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At Least One of the Gallagher Brothers Will Defend Coldplay

Noel Gallagher.

But can you guess which brother? Yes, it is the one currently promoting his latest solo musical effort! Noel, who's making the rounds for his solo album High Flying Birds (out this week in the U.K. and November 8 in the U.S.), did Chris Martin a major and timely solid, admitting he was a big fan of Parachutes and that he appreciates Coldplay's songwriting. "When I heard 'Yellow' for the first time, I immediately picked up the guitar and went, 'Fucking bastards, why didn't I write that?'" Noel told Pitchfork. "I feel that way about a lot of their songs." This generosity is even more unexpected when you recall that Noel once compared Coldplay to "bland, faceless fucking trainee police officers" (and also that Noel is a Gallagher, and thus obligated to hate on other musicians). But wait! One more bit of explanation: "Liam fucking hates Coldplay, which made me love them a little bit more." There we go, Noel. That's more like it. [Pitchfork]