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Noel settles for life after Oasis

Noel Gallagher appears to be settling into a role as the opinionated elder statesman of British indie rock, offering up more pithy soundbites than decent songs these days. High Flying Birds occupy a significantly lower level of the rock stratosphere than Oasis.

Settling back with a metaphorical pipe and slippers in a BBC documentary, he spoke to broadcaster Mark Lawson about the glory days of Oasis, and the heights that he knows he will never recapture.

"It's not only me that lives up to that legacy, everyone else has to too," Gallagher said, with a significant lack of modesty. "We were the last. We were the greatest. The end. Nothing anybody does can be as big as Oasis. Not Coldplay, not Kasabian, not the Arctic Monkeys, in this country not U2 not any of them, its as simple as that."

He spoke to Lawson about his family, his upbringing and about the rise and fall of Oasis. "I've had this reputation since the band have split up for being called a control freak," he said. "And I was. I controlled them all the way to Wembley and Knebworth and all the way to the top of the charts. So you're welcome."

He admitted he doesn’t have much contact with brother Liam (although they do seem to communicate by way of media interviews) but doesn’t think that is a permanent state of affairs. "It’s not the last time I’m ever going to speak to him," Noel said. "Of course I’m going to speak to him again but I’m busy."

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