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Noel Gallagher was born in Manchester, England, to Irish parents in 1967. As a teen, he hung around several Manchester-area hooligan firms, during which time he got six months of probation for robbing a corner shop, according to the VH1 Behind the Music episode on Oasis. During the probation, he began to teach himself guitar, playing along with the radio. He was inspired by The Smiths after seeing them on Top of the Pops.
While working a construction job, Gallagher sustained a work-related foot injury and was given a less physically taxing position after recovering. This new job gave him more time to practice guitar and write songs – Gallagher has said that a few of the songs on Oasis’s debut album, Definitely, Maybe were written in the warehouse where he worked.
Gallagher befriended a band called Inspiral Carpets in the late 1980s and became part of the band’s touring crew. In 1991, he returned home from a tour to find that his younger brother, Liam, had joined a band. Gallagher was initially unimpressed with the band’s performance. He agreed to an offer to join the band, with the condition that he would become the group’s sole songwriter.
Gallagher is left-handed, but plays guitar right-handed. When it comes to his style, Gallagher is a master of melody – both in choosing chords that are rich and full-sounding and playing solos that complement the melody of the song. He often uses slides to change chord positions.
High Flying Birds
Gallagher is best known for his time in Oasis, as well as his tumultuous relationship with Liam. Oasis disbanded in 2009. Gallagher formed his solo project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in 2010. The project has released four albums and a compilation album.