Noel Gallagher: Writing sad songs is easy
Noel Gallagher thinks it’s “easy” to write sad songs.
The 50-year-old singer-songwriter has penned some of the most popular tunes in modern British music, but Noel has largely avoided writing sad records and has instead focused his material on “joy and togetherness”.
Asked why he has avoided the songwriter cliche, Noel explained: “Because it’s easy. It’s easy to write sad songs. It’s very difficult pulling off this magic trick of joy and togetherness. And, you know, Oasis had it, where you go to an Oasis gig, you feel good about yourself.
“U2 have got this thing where, if you go to one of their gigs, not only do you feel good about yourself, but you feel good about the next person too. It’s difficult to do, which is why many people don’t want to f***ing try to do it because it can be really cheesy.”
The former Oasis star said that his songwriting style has evolved by accident rather than design.
He claimed, too, that he’d run the risk of sounding “cheesy” if he made a conscious effort to make upbeat songs.
The chart-topping star - who recently released his latest album, ‘Who Built the Moon?’ - told Billboard: “I find that I do it better accidentally than if I’m trying to ... You know, if I was to sit down tomorrow and say, ‘There’s too much f***ing pain in the world, I’m gonna write a song about the beauty of life.’ It would cheesy as f**, but accidentally somehow it seeped into this.
“I’m not happier now than I’ve been in the last 10 years, but these backing tracks and the tunes were coming out so up and there’s a lot of hope in the records that it’s just kind of what I was writing. I can pull that trick off accidentally - without even knowing.”