Ex-Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher appears to have gotten somewhat finicky when it comes to collaborations. So far this year he has turned down offers to work with at least two major acts: English synthpop duo Hurts, whose 2010 debut album Happiness sold more than two million copies across the world, and Miles Kane, for whom Gallagher sang back-up on the track “Mr. Fantasy,” from the 2011 album Colour of the Trap.
"I don't live my life by the credo of having to work all the time," he told Britain’s NME. "I got asked to be on some pretty big records but nothing came of it. I was going to be on the Hurts album: they sent me some great f--king songs, but sometimes you've got to phone these people back and say, 'Nothing's fallen out of the sky here, man -- it sounds great as it is'. If I can add something, then great, I'll do it but not for the sake of it."
As for Kane, Gallagher’s lack of participation has more to do with timing; he was in Singapore on tour when he received the offer. Gallagher said he’s still open to working with other bands as long as it doesn’t interfere with his schedule – or that of his favorite soccer team.
"I'll play with anyone, diary permitting," he said. "And when I say diary, I mean Man City football fixtures."
Gallagher released the self-titled album by his post-Oasis band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in October, 2011. A year later, the band released the concert album and DVD, International Magic Live at The O2, which included nine Oasis songs.