High Flying Words


bono:noelBono and Noel Gallagher

“I don’t like reading interviews with people and they explain their songs to you line by line. For instance, I was hanging out with our dear friend Bono in the summer, and he was playing me the U2 album before it came out. With him being a lyricist and a singer, he will explain to you what every fucking sentence is about.

“I said to him, ‘Don’t tell me what it’s about. I’ll tell you what it’s about when it’s finished.’ He was like, ‘Ohhh yeah, man.’ It’s like when I first heard Martha, My Dear on the White album, and then I found out he had a dog called Martha. It fucking ruined it, d’ya know what I mean? It’s about a dog? Fuck off! I don’t wanna hear that.”

Noel Gallagher.

Noel Gallagher: ‘What we’re left with now is the Arctic Monkeys, tax-dodgers’ (Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times)

Pic: Oasismania

29 thoughts on “High Flying Words

  1. Soundings

    Oh right, so it’s alright to say “fupp off!” in the Irish Times, but not on Broadsheet. Fupp that!

  2. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    Noel is right. In many cases, the listener can decide what it means to them, rather than have to deal with the banal.

  3. Spaghetti Hoop

    He’d be excused for being such a cranky bollyeecks if he actually said something interesting. But he’s never going to do that / pander to the Press – he’ll keep feeding them any old tripe like this. Unless he really is that dense….?

    1. Soundings

      Met him once in Homebase in Kensington, he was out shopping for a Christmas tree. Nicest bloke ever, more Donny Osmond than Keith Richards.

  4. Bertie Blenkinsop

    With respect, there’s not much to figure out with Noel’s lyrics, he’s released a serious amount of “will this do?” codswallop.

    1. ivan

      I suspect Noel’s fully aware that he’s not giving Waits, Cohen or Cave anything close to a sleepless night…

  5. andyourpointiswhatexactly

    Noel’s a contrary bollix but I used to find him very funny when he would turn up on Russell Brand’s old podcasts before Sachsgate.

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      They were hilarious, up there with the old Adam and Joe podcasts for genuine laugh out loud entertainment.

      1. andyourpointiswhatexactly

        True! I remember listening to the Sachsgate podcast while driving along the canal (this was before the story blew up) and I nearly had to pull in I was laughing so much at Jonathan Ross and Russ trying to outdo each other. I was bewildered by the massive kerfuffle it caused, really.
        I haven’t really found any podcasts to match up to A&J and Russell’s since. I like The Bugle, but it’s not as funny.

        1. Bertie Blenkinsop

          Richard Herring’s interviews are generally very funny and he gets some really good guests but yeah, you’re right there’s not much out there.

          I recommend Armando Ianucci’s Charm Offensive too although some of the references are a little dated.

          1. andyourpointiswhatexactly

            Oh, I forgot RHLSTP or wotever he called them. Aye, they’re good. I used to love This Morning with Richard not Judy. He’s very funny.
            I’ll give that Charm Offensive one a lash: ta!

        2. Stewart Curry

          I like Answer Me This, it’s two people (and the soundman, who’s this occasional voice of God in the background) answering questions for people who are too lazy to Google. Also, How Did This Get Made is very funny if you like movies and toilet humour (though there’s lots of running gags so you may want to start with the archives).

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            I agree, I like Helen and Olly ( the celebrity edition was great ) but I find the jingles and adverts really annoying.

          2. The bringer of facts

            Film sack, Cinema Swirl and the Morning stream.

            A few podcasts that fill the Adam and Joe hole in my life.

            Richard Herrings guests can be hit or miss but when it’s good and the guest plays along its great.

          3. JamJam

            Ha! still listen to old Adam & Joe podcasts, wonder if they’ll ever make more, will be checking out some of your suggestions…. Bill Burr’s Monday morning podcast is my current go-to, maybe not for everyone though… Marc Marron’s ‘wtf’ one too

  6. Mikeyfex

    Some people are interested in that, others aren’t. I always enjoy a good rant in a manc accent though.

  7. Joe the Lion

    Noel Gallagher is one of the most boring and over-rated people on the planet. He wrote – what – two songs?

  8. Nice Anne (Dammit)

    ‘Martha my dear’ was actually about a bet regarding a swimming pool.
    It is unknown if the dog ever got to swim in the pool.

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