Noel Gallagher discussed the monotony of the charts and the bureaucracy of music industry in general during an interview with NME.
He stated that if Oasis were starting today they “would have nowhere near the impact” that they had in the 90s and then he went on “If you’re Number One in the charts now, it automatically means you must be shit. Bands now go cap-in-hand to the industry and the industry has already decided what it wants for the fucking chart stars. But the charts are all the fucking same. Every single song in the Top 10 is the same shit with a different voice.”
Noel, whose solo album is going to be released in March, explained that what most irritates him is the control of music industry over artists “The artist used to drive the industry, but the industry reacted to Britpop, or whatever it was. And now bands go to the industry and go, ‘What is it you want again? OK, I can do that.’ But when we all came along – and it wasn’t by design, it was completely accidental – the industry took a step back and was like, ‘What the fuck is this? These people are all drug addicts and maniacs, they’re gonna fuck the fucking share prices up! We need to get rid of these people!’”
Talking about Oasis, he added “If Oasis were starting tomorrow we would have nowhere near the impact, because you’re judged instantly on your first gig, and then Radio 1 will judge you on how many fucking followers you’ve got on Facebook […] Oasis never had an A&R at Creation – we were given the fucking keys to the kingdom and they went, ‘Off you go, see you in a bit’. Now, the manager is accountable to the A&R guy, who’s accountable to the guy above him, who’s gonna lose his fucking job.”
Last month, Noel criticised Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys that have not inspired new working class bands. Here, we reported what he said about it.