The List: The best in Noel Gallagher quotes

Andy Downing

Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher, currently touring with his new band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, which plays Express Live on Saturday, Feb. 10, has never shied from sharing his most-candid thoughts. “I have an opinion on everything,” he once said, “and if I don't have an opinion, I'll fucking make one up on the spot.”

Here are just a small handful of our favorite interview quotes from the outspoken musician.

On the news

I don't watch the news. The news is fucking boring. So if the world is going to end, I don't want to know about it. I don't want to watch the run-up to it. If the sky is going to catch fire because some little, fat North Korean idiot flies a rocket into it, let it fucking end. I don't want to know about it. I'd rather be doing something else. (Paste)

On his most extravagant purchase

I had a car made once, a custom 1967 Jaguar convertible. It cost me £110,000. I got it built to my specifications. The fucking driver's seat only fits me. At the time, I couldn't drive, but I thought, “By the time they finish this fucking car, I will easily have learned to drive. It's going to take two years.” Two years after I paid for it, the car turns up at my house and I had completely forgotten about the driving lessons, and to this day I cannot drive. If anybody would like to buy it, I will gladly sell it to them. (Rolling Stone)

On audience participation

I cringe when I see these bands doing all that “Everybody over here get your hands up!” shit. Fuck off. I'm not arsed where I am or even why you lot [the audience] are here. I've made a record, you've come to see me play it live. The end. Now buy a T-shirt on the way out and fuck off. (ShortList)

On modern pop stars

“Oh, yeah, my last selfie got 47-thousand-million likes on Instagram.” Yeah, why don't you go fuck off and get a drug habit, you penis?" (Esquire)

On his hereditary disposition towards trash talk

My old man invented road rage. When the new Ford Sierra came out it was a big thing. I remember him calling a guy in the street out of the window, “You fucking Sierra-faced bastard!” That's poetry, man. (Esquire)

On his distaste for Alt-J

I don't know. One of them's got a moustache, and that's unacceptable. (Rolling Stone)

On U2

Play “One,” shut the fuck up about Africa. (The Daily Telegraph)

On Jack White

He looks like Zorro on doughnuts. (NME)

On Sum 41

Do you ever look at the sky and think, I'm glad I'm alive? After I heard Sum 41, I thought, I'm actually alive to hear the shittiest band of all time. Which is quite something when you think about it. Of all the bands that have gone before and all the bands that'll be in the future, I was around when the worst was around. (