Noel Gallagher Says He Doesn’t Know Any Taylor Swift Fans
Speaking to Stereogum in advance of next week's release of Who Built the Moon?, his third full-length album with High Flying Birds. But the highly opinionated Gallagher had no thoughts on her new record, Reputation.
"I don’t know anyone in my life who’s a fan," he said. "I’m not sure how she’s gotten to where she’s gotten. How’s that happened?"
The interviewer suggested that a portion of her fame is due to her marketing ability, with which Gallagher concurred. "A lot of these young pop stars are now," he said. "They’re more about the brand. They’re very aware of how they put themselves out in the digital age and that kind of thing. ... It’s weird for a 50-year-old guy to see it, but I’ve got a 17-year-old daughter. She can’t believe we lived the way we lived. She’s like, 'Are you f---ing idiotic?' And we were like, 'Well, yeah.' So, for the young’uns, [Swift] and Ed Sheeran and all that mob, that’s just the way they do things. If we’re going to discuss the musical notes, forget it. It’s not for me. She seems like a nice kid, though, right?"
However, he did express an appreciation for what the interviewer called her "malicious undercurrent." "She could’ve made her way in Oasis, then," Gallagher responded with a laugh.
Still, he expressed an appreciation for U2's upcoming record, Songs of Experience, saying that “The Showman” is "one of their best-ever songs." And he also likes Morrissey's new effort, Low in High School: "He can do no wrong in my eyes. ... I love him. He’s a saint to me."
And it wouldn't be a proper interview with Noel if it didn't offer the opportunity to take a shot at his brother, Liam Gallagher. In addition to saying that the few songs he's heard from As You Were were "old hat," he rolled his eyes at Liam's occasionally stated desire to get Oasis back together.
"He knows for a fact that Oasis are not getting back together," he said. "That gives him immunity to play the victim card to Oasis fans, which I don’t care about. 'I would do it for you guys, but it’s him,' that kinda thing. Maybe one day I’ll call his bluff and see the color drain out of his f---ing face. He knows it’s not going to happen and he tends to play to the gallery a little bit, all the 15 year olds who had never seen us."