Noel Gallagher has a message for modern bands: 'If you're number one, you must be s**t'

The Oasis guitarist has been bemoaning the state of the industry yet again

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Modern day musicians, take note. If you score a coveted number one in the UK charts, it “automatically means you must be s**t”, according to Noel Gallagher that is.

The former Oasis guitarist, 47, spoke to NME about the state of the music industry and attacked the charts for being “all the f**king same”.

“Bands now go cap-in-hand to the industry and the industry has already decided what it wants for the f**king chart stars,” he told the music magazine.

“Every single song in the Top 10 is the same s**t with a different voice. If you’re number one in the charts now, it automatically means you must be s**t.” Gallagher reckons Nineties band Oasis would have no chance in today’s climate were they to start tomorrow, as “Radio 1 judge you on how many f**king followers you’ve got on Facebook”.


“Music is very middle class,” he told BBC Radio 4 last month. “I'd have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon in the Nineties, one interview, destroyed, gone, never to be heard of again.”

Supergroup Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will play the Royal Albert Hall in March in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, before heading to New York for the Governors Ball in July.