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Noel Gallagher Selects His Thirteen Favourite Albums
John Doran , October 17th, 2011 06:10

While there's nothing unexpected about Noel Gallagher's Bakers Dozen selection, John Doran salutes his unique perspective on The Canon

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Some journalists will tell you that they require face to face access to musicians to get anything out of them worth writing about. While this is undoubtedly true in certain cases, especially if the interviewee has a reputation as being 'difficult', it simply doesn't hold water in my experience and probably tells you more about the interviewer and their need to inject autobiographical detail into story (or at the very least, their desire to meet to pretend that someone famous is their friend for the afternoon). Most journalists like to get up close to their prey and feel that they can only be satisfied that they are being told the truth after their mark has been stared intently up and down as if by Larry David trying to ascertain if he's being lied to or not. In fact there are just as many interviewees who are better value on email than they are in person. The truth of the matter is that many auto-didacts, pot heads, shrinking violets and socially awkward people who have trouble collecting their thoughts in person actually express themselves much better during a lengthy email exchange.

And then you get quote machines, the raconteurs and born storytellers like Noel Gallagher who would probably be as at home giving a one on one interview down the pub as they would be holding a press conference by smoke signal or semaphore.

When I interviewed Noel Gallagher recently for a feature on his High Flying Birds project, it was exactly as instructive and as much of a good laugh as I presumed it would be. And by the time our allotted thirty minutes had warped into 70 minutes and I could hear a press dude in the background hissing "five minutes!" and "stop!" hysterically at him, he'd generously given me enough material for another feature.

Anyway, to see Noel's 13 favourite albums, click on the image below. And cheers to him for being a stand-up dude, despite the grief we've given him in the past.


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Oct 17, 2011 10:21am

What image below?

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Oct 17, 2011 10:26am

In reply to Mikey:

Ooer i thought
it was me!

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Oct 17, 2011 2:34pm

so what i'm to gather from your introduction is that you wanted to tell us that noel gallagher liked you so much, he talked to you for 70 minutes?

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John Doran
Oct 17, 2011 2:43pm

In reply to justin:

Not quite. More like he's a good interview.

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Oct 17, 2011 3:13pm

In reply to John Doran:

i'm just pulling your chain. your last interview with him was excellent. it's hard to find an interviewer who has lines as memorable as noel's.

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John Doran
Oct 17, 2011 4:07pm

In reply to Justin:

I'll let you off... this time. Pesky kids.

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Oct 17, 2011 4:17pm

very good noel you have selected some great albums great choice in music

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Oct 17, 2011 7:18pm

In reply to John Doran:

"Pesky Yanks" is more like it.

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Oct 17, 2011 11:11pm

Sorry Noel, I think your missus was right about Pink Floyd.

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Oct 18, 2011 12:11am

he's right about Morrissey's coat! even Morrissey hated it and said as much in a letter to the photographer. true fact!


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Sir Terrence Bobbins
Oct 18, 2011 12:24am

U2 are shite

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Malcolm Eden
Oct 18, 2011 10:01am

"£50 Man".

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str8 bro
Oct 18, 2011 11:30am

In reply to Malcolm Eden:

hahaha... nailed it

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Oct 18, 2011 3:37pm

stand up dude?

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John Doran
Oct 18, 2011 11:04pm

In reply to uncled :

Sorry. English colloquialism meaning a good guy; someone who would help you out or treat you right.

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Oct 19, 2011 6:49am

Some of those choices are decent but predictable. Beatles, Kinks, The Who, Rolling Stones.

Can't stand any of his own music though.

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Jun 17, 2012 2:46pm

Noel's got good taste in people. Scousers really are lovely folk.

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Chairman Meow
Jan 30, 2013 11:51am

Quite surprised to see 'The Wall' in this list. I can understand why he pissed Gilmour off though as the album was written almost entirely by Waters.

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Jay Brennan
May 7, 2014 9:49am

Good choices from the man.

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