Noel Gallagher on Adele: 'It's Music for F---ing Grannies'

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Adele photographed in 2015.

Adele has just wiped an Oasis record from the history books, though she needn’t check her inbox for a congratulatory message from the Britpop big shots. Noel Gallagher doesn’t rate her music. To put it mildly. 

Oasis' co-founder and chief songwriter caught up with Australia’s Music Feeds for an interview which covered the past, the future and the current state of music.

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On the current music scene, well, he’s not impressed. “Music has nosedived into f---ing blandness – a sea of cheese,” he said. It’s comments like this which has earned Gallagher the reputation as a quote-machine, a gift to music journalists. When asked to discuss his undeniable talent for giving great copy, he didn’t let the reporter down. 

“I don’t overthink anything that I do,” he explained. “If I get asked a question on anything, I give a straight answer. It is interesting that no-one ever talks about my love of U2 and Coldplay, but there you go. Lately, the one I’ve been asked about is Adele. If someone wants to know what I think of Adele, I’ll fucking tell them. Not because I have any sort of agenda or because I’m trying to whip up any kind of hysteria. I just don’t see what all the fuss is about. I don’t like her music. I think it’s music for f---ing grannies.”

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Adele’s 25 ended its first week with sales of 800,307 copies, smashing the previous record of 696,000 set by Oasis' Be Here Now in 1997 -- although it must be noted that Oasis' set was released on a Thursday, when the chart sales week ran until a Saturday night, so it reached its mark in only three days.

Its not the first time the rocker (who now fronts Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds) has dissed a British female pop artist for making “granny music.” He said as much about Emeli Sande for an interview with Shortlist in 2013. Sande’s response can be seen here. Adele, however, hasn’t yet tweeted her reaction.  

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