Noel Gallagher regrets Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

Noel Gallagher has expressed his regret about the release of Oasis's fourth album 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants' back in 2000.

In a candid interview with Grantland magazine the Oasis guitarist and songwriter admitted that he struggled to write new music following the release the of the band's 1995 hit album '(What's The Story?) Morning Glory?'

'We should have never made 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants'. I'd come to the end. At the time, I had no reason or desire to make music. I had no drive. We'd sold all these f**king records and there just seemed to be no point.'

The elder Gallagher brother continued: 'I went ahead and did it, even though I had no inspiration and couldn't find inspiration anywhere. I just wrote songs for the sake of making an album. We needed a reason to go on a tour. But at the time, I wasn't thinking like that. We all thought the song 'Go Let It Out' was good.'

Noel admitted that he has struggled to recapture the heights of Oasis's first two albums but expressed his frustration with claims that he has lost his song-writing ability.

'At the end of the cycle of '...Morning Glory', I was hailed as the greatest songwriter since Lennon and McCartney. Now, I know that I'm not, and I knew I wasn't then. But the perception of everybody since that period has been, 'What the fuck happened to this guy? Wasn't he supposed to be the next fucking Beatles?''

The mono-browed musician continued: 'Let's say my career had gone backwards. Let say this new solo album had been my debut, and it was my last two records that sold 20 million copies instead of the first two records. Had this been the case, all the other albums leading up to those last two would be considered a fucking journey. They would be perceived as albums that represent the road to greatness.'

Gallagher also opened up about his decision to quit Oasis following the disintegration of his relationship with his younger brother Liam.

'He [Liam] had to take responsibility for the fucking words he was saying. I have a circle of friends, and he kept saying things that were upsetting to these people. And for years I ignored it, because I thought the band was more important. But at some point, I just decided I'd had enough of this. And when things got violent, I left.'

'There is no point in being in a fucking violent rock band. That's nonsense. We've always had a different view of the band: I thought the most important part were the songs, and he though the most important part was the chaos.'

Noel Gallagher's debut solo album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' is released on 17 October.

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