He doesn’t specify the currency, either. Dollars? Euros? Sterling? I wouldn’t hold my breath.
This is one of the nuggets found in a new interview with Noel in Vulture.com. Here he is talking about borrowing melodies from other songs:
Well, I’ve never ever been sued. If you look at all the credits on my songs, I think I’ve given away songwriting credit on “Step Out” [to Stevie Wonder, because of the song’s similarity to “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”], which was an honor. And, oh, yeah, that well-known fucking child-molester guy [Gary Glitter] has his name in brackets on “Hello.” And Neil Innes is credited on “Whatever.” That’s three songs out of about a thousand. I’m a product of my record collection. I don’t claim to be a fan of original thought. If I learned to play the guitar by strumming along to the Sex Pistols, or the Kinks, or the Beatles, what do you think I’m going to sound like? I’m not an artist like Kate Bush is an artist. I took my cue from punk in the late ’70s when it was like, You get off your ass and you do something for yourself. I don’t give a fuck about the way people think I write.
Read the whole thing here. Noel’s new solo album, Chasing Yesterday, comes out March 2. I’m hoping to get together with Noel when he appears at Canadian Music Week in May.