Noel Gallagher 'would have eaten Bastille alive'

Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher says he would have "eaten Bastille alive" in the 1990s

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Noel Gallagher would have "eaten Bastille alive".

The 47-year-old star has hit out at the state of the music industry, accusing bands like Bastille of failing to inspire and saying working-class people are no longer represented.

He said: "Well you only have to look at the charts, what happened at the end of the '90s, all those bands used to be in the Top Ten, like us, Manic, Pulp, The Verve, Suede and Blur, and I think bands like that have been marginalised and sidelined.

"There's X Factor and all that kind of thing, can you name me the last great band that came out of this country? There's not really been any great bands in the last 10 years."

Speaking on BBC Radio Four's 'Mastertapes', Noel took aim at Bastille.

He observed: "Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian, that's 10 years ago now and shame on those two bands for a start because they didn't inspire anybody else. The working classes have not got a voice anymore, there doesn't seem to be a noise coming from the council estates, you know what I mean?

"Music is very middle class, I'd have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon in the '90s, one interview, destroyed, gone, never to be heard of again. Easy, had 'em for breakfast. My bass player summed it up, we're constantly saying, 'Where is the next band coming from?' and he rightly says, 'Never mind the band, where are the people?'

"When I first started I wanted to get in the charts and wreck it, like stamp Phil Collins out and Wet Wet Wet, they've got to go, and all that '80s gear, we don't need that anymore. I don't see anything from the working class, I just don't see it."

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