Witness the Return of Noel Gallagher’s Scissors Player
Noel Gallagher raised a lot of eyebrows when he added a surprise scissors player to his band for a U.K. television performance last year, but it wasn't just a one-time thing. For his appearance with the High Flying Birds on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Feb. 8, the group's unique lineup once again contained the sound of snipping.
The scissors "player" in question, Charlotte Marionneau, has more than mere cutlery in her repertoire. She really plays a variety of instruments, including the glockenspiel, synthesizer, and guitar, and leads the French experimental pop group Le Volume Courbe, whose discography includes the 2005 album I Killed My Best Friend and its 2015 follow-up I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here with Me.
Still, it's hard not to see Marionneau's contributions to the High Flying Birds as a gimmick — although Gallagher himself insists they aren't fooling around. "I adore that girl, she’s amazing," he was quoted as saying after Marionneau's scissors debut last year. "She means it, this is not a joke."
Gallaghers being Gallaghers, it's unsurprising that the whole thing ended up being used as a way for Noel to poke fun at his famously turbulent relationship with his brother Liam. "[O]n the night it was on the TV, somebody quipped: ‘It’s almost like she’s snipping away at the last ribbons of Liam’s sanity!’" he added. "We laughed all the way home."
Not to be outdone, Liam responded by asking for a crowd volunteer to play the potato peeler at a subsequent show — a reference to his continued insistence that Noel resembles the starchy tuber.