“Well you only have to look at the charts, what happened at the end of the ’90s, all those bands used to be in the Top Ten, like us, Manic, Pulp, The Verve, Suede and Blur, and I think bands like that have been marginalized and side-lined. There’s X Factor and all that kind of thing, can you name me the last great band that came out of this country? There’s not really been any great bands in the last 10 years. Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian, that’s ten years ago now and shame on those two bands for a start because they didn’t inspire anybody else.
The working classes have not got a voice anymore, there doesn’t seem to be a noise coming from the council estates, you know what I mean? Music is very middle class, I’d have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon in the ’90s, one interview, destroyed, gone, never to be heard of again. Easy, had ‘em for breakfast. My bass player summed it up, we’re constantly saying, ‘Where is the next band coming from?’ and he rightly says, ‘Never mind the band, where are the people?’”
It does look like Noel has pointed out some truth, but perhaps the real truth is that, the style of music has a bland theme at the moment, and largely it’s due to the fashion in popular music, the same sounds don’t continue to sell or keep the public interested. There are enough indie bands, and enough Oasis’s to last forever, there could be no worse than more poor re-hashed blues, wannabe punks and Oasis replicas at present.
On the contrary, art cuts don’t help new bands from less privileged backgrounds to get their voices heard. We must remember that in all art forms, that there is always going to be the great artists that we never get to discover and that’s the deepest sadness. And in terms of class, it’s always the talent that should matter and no attitude for marginalizing should be inspired, but it seems Noel is only fighting back, fair enough. It would be nice to see some more funk and soul bands though.