Oasis Interviews Archive

A shitload of interviews from all the various members of Oasis and selected associates from the start of their career right up to the present day. These transcripts have been taken from various websites, forums and newsgroups over the years. Credit goes to those people who took the time to put these words online.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Noel Gallagher - FOX News - 31st May 2005

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Oasis' Noel Gallagher is like a bad boyfriend. He doesn't call when he says he will, and when he does show up, it's usuallly early or too late.

With a new album - "Don't Believe the Truth" out Tuesday - and a pending worldwide tour, he's too busy these days to squeeze chats in between television interviews in Paris and jumping on the Eurostar back to London.

But like any bad boyfriend, once you get him on the line, he's as charming as all get out. Cocksure, glib and playful, he's without any of the mean spiritness you might expect from the outspoken rock 'n' roll star whose well-documented battles with other bands and his younger brother Liam are what rock legends are made of.

Don't believe the stories, Noel says.

"It often sounds to me a lot more vicious than it is," says on the way to a London gig. "It's all said very tongue-in-cheek, ya know? But when it's in black and white, obviously you don't see the smirk on [our] faces when [we're] saying it."

But don't expect the bash brothers to let up on the fighting any time soon.

"It's something that comes naturally to me," he says, adding, "I quite enjoy it as well."

Recently Noel said Liam was like a woman with constant PMS, while Liam called Noel a "f---in' smug c---." But Noel wasn't upset. In fact he embraced it.

"Well I am a f---in' smug c---," he says, with a smirk. "Wouldn't you be?"

Sure, why not? The Manchester band's latest disc is being heralded as their best effort in years - a return to old-school Oasis - and the four-piece Brit-poppers sold out their first Madison Square Garden date, on June 22, in an hour.

"It's quite amazing. I'm quite upset we didn't do it before," he says. "We don't want to go slapping each other on the back yet. We haven't done the gig yet."

Oasis wants to make sure they aren't rusty. The band hasn't released anything in three years. They recorded an album with electronica duo Death in Vegas as producers, but scrapped the effort.

"The songs weren't good enough. It's as simple as that really," Noel says.

How did he know? He gets help from his five-year-old daughter Anais.

"She said, 'Daddy I like that one. It's cool. Record that one,'" he says with a devilish laugh. "Of course, that's not true. It would be great though, wouldn't it?"

They're also getting older. Noel turns 38 today, but he hates celebrating birthdays and doesn't exchange presents with his brother any time of the year.

At times he seems like he only tolerates Liam. "He's good to be in a band with, but I wouldn't go down to bingo with him," he says.

In fact, if they weren't brothers, Noel and Liam wouldn't be in the same band anymore.

"If I didn't have a band with relatives in it I would be solo, beyond a shadow of a doubt," Noel says.

That said, Noel says he looks out for Liam, as an older brother should.

"I wouldn't like to leave Liam on his own," he says. "He'd get in too much trouble."

Awww. That's so nice.

"It is, inn't it," Noel says.


Monday, May 30, 2005

Noel & Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer & Andy Bell - Don't Believe The Truth EPK - 2005


Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Bonehead - Poptones.co.uk - 10th May 2005

Bonehead aka Paul Arthurs formerly of the mighty Oasis answers Poptones.co.uk’s
QUESTIONS OF DOOM about Noel Gallagher, dodging dwarves on stage, Alan McGee, Oasis’ scariest fan, the tenth anniversary of Definitely Maybe, the life and times of Oasis, The Seers and the recent documentary DVD of Definitely Maybe.

Why did you quit Oasis?
I think the band as a whole should have called it a day, after we played Knebworth. That had to be the pinnacle of the bands career, and for me personally i had taken it as far (further) than i could ever have imagined. For the band to have bowed out then would have earned them respect from anyone. Recording Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants, there was’nt the same fun or gang mentality if you like, that there should have been.......I felt it was time for me to go, and to have carried on, the way i felt about it, would’nt have been fair to the band or even the fans.

Do you ever think - stop calling me Bonehead my name is Paul???
Not really....The only people who call me Paul are my wife and kids and my dad. I’ve been known as Bonehead since i was about 7. I even have to think twice signing credit card slips!!....American interviews always asked me.......Why Bonehead? I used to tell them it was short for Boneapart Headimus, handed down via an old Roman family connection, cue...... OH MY GAWDDD THATS JUST AMAZING.....Americans eh? makes you wonder.

What happened with the Seers, I heard they broke up already?
The Seers played a few well recieved gigs at the beginning of this year, and we recorded a record with Owen Morris, which looks as though it will be released in the New Year through Electric Records.

I’m not playing with them any more, as i want to concentrate on some stuff on my own. Whether the rest of the band will do anything promotion wise, i dont know yet.

Did you ever think in the beginning -’Omigod, what the fuck, Noel -its’ my band, not yours?
No never. We only had 2 songs between me and Liam, and only one was worth talking about, so to have Noel come in with the bunch of songs he had was allright by me!!

Did you ever take the piss because he was a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets?
At least he did’nt play guitar for them, and as far as calling him a roadie??????? I saw them play a last gig of the tour somewhere in Oldham one year, Noel was roadie and Mark Coyle was front of house. Noel spent most of the gig at the bar with the rest of us........not bad for £100 a day was it.

Someone pointed out once to me, that Andy Rourke had an internet stalker -do you have anybody stalking you at the moment?
Yes,The Taxman.

What did you do after you quit Oasis?
I spent a year or two doing absolutely nothing, and then i had a studio built and just spent time down there finding out how it all worked, writing songs, scrapping songs, painting walls, getting drunk etc.

Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke came down there with me and we did a bit of stuff with Johnny Evans (The Seers Singer) as Moondog One. It was ok as a studio thing but nothing really came together until me and Johnny formed The Seers with Keith Yorke on drums and Levi Dammarel on bass. Andy had other commitments with Badly Drawn Boy, and Mike wanted to go and teach, so hence the line-up change.

Do you ever regret pulling out of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants?
Like i said before, i did’nt feel that the passion or fun that goes into making a record was there for that recording, so i felt it was time i left.

Did you ever feel detached from the Oasis brouhaha of the mid-nineties?
Yes , in terms of the publicity surrounding Liam and Noel...That whole media circus thing that followed them where ever they went. But they handled it more than i think i could ever have, so i was glad to be on the sidelines as it were. I would’nt say i felt detached completely, because being a member of Oasis in that period meant being recognised and approached where-ever you were in the world.

What happened on the night that Oasis did get signed to Creation. I’ve heard a thousand versions - what is the Bonehead version?
Probably the version every one knows............We went up to Glasgow to do a gig, nearly got in a fight with the guy who was putting on the bands, he gave us 15 mins, Alan McGee offered us a deal.....

What song did Noel first play that you felt that it was going to be taking Oasis to the top of the pop universe?
Probably Live Forever, followed by All Around The World, which he always said he wanted to save until we could afford a string section.

‘Definitely Maybe’ went through two versions before final product -did you ever feel that it could go possibly wrong during the rerecording periods?
I never felt that it could go wrong because we had been out playing these songs as a band for so long, it was just like being on auto pilot when we played them, so for us to have to go back and re-record them was tense yes.....the fact that what we had on tape just did’nt sound like us, was worrying. When we got into Sawmills studios we knew it was going to happen because we were all in the room together, nobody screened off, just doing what we did best.......So yes, it was tense for the band up until that point.

What was the most bizarre memory when you played live?
Lots of them i think, but having a dwarf invade the stage while we were doing I Am The Walrus somewhere in America was pretty bizarre, doing this weird sort of Bez dance with a tambourine around Liam while he’s trying to look double cool, and Ian Robertson our security guy at the time chasing him around the stage also trying to look double cool. (chasing the dwarf that is, not Liam) I think he caught him and launched him about 60 foot into the crowd in the end.

Geri Halliwell paid a camera crew to follow her around every minute after she had left The Spice Girls because she couldn’t live without the attention. Could you understand her decision?
Who’s Geri Halliwell?

Any fall-out meetings with Oasis during the making of the documentary?
It was good to do the documentary, talking about the recording and everything that surrounded it. Noel and Liam turned up to do their bit just after i had done mine so we didn't meet up, but i don't think there would have been any fall out meeting. I met up with Liam when The Seers played Death Disco soon after and everything is cool between us. I think when you’ve been through and seen as much as we did together it can’t not be.

Do you think that seen outside of the Britpop that Definitely Maybe would be seen as a classic album in its own right.
Yes. That album for me will always be up with the greats, i still listen to it now and it still feels the same for me as it did when we first did it.

Did you find it hard to cope with the fame of it all during that point?
Nothing strange comes to mind about the recoring of that album, maybe a bit stressful at times....Noel and Liam killing each other with cricket bats and stuff, but pretty used to that by then.

I never found it hard to cope with the fame thing. We were so busy that you did’nt really have time to sit back and take it all in, what was happening around you, how big the band had actually become.

It wasn’t until i’d left the band and sat down and thought about it, that i realised what i had been a part of and how big it had been

Who was the strangest fan that you’ve encountered?
Probably Alan McGee the night he offered us a deal.........6 and a half stone......bright ginger hair......dribbly nose..........??????????

When Johnny Depp was drafted in too play guitar on the album did you think it was getting a bit Spinal-Tapish?
I did’nt even know who he was at time...the last film i’d been to see before that was E.T. Work it out.

The split with Oasis seems amicable - do you think you would ever rejoin the band?
I don’t think there’s any chance of that but i’d love to get up and play Columbia with them; One because it’s my favourite tune and Two because it’s only got three chords, can’t remember the rest!!!

What’s on Paul’s IPOD?
I can’t seem to get my hands on it at the moment cos my son, Jude, has always got it stuck in his ear! He listens to Walk Idiot Walk by The Hives and Surfin Bird by The Trashmen constantly.
I’ve been listening to Dr.Dre, Lee Perry and Kasabian a lot lately, but anything from Air to Blondie, Can to Donovan, Ella Fitzgerald to The Foo Fighters, The Grey Album to Hot Chocolate, Iggy Pop to Jeff Buckley, Kraftwerk to Led Zeppelin, Massive Attack to Nirvana, Oasis to The Pixies, Queens Of The Stone Age to Ravi Shankar, Simple Kid to Turin Brakes, U2 to Various indian, Reggae, Easy, Soul, 70’s, Motown, War to XFM Live Sessions and loads in between.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Noel Gallagher - MTV News - April/May 2005

Hot on the heels of news of Oasis intimate UK club dates this summer comes an interview with
Noel Gallagher in which he claims he will (not entirely surprisingly) definitely be voting Labour in the upcoming election as “it’s morally right”.

Noel Gallagher has revealed that despite not being bothered by political subjects the majority of the time, he will vote for Labour in the forthcoming General Election.

"I only get political every five years and that's when I get my ballot paper and go down to wherever it is I am living," he said in an exclusive interview with MTV News, "I laugh at the people who are obviously going to vote Conservative on the way in with their f**king wax jackets on and their sensible shoes.

"It's the only day I get political when I go down and vote, and I'll be voting Labour because I think it’s morally right.”

Gallagher also made no secret of his disrespect for the Conservative party, and its leader Michael Howard's cabinet, but also revealed another - less policy or politician-based – reason for not wanting the Tories in power.

"I will think that until the Conservative Party come up with a leader with an ounce of credibility or who is as good a public speaker or has got anywhere half the intelligence of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown” he continued, “[until then] they are finished in this country.

"Another reason to vote Labour is if you f**king don't and the Conservatives get in Phil Collins is threatening to come back and live here. And let's face, it none of us want that."