Noel Gallagher awoke to bad news on January 10th. "My wife burst into the bedroom crying, and I thought one of the children had died," he says. "She said, 'David Bowie's dead.' I was like, 'Fuckin' hell.'" The former Oasis songwriter-guitarist (and Bowie mega-fan), whose latest U.S. tour begins in July, called a few days after Bowie's death to tell us about his five favorite songs by the Starman. "Let's celebrate his life more than mourn his passing," Gallagher says. "All things must pass, and all that."
Gallagher took the opportunity to reflect on the way Bowie's music has inspired over the years. "He was quite fearless, which is one of the things that I will remember him for – taking his art, always moving it forward," he says. "For instance: You get up on the day that 'Where Are We Now?' hits the airwaves [in January 2013], and you’re like, 'Oh, it’s another weird David Bowie song. I like it though, it’s great.' Then the album [The Next Day] comes out, and it’s fucking stadium rock! And you’re like, 'What the fuck? Wow, amazing.' Then you hear he's made another album [★], and you think 'Well, are we gonna get two fucking accessible albums in a row?' But we got a weird, dark album. And then of course he dies, and you go back and listen to it and think, 'Wow. Fuckin’ hell, man. This is amazing.'"