Noel Gallagher has spoken out on Radiohead, admitting that they ‘do have some tunes’, but maintaining that his cat Boots is ‘more rock n’ roll’. The former Oasis turned solo star has been very dismissive of Thom Yorke and co in the past – saying that they could ‘shit in a lightbulb’ and people would love it, and that his cat was more rock n’ roll. Now, Gallagher has repeated the claim in an interview with the Irish Independent, insisting: “Absolutely. Boots is a fuckking demon.”
Defending the band, he continued “listen, they have done some great stuff” – but added that they “weren’t a party band”.
“No. This is the one thing that I am always going to hold against them,” said Gallagher. “My wife has a physical reaction to them, when she hears them. It’s like: ‘No – can’t do it. Once he [Thom Yorke] starts singing. Can’t do it.’ No, they’re not a party band. But I’ve got some of their tunes on my phone. But I’m never in the Radiohead moment where I’m thinking, ‘Oh, a bit of modern angst will do her!’”
“I’m aware that Radiohead have never had a fucking bad review,” Gallagher said in 2015. “I reckon if Thom Yorke fucking shit into a light bulb and started blowing it like an empty beer bottle it’d probably get 9 out of 10 in fucking Mojo. I’m aware of that.”
Gallagher added that despite all of Yorke’s critical acclaim, he still feels like he is the more beloved songwriter. “Technically, there’s better songwriters than I am. Guardian writers will tell you that,” he added. “Have other people’s songs ever really touched a generation, though? Radiohead? When do people listen to them? Is it when they go out, or is it when they come in? Because I’m struggling to think.”