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Monday, October 26, 1998 Published at 01:33 GMT


Drugs 'don't work' for Oasis star

Oasis's new offering: B-sides compilation

One of the leading figures in Britpop has said that drugs may no longer be his cup of tea, because taking them has become too boring.

In an interview to mark the release of the new Oasis album, Noel Gallagher says he is "bored" with drugs.

"I've calmed down now, I've kicked it on the head. It got too much and it's too boring for me now," the star told New Musical Express.

"But last year and the year before it was mental."

In the interview Noel revealed that drugs inspired him to put the Supernova Heights sign on his London home, and that he had to be talked out of putting a flagpole on top and a blue plaque on the wall.

The sign is a reference to the Oasis song Champagne Supernova, which refers to drugs.

Noel has often admitted to taking drugs, including cocaine. Last year he sparked a storm of outrage when he compared taking drugs to "having a cup of tea."

[ image: Be Here Now: Disappointing sales]
Be Here Now: Disappointing sales
He also upset many when he said in a radio interview that he would legalise drugs, adding, "Drugs do work."

His comments come as Noel's brother Liam promised to curb his bad boy lifestyle in a bid to win back his wife Patsy Kensit.

The couple split five weeks ago after the rock star threw Patsy and her six-year-old son James out of his North London home.

Plan B

The Oasis star was speaking to NME about The Masterplan, an album of B-sides to be released on November 2.

It follows the poor sales of their previous album, Be Here Now.

Oasis have insisted the compilation should sell for no more than £10.99 a CD and £6.99 a cassette after Noel said he thought it was "a bit of a con".

Fans helped choose the 14 songs, which have never been available on albums before.

It includes several live favourites such as the band's version of the Beatles song I Am The Walrus.

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