Speaking about his influence on the Britpop era of music in the mid-1990s, McCartney told Q that he was happy to be referenced by a new generation of bands but he felt they were raising expectations to a point that could not be matched when comparing themselves to The Beatles. "I'm actually kind of honoured," he said. "They could be copying anyone – even when things happen like Oasis saying, 'We are then next Beatles'. But I also think, Listen lads you can't say that. And don't say that, because it's probably the kiss of death!"
Going on to cover the Gallagher's legendary bravado, McCartney added: "In Oasis' cases, I think it was coming from them. In others it's the record label or management and that's never a good idea: The poor band! Now go and do better than The Beatles did. Not an easy task."