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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Noel's Advice to Soldiers : Stop Complaining
LONDON: Noel Gallagher of the British rock band Oasis on Tuesday told soldiers fighting in Iraq to stop complaining when they get wounded.
The chief songwriter and lead guitarist said troops loved getting involved in war-zone action until they get hurt.
In a wide-ranging rant, the fired-up 39-year-old turned his guns on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, environmentalists, Elton John, his brother Liam -- the lead singer in the band -- and predicted his own daughter would become a "mental, axe-wielding, cyber-punk lunatic".
"Blair made an almighty cock-up going to war in Iraq," Gallagher told The Sun newspaper.
"You get a million people walking through Hyde Park -- 'don't send the troops' and all that.
"All they want to do is fight! They're soldiers. They're loving it, until they get shot -- then they're claiming compensation.
"If you're bothered about getting shot -- here's a thing -- don't join the army."
The seething rocker, whose hits include "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out", blasted celebrities who "lock themselves off from humanity".
"If I run out of milk, I go to the supermarket and I queue up like everybody else. Can you imagine Elton John queuing up to buy milk?" he asked.
"These stars like Robbie Williams and Elton and all the rest of that lot -- what are they afraid of? Are they afraid somebody might actually say hello to them?"
He also slammed the growing environmentally-conscious fad sweeping Britain, insisting green campaigners were "hippies with no place in the world".
"How do you suggest we get millions of Chinese not to have a fridge? Or get millions of Americans to stop using their big, stupid cars?"
The Gallagher brothers are famed for their bitter sibling rivalry, and Noel put the boot into Liam again, saying he had a "split personality".
"The problem with our relationship is that he doesn't like me. I can accept that," he said.
"I don't actively go out of my way to antagonise him. He does actively go out of his way to antagonise me.”
"It's very difficult to deal with someone who thinks he's the centre of the universe one minute and the next minute everybody's out to get him."
Oasis burst onto the music scene in 1994 with their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’. The follow-up, ‘(What's the Story) Morning Glory?’ became Britain's third biggest selling album of all-time. ‘Stop The Clocks’, their greatest hits album containing 18 tunes, was released on Monday.
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