Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, slammed woke culture and what it's done to music and the arts. Speaking to Absolute Radio, Gallagher said that "the 90s was the last great decade."
He said that his children will have "less freedom because of this ridiculous woke culture and the internet, and they'll have less opportunity because of the economy's crashed, and they'll have less places to go because of the COVID thing, which I don't think will ever really, truly go away. I feel bad for them."
Gallagher discusses the recently released documentary film "Noel Gallagher – Out of the Now," saying that he got "quite emotional watching it, because of what we've lost really."
"The music industry, it doesn't like mavericks," he said. "The reason why there are no bands now is because in the 90s, Oasis, Primal Scream, Blur... we were the mainstream. And what the music industry doesn't like the mainstream being a lot of fellas on drugs. Drunk, half the time, on a Tuesday. They don't like that.
"They like people like Harry Styles. They say 'wear this dress and shut it. Wear this, sing that, go home.' And that's kind of what happened," he said to laughter from his hosts.
"The mavericks are still there, they're just not in the mainstream." Gallagher said that now, when he listens to the music that tops the charts, "it's embarrassing."
Listening to it, he said "it felt like it was the same song, with a load of people in it who don't even have names, they've got numbers, and letters attached to them. They're like barcodes. A lot of it's the same because it's written by the same people."
Gallagher is one of many musicians and comedians who have slammed woke culture. Morrissey spoke out after he was slandered by "The Simpsons," saying:
"You are especially despised if your music affects people in a strong and beautiful way, since music is no longer required to. In fact, the worst thing you can do in 2021 is to lend a bit of strength to the lives of others. There is no place in modern music for anyone with strong emotions. Limitations have been placed on art, and no label will sign an artist who might answer back. "
Glenn Danzig has no time for it either. "People don't understand," Danzig said, "because everything's so cancel-culture, woke bullsh*t nowadays, but you could never have the punk explosion nowadays, because of cancel culture and woke bullsh*t. You could never have it. It would never have happened. We’re lucky it happened when it did, because it'll never happen again. You won't have any of those kinds of bands ever again. Everyone's so uptight and P.C., it’s just like, 'OK, whatever.'"
Gallagher has just celebrated 10 years of his solo project High Flying Birds, and released a greatest hits album. He spoke about his experience in lockdown, which he found torturous.
"We're very sociable people," he said about himself and his wife. "I was at a party the other night and there were people saying they'd quite liked being at home for months and not having to think for themselves. I'm like, 'That's f*cking mental.' That's the exact opposite of my family, we couldn't wait to get out."
As regards his preference for how to make music, he said that his "dream" is to be able to cycle to his recently set up studio "from my house in Maida Vale in half an hour. Turn up at midday, do a couple of hours, go for a boozy lunch. Smash it with the lads in town, come back pissed, do another couple of hours, then go and have some dinner. I want to get into that routine because I am a real creature of habit. If my routine is taken away from me, I actually find it difficult to function as a human being."