OASIS legend Noel Gallagher has laid into Prince Harry, calling him a “f***ing woke snowflake”.
Noel, 54, said Harry comes across as a “f***ing a***hole” when criticising his family and that he sympathises with Prince William for having a younger brother “shooting his f***ing mouth off”.
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The Oasis rocker says Prince Harry comes across as a ‘f***ing a***hole’ when criticising his family[/caption]
The rock supremo, who has famously fallen out with his gobby sibling Liam, blasted Harry for publicly “dissing your family” and told him to “shut up”.
Noel has been on the receiving end of countless verbals from Liam, 46, since the acrimonious Oasis split ten years ago.
He said: “Prince William. I feel that f***ing lad’s pain.
“He’s got a f***ing younger brother shooting his f***ing mouth off with s*** that is just so unnecessary. I’d like to think I was always the William.”
Noel returns this week with a formidable record showcasing a decade of quality work on his solo project High Flying Birds — and the royal rumpus has featured heavily in his recent interviews.
Noel says he sympathises with Prince William[/caption]
He said: “It’s funny though, doing promo for this, it’s funny how they obsess about it around the world.
“I did a week here of Australian promo down the phone and Zoom and all that and they were like, ‘So Noel Gallagher, f***ing ten years of High Flying Birds! It’s been amazing! And f***ing Oasis!
“But what we really want to know is, how much of a c*** is Prince Harry?’
“And I’m just like, ‘I don’t know mate. I don’t know them’.
He compared the princes’ feud to his own fights with Liam[/caption]
“But Prince Harry is coming across like a typical f***ing woke snowflake, f***ing a***hole.
“Just don’t be f***ing dissing your family because there’s no need for it.”
And in a jibe at Harry’s controversial wife Meghan, he adds: “This is what happens when you get involved with Americans. As simple as that.”
Noel’s return comes after almost 18 months of Covid-induced misery for the music industry.
The pandemic meant one of Britain’s hardest-touring and hardest-living musicians was confined to domestic duties.
Noel says he knows what it’s like to have a younger brother ‘shoot his mouth off with unnecessary s***’[/caption]
But in a bid to keep busy, and retain the interest of his now 13-strong band High Flying Birds, the songwriter penned two new tracks for the band’s forthcoming anthology and started work on their next album.
Noel admits he is sometimes baffled by today’s musical landscape, which is drastically different to the one he dominated for two decades.
He explains: “They’re just chasing the streams and the numbers and if they can get kids who are gagging to be famous and who look good and have got fairly decent voices, they’ve got in-house songwriters who can write it.
“I was at the Ivor Novello songwriters awards once when the song of the year came up and it was by Emeli Sande. Anyway, eight people got up to accept the award.
The family man, pictured with wife Sara MacDonald, has been on the end of countless verbals from Liam[/caption]
“And I don’t think any of them was Emeli Sande.
“And I happened to be sat with Ray Davies who presented me with my award and he went, ‘How do you make people write a song?’
“I was like, ‘How do eight people even f***ing . . . there’s not even eight opinions on a f***ing song. How can that be?’
“The music business, artistically, is the worst it has ever been — but financially, they’re smashing the a*** out of it. Flying.”
Noel says Harry is a ‘typical snowflake’ who just needs to stop ‘dissing’ his family[/caption]
And on the Duke’s marriage to Meghan, he says ‘this is what happens when you get involved with Americans’[/caption]
Noel’s forthcoming record features two new singles, We’re On Our Way Now and Flying On The Ground, which are both unmistakably his brand of trademark guitar-based anthem.
The first, he explains, has become one of his most successful radio records since leaving Oasis.
The other takes influences from Motown and Burt Bacharach — and adds some diversity to the anthology, which is titled Back The Way We Came (Vol. 1) and is released today.
He explains: “I’m in a really privileged position where I’ve been able to have two careers, which is great, and it’s great to look back at ten years of this band.
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And Noel said giving it to the X Factor stars, below, showed music had changed beyond recognition.
He said: “Little Mix, with the greatest respect, are not in the same league as Oasis. Not even in the same f***ing sport.
“It’s a symptom of the music business chasing the numbers — and there not being any bands or songwriters in those bands.
“Record company guys constantly say, ‘Oh, these guys are the real deal’. And I think, ‘You wouldn’t know the real deal if it f***ing bit you on the a***, mate’.
“I don’t know what happened — I think it’s because bands are hard work.”
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EX-hellraiser Noel admits he fell into bad habits in lockdown and says: “All the good ones I’d formed have gone out the window.”
He said: “I wish I could preach about clean living but I can’t.
“But I’m loving it. I got really back into f***ing drinking at home, which I haven’t done since the 90s, every night watching the telly. “I know rock stars who are health obsessed…and are quick to tell you they’ve been to rehab.
“It’s like, nobody wants to know that. F*** off. Thankfully, I never felt the need to go.
“But I eat quite well and do a bit of exercise.
“I get out on my bike and I’ve got a gym though I’ve not used it in six months. But my wife is a fitness fanatic.”
“But I said I was only up for it if there were new tracks. And those two new tracks had to be really great — they can’t just be filler.”
Since Oasis unceremoniously split following a bust-up in Paris, fans have begged the brothers to reunite for what would be a hugely lucrative comeback.
Noel remains adamant the band will never reform. But he has enjoyed looking back on the height of their fame while producing a documentary charting their legendary performances to 250,000 fans at Knebworth in 1996.
He also contrasts their no-nonsense smalltalk-free performances with the “preachy” bands that came in their wake.
Noel returns this week with a new album showcasing a decade of work with the High Flying Birds[/caption]
He explains: “If it was now, we’d be 20 years younger so we wouldn’t have grown up in the Seventies and Eighties. We’d have grown up in the Nineties, so we’d be completely different people.
“But you’d have to live in some sort of parallel universe to think those songs wouldn’t transcend today.
“I was saying in the documentary, there aren’t that many bands that would do a gig like that now where there’s virtually no interaction with the audience.
“Modern rock bands about today would be a sermon about how ‘we’re not worthy to be here and you’re our fans, you’re amazing, and without you . . . ’ F*** off.
The artist has also penned two new tracks for the band’s forthcoming anthology[/caption]
“Chris Martin is very guilty of it. Almost everybody who came after us is guilty of it.
“We were kind of like, ‘We don’t have to remind people why they’re here. They’re f***ing here to see us.
“They’re here to see us because we are f***ing amazing, they’re amazing, that’s all that needs to be said. Let’s do the f***ing gig’.
“But we live in a world now where you have to tell people how amazing they are because they get upset and I’m not that person now.
Oasis split in 2001, and Noel is adamant they’ll never reform[/caption]
He contrasts Oasis’s smalltalk-free approach with modern bands like Coldplay[/caption]
“I walk a fine line with plans because I’m not a great salesman and my songs have to be twice as good as anybody else’s because I’m not a great salesman.
“I remember walking out on stage at The O2 when I first went solo — it was only six or eight months into my solo career — and I felt like such a fraud because I was thinking, ‘This is too soon’.
“I didn’t have anything to say apart from, ‘Good evening,’ and, ‘This one’s called Wonderwall,’ and ‘Goodnight.’ That’s it.
“I can’t do that thing where Bono can effortlessly talk to 80,000 people like he’s having a conversation with his mate.
He says ‘I can’t do that thing where Bono can effortlessly talk to 80,000 people – it’s a gift’[/caption]
On Lewis Capaldi: 'A mate I'd not rate'
NOEL says he’s now pals with Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi, below, despite mocking him two years ago.
He said: “I’d joked during a radio interview, saying of one record, ‘Who the f***s this c***?’, ‘How does he sell more than me?’.
“That ended up taking a life of its own. But I’ve met him a couple of times. He’s a good lad. Even at that point he was a mate of my daughter’s and she was saying, ‘Why are you slagging off Lewis?’.”
Lewis’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was last year’s top-selling album, shifting 440,000 copies and helping him crack the US.
Noel said: “I don’t mind him at all. I’ve never heard any of his records. But 440,000? F***ing hell, Oasis would do that in a day.”
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“I can’t do that. It’s a f***ing gift. I was on tour with him for a couple of years and it’s a f***ing gift and that’s why they are who they are. I’m not interested if anyone’s having a good time, d’you know what I mean?
“I’m not interested. It’s up to you to have a good time.
“What I’m doing here, I’m doing to the best of my ability.”