army of beautiful people advancing on a disco to enact a glam coup. Lyla sounds like a broken-down coachload of pensioners plodding their way to a Julie's Pantry to wait for the replacement Easybus.

Tomsk said...

Mud and beautifulpeople ? Do those words really belong in the same sentence? Does Julie's Pantry exist anymore?

simon h b said...

Well... I only said *sounded* beautiful.

Don't tell me Julies' Pantries have gone - is this how they make way for those non-canon Wimpy Chicken bars?

Patrick R said...

Hey tomsk - Our Julies Pantry is alive and well in Polegate, East Sussex. Keep blogging

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