- 15 Dec 17
Making a late bid for Album of the Year, Who Built The Moon? finds NOEL GALLAGHER swapping rock ‘n’ roll orthodoxy for something altogether more interesting. Damon Albarn, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Brexit, Liam and his co-conspirator, David Holmes, feature as he tells STUART CLARK where it all went right.
Bastard! Great, I’ve got that out of my system. Whilst some of us pile on the pounds and suffer the incomparable agony of male pattern baldness - I hear childbirth can be quite painful too - Noel Gallagher actually looks in better nick than the first time I met him in 1995 backstage at Slane where Oasis had just comprehensively blown REM off stage. Unlikely due to a troublesome younger brother (more of whom anon) to ever fully achieve a Zen-like state of contentment, he’s nevertheless looking pretty damn chuffed with life as we settle down for a cuppa in the North London offices of his Ignition management company, which are liberally decorated with Oasis and Noel solo gold discs.
“On a scale of one to ten, how happy am I?” Noel reflects. “A very smug, self-satisfied 9 , thank you for asking. Things are great at home, City are top of the table and I’ve made the record I’ve wanted to make for the past ten years, but didn’t know how to until I sat down in this very room, actually, with your friend and mine, David Holmes.”
That record is Who Built The Moon?, an almost Bowiesque reinvention which, egged on by the aforementioned Belfast DJ, producer and soundtrack man, finds Noel going off on more tangents than you’ll find in a Leaving Cert Honours Maths textbook.