Gallagher, 47, was lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter for Oasis, a ’90s British rock band.
The release of the band’s debut album Definitely Maybe in 1994 set records. It was the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK and sold more than 2.1 million copies.
Um… not exactly Taylor Swift territory, but close. Her fifth studio album 1989 has sold more than 4 million copies in a more fractured and much smaller market since its release last October. It soared to No. 1 and sold 1 million copies its first week out.
In any event, sales have never been a measure of talent, and Gallagher doesn’t think Swift has any when it comes to song writing.
Gallagher went off when a reporter from Rolling Stone noted that Swift is considered a “talented songwriter.”
“She seems like a nice girl, but no one has ever said those words, and you f*cking know it.” he replied.
“Who says that? Her parents?” he continued.
When the writer replied “lots of people,” Gallagher shot back: “Who’s ‘people’? Name these people. You’re f*cking lying.”
He called today’s pop music “fu*king awful.”
Gallagher also took exception (to put it politely) to Kanye West’s rant at the Grammys. The rapper told Beck, who had just won Album of the Year to “respect artistry” and give it to Beyonce.
“He’s a character, I’ll give him that. And I love his track ‘Black Skinhead.’ But somebody needs to buy that dumbass a dictionary so he can look up the word ‘artistry.’ Beck can play the banjo, for fu*k’s sake. Nobody plays the banjo! Get him a dictionary from me, I’ll fu*kin’ sign it and give it to him so he can look it up.”
It’s doubtful whether Swift will be too perturbed by Gallagher’s comments. She may write silly little relationship songs, but they resonate with her fans and that’s all that counts.
Only time will tell where she stands as a musician, but there’s no doubt about the success of her career.
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