Standing On The Shoulders Of Jackets: Noel Gallagher once quit Oasis over a leather coat

British rock band Oasis were famously known for their inner-band squabbles, but former guitarist Noel Gallagher last night relayed word of the time he suddenly quit the band at the height of their fame in 1996 — all over a leather fookin’ jacket.

Speaking at an XFM charity event last night at London’s Hammersmith Club, the calmer, saner Gallagher told a crowd that he quit Oasis after brother Liam and guitarist Bonehead fought over a lather coat while on tour.

“I had enough when Liam and Bonehead — and this is true — started arguing over a leather jacket,” Noel told XFM’s John Kennedy. “I am not even kidding. I can dress it up more than this, but this is what happened. Liam said to Bonehead on the back of the bus: ‘Where d’you get that jacket from?’ And Bonehead said: ‘What’s it got to do with you?’ It went from that, to fighting!

He added: “‘Wonderwall’ was at Number 5 in the charts, the album was at… one push and it would have been Number 1! One tiny week of doing good gigs!”

Check out the audio below. A Night With Noel Gallagher In Conversation was a one-off with XFM, featuring Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers, former Creation Records boss Alan McGee and ex-Deputy Editor of the NME, Hamish McBain.

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release new record Chasing Yesterday in March. No leather jackets will be involved in the release of the album.

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