The pop-up station features an exclusive, must-see interview with Noel himself, as well as one-off performances, archival content, new album tracks and a Through The Decades playlist chosen by the frontman of High Flying Birds.
For a week, fans of the Manchester musician will have free access to the dedicated radio station via Absoluteradio.co.uk, their smart speakers and the Absolute Radio app.
Absolute Radio Hometime presenters Andy Bush and Richie Firth sat down exclusively with Noel ahead of the station’s launch, and as expected, the Oasis songwriter had a lot to say about the current state of the world. music industry, the upcoming documentary from Knebworth and the UK as a whole.
This is an interview not to be missed. Below is a selection of Christmas quotes:
On writing a song for Eurovision “I would write it, I would write a song, I would break it. I would write it according to who was going to interpret it. I’m not sure anyone I know is up to playing it, but for £ 32.5million I’ll write a song for anyone.
About future lockdowns “I don’t go into lockdown anymore if someone listens to the government. I am not disturbed by what you say, I do not come in and that’s it. I’m going to buy a nightclub in the West End, and I’ll open it 24 hours a day, even if it’s just me in there playing my own songs.
On Knebworth’s new documentary and the ’90s “When you see this documentary it’s the band at their absolute peak, Liam is at their peak, but it’s a real snapshot of a bygone era where you know that there are a quarter of a million people, not a single cell phone, no internet, right now with the group. You know nobody does that, everyone’s singing at the top of their lungs and it’s a very young audience and it’s, you think a little bit of the 90s. It was the last great decade. I’m talking about it now, I think my child’s generation, I think it’s actually the first generation that is going to have less than their parents. When we all grew up we had more than our parents, we had more freedom, we had more opportunities, a better lifestyle, our children now have less freedom. My children now, two boys of ten and fourteen, will have less freedom because of this ridiculous awakening culture and the Internet. And they’ll have fewer opportunities because of you know the economy has collapsed and they’ll have fewer places to go because of the Covid thing, which I think will never really really go away, and I’m feel bad for them. When people see this movie, I got very emotional watching it, just because of what we really lost. “
On today’s music industry “The music industry doesn’t like Mavericks. You know the reason there’s no more bands now is because in the 90s, Oasis and Primal Scream, Blur and Pulp, we were the mainstream, and what the music industry was like. music dislike is that the general public is a bunch of drugged guys, drunk half the time on a Tuesday. They don’t like it. Luckily we got bought up when Top of the Pops and the charts were everything and now I’m listening to the charts and it’s just embarrassing I think.
On the importance of record stores “It’s like concert halls, it’s a meeting place where you would see other like-minded people. It reaffirms who you are.
On retirement and beyond “I don’t want to live to be 80. I know people who are 80 and it doesn’t sound like much fun to me. The world as it is, what the world will be like in 25, 30 years, it’s going to be terrible. The only thing that keeps me going is the fact that City could win 11 Champions Leagues in a row. Throughout my career as a musician, I have taken one step at a time. When I joined Oasis, I had never played live before, so we do a gig and then write some songs, do an album and after the album, let’s see what happens. So where I am now is after we get done writing a new album, and it won’t come out until 2023, and then see how the game is, and hopefully that live music will be back. “
Absolute Radio Content Director Paul Sylvester said, “One man, one station, one week. Noel is a great friend of Absolute Radio and so we thought he deserved to have his own station where fans can hear Noel non-stop with a mix of new and exclusive content, as well as archive performances and interviews over the years.
Absolute Radio Noel, celebrating 10 years of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, will air on June 11 at 10 a.m. Find the station on Absoluteradio.co.uk, your smart speaker or in the Absolute Radio app.