Noel Gallagher, guitarist
Songwriter ~ Guitarist

Noel Gallagher

May 29, 1967, Manchester, England

Noel Gallagher has claimed responsibilty for ruining music in the 1990s. In an interview for this month's Q magazine, the former Oasis guitarist, whose formulaic, derivative indie helped to lure a generation away from electronica and fuelled a boom in guitars, shaggy haircuts and Britpop, reveals he was once a regular at legendary Manchester acid house club the Hacienda in 89/90 and still enjoys a rave: “One of the best nights I’ve had out recently was at Coachella. We were up till 7 o’clock in the morning, listening to those classic house tunes, going, Why did music have to change? Why couldn’t it have stayed like this? Then someone said, It’s because of *you*! And I was, 'Yeah, sorry about that'.” ~ Mixmag: Noel Gallagher Says Sorry For Ruining Dance Music ~ September 21, 2012 © Mixmag

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As the lead guitarist, main songwriter, and occasional vocalist for Oasis, Noel Gallagher played a tremendous role in shaping British rock music during the 1990s and beyond. ~ Allmusic: Noel Gallagher ~ retrieved June 11, 2013 © Allmusic


But what strikes me about a lot of these commentaries - critical or otherwise - is that there's not much about what was genuinely good from a fan's perspective. I was born in 1979 and grew up with a sense that I was always just missing out on the excitement. My older siblings had Madness and 2 Tone, then later on acid house and Madchester (all of which have been given their fair share of nostalgic media retrospectives) but I was never quite old enough for any of this. I had gone back and discovered bands such as the Smiths, but was also longing for music that was mine. For me and many others, Britpop wasn't about some kind of break with grunge, it was about having a music culture we could access. ~ The Guardian: Britpop wasn't perfect but it was ours ~ April 14, 2014 © The Guardian

Oasis ~ Awarded a 2007 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

In 2014 no less than ten songs by Oasis made it to the NME 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time ~ #484 Some Might Say ~ #399 Slide Away ~ #385 Champagne Supernova ~ #369 Half A World Away ~ #239 Whatever ~ #112 Supersonic ~ #106 Don't Look Back In Anger ~ #67 Cigarettes & Alcohol ~ #36 Wonderwall ~ #13 Live Forever

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