Noel Gallagher reveals his first High Flying Birds album was written for Oasis
We’re coming up to the 10th anniversary of Noel Gallagher’s first solo album, his High Flying Birds, and he’s been talking to Mojo about frustration and the origin of the album.
Asked if it was meant to be a solo project, he said, “No, that was going to be the next Oasis album… On the last [Oasis] tour I wrote ‘If I Had a Gun’, ‘Everybody’s On the Run’ and ‘(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine’… ‘AKA… What A Life!’ was the last thing I wrote. That’s my birth as a solo artist.”
It was a period of great frustration for Noel, who spoke of his desire to be experimental, or at least widen the Oasis sound: “It’s difficult to make this statement without sounding like I’m slagging Liam off but… he was way more conservative in his tastes than I am… He literally listens to The Beatles and John Lennon and that’s it.”
“Bonehead and Guigs never really said why they left but I think they thought: ‘This music is changing and it’s not the way that it was,… [it was] not enough for me. When you play a song to your bandmates, you need them all to stand up and say: ‘That’s amazing.’ If one of them is going ‘Pthrrrrt’ and that one happens to be the singer, forget it, it isn’t happening.”
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