Noel takes a rather slight turn for modern rap/hip-hop.
“I actually, for the first time ever, listened to a Kanye West record.”
Appeased about being ‘shone’ a new light and rather thinking daftly at first, Noel continues:
“I’m not really a fan of his or anything like that. I don’t really like that kind of modern hip-hop, whatever you call it. But somebody told me to watch this interview he did in England [with BBC DJ Zane Lowe], so I watched it, and I thought it was one of the best interviews I’ve ever seen. I fuckin’ loved it! Especially the bit about the leather jogging pants or whatever he’s going on about, fucking claiming he invented them.”
Adding, "I was at a party quite soon after that, and that track ‘Black Skinhead' came on. I didn't know who it was – like I said, I'm not wised up on that kind of shit. I was like, “What the fucking hell is this?” And turns out it's off that new album. So I got the album, and it's fucking great. I really like it. Particularly that track – it's fucking out there, do you know what I mean? It's got a great low-fi, punk vibe to it.”
In an Interview with The Rolling Stone, Noel reveals little by little of what’s going on with his solo project before 2013 comes to an end.
“That’s the one saving grace of 2013, was that I really did write a lot of material. Apart from that it’s been shit, to be honest.”
Interviewer Simon Vozick-Levinson delves deeper into High Flying Birds for 2014… “Do you think you’ll put out a new record next year?”
“No. I haven’t started recording yet, so I was kind of going to see the rest of the year out and then kind of spend most of next year in the studio. I hope to do some recording in New York, because I’ve never done it before, and maybe on the off chance I might bump into David Bowie somewhere on the street, and get him to come down to the studio, dressed as an elf, and do a little mime while I’m putting an acoustic guitar track.”
With Noel slamming The Arcade Fire’s recent release Reflektor, stating they’d “need to pry themselves out of their own asshole." due to releasing a double album, standards of double album releases — according to Noel — belong with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.
And when noted David Bowie himself had done backing vocals of the bands’ album track, he faintly and kindly shrugs off the singer’s association with the band by commenting: “Well, that’s a shame.”
Noel had plans of reworking his solo project’s fixtured name of the likes of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac band to only just the name of the project itself.
“I don’t know if I’m going to keep that [full] name or not. [Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds…] Probably will, it’s such a fucking good name [though]. I might change the Noel Gallagher bit – call it ‘Paul McCartney's High Flying Birds' and see if I sell any more tickets in America." jokingly nodding to Macca and his recent work, ‘New' + 'New' Tour.
With 2013 coming off the back-end of 2012 claiming ‘the end of the world’ to bits and myths, 2013 wasn’t all that different when the world decided Music would prevail of new Pop, more Alternative-Punk & Rock music ‘til the end of days.
But still, it goes on. And Noel surely has mixed to positive thoughts and feelings about the year coming to an end with Kanye’s “Blackskin Head” track, Miley Cyrus’ desperate intentions, Lady Gaga’s factual shit-art, Arcade Fire with their Reflektor’d un-pryed arses, Bowie’s Next Day, AM being “half” as good as they were before new 5th album, Robin Thick’s “Blurred Lines” being a one-hit wonder like Psy’s “Gangam Style” track and so much more!
But that’s not to say that speaking about ‘outrageousness' at first hand, the man certainly knows what's currently going on in the music industry, and about 'shit art' regarding Lady Gaga alongside Miley Cyrus' 'desperate intentions’.
“Anybody can be outrageous! I could go to the Rolling Stone office and fucking shit on top of a boiled egg, right? And people would go, “Wow, fucking hell, that’s outrageous!" But is it any good? No, because, essentially, it’s just a shit on top of a boiled egg. That’s all it is.”
The interviewer then asks “What do think about Lady Gaga?”, and out comes the wholehearted statements.
“Lady Gaga for me is all about that first album, because my daughter and my wife loved it. I’ve never heard of her since. What does that say? That speaks volumes, to me. She’s another one [hit wonder]. In fact, she’s probably doing a shit on top of a boiled egg right now. And somebody will fucking freeze it and call it art.”
Beady Eye went to Absolute Radio Studios and played a live session for the Radio Station as part of their Christmas Sessions recently.
The Session includes the tracks ‘Iz Rite’, ‘Back After The Break’, ‘Off At The Next Exit' and 'Soul Love' from the bands' latest release, 'BE’.
Watch the session, here.
(Keep in mind, you’ve got all of the rest of 2013 until June 2014 to watch the session, day after day, ect.)
Gary Neville still owns the guitar to this day: “Yes, at home" says the former Man United Captain.
Of course the musican meant it sarcastically.