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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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The La's - The La's
People say Lee Mavers is mad or a tortured artist but he isn’t. He’s just lazy. Well, either that or he doesn’t want to tarnish the reputation of what he knows he’s already achieved. I’ve got two CDs worth of unreleased stuff which would knock you out. It should have been released as an album but it won’t see the light of day. But you see them when they reform and they’re still playing the same set as they were in 1986. You feel like saying to them, 'For fuck’s sake…' When I see him I say, 'Hey Lee, when are you going to release your second album?' And he goes, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ll do it when I’ve finished the first one…' He’s still trying to nail his first set of songs right after 27 years. So I’ve come to the conclusion he’s either shit-scared of ruining his legacy or he’s just a lazy cunt. All that said though, this is a wonderful album and I do get a great kick out of playing this to people round the world – Americans in particular – to people who have never heard of them. They’re always, 'Wha… What the fuck?' Even though it’s a standard form of guitar rhythm and blues, it’s totally unique. Nobody has done it as good as him since. His lyrics are great, his voice is amazing and the whole vibe of The La's is amazing. Bands from Liverpool used to be really busy but there came a point after the 1980s where unless it was something happening in Liverpool, they just didn’t give a fuck. Liverpool is an island. It bears no relation to what’s going on musically anywhere else at all. I’ve got one scouser in my band and three on my crew and they don’t give a fuck. They don’t care what’s going on in London, they’re still going on about the dockers’ strike. They’re still annoyed that The Beatles left to go to London! [puts on old school scouse accent] 'I’m not havin’ it la, they went shite when they left Liverpool. You ask anyone. They did nothin’. After they left The Cavern, they were nothin’.' And now Liverpool bands get to a certain stage and then they back off because that means you have to move to London and they don’t want to. Liverpool has also suffered for not having a great record label or TV station like Factory or Granada. In more modern times they’ve been in the shadow of Manchester because of that. But that is also their strength. There is no other band of musicians in the world I would sooner play with than a band of scousers. They’ve all got it. And they’re all stoned from breakfast to bedtime. People in Liverpool got Oasis before anyone else did. We played all our early gigs with The Real People. Most people thought we were a Liverpool band.

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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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