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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 Beatles - Revolver
When I did ‘Setting Sun’ with The Chemical Brothers it was based loosely on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. Do you remember when it went to number one, what song we knocked off the top? ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ by Deep Blue Something. We were like Sir Galahad. 'And she said, 'What about Breakfast At Tiffany's' and I said, ‘I remember the movie.'' And we came in, 'Off with your head you piece of shit.' Revolver was when the sitars really started to come in with The Beatles, and all the backwards stuff on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. It’s their first drug album. The drums sound great on it and it’s a masterclass of how to make guitar pop. That’s just it. They took what the Beatles had been, they did Revolver and then the next week they’re making ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. They’re a completely different band. It’s a cliché to talk about it now because it’s so well-known but this is a mindblowing album. I went to see the premiere of the George Harrison film the other night [Martin Scorsese documentary Living In The Material World] and on the red carpet outside this journalist asked me this question: 'Would you say that The Beatles have been an influence on your music?' I was that amazed I had to take my shades off. I said, 'Is that a serious question?' And he was only young and in all innocence he said, 'Yes. Why?' I was like, 'Are you having me on?' And he was like, 'No.' Now ignoring the fact that it’s me, if you’re in a band and you’re playing guitar, you have been influenced by The Beatles. That really is all you need to know. The psychedelic stuff they did after this was mindblowing and the Fab Four mop top stuff before this was equally as good but on this record it all came together.


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Mikey
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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justin
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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Justin
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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madeline
Oct 17, 2011 4:17pm

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

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justin
Oct 17, 2011 7:18pm

In reply to John Doran:

"Pesky Yanks" is more like it.

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Michael
Oct 17, 2011 11:11pm

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

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damien
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!

x

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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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uncled
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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Reza
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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paddy
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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