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Michael Rother Of Neu! Praises Oasis & Fuck Buttons
The Quietus , November 2nd, 2009 11:06

Defends Gallaghers from critical bashing, hints at collaboration with noise boys

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The Quietus' man of metal Dr Rock recently interviewed kosmische legend Michael Rother for an in-depth biographical piece that we'll be publishing on the site tomorrow.

During the course of the interview, Rother was asked about his thoughts on the Brand Neu! compilation, released earlier this year to much hoo-ha and complaints from Neu! fans upset at the inclusion of Oasis track 'I Can See It Now'.

But it seems as if the man from Neu! himself isn't with the haters: "I very much enjoyed listening to that compilation," he told us. "To be honest, I also quite like the Oasis track. I mention that because I read in some reviews that they got a bit of a beating. It was of course surprising to read that Noel Gallagher expressed his admiration for Neu! and that he convinced his brother to adopt some of the ideas. When I heard that Oasis single 'The Shock Of The Lightning', I immediately understood the idea behind that, the fast-forward movement, the strong surge in combination with a Beatles-esque sound. To me that's an interesting combination, Neu! crossed with Beatles ideas. But some of the bands on Brand Neu! don't impress me that much. I would have liked to have Fuck Buttons on there."

Asked if he was a fan of Fuck Buttons, Rother replied, "I heard the Fuck Buttons when we were on the ATP tour in January in Australia and I was amazed by their sounds. I think the approach they take on their music is similar to our approach in the 70s, to change everything, to modify everything to make new combinations. I think they even open up their instruments and change the wirings, change the sound and that's great.

"It knocked me off my feet when I heard this big wall of noise and sound which they created on stage. Maybe we'll meet again this autumn. We've been in touch and they asked me if I would consider to join them for a jam. It's something I would love to do."