Noel Gallagher on marriage, marijuana and saving the music industry

In a (naturally) expletive littered (his favourite word might very well be “fuck”) filled interview with Rolling Stone, former Oasis guitarist and High Flying Birds frontman Noel Gallegher has run his mouth on everything and everything. The interview documents Gallagher’s, unsurprisingly, strong views on all manner of social issues including the legalisation of marijuana and same-sex marriage as well as his thoughts on the departure of Zayne from One Direction and Jay-Z’s streaming service TIDAL.

Speaking with Jason Newman, the 47 year old spoke openly (as his always has) about his past drug use before adding that while it would take a good 25 years of “fuckin’ utter chaos and disaster and scandal after fuckin’ drug-addled scandal”, everything would level out and be fine. He takes the age-old attitude of when you’re not allowed to have something, you want it even more and professes that legalising drugs would take out the element of romantisication and rebellion.

Continuing to discuss all manner of social issues, he throws his support behind same-sex marriage. Kind of. “If a man wants to marry another man, that’s up to you. If you both want to recognize each other and go through the fuckin’ pain of divorce, fuckin’ good, ’cause the rest of us do, so join the fuckin’ club.”

He goes on to muse that leaving the biggest boy band in the world was a very strange thing for a 22-year-old to do. “Who wants to be a normal 22-year-old?! Hang on a minute. You can be fucking anything that moves and gettin’ paid half a million dollars a week, you fuckin’ idiot. You want to be a normal 22-year-old? Have you met any normal 22-year-olds? They’re fuckin’ shit-for-brains.” Personally, I kind of reckon that if you wanna leave a boy band, you probably should. And wait a minute, isn’t Noel the one who left Oasis*? 

His comments on the cringe-inducing press conference for Jay-Z’s steaming service TIDAL are kind of spot-on though. A personal favourite quote from the interview is “Do these people think they’re the fuckin’ Avengers? They’re going to save the fuckin’ [world].” Apparently, his interactions with ole mate Chris Martin after the press conference went as follows: “Are you after a Nobel Peace Prize?… you might want to write a decent chorus for a fuckin’ start. Never mind fuckin’ royalties and the “power of music.” Write a tune. Fuckin’ start with that.”

While Gallagher clearly has some pretty strong opinions on TIDAL and the people associated with it (and you can read the rest of them here), we’ve got some of our own. Keep an eye out for Howl & Echoes‘ own reviews of the streaming service soon.  

*I am fully aware that Oasis does not a boy band make, but you know what I mean.

Read the full interview right here