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Thursday, 27 June, 2002, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Kylie 'demonic', says Oasis star
Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Noel Gallagher: Confused by the music charts
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has launched a verbal attack on pop star Kylie Minogue, branding her a "demonic little idiot".

Gallagher, who is known for his outspoken opinions of other musicians, said he could not understand Minogue's appeal.

He added he thought the chart-topping Minogue, who as a recording artist is known just as Kylie, had a "stupid" name.

Gallagher made his comments in an interview with OK! magazine, published just ahead of the release of the band's new album Heathen Chemistry on Monday.

"Kylie Minogue is just a demonic little idiot as far as I'm concerned," Gallagher said.

"She gets cool dance producers to work with her for some bizarre reason, I don't know why.

Kylie Minogue
Minogue: Does not count Gallagher among her fans

"She doesn't even have a good name. It's a stupid name, Kylie, I just don't get it."

He added that Minogue's TV commercials for Eurostar also got on his nerves.

Heathen Chemistry is the band's first set of new studio material in two years.

Noel and his brother Liam, who front the band, will be hoping it will reclaim the glory they enjoyed in the mid-1990s.

Their two most recent albums, Be Here Now and Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, were poorly received.

Leaders

As for the band's competition, Gallagher told the magazine he considered the state of the music charts lamentable.

He went on to criticise Britney Spears, a favourite with his two-year-old daughter Anais.

Britney Spears
Britney Spears is a favourite with Gallagher's daughter

"Hit Me Baby One More Time is a classic tune, but she [Spears] didn't write it, she just mimed it on telly a few times.

"I don't get the Britney thing. I certainly don't get the N'Sync, the Robbie Williams or the Gorillaz thing. There's a lot of things I don't get."

In their heyday, Oasis were at the forefront of the Britpop era. They sold more than 18 million albums and played to more than 250,000 people over two days at a concert at Knebworth in 1996.

But since then the band have struggled amid constant rumours of a split and the private lives of the band members have grabbed more attention than their music.

But fatherhood and new relationships have changed the volatile brothers, said Gallagher.

He added that they had both grown up a lot in the past couple of years.

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