Int: ‘America: you’re selling, but do they get it?
Noel: Americans just fundamentally do not get it. That is the one thing about Yanks, right? They. Do. Not. Get. It. Whatever it is, they don’t fucking get it.
We did an interview for Rolling Stone. Now we’ve been photographed by some pretty fucking famous photographers down the years, but we turn up for the cover shoot, me and our kid, right? And we go, Right, an hour, and then we’re fucking leaving because we’ve got bad hangovers…
We only do half an hour for any other cunt in England, so it gets to an hour and this bloke’s been fiddling about all afternoon. It suddenly dawned on me that he didn’t know what the fuck he was doing.
So I says to him, Have you ever done this before, you cunt, or what? He says, No no, I usually do fashion shoots, this is the first time I’ve ever photographed a band. So I said to the woman from Rolling Stone, Are you taking the fucking piss? And she goes, Well, usually our cover shoots take about eight hours - when Pearl Jam done it…
We were like, You could not have picked one single worse fuckin’ sentence in the world. You have got precisely another eight minutes left to get this cover and we’re out of here. Anyway, this cunt was an fuckin’ arsehole and the woman was a bitch, so in the end, we just booted over a few chairs, told her to fuck off and left.
Int: Is that why the article turned out pretty nasty?
Noel: They send this journalist all the way to England. He doesn’t interview any of the band for more than five minutes, he goes to the Brits and sees us pissed up swearing on the telly, and then goes on about all the drugs and rock & roll behaviour, two years behind everybody else. And his whole vibe when he interviewed the rest of the band was, How much of a cunt is he to you lot? They were like, Well, he ain’t! And he’s going, No, no, it’s the same in any band, Kurt Cobain was a cunt to everyone else… He kept on and on, and until one by one, they all walked out.
Americans think that English bands have got a foul attitude, because English bands have got a foul attitude towards American journalists, because American journalists are fucking wankers. Simple as that’