Thursday, October 05, 2006

Tonight, you're a rock and roll star; tomorrow... well, you're not

Even Noel Gallagher cries, sometimes. Poor old Noel didn't know what to do next after Oasis played the gigs at Knebworth, he tells Uncut:

"The plan was always to become the biggest band in the world," he recalled. "And as much as everybody around us and me used to say it, I was the only one who fucking believed it was going to happen. Like Alan McGee, like Liam, they would say the words and all that, but, in hindsight, everyone was just going along with what I was saying."

Were they just nodding but with that look in their eye like they're hoping you'll get quiet as the cocaine starts to wear off?

"But I knew it was fucking going to happen. I knew in me bones it was gonna happen. After that, at the time, dong the biggest ever gigs in England, 'Morning Glory' being the biggest album in British history, it was like, 'Well, what now?'

Hang on a moment... in what way is Morning Glory the "biggest album in British history"? That's surely only if we elect to ignore Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms. And Bad by Michael Jackson. And Sergeant Pepper. All of which are bigger.

"I remember sitting there, at Knebworth, in the backstage area, and someone saying, 'Well, what now?' And I was like, 'I couldn't fucking tell ya.' And that was how I felt for a good couple of years afterwards, I really suffered. It's like, what do you do when you've done everything. I suppose it's like getting a massive, massive pay rise and buying everything you want. What do you do after that? You kind of sink into boredom. Kind of directionless."

Well, that explains the last three or four albums and every interview they've done this century. Directionless boredom.