Self-proclaimed "credit to the f***ing world" Noel Gallagher has been tapped to be an ambassador for all things Indie in the lead-up to this year's annual worldwide Record Store Day.
The former Oasis frontman and now leader of his High Flying Birds spoke of the importance that record shops had on his musical upbringing saying simply, "it’s something that’s in my DNA." Gallagher also feels "we owe it to the young people" to keep those destinations of musical discovery open "for as long as possible."
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Remembering back to his younger days in Manchester going to Mr. Sifter's record shop, "which is still there," he says, Noel reminds fans that he even "immortalized" the man in Oasis' classic "Shakermaker." "He would buy and sell records," says Noel. "I would swap cassettes with him." In those days he says record shops were "vibrant places," whereas today's record stores "tend to be a little bit more specialist. Record shops then were full of everyone! I still believe in them... I still believe in 'Top of the Pops,'" he says smiling.
Record shops were also a place for musicians to meet, and search out band members whether in person or scribbling an ad to post on the wall. "You'd watch 'Top of the Pops' on Thursday, you go into town on Saturday and see what people were in there, see what people were wearing. Some of them were in bands or would go on to be in bands. And you'd hear music in the shop; you could flick through what was coming out, staff picks and all that bollocks," he says.
Noel also tells the story about his daughter, Anaïs, questioning him when she was younger about single artwork after he walked into the house holding a record sleeve, and his explanation was nothing short of perfect.
He says the only way he could explain it to her was, "You know on iTunes, you know that f***ing picture that's that big on your phone," as he squished his fingers together. Pulling out a record he says, "well, it started life as that big. She was like, 'what do you mean, it's for that?'"
"The thing that you spent a long time creating, should not be boiled down to a f***ing [squished fingers]," Noel continues. "These things are the poor man's art collection... To young kids now, it's all about the phone and all that. But to people who are into it, to have it in your hand, it's real. It means something. And I know that might be a thing from my generation, but there's gotta be young people who are into it as well -- and we have to keep it alive.".
In addition to his ambassador duties, Gallagher is also releasing a special edition of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) on June 12, exclusively for Record Store Day UK. Click here for more info.
For a full list of all RSD 2021 drops, and there are a lot, click here.