Nobody escaped unscathed from Noel Gallagher's summary of music in 2013, apart from maybe Kanye West and David Bowie. The former Oasis man agreed to phone interview with Rolling Stone magazine to chat about his "f*cking shit year" hanging around the house and waiting for the year end.
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Things started off on a positive note, with Gallagher hailing David Bowie's surprise comeback record The Next Day as a "f*cking masterpiece, saying, "I love it. Nobody has the right to be that f*cking good at this point in their career. Apart from Neil Young, all of the people that are in his league are basically f*cking shit. Do you know what I mean?"
He went on to call 'half' of the Arctic Monkeys album "really f*cking good" and claimed he'd listened to a Kanye West album for the first time.
"I'm not really a fan of his or anything like that," he said, "I don't really like that kind of modern hip-hop, whatever you call it. But somebody told me to watch this interview he did in England [with BBC DJ Zane Lowe], so I watched it, and I thought it was one of the best interviews I've ever seen. I f*ckin' loved it! Especially the bit about the leather jogging pants or whatever he's going on about, f*cking claiming he invented them."
2013 was the year that brought us Get Lucky, Wrecking Ball and Blurred Lines, but Noel only had something positive to say about one of those tracks. First up for a dressing down was Robin Thicke.
"I don't mind it. It sounded good on the radio. Got a bit annoying after the five millionth time you've heard it. I think he's going to be a one-hit wonder, surely. It'll be like that guy who's done "Gangnam Style" - we'll never hear from him again," he said of the American star.
"She was on TV recently, Miley Ray Cyrus, and it was just like, "What the f*ck is all this about?" he said of the controversial Bangerz singer, "I don't know. It's a shame, because it puts all the other female artists back about f*cking five years. Now, Adele and Emili Sande - that music, to me, is like music for f*cking grannies, but at least it's got some kind of credibility."
Daft Punk's summer anthem ticked all the boxes for Gallagher. "I'm not interested in the album," he said, "It's all about that song, isn't it? It's so effortless and brilliant and now. It's got everything. You just think, "Has this song always been around, or am I just hearing it for the first time?" It's f*cking amazing.
"My favorite act at this year's Glastonbury, when I went, was not the Rolling Stones, as great as they were; was not the Arctic Monkeys, as good as they were; was not Disclosure, as good as they were; but it was Chic. They were f*cking mega. Absolutely out of this world. Unfortunately [Nile Rodgers] didn't play "Get Lucky," but what an amazing, amazing track."
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