Noel Gallagher blasts 'political' Dave Grohl
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 November 2017
Noel Gallagher has branded Foo Fighters, Green Day and Queens of The Stone Age "boring" for writing songs about current affairs
Noel Gallagher has slammed bands like Foo Fighters and Green Day for writing "boring" songs about politics.
The former Oasis guitarist has turned on the group's respective frontmen and songwriters, Dave Grohl and Billie Joe Armstrong, for moaning about the latest headlines on their songs, and says they should be thinking of ways to be more "revolutionary", like himself, and writing "joyous" music.
In an interview uploaded to YouTube by Sound Bites, Noel ranted: "I think that it's very easy for guys with guitars to pick up those guitars these days and just sing about what's on the news.
"I don't know what the point of all of that is. I think to write songs in this day and age that are full of joy and hope, is almost revolutionary.
"I think that guitar music has become more about f***ing shouting, like Dave Grohl, what's he on about? Green Day, and the guy from Queens of the Stone Age, what are they shouting about? They're shouting about the f***ing news. Who wants to sing about the news?"
He added: "The news is boring. Donald Trump is f***ing boring. Politics is boring. The little fat guy from North Korea, he looks funny, but he's f***ing boring.
"So why would you want to write music about that [stuff]? I think to write songs about joy and hope is f***ing revolutionary. There, I just said it, revolutionary."
Noel - who is gearing up to release his third solo LP with High Flying Birds 'Who Built The Moon?' on November 24 - previously admitted he misses the "raging joy" in music.
The 'Some Might Say' songwriter lamented the "golden age" of pop, when people didn't pay attention to a song's lyrics and just wanted to lose themselves in the track, and claimed the likes of Travis and Coldplay have changed the face of the genre with their desire to be regarded as "artists".
He recently fumed: "I grew up in the golden age of pop, late 1970s, early 1980s.
"Nobody talked about lyrics. You listened. You danced. It affected your life. Who cares what it's about?
"[When did it change?] Around Britpop, when everybody wanted to be considered 'an artist'.
"When Travis and Coldplay came and it was all introverted, why-does-it- always-rain-on-me? It's not just raining on you. It's raining on everyone. I'd rather write a song about the umbrella, not the f***ing rain.
"Look at everybody's first Britpop album. Oasis'. Blur's. Pulp's. Raging joy.
"I suppose it did get darker when drugs took over, yeah. And then you end up with the Libertines - lads with no teeth and their grandads' hats."