IN scientific terms Oasis were the musical equivalent of the Hedron Collider – capable of both life-affirming greatness and huge potential destruction.
Always at the centre of the former, at least, was a songwriter who simply wanted to move the masses.
So you might have expected the time after Oasis’ demise to have been frustrating for Noel. Slow in showing his hand again, he waited until after Liam had unveiled his new outfit, Beady Eye.
Then Noel is first to admit that once out of Oasis he needed a different space.
“Every time I went to public things like awards, I didn’t stop to speak to journalists because all they were gonna ask was ‘what am I up to?’
“So I thought: ‘Just don’t say anything. Give Liam and Beady Eye the respect they deserve because all they’re gonna try and get me to do is slag them off, so it’s best if I don’t say anything’.
“As that couple of years passed, by the time I was outed as making a record and the speculation started as to what I was gonna do, I’d already finished two.”
All in all, a wise manifesto, perhaps, as to hurry would have meant more folk measuring Noel against Beady Eye’s output.
“I’m not really that competitive with anybody to be honest, not any more. I was when I was younger, which is understandable. But once you’ve been to the top of the mountain... I’ve seen the view, I do things for me now.
“I’m quite confident in what I can do, I’m not sitting there after two years out of the limelight thinking ‘I hope people remember who I am’.
“People are always going to be interested in what I do. It’s up to me to make it interesting for them.
“I don’t live to work. Some artists, they’re forever in the studio. I do what I do once every two or three years; that’s when it suits me.
“I work to live. I do this job so I can have a great life when I have time off. I’m not really one that has to be creating all the time.
“There’s so much music in the world. You could put out an album every year, but what would it mean? I’d rather put out one every two years and have people looking forward to it.
“I don’t wanna go to my grave with a hundred albums on the racks.”