Doe he have a point? at one time the UK was fast tracking working class bands from the Beatles to punk to Oasis. Pop music was the sound of the working class – the soundtrack to the youth but it has increasingly become the preserve of Coldplay and their ilk.
This could be down to the death of the music industry and the fact that only the middle class bands can afford to take the chance. It could be down to the media with Radio One still fumbling and confused like Prince Charles at a public engagement about music and not realising how much young people love guitar music and would love new bands if they could hear them. It could be down to the rest of the music media from Jools Holland to 6music sounding like the playlist from an Islington dinner party.
Whatever it is, there are now few working class bands and voices in the media.
Noel told the BBC
“Well you only have to look at the charts, what happened at the end of the ’90s, all those bands used to be in the Top Ten, like us, Manic, Pulp, The Verve, Suede and Blur, and I think bands like that have been marginalised and side-lined,” he replied. “There’s X Factor and all that kind of thing, can you name me the last great band that came out of this country? There’s not really been any great bands in the last 10 years.”
Is he right? do you think it matters?