Noel Gallagher: ‘Not sure Liam would have been thrilled about doing anything in Welsh’
Noel Gallagher has said he’s “not sure Liam would have been thrilled about doing anything in Welsh”.
The former Oasis guitarist made the claim about his brother and former Oasis bandmate’s preference of language for recording songs on Rob Brydon’s Spotify podcast.
Welsh comedian Rob Brydon, who played Bryn West in the sitcom Gavin & Stacey, had asked him if he’d ever considered recording tracks in other languages.
Brydon claimed that Welsh would be a “curious” language to choose.
The Mancunian musician then suggested that Oasis track Live Forever “needs to be heard” in Welsh, to which Brydon replied “of all the languages”.
Gallagher had revealed on the podcast that he’d assumed that the American rock band Talking Heads were French because they released songs in the French language.
He told Brydon that he didn’t learn they were actually from New York until he met the band’s drummer Chris Frantz in the 90s.
This prompted a discussion about other bands and musicians recording tracks in different languages.
‘They weren’t French’
On Talking Heads Noel Gallagher said: “I don’t know why it took me until the 90s to work out they weren’t French, right because they would always have a French, because they would always have French versions of their songs.
“I remember meeting the drummer in New York and he was like ‘I’m a New Yorker, and I was like ‘so are you not French then’ and he was like ‘what are you talking about?’
“And I was like ‘I thought you were French, and he was like ‘why?’. And I was like ‘because don’t you sing some in French?’ and he’s going ‘that’s for the French market’. ‘So you’re not French, you’re all from New York’ and he was like ‘no’. I’d just assumed there was a French vibe going on. They look French.”
Brydon said: “People don’t do that anymore do they. The Beatles used to record stuff in German.”
Noel said: “Bowie used to do a bit in German”.
Brydon said: “And ABBA, you can hear a lot of ABBA songs in all sorts of languages. It’s never occurred to you to do it?
Gallagher answered: “Not sure Liam would have been thrilled about doing anything in Welsh.”
Brydon said: “Well Welsh would be a curious language.”
Gallagher said: “Live Forever in Welsh. Actually it needs to be heard”.
Brydon said: “Of all the languages to choose.”