Let’s shift to some digital issues. You’re one of the most opinionated musicians, yet your Twitter page is mainly show promotion and media appearances. It seems like it’d be a perfect medium for you.
I’m only opinionated in interviews if I’m asked a question. Twitter has never fascinated me. I have an Instagram account, but my fans know it’s just me trying to sell them some shit. I’m pretty open about this: Here’s a picture of me, and by the way, buy a fuckin’ T-shirt, will ya? I’m not one to be there watching TV going, “Fuckin’ hell, the Queen’s a bell-end, isn’t she?” Life’s too short for that shit.
“[Tidal] were like, ‘We’re going to fuckin’ save the music business.’ And I’m just sitting there thinking, ‘You might want to write a decent chorus for a fuckin’ start.'”
You’ve said in the past that you want people to own music instead of stream it. What’s your take on Tidal?
[Long pause] I thought that the people on the stage might want to be a little bit aware that they don’t look like Jay Z’s minions. Madonna was pretty cool the way she cocked her leg up on that desk and signed the [declaration]. I think ultimately that the spiel they came out with, it was like, “Do these people think they’re the fuckin’ Avengers? They’re going to save the fuckin’ [world].” I was speaking to Chris [Martin] the day after, and I said, “Are you after a Nobel Peace Prize? Is that what you’re after?” They were like, “We’re going to fuckin’ save the music business.” And I’m just sitting there, thinking [imitates smoking weed] you might want to write a decent chorus for a fuckin’ start. Never mind fuckin’ royalties and the “power of music.” Write a tune. Fuckin’ start with that.
Listen to Noel Gallagher Share His Thoughts on Tidal
I’m surprised you watched the press conference.
[Laughs] I only watched it because someone was like, “Get on these bunch of cunts on here.” And I went, “Who?” “Fuckin’ your mate Chris Martin and all these cunts.” I got on YouTube and was like, [makes crinkled face] “Oh. Ohhh. Ohhhhhh.” Alicia Keys made a speech that really should have been at the U.N. “We’re all aware of the power of music!” But I don’t think you are. I quote Nietzche regularly too, but only when I’m talking about downloading [laughs].
You mentioned last week digging two new Blur songs. Have you heard the album?
I haven’t heard the whole album, but I’ve heard those tracks. They’re making the reunion thing work for them, which makes me think the reason why they split up in the first place couldn’t have been that controversial. It would’ve been a traditional, “[Guitarist] Graham [Coxon] needed to do his thing. [singer] Damon [Albarn] needed to do his thing,” etc.
Whatever happened with your rumored collaboration with Damon Albarn?
It was as flippant as somebody saying, “Hey, next time you’re in town, we should go for a drink.” It wasn’t like [looks left and right conspiratorially and whispers] “I think we should make an album” and I go, “You know what? I think you’re fuckin’ right.” I’d be amazed if our schedules [aligned] where we ever had six months off at the same time. When I finish this tour as Damon finishes Blur, he’s bound to be going off doing some Vietnamese opera about chickens. But if one day we ever ended up in the studio, it’d be great. I think he’s a super-talented dude and a good lad.