Liam: ‘The most important things are right there on your doorstep. You don’t need to take LSD to find yourself.
You don’t need to go to Africa to write songs [this is a dig at his arch rival Damon Albarn of Blur, who recently made an album in Mali]. The most important, delicate things are right beneath your nose. You’ve got to face them because you can’t run from your soul, you can’t hide from who you are.’
Liam: ‘When I’m onstage I just feel like gettin’ on with the job. Tunnel vision, straight down the line. I gotta serious job, y’know what I mean? Onstage I can’t feel that mic. It feels too real. I never touched the mic in my life. I like to sing with me hands behind me back. I can project my voice’.
Int: What about your attitude - is it good or bad?
Liam: I think I’ve got a good attitude. I’m confident and I do believe in me - that’s not a bad attitude. Bad attitude people are ignorant but I’m not ignorant. People say, because you don’t dance and you stare at the crowd you’ve got a bad attitude, you’re disrespecting the crowd. But at least I know that they’re there and they know that I know that they’re there!
Noelie G: ‘If you grow up in Manchester, you either go to work in a factory or you play soccer, or you sell drugs, or you become a musician. I think that’s why we have two pretty good soccer teams, and we’ve got a lot of good factories, we’ve got a lot of good drug dealers and a lot of good bands’.
Noel talks about the Hindu Times: “It’s the first time I’ve ever sat down and gone, ‘Right, I’m going to write a Number One single.’ We’d recorded it, mixed it, mastered it, done the artwork and I got up every day and said, ‘I don’t like it.’
Liam, the woman he is, goes fucking apeshit. ‘You’re off your head! You’re smoking too much fucking pot! I’m not going to fucking speak to you, you fucking dick!’ and slams the phone down.
Noel: ‘Let’s Have it’ was the main ethos of Definitely Maybe. All the songs were about leaving Manchester and ending up in the sunshine, taking drugs and drinking for the rest of your life. ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,’ ‘Live Forever,’ ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’. It’s all about escapism - a pint in one hand, your best mate in the other, and just having a good time’