Bloke Party: Kele lays into the Gallaghers
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke has laid a myriad of societal ills at the door of popular ladrock outfit Oasis.
Aside from simply being "over-rated", Okereke told Uncut that the "pernicious" band had endangered British music, national intelligence and the entire working class.
"I think Oasis are the most over-rated and pernicious band of all time. They had a totally negative and dangerous impact upon the state of British music.
"They have made stupidity hip. They claim to be inspired by the Beatles but, and this so saddens me, they have failed to grasp that the Beatles were about constant change and evolution. Oasis are repetitive Luddites."
Bish, bash, bosh! Strong words, but part of me thinks the Mancunians would agree. Asked about comments made regarding his band back in April 2005, in which Oasis' Liam said they looked like they'd walked off the set of University Challenge, Kele continued to rail:
"Well, it's quite funny. It probably would have been a lot more funny had he not used exactly the same words to describe Travis a couple of years ago.
"Having said that, it's probably a very sad indication of the state of his mind.
"Why is it bad to better yourself? It's all about the weird way in which this country chooses to view the working classes. It is really daft to reinforce the idea that there is something cool about being dumb.
Kele was studying English Lit at Kings College before quitting to concentrate on Bloc Party, but will leave these shores as soon as his band cease operation. Why?
"The idea that your ambitions shouldn't extend beyond getting pissed and watching the football really irks me. It's this idea that to be authentically working class you need to be untainted by the airy-fairy ephemera of education. And it seems to be pretty unique to this country."
"Can there be anyone out there who has never had a line?" Kele said in regards to the media's reaction to Kate Moss' cocaine-gate.
"Everyone I know has done it. Cocaine can be very attractive, very seductive. But for me it's bad news because that drug can really damage your voice.
"The drug I do enjoy taking is ecstasy, which gives a real sense of euphoria."
Who's side/what drugs do you take? DiScuss.
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