Oasis’ biggest career mistake, according to Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney has said the biggest career mistake Oasis ever made was to claim they were bigger than The Beatles.

The motor-mouthed Manchester band made the outrageous claim during a 1996 MTV interview, boasting that their albums Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory meant that they were bigger than The Beatles.

Last year, Noel Gallagher admitted that he was “high” when he made the claim. And in a new interview with Q magazine, Macca has said that the claim was the biggest mistake of Oasis’ career.

“Oasis were young, fresh and writing good tunes,” 73-year-old McCartney said. “I thought the biggest mistake they made was when they said ‘We’re going to be bigger than The Beatles’.

“I thought ‘So many people have said that, and it’s the kiss of death.’ Be bigger than The Beatles, but don’t say it. The minute you say it, everything you do from then on is going to be looked at in the light of that statement.”

In the same interview, the former Beatles says that he regularly travels on the London Underground and doesn’t even bother disguising himself.

McCartney – who releases new solo compilation album Pure McCartney in a fortnight’s time – said: “The thing about the Underground is that nobody looks at anyone.

“If I do get somebody saying ‘Are you Paul McCartney?’, I say ‘Are you kidding? Do you think he’d get the Underground?’ And then they go ‘Oh yeah, I suppose you’re right.’”

Macca recently admitted he suffered from depression after The Beatles broke up, confessing he considered giving up music altogether.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes, he said he had been at a loss when the band fell apart in acrimony in 1970.

“It was difficult to know what to do after The Beatles. How do you follow that?” he told John Wilson.

“I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends. So I took to the bevvies.”

The Beatles officially split in 1970.