Cast away on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Noel Gallagher is to reveal the secret of his relationship with his brother Liam and to mount a sturdy defence of the 1990s – the era of BritPop and New Labour.
He will also comment on his use of drugs and on his status as a songwriter – explaining ruefully: ‘Put it this way, I am not as revered by the press as Thom Yorke or Damon Albarn. That is just a fact’.
Assessing the impact of Oasis – the band he set up with his brother he says: ‘On our day we were great. People are there now at my concerts that weren’t even born then and they are crying at Oasis songs. All all over the world people are still in massively in love with that band – and none more so than me’.
On the subject of the rows with Liam that eventually caused the breakup of the band – Gallagher (48) explains: ‘The way it worked was when were not slagging each other off that’s when were telling each other that we loved each other. That’s it. Clearly there was a point where he was the greatest singer in the world and it was great. It just so happens that the two of us we like to call a spade a spade. But it was very sarcastic mud-slinging’.