Born in Manchester, Gallagher, 45, rose to fame in the 1990s as lead singer of Oasis. The band’s second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? led to three Brit awards in 1996 and was named best British album since 1980 at the awards in 2010. He has just released his debut solo album, As You Were,and will tour the UK this winter.
What is your earliest memory?
Being stung by a bumble bee outside my grandma’s house in Ireland. I screamed so loud – I think that’s the first time I knew I had a good set of lungs on me.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I can’t stand social chameleons: people who change to impress whoever they happen to be with.
What is your phone wallpaper?
A picture of my two boys, Lennon and Gene.
What would your super power be?
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I’m very happy with the way I look. For 45 years, I think I’m doing all right.
What is your most unappealing habit?
I’m partial to licking my own plates.
What is your favourite smell?
My woman, the inside of new shoes, my own farts.
What is your favourite word?
Which book changed your life?
I don’t really read books. The film Quadrophenia had a big impact on me – haven’t read the book though.
What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
“Are you Noel Gallagher?”
What is top of your bucket list?
To drive around France in a Gypsy caravan.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Seventies sitcoms like Rising Damp.
What do you owe your parents?
I owe my mother everything; she gave me life, guidance and beautiful skin.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
Any sorrys I’ve needed to say have been said already.
What does love feel like?
Love to me is knowing who you are and knowing who you ain’t.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
John Lennon, Nigella Lawson, Keith Moon, Steve Coogan, Peter Sellers.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
As you were.
What is the worst job you’ve done?
Digging holes in Manchester in January.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
Oasis splitting up.
How do you relax?
I run every morning.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
When I was about seven or eight years old, I was messing about in a brook with my brothers and a friend of mine, Paul Hewitt, and I almost drowned. Paul saved me.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
A fully functioning thyroid.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Where would you most like to be right now?
On a desert island with no technology, surrounded by friends and family with endless supplies of food and booze.
Tell us a joke
I once farted in an elevator. It was wrong on so many levels.
Source: The Guardian