Gallagher bonded with brother Liam over Sleaford Mods-hating
Alexandra Pollard and Andrew Trendell

10:08 26th February 2015

Noel Gallagher has criticised the Sleaford Mods in a new interview, saying there will never be another David Bowie "because cunts like them will fucking sneer at them."

The singer spoke to Shortlist ahead of the release of his new solo album, Chasing Yesterday, during which he answered fans' questions.

In a tangent that began as a response to a question about the debauchery of stockbrokers vs rockstars, Gallagher said, "Eventually, there will be no more Marc Bolans, these flamboyant guys, or David Bowies creating their own worlds. D’you know why? Because you will know everything about them from the internet."

He continued, "There’ll be no magic. There’ll never be another Bowie, or people driving round in gold Rolls-Royces, because cunts like Sleaford Mods’ll fucking sneer at them. And rockstardom will die. And what were we all brought up on? Looking at Bowie and going, 'I want to fucking be that guy!'"

He later revealed that he and formerly-estranged brother Liam Gallagher had exchanged texts on the topic of Sleaford Mods: "We had a text thing on Christmas Day, then he actually got in touch the other day, to say… how did he put it… Effectively, what he said was: ‘Destroy Sleaford Mods, ’cos they’re just glue-sniffers.’ Summat like that."

As for whether he'd write any songs for Liam's new album, Gallagher said, "I’d write it all for him if he asked! I’ve got more tunes coming out of my earholes than I know what to do with. I could get him back in the charts, I reckon: wouldn’t be too difficult. Yeah. Easy. Easy-peasy."

Watch Sleaford Mods discussing Kasabian and Noel Gallagher with Gigwise below

Well, Sleaford Mods aren't fans of Gallagher either. Speaking to Gigwise last month frontman Jason Williamson said: "It really pissed me off, y'know, all these c***ts playing the working class card. You know 'Oh, what kind of example is this setting to the working class kids if we're not on that fucking show?' Really? They said goodbye to their roots a long time ago. Fuck off." 

He continued: "What are they saying about the younger generation? What are they saying about the working class? What have they ever said about the working class? Nothing, fuck off. It's like Gallagher, he's the same. Playing up to the working class thing - he still thinks he's working class. No, no no no no - it doesn't work like that mate." 

Elsewhere in what was an immensely quotable interview, Gallagher said he'd like to duet with Michelle McManus,that Kate Moss is far better than Marilyn Manson on a night out ("Manson's alright but he tries too hard... He'll be getting out weird drugs and shit") and that "you'd struggle to find a worse title for an album" than (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds' second album, Chasing Yesterday, was released yesterday.

Gallagher's other upcoming UK tour dates are below. For tickets and information, visit here

Belfast, Odyssey Arena (March 3)
Dublin, 3 Arena (4)
Nottingham, Capital FM Arena (6)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (7)
Manchester, Arena, (9)
London, O2 Arena (10)

  • Oasis - 'Waiting For The Rapture': Taken from the band's underrated Dig Out Your Soul, this song signals an evolution from their '90s Britpop sound that makes it even more tragic that they never recorded another album.

  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - 'The Death Of You And Me': The instrumental to this song is surprisingly light and fluffy, but Gallagher's vocals, even when they're in falsetto, provide just enough grit to cut through any potential sickliness, and strike a perfect balance.

  • Oasis - 'The Importance Of Being Idle': The opening guitar riff itself is a strong enough intro to justify the song's existence, but the "I don't mind" bridge gently slides the rug out from under the listener's feet just enough for them to stand up and pay attention. The song builds to a chorus which never quite arrives, and yet it never feels incomplete.

  • Oasis - 'Live Forever': The first Oasis single to reach the top ten in the UK, 'Live Forever' manages to be both euphoric and melancholic, delivering moving, introspective lyrics in an entirely unsentimental tone. Always a favourite at festivals.

  • Oasis - 'Don't Look Back In Anger': With lyrics like "Please don't put your life in the hands of a rock 'n' roll band who'll throw it all away", 'Don't Look Back In Anger' is an intelligent, nostalgic, self-deprecating beauty.

  • Oasis - 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out': One of fairly few Oasis songs to be accompanied, for the most part, by a single piano, with very little guitar. The lyrics are unashamedly sentimental, yet with none of the saccharine falsity often associated with sentimentality. When Gallagher sings: "All of the stars are fading away, just try not to worry, you'll see them some day", you believe every word.

  • Oasis - 'The Masterplan': "That's my favourite song I have ever written I think," said Noel of 'The Masterplan'. "I was really fucking proud of it and I still am." Rightly so.

  • The Chemical Brothers - 'Setting Sun': Noel provided the vocals for this neo-psychedelia number, and though it's the probably the instrumental parts that are the most iconic, when the unmistakable tones of Noel Gallagher cut through the electronica, the song steps up a level from its contemporaries.

  • Oasis - 'Champagne Supernova': Noel admits that "some of the lyrics were written when I was out of it." That explains the chorus. We've no idea what "Someday you will find me caught beneath a landslide in a Champagne Supernova in the sky" means, and we don't think Oasis do either. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, 'Champagne Supernova' is one of the band's greatest songs.

  • Oasis - 'Wonderwall': Never has a song that is essentially all on one note been quite this effective. It's hardly a shining beacon of Liam Gallagher's vocal gymnastics, and yet it's got a certain undefineable charm that's caused it to become quietly iconic.

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