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Footage from Noel Gallagher's recent acoustic tour has appeared online.
Highlights from a special global webcast of the band leader and guitarist Gem Archer's performance of their recent show in Le Cabaret Sauvage Parc de la Villette in Paris can now be viewed via Oasis' website.
The show features a series of tracks first performed on the short tour earlier this month at London's KOKO club including the likes of '(It's Good) To Be Free', 'Wonderwall', 'Talk Tonight' and the Beatles classic 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.
Since then the guitarist has also performed shows in Los Angeles and at London's Union Chapel.
As previously reported, Gallagher is now lining up four shows in Australia next month. Tickets are on sale now. source: NME.com
Noel Gallagher has announced a series of last-minute shows in Australia to mark the release of the Oasis compilation 'Stop The Clocks'.
The guitarist - along with bandmate Gem Archer - will play a handful of semi-acoustic shows around the country, following on from similar gigs held recently in London, Los Angeles, Toronto and Tokyo.
As previously reported on NME.COM, Gallagher appeared at London's Union Chapel in Islington earlier this week as part of the Little Noises Sessions for charity Mencap (November 26), playing a set that included a mixture of singles, B-sides and album tracks, as well as a cover of The Beatles' 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.
Dates for the Australian shows are as follows, with tickets on sale from this Thursday (November 30).
ANNOUNCING LORD DON'T SLOW ME DOWN PUB SCREENINGS, COURTESY OF BASS
Are you too far from one of the 10 cities that are screening the Oasis film, Lord Don't Slow Me Down? We found another round of screenings taking place at a pub near you this week!
The events will be taking place at the following pub venues. There will be Free Oasis giveaways courtesy of Columbia Records and drink specials courtesy of Bass at participating pubs. The events are 21+.
Lord Don't Slow Me Down pub screenings:
Detroit, MI 8:00PM at The Magic Stick 4120-4140 Woodward Ave (248) 335-2581 www.majesticdetroit.com
Portland, OR 8:00 PM at Sabala's 4811 SE Hawthorne (503) 238-1646 www.sabalasmttabor.com
Madison,WI 10:00 PM at Hawks Bar and Grill 425 State Street (608) 256-4295 www.hawksbar.com
Noel Gallagher plays unique gig at a chapel However Westlife beating Oasis proves 'there is no God'
Oasis' leader staged an acoustic show at the Union Chapel in Islington as part of the Little Noises Sessions for charity Mencap.
Performing in front of his smallest UK audience for years, Gallagher backed by bandmate Gem on guitar and a percussionist, played a mixture of acoustic b-sides and album tracks adapted for the evening.
Arriving on stage to chants of "Noel! Noel" before opener 'It's Good To Be Free', the guitarist charmed with both his musical performance and his between song banter.
With the likes of 'Cast No Shadow', 'Wonderwall' and 'Don't Look Back In Anger' among the highlights, Gallagher also let the small crowd know his feelings after Oasis' 'Stop The Clocks' was beaten to the Number One slot in the UK Album Charts by Westlife tonight.
"Did someone say Westlife?" he asked the audience. "That goes to prove there is no God!"
However realising he was in a chapel he addressed the almighty saying: "You may strike me down if you wish, but it's true!"
With the set including a cover of The Beatles' 'Strawberry Fields', Gallagher also paid tribute to Bob Dylan.
Introducing single 'Whatever', a track Oasis have not played live in the UK in some while, the guitarist explained he had based his new acoustic version of the song the legend's style, before blending it with the rhythm from 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'.
"I haven't played this next song in what... two weeks," he joked referring to a recent acoustic show in Los Angeles. "But as for you lot you haven't heard in ages. I'm going to do it in the style of Bob Dylan!"
Noel Gallagher played:
'It's Good To Be Free' 'Talk Tonight' 'Fade Away' 'Cast No Shadow' 'The Importance Of Being Idle' 'Listen Up' 'Half The World Away' 'Wonderwall' 'Whatever' 'Slide Away' 'Strawberry Fields' 'Don't Look Back In Anger' 'Married With Children'
Earlier support had come from Shack and Kasabian.
The Liverpool band played a pretty set including the likes of 'As Long As I've Got You' and 'Queen Matilda'.
Meanwhile despite the stripped down set-up, Kasabian were at their rabble rousing best including 'British Legion', 'The Doberman' and Beatles cover 'I'm So Tired' in their set, before getting the whole of the Union Chapel on their feet for closer 'LSF'.
The Little Noises Sessions are set to conclude with the final gig at the same venue tomorrow (November 27), with it strongly rumoured that Lily Allen will be joined onstage by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has revealed the songs he wanted to be new Oasis best of collection 'Stop The Clocks'.
According to Liam, the tracklisting picked by his brother Noel Gallagher has a few omissions.
"I think he's missed a few. I'd have put on 'Rockin' Chair', 'D'You Know What I Mean?' I would have put some off 'Be Here Now'," he declared.
"If he didn't like the record ('Be Here Now') that much, he shouldn't have put the fucking record out in the first place," added the singer. "I don't know what's up with him but it's a top record, man, and I'm proud of it - it's just a little bit long."
However talking to The Sun's Something For The Weekend, Noel Gallagher admitted 'D'You Know What I Mean?', the chart-topping fist single from 'Be Here Now', was actually included on the album until the very last moment.
"(It) was on it right up to the day before it was mastered. But it's just too long. It upset the flow of the album," he explained.
However when not disagreeing with his brother, Liam Gallagher also explained what he'd do if his hero John Lennon was alive and they met.
"I'd freak him out by looking at him, stare him out," admitted the singer, "but I don't know. I'd probably bum him."
Noel's Manchester Gig to Air Live Across 5 Stations
LONDON - Noel Gallagher of Oasis will play an invitation-only homecoming gig in Manchester on Sunday December 3 for HMV and GCap, which will air across five of its radio stations, including Xfm.
As well as airing across live across GCap Media's Xfm Network, it will also be played out on Capital Radio, Capital Gold, Planet Rock and The One Network, which will record the gig for broadcast at a later date.
Noel will take to the stage at an intimate hometown venue along with Oasis guitarist Gem Archer to treat fans to some of their biggest hits as featured on their best of album 'Stop the Clocks', which was released on November 20 and is currently battling Westlife for the number one slot in the album chart.
With a capacity of just 400, the venue will be one of the smallest Noel has played in a long time, giving fans the chance to see him up close and personal.
Earlier this week, BBC 6 Music announced that Oasis were take over the station for a day, led by Liam. The band will talk about their favourite music, reveal the artists that have influenced their career and choose all the music.
Tickets to the one-off Noel show can only be won by tuning in to one of GCap Media's stations around the UK or via HMV on Market Street in Manchester full. Details are also available on the HMV website.
The gig is the third major initiative to result from the creation of the GCap Music Forum, which is made up of the heads of music from every GCap station and designed to develop closer partnerships with the record industry. Other gigs to come out of the forum include Jamiroquai and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Dirk Anthony, GCap's programme director, said: "With one phone call, record companies can reach a forum where their ideas and artist plans will be heard by a number of different radio station brands with UK-wide reach and this exclusive gig shows that we are continuing to work together effectively
NOEL Gallagher last night shocked his fans by claiming Westlife are better than The Beatles.
Speaking after the showing of the Oasis documentary, Lord Don't Slow Me Down, at Glasgow Science Centre, Noel described the Irish boy band's new single as "genius".
He also spoke of his love of Paul Weller and meeting Neil Young and Burt Bacharach. Noel, who is staying in Edinburgh for the next week, also said he was looking forward to taking a break from touring next year.
Promising he'll be back in the future, he added: "I'd go insane.
"I can't work with our kid more than once every three years.
Who: Control Room along with industry partner MSN present Noel Gallagher and Gem of Oasis LIVE in concert from Le cabaret sauvage in Paris, France. What: Fans will have exclusive live access to this not-to-be-missed semi-acoustic performance by Noel Gallagher and Gem. The concert supporting the first retrospective album from Oasis"Stop The Clocks," is presented by Control Room, the #1 provider of live digital entertainment.
MSN's nearly 465 million worldwide visitors, in more than 25 markets across the globe, will be able to catch the show as it occurs on Nov. 28 or anytime following the performance on demand through http://music.msn.com/oasis.
"Stop The Clocks" is the long-anticipated hits compilation from one of Britain's most successful bands. The 18-track, double album includes such hits as "Wonderwall," "Champagne Supernova" and "Morning Glory." Brought to fans worldwide from Paris, this exclusive concert set comes one week after the album's release.
Where/When: MSN streaming LIVE on Nov. 28, and on-demand following at http://music.msn.com/oasis International Markets Including: - Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand - Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK - Brazil, Latin America - Canada, Mexico, United States
LONDON: Noel Gallagher of the British rock band Oasis on Tuesday told soldiers fighting in Iraq to stop complaining when they get wounded.
The chief songwriter and lead guitarist said troops loved getting involved in war-zone action until they get hurt.
In a wide-ranging rant, the fired-up 39-year-old turned his guns on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, environmentalists, Elton John, his brother Liam -- the lead singer in the band -- and predicted his own daughter would become a "mental, axe-wielding, cyber-punk lunatic".
"Blair made an almighty cock-up going to war in Iraq," Gallagher told The Sun newspaper.
"You get a million people walking through Hyde Park -- 'don't send the troops' and all that.
"All they want to do is fight! They're soldiers. They're loving it, until they get shot -- then they're claiming compensation.
"If you're bothered about getting shot -- here's a thing -- don't join the army."
The seething rocker, whose hits include "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out", blasted celebrities who "lock themselves off from humanity".
"If I run out of milk, I go to the supermarket and I queue up like everybody else. Can you imagine Elton John queuing up to buy milk?" he asked.
"These stars like Robbie Williams and Elton and all the rest of that lot -- what are they afraid of? Are they afraid somebody might actually say hello to them?"
He also slammed the growing environmentally-conscious fad sweeping Britain, insisting green campaigners were "hippies with no place in the world".
"How do you suggest we get millions of Chinese not to have a fridge? Or get millions of Americans to stop using their big, stupid cars?"
The Gallagher brothers are famed for their bitter sibling rivalry, and Noel put the boot into Liam again, saying he had a "split personality".
"The problem with our relationship is that he doesn't like me. I can accept that," he said.
"I don't actively go out of my way to antagonise him. He does actively go out of his way to antagonise me.”
"It's very difficult to deal with someone who thinks he's the centre of the universe one minute and the next minute everybody's out to get him."
Oasis burst onto the music scene in 1994 with their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’. The follow-up, ‘(What's the Story) Morning Glory?’ became Britain's third biggest selling album of all-time. ‘Stop The Clocks’, their greatest hits album containing 18 tunes, was released on Monday.
Noel and Liam Gallagher take aim during film screening
Oasis have rubbished the new Beatles' album 'LOVE' on the day (November 20) it went head-to-head in the charts with the Manchester band's best of, 'Stop The Clocks'.
Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, rounded on the record of remixed songs at the UK screening of their road movie 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down'.
"It's a pointless exercise," said Noel Gallagher, adding that he turned the new collection off "after five songs".
His brother and frontman Liam Gallagher was more scathing declaring the album of tracks re-produced by Beatles producer Sir George Martin and his son, "rubbish!".
"If you haven't got The Beatles by now you're not going to get it," declared the singer and John Lennon fan. "I'm all Beatled-up!"
The 'LOVE' album came about after tracks by the Liverpool group were adapted for Circus De Sole show in Las Vegas.
Oasis made their comments during a question and answer session between all four band members and fans at the only UK screening of the band's film 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' held at London's Curzon Mayfair cinema.
The film, directed by Baillie Walsh, charts Oasis' last world tour which ended in March this year.
Following the band's UK dates in 2005, it also covers jaunts to the US, Europe, Japan and Australia.
The screening was the only chance British fans had to see the full version of the movie ahead of its DVD release next year.
An edited, 40 minute version of 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' was shown on Channel 4 the day before (November 19).
Speaking about the movie, Liam Gallagher told fans he was pleased with the finished film, explaining: "I buzzed off myself, I played a blinder."
His brother Noel meanwhile offered an insight into being the subject of a fly on the wall documentary.
"Baillie Walsh said I wouldn't notice the cameras after a while," recalled the guitarist. "You do notice them but I was alright with that, I kind of enjoyed it."
Meanwhile, fresh from his experience of cameras close hand, Liam waded into this year's 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' show, backing record producer and Liza Minnelli's ex-husband David Gest to win the ITV reality TV show, explaining "as long as someone ugly wins" he would be happy.
Win a Noel Gallagher Performance in your Living Room
Win Noel Gallagher in your lounge
Yesterday we announced that Radio 1 are taking the world famous Live Lounge out on the road... and in to the living rooms of the stars.
Today we can reveal that Noel Gallagher will be finishing the tour in style in one of your living rooms.
That's right. One lucky winner will get Noel and the Radio 1 travelling circus taking over their house for one incredible morning on Friday 1st December. If you are an Oasis fan prizes don't come any bigger than this
To win this opportunity of a lifetime you have to complete the form below.
Here's the list if Live Lounge Tour dates in full. From Monday 27 Nov to Friday 1 December we will be at the following homes:
- Lily Allen - The Kooks - Ordinary Boys - Lost Prophets - Noel Gallagher - in the competition winners lounge!
Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer of Oasis will be playing an exclusive Xfm homecoming gig in Manchester this December to be broadcast live across the Xfm Network.
Xfm in association with Virgin Megastores are proud to announce that Noel and Gem will be taking to the stage at The Lowry, Manchester to play this special exclusive set on Sunday 3 December to celebrate the release of their best of album ‘Stop The Clocks’.
With a capacity of just 400, this will be one of the smallest venues Noel has played in a very long time, and a once in a lifetime chance for fans to see the Oasis helmsman play a seriously intimate gig.
Tickets to the one-off show won’t be available through normal ticket outlets or from the venue, and can only be won by tuning in to Xfm London, Xfm Scotland or Xfm Manchester during our special Oasis Day on Friday November 24
Or by signing up to Xfm Plus (if you're not already a member) and going to the competition on the Xfm Plus homepage by clicking here.
Not that we’re blowing our own trumpet here but this is just two weeks after Xfm’s exclusive session with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and just days before Xfm’s charity Christmas extravaganza Xfm’s Winter Wonderland. We’re said it before and we’ll say it again. Damn we’re good to you.
To hear Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer Of Oasis live at the Lowry Quay Theatre, Manchester tune in to Xfm from 6pm on Sunday December 3.
‘Stop The Clocks’ is out on Big Brother / Sony Records on November 20.
Oasis are set to beat both U2 and The Beatles to the #1 spot in the UK album charts this weekend.
The band released 'best of' collection 'Stop The Clocks' on 20th November, and according to HMV is likely to outsell both '18 Singles' and 'Love'.
Gennaro Castaldo from the retail chain said: "Christmas starts here as far as music retailers are concerned as it's not every day that some of the world's biggest ever supergroups have albums out.
It's going to be close to see who comes out on top, but we reckon Oasis's Stop The Clocks will go to number one by the end of the week, though U2 may look to sell more copies of the 18 Singles over the next month, or so."
The band are to take over the digital airwaves when the annual BBC 6 Music Selector returns on December 12.
Oasis' choices included The Sex Pistols, The Beatles, The Kinks, Boards Of Canada, The Go! Team and Amy Winehouse. They have also commissioned one of their favourite bands, The Coral, to record a special and exclusive four-track session at Noel Gallagher's studio.
Frontman Liam Gallagher was interviewed by DJ Steve Lamacq, and claimed the band is destined for even greater success.
He said: "I want to be bigger. I imagined we'd be a lot bigger than we are. I think there's a f***in' genius album around the corner."
Radiohead were the first Selectors in 2003, followed by Manic Street Preachers in 2004, and Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs in 2005.
Oasis release their 'Best Of' album 'Stop The Clocks' on Monday (November 20).
Tonii-iiight, and forever, they are rock'n'roll stars
You all know what these songs sound like. Like tea and soggy biscuits, snaking dole queues, recreational drug abuse and rainy, wasted days, these are songs - not only born from all of the above - but microcosms of modern life: songs woven into the tapestry of British culture itself. Here's a theory: if folk music is supposedly music of the people, but modern-day folk music generally consists of bearded, smelly plebs in Arran sweaters singing songs about fishing, then surely these songs are the embodiment of what contemporary British folk music really is? Songs for the terraces, for closing time, for parties - these are songs owned by the population of Britain. You can stop laughing now. NME can stop trying to cross the speeding motorway of theoretical bullshit. And we can all get on to the important stuff.
Theorising Oasis is like drinking butter - pointless and bad for the heart. How do you theorise the beat of a pulse, the strut of a peacock, the clang of a Les Paul? Just for a second though, bear with us. Yes, Oasis came to be at a time when rock music was on its knees (or splattered all over Kurt Cobain's conservatory if you'd prefer a more visceral image), and yes, for a brief time in the mid-'90s they seemed to provide a soundtrack to colossal, cataclysmic social and cultural change. Yes, all of the above is true, yet, like the songs, you've heard that shit so many times before, it's no exaggeration that this writer, upon typing those words on to the page, actually sighed. This is wrong. There is nothing about this record - and as a collection of singles, album tracks and B-sides culled predominantly from early era Oasis, we're talking about a record dosed to the gills with rich pickings - that should ever induce the practice of sighing.
To understand these songs is to know what if feels like to be 18 years old, with a great haircut and a great set of clothes, walking into a club with more heart and hope than dough, and thinking - metaphorically at least - "Everyone in this shithole is going to suck my fucking dick." These are songs about triumph and adversity ('Talk Tonight'); about having nothing and wanting everything ('Rock'N'Roll Star'); about being pissed off with the world, yet coming from such a poor lot, you're too pathetically educated to be able to express such rage linguistically, and anyway, the cool-as-fuck, forever iconic, six-syllable stretched pronunciation of 'Im-ag-in-aay-shee-en' says everything you want to say much more succinctly ('Cigarettes & Alcohol'). It's also about fighting - and, if you take into account Oasis' much underappreciated, career best dewy side ('Slide Away', 'Wonderwall', 'Don't Look Back In Anger'), forgiving. Put plainly and simply, these are songs about every intake of air that goes into your lungs, swills about inside you for a bit, and then returns from where it arrived. These are songs that chronicle the experience of life.
Let's qualify that last statement: when Britpop ruled the roost and every half-arsed, talentless chancer (and Blur and Pulp) fancied themselves as a modern-day Alan Bennett - retelling tails of suburban strife via the eyes of detached sociological voyeurs - Oasis were singing songs of prize, choice-cut gobbledygook. No, these are songs about life in all its extremity, encompassing the minutiae of existence and the thrill of experience. Much like Liam wore Noel's words like his own, these are songs for your life to wear. Consider 'Champagne Supernova' and its nonsensical refrain of "Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a cannonball". Now close your eyes. Remember where you were when you first heard it. Now try saying it means nothing. Repeat with the couplets of 'Supersonic', 'Morning Glory' and 'Lyla'. Turn stereo to 11. Those songs say everything about life. They document it. They pulled you through it time and time again.
'Stop The Clocks' is a faultless record compiled by a band riddled with faults. After such early promise, Oasis never delivered beyond the stream of brilliant early album tracks and B-sides that marked their inception into the world. And while there's an argument that says there could be another 20 great songs bolted on to this record ('Whatever', 'Cast No Shadow', 'Bring It On Down'), there's not much worthy of inclusion that clocks in post-1996 within the scope of their discography. If anything, 'Stop The Clocks' serves as an unflattering mirror to Oasis circa 2006. A national treasure, forever amusing/inspiring interview copy, and an inconsistent creative force, yet a band - for all the Gallaghers' bravado - at least 10 years past their peak. Where did it go wrong? Wah, that one's for the theorists/marriage guidance councillors/drug dealers. This is an album of celebration - a toast to the band that embodied everything you ever believed rock'n'roll ever could be. And moreover, the band who embodied everything you ever believed life could be.
We'll say it again: you all know what these songs sound like - but stop the clocks, take a look back, rejoice! Celebrate how they made you feel.
At the end of 1994, Noel Gallagher was on tour with his band in the United States. The album he’d just written and recorded had gone straight to the No. 1 spot on British charts and was quickly becoming the (then) fastestselling debut album in British history.
But none of that meant much in Los Angeles. He’d just seen his younger brother, Liam, completely mess up a concert, bent on a cocktail of drugs and booze.
Gallagher grabbed his passport, went to the airport and, without telling a soul, boarded a plane for San Francisco. Oasis were over before they’d barely begun.
This was to be the first of many splits, fractures and punch-ups surrounding the enigma that is Oasis, one of the greatest episodes in the celebrated history of rock’n’roll.
Gallagher is enjoying a fairly relaxed day at his luxurious home in Chalfont St Giles, a short drive north of London. It’s been 15 years and more than 50 million album sales since he joined his brother’s band and drove it to the kind of fame and fortune that made instant rock’n’roll folklore.
“I didn’t think that we’d still be sitting here after however long it is discussing the merits of one’s back catalogue,” Gallagher laughs, reflecting on the tumultuous history of Oasis and the release of the band’s greatest hits album, Stop the Clocks.
“It was good to just be getting off the dole, really, and possibly making some money. Taking as much drugs as possible and have a good time. Rock’n’roll is not about making plans or achieving goals and that. It’s about doing what you want. Of course, Liam takes that to the absolute f...ing extreme, but there was no master plan, really.”
With the release of 1994’s debut, Definitely Maybe, there was no going back to the dole line for the five members of Oasis, which included the Gallaghers, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan and Tony McCarroll.
Formed amid the crumbling decay of Thatcherism, for these Mancunians music was the only escape. And they were never going to leave quietly, as Liam so famously stated on the snarling Cigarettes and Alcohol: “Is it worth the aggravation/To find yourself a job when there’s nothing worth working for/It’s a crazy situation/But all I need are cigarettes and alcohol.”
Six albums later, including an impressive B-sides release, and Oasis have run and crawled rock’s gauntlet. What’s the Story Morning Glory created Brit-pop and made them filthy rich, Be Here Now pushed them out of favour with the hostile British music press and last year’s superb Don’t Believe the Truth reinstated them as heroes again.
There have been broken spirits and broken noses, and today Noel and Liam remain the only two original members in the band — and even they are hard pressed to muster any scrap of brotherly love.
“He’s a f...ing little idiot is what he is,” Gallagher says matter-of-factly. “I haven’t seen him for four months but I know wherever he is he is being a f...ing idiot. Genuinely, he doesn’t like me, I tell you that for a fact. And I am indifferent to his idiocy.”
Behind the brawls and tabloid fanfare, Oasis were quite simply a brilliant rock’n’roll group. Noel the pop mastermind, Liam the untameable rock star — together they were unstoppable. And hearing these 18 undeniable hits from Stop the Clocks blast through the stereo back to back is all the proof you need: Rock ’N’ Roll Star, Wonderwall, Slide Away, Cigarettes and Alcohol, Live Forever, Supersonic, Don’t Look Back in Anger and so many more.
“We tell it like it is,” Gallagher suggests of the reason for the band’s continued success. “And I guess people have been through the ups and downs with us, and ultimately there’s some good music in there. It’s real as well; I often see the rock stars on the tele and I think, ‘There’s something intrinsically fake about you’. And you don’t get that with Oasis. Ask me the f...ing question, I won’t tell you any lies.
“I guess the 90s would have been a little less exciting if it wasn’t for us.”
Add the 21st century to that as well. Not only did Oasis make English music exciting again in the 90s, the band’s influence stretched across the oceans and has today manifested itself in the contemporary rock vogue, headed by bands as diverse as Jet and the Killers.
While Gallagher, who turns 40 next May, is happy to accept his fate as rock’s elder statesmen — and says he’s currently working on the next Oasis album, which will see a release “later rather than sooner” — he humbly admits his time as rock’s bad boy genius has passed.
“Fundamentally, rock’n’roll is youth,” he explains, “so once you reach a certain age you cease to be rock’n’roll any more. It’s not about bad behaviour or about living on the edge or wearing a leather jacket or having a drug habit and drinking Jack Daniels all day. All of those things help, right, but it’s about being young.
“Then you get older and you’ve got more baggage and instead of music being the single most important thing in your life, it becomes one of many important things in your life.
“A kid who is 24 and has one electric guitar and a f.....g head full of ideas is far more interesting than someone who is in their 50s with five kids and six houses.”
IN 1994 Britain's rock fans were in the grip of a grunge invasion. American bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam dominated the charts with their heavy riffs and desolate lyrics.
Luckily Noel Gallagher was on hand to save the day. "I remember Nirvana had this two-chord song saying, 'I hate myself and I want to die'," says the Manchester-born Oasis songwriter. "And it was like, as much as I like Kurt Cobain, I'm not having that.
"I couldn't have people like that coming over here saying that they hate themselves and they want to die, that's rubbish. So I wrote early hit Live Forever at that time.
"I'm not saying it was written directly as a retort to that, but kids don't need to hear that kind of nonsense. It seemed like to me he was a guy that had everything and was miserable about it, and we had f*** all.
"I still thought that getting up in the morning was the greatest thing ever because you didn't know where you'd end up at night, you know? We didn't have a pot to piss in, but it was great, man."
This was Oasis at the beginning - champions of the people, champions of themselves - a group of men with a deep desire to make music that meant something.
Today, despite selling millions of records, they're still as down to earth, still as cocksure as ever - stomping along rather than treading the fine line between arrogance and self-belief, and still making music they believe in.
It's an impressive feat, not least because of all the line-up changes (only Noel and brother Liam Gallagher are left from the beginning, currently with Gem Archer on guitar and Andy Bell on bass while Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey is semi-official drummer), and the fall from grace as national heroes after some duff albums.
They're still an enticing live draw, holding on to a stadium-filling legion of core fans, and they've kept the less loyal interested with their entertaining interviews and the aggressive in-fighting between the Gallaghers.
But it's their insistence at doing things their own way, thank you very much, that has really kept them in favour with their fans.
Noel and Liam haven't changed at all. For a start, Noel still does his own shopping at the supermarket, and they've kept a 'can't-be-arsed' attitude to conquering the lucrative American market.
Even in bowing to record company pressure to do a best of, they've done it on their terms. The forthcoming Stop The Clocks compilation isn't the greatest hits collection fans may have expected, or even wanted - half the singles aren't there.
Instead it's a compilation of the songs that Oasis themselves think are their best, including some album tracks and b-sides.
"To me, the songs that are on it are the songs that we have generally played live over the last 14 years," says Noel. "Those are the songs that I feel is our best work. Five of us, four of us, can't sit in a room and pick a track listing.
"I always pick the set list and if anyone's got a problem with it they say to me they're not doing that. It's the same with the track list. I picked it, it went round, and I didn't get any of the usual phone calls at quarter to four in the morning," he laughs.
People now bow to Noel's obvious savvy because Oasis' longevity is mostly due to his dedication and undeniable songwriting talent.
Before Noel joined, Oasis were just a bunch of school mates gigging around Manchester. Liam then invited Noel on board, who made himself sole songwriter, simplified the band's playing technique and demanded they aim for nothing less than the top of the charts.
But it took some time for his peers to realise his potential.
"I remember writing Cigarettes And Alcohol in my flat in Manchester," he says, "in those days I used to write on the electric guitar with my amp on 10 in my room in this block of flats.
"One of the guys that lived above me, I remember him once passing me on the stairs going, 'You're not going to write a song with that riff, are you? That's rubbish'. I was going, 'Listen, fat arse, it's going to be amazing when it comes out'.
"And I remember going down to the rehearsal room and bringing the song in. Bonehead used to always be the tut-tutter. I told him I've got this tune called Cigarettes And Alcohol, and he goes, 'Cigarettes And Alcohol? You've got to change the title'.
"And then I did the riff and he's just going, 'Woah, you can't do that, that's T-Rex'. And I was like, 'I don't give a shit who it is, no one's ever going to hear it anyway'."
Both were wrong. Cigarettes And Alcohol was a massive hit, among many others. The Oasis hit-making machine shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down. After a few critically-panned albums, their last, 2005's Don't Believe The Truth, was lauded by many as a return to form.
And while Noel and Liam continue to put new, up-and-coming bands in their place (Arctic Monkeys and The Klaxons are their latest sore points), as well as happily sharing their political views ("New Labour have destroyed politics in this country," Noel said recently), they'll always have an audience.
"To me 1/8this album3/8 is like looking back at old photos of your kid and going, 'Look at that, you've got an ice-cream on your head'," says Noel. "It's just like looking back in time and going, 'There's the tune'.
"And if we don't do as many great tunes for the next best of, then we'll see. But who's going to tell us we're not going to do any more great tunes? I reckon we'll be rockin' 'til the cows come home."
The Clocks EP is out now. The album Stop The Clocks is out on Monday, November 20.
Noel Gallagher has branded people who like Oasis' second album the best "squares".
The guitarist - who insists he has never bettered his debut album 'Definitely Maybe' - has mocked people who favour the band's worldwide hit LP '(What's The Story Morning Glory?' for not being cool.
Noel said: "If you stop the man in the street and ask, 'What's Oasis' best album?' a few might say 'Don't Believe The Truth', which is great, the squares will say 'Morning Glory' and the cool people will say 'Definitely Maybe'."
Noel has also praised British band the Artic Monkeys for being the only group that has come close to making a debut album as good as Oasis' 1994 offering.
He said: "Nobody has ever bettered 'Definitely Maybe', don't pin it on my shoulders. The Arctic Monkeys came close, but that's it. They've got the tunes and the attitude. If only they could front it out."
BLUR bassist ALEX JAMES has slammed arch rivals OASIS as "ridiculous" after their (WHAT'S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY was named one of The Nation's Favourite Albums. James presents the upcoming VH1 countdown of the best selling records of all time in the UK, which includes Oasis' 1995 hit. The two groups were huge rivals during the mid-1990s at the height of both bands' fame. James says, "I think Oasis are slightly ridiculous characters. They've been grotesque for a while. "I take solace from the fact that the two biggest bands in the world, U2 and THE ROLLING STONES, are not in it."
OASIS frontman LIAM GALLAGHER was left red-faced recently when a young British rock rival told him to "grow up" during a backstage confrontation.
The WONDERWALL singer was left fuming when THE PADDINGTONS frontman TOM ATKIN called him a "tw*t" in a recent interview, and decided to vent his frustration at a DIRTY PRETTY THINGS gig.
But Atkin was less than intimidated by Gallagher's fearsome reputation, and gave him a piece of his mind before walking away. He says, "Liam was having a go and in the end I told him to grow up. "NOEL's (GALLAGHER) a great songwriter, but Liam's a toothless tw*t."
YOU'RE INVITED TO A FREE FAN SCREENING OF LORD DON'T SLOW ME DOWN
You're invited to come see a special fan-only screening of the authoritative Oasis documentary, ord Don't Slow Me Down, revealing Oasis as never seen before.
Screening is November 21st at 7pm. Locations are as follows:
Atlanta - Midtown Art Cinema Austin - Dobie Theatre Boston - Kendall Square Cinema Chicago - Century Center Cinema Los Angeles - Westside Pavilion Cinemas New York - Sunshine Cinema Phoenix - Bell Road Theatre San Diego - Hillcrest Cinemas San Francisco - Embarcadero Center Cinema Seattle - Guild 45th Theatre
OASIS rocker NOEL GALLAGHER has hit out at music legends THE CLASH and RADIOHEAD for refusing to compete in the charts. The rocker is proud of his band's mainstream status, and casts a critical eye on alternative acts who try to avoid featuring in the top ten. Gallagher says, "I've never understood that kind of thing. Like The Clash going, 'We're not playing on telly.' Well f**k off then. "When we first started we said we were the greatest band in the world. We should have said we were the best band in the charts. 'Cos to me, the world is the charts. "I don't give a f**k about Radiohead and all that indie nonsense. I was brought up on the top 10. SLADE, T Rex, DAVID Bowie. "If you're not in the charts, you don't exist."
How is Tony Blair doing? Why does Liam hate him? Should stars shop at Waitrose? As Oasis release a greatest hits album, Noel Gallagher gives Chris Salmon the inside track
'Liam doesn't like me," shrugs his older brother. "He confuses love with hate. 'I love you.' No, Liam, I think you'll find you fucking hate me." Sitting in his management's central London HQ, Noel Gallagher recounts a recent disagreement. Oasis are about to release Stop the Clocks, their first retrospective. In the accompanying booklet, the lyrics for each of the 18 songs appear beside an image. The picture Noel chose to go next to Songbird - the only track written by Liam - was a red brick wall. "Because it's a love song about his bird," explains Noel. "And red is the colour of love."
But Liam, who wrote the song for his long-term partner, Nicole Appleton of All Saints, didn't take it that way. "I got a message on my answer machine," sighs Gallagher. "He was like, 'The colour red? Beside the song I wrote about my missus? Who I've got a child with? How fucking dare you!'" Gallagher tells the tale with a mixture of amusement, resignation and disbelief. "He only had to say he'd like to change it. No problem. But instead it descended into personal abuse." Liam's rant continued until the tape ran out. "I listened to it with my missus," says Noel. "She was going, 'You and your kid are actually insane. It's amazing you've managed to get this far.'"
But, somehow, here they still are. The Gallaghers may be Oasis's only original members, but their massive following remains. Last year's warmly received Don't Believe the Truth sold 2.5m copies, propelling Oasis on to a worldwide tour to 1.7 million people in 26 countries. They plan to record the follow-up in 2007. "The empire is still building," says Gallagher.
For now, though, the 39-year-old is looking back. On completing their six-album deal with Sony, Oasis were asked to release a greatest-hits collection.
Gallagher wasn't keen, but aware that Sony actually owns the band's songs, he agreed to support a best-of, featuring his selection of Oasis favourites.
It's a belting collection, with an intriguing tracklisting. Of the 18 songs, four are B-sides and four album tracks - meaning only 10 of Oasis's 22 top-40 hits feature. The rejects include Roll With It, Oasis's contribution to the famous 1995 chart battle with Blur. "I don't like that song," admits Gallagher, who seems comfortable enough with his achievements - and himself - to be self-critical. But the most telling statistic is that 14 of the 18 tracks were released in 1994 or 1995. In other words, Gallagher seems to be admitting what many of us believed: that his band - and his songs - peaked over a decade ago.
"Yeah, of course," he shrugs. "We're talking about the best of Oasis here. If you stop the man in the street and ask 'What's Oasis's best album?', a few might say Don't Believe the Truth, which is great, but the squares will say Morning Glory and the cool people will say Definitely Maybe. That album should just be called the Best of Oasis." He leans forward. "Look. I was a superhero in the 90s. I said so at the time. McCartney, Weller, Townsend, Richards, my first album's better than all their first albums. Even they'd admit that."
So why didn't he remain a superhero into the next decade? "Because those songs were written in my 20s. All I had in the world was a guitar and a Dictaphone. When you're young, you write about being young and shagging and drugs and drinking. You can't do that when you're 39. I was a different person then."
These days, Gallagher's Saturday nights involve watching Match of the Day, and he hasn't touched cocaine since 1998.
"Cocaine itself isn't that bad," he says. "It just makes you drink more and that's the worst drug there is. Especially when you're surrounded by people whose psychosis sets in the more they drink. But people think I stood up at a party and announced, 'That was my last line of cocaine, from this day forth I shall take no more,' and everybody sighed and left. It wasn't like that. The reason I packed it in was that it was only meant to be a weekend, which became a week, which became a month and so on. I just decided I couldn't be arsed any more."
Although Gallagher says his songwriting passion was reignited by Don't Believe the Truth, his inescapable problem is that any new Oasis album must compete with their first two records. "Which is completely unfair. If I knew how to write another Definitely Maybe, I'd do one every year. It astounds me that I wrote those songs. But nobody has ever bettered Definitely Maybe, don't pin it on my shoulders. The Arctic Monkeys came close, but that's it. They've got the tunes and the attitude. If only they could front it out."
At times this year, the Arctic Monkeys have seemed almost embarrassed by their success. It's the antithesis of the Oasis way. "I've never understood that kind of thing. Like the Clash going, 'We're not playing on telly.' Well fuck off then. When we first started we said we were the greatest band in the world. We should have said we were the best band in the charts. 'Cos to me, the world is the charts. I don't give a fuck about Radiohead and all that indie nonsense. I was brought up on the top 10. Slade, T.Rex, David Bowie. If you're not in the charts, you don't exist. BMX Bandits? Four people are listening to it in Hull. I went in there to get Phil Collins' severed head in my fridge by the end of the decade."
Which, in a manner of speaking, he did. "I came from a shithole in Manchester, right, so it was all brilliant to me. Even touring in a transit van was better than being in my flat. Then when we got a deal, we were like: 'Bring it on!' I wanted the big hairdo, big shades, big car, big house, swimming pool, jet, drug habit, a mirrored top hat and a chimp. All of it. The Kasabian lads told me they'd only get out of bed to read about us in the paper. And what would you rather read? 'The guy from Keane's been to a rabbit sanctuary 'cos one of the rabbits needed a kidney implant, so he swapped his with it' - or 'Liam Gallagher sets fire to a policeman in cocaine madness, while his brother Noel runs down Oxford Street nude'?"
No doubt Kasabian loved the story about Gallagher visiting the victorious Tony Blair, in 1997, at his Downing Street reception and asking the new PM how he'd managed to stay up all night during the election; "Probably not by the same means you did," was Blair's knowing reply.
Having effectively been New Labour's house band, what does Gallagher think of Blair now? "Well, I think that Britain is a better place than it was before the Labour party took over. Personally, I'd have loved Neil Kinnock to get in. He was gonna rip Margaret Thatcher's head off and shit down her neck. Then Tony Blair came along and it was like: 'Ah, he's gonna outsmart all of these public schoolboy cunts.' But we all got carried away in 97. Once the veneer wore off - even taking the Iraq debacle out of the equation - we've all just given a massive shrug. I think the Labour party's crowning achievement is the death of politics. There's nothing left to vote for."
Gallagher is concerned David Cameron will win the next election, "although even if he does, it won't matter because it won't change anything. He's just saying the same as Tony Blair was saying. Gordon Brown over David Cameron? When I see them on television, I switch them both off."
Gallagher, though, is contented. He has no sympathy for those for whom fame is a burden. He doesn't sit in his country house (though he has one) counting his millions (though he has several). "Life is a great thing, why shut yourself away from it? I can't understand people like Elton John and Robbie Williams going straight from their blacked-out limos to a restaurant. I stand in the queue at Waitrose. More rock stars should do that. Forget therapy, go to the supermarket and interact. The staff in my local Waitrose are really blase about me now. They'll be like, 'Him? Oh he's in here all the fucking time. And between me and you, he doesn't eat very well.'"
Ten years ago, Gallagher's life was almost entirely focused on Oasis. But even though he says its not his sole passion any more, that he has a full life outside Oasis, he insists he is still very much the band's leader. "If I said the next album was going to be Irish reggae, then it would be." Nevertheless, he's relinquished control to the point where all four members contribute songs, something he admits would have been unthinkable in the mid-1990s. "I've got to say a lot of weight was lifted from my shoulders when Liam, Andy and Gem started to deliver songs for Don't Believe the Truth and they were actually good."
Gallagher readily concedes his brother's earliest songs weren't great. "But you either say, 'That's shit, fuck off,' and he retreats into his shell. Or you go, 'Look, I'm not into it, but if you believe in it, it goes on - but you're taking the flak for it.' Liam used to say in interviews, 'Noel won't let me write.' But back in the 1990s while I was grafting, he was shooting Stella into his arms 'cos he thought it would mainline into his brain quicker. So I was like, 'Well write one, and we'll take it from there.' I'm glad he's done it, because the great ones are great and the shit ones he gets slagged off for. And there's nothing I like more than reading people slagging Liam off." Gallagher cackles.
"The reason he doesn't like me is that I'm indifferent to him," he explains. "I can come off tour, put the bags down and shut the door. Liam can't do that. He wants to carry on. Plus, he insults me and I don't like being around people who insult me."
The brothers don't exchange Christmas or birthday presents and have only seen each other "two or three times" since returning from tour in March. "I just don't need to be in the gang all the time," says Gallagher.
Presumably he has considered the possibility that Liam's insults stem from jealousy; after all, Noel's the older, brighter one, the one who wrote 17 of 18 songs on Stop the Clocks, the one people respect more. "But he's got nothing to be jealous of. Thing is, you say about the 17 songs, but Oasis is dependent on three equal parts. That's him, me and the songs. It's all about that struggle and it wouldn't be Oasis without him. But Liam can't see that. 'Cos when he has a drink, he's got an enemy complex. And a serious inferiority complex. But, y'know, he is my brother. And although I don't like him, I do love him to bits."
Perhaps, I suggest, you should buy him a Christmas present this year. "Yeah, maybe I will," nods Noel, thoughtfully. "I'll get him a fucking straitjacket."
· Oasis's Stop the Clocks EP is released on Monday on Sony. The Stop the Clocks 2CD album is released on November 20.
Noel Gallagher wowed a handful of fans in Los Angeles yesterday (09.11.06) with a secret concert.
The Oasis star was joined by the band's rhythm guitarist Gem Archer as he performed a selection of classic songs to celebrate the launch of Oasis' greatest hits album 'Stop The Clocks' for the listeners of local Radio station Indie 103.1FM.
Noel's brother and the group's frontman Liam was absent, as his sibling, Gem and a percussionist only introduced as Gary took to the stage after a screening of the band's tour documentary, 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down', at the Wadsworth Theatre.
After playing popular B-sides 'Talk Tonight' and 'Fade Away', Noel stunned fans with a cover version of The Beatles' hit 'Strawberry Fields Forever', after jokingly introducing it as "the new song I've been working on and it's doing my f***ing head in".
Noel was also in fine humorous form when he told a fan to "f**k off" after he requested to hear a drum solo.
He quipped: "You're obviously on some very serious drugs. Someone should take them off you and put then in my dressing room."
As the night was coming to an end, Noel announced he was "going to get absolutely hammered after this" and signed off saying, "Thank you for coming but you should be thanking me , because I'm not getting paid and it cost me money to get here!"
Days of drinking from boots, `live midget lesbian shows' behind them
Once considered the consummate British rock yob, Noel Gallagher is looking suspiciously gentlemanly these days.
The affable Oasis bandleader strolls into an interview at an uptown hotel dressed rather nattily in a black wool jacket and crimson scarf with a distinguished shock of grey hair protruding over his forehead, projecting the air of a man who has joined the ranks of the rock 'n' roll aristocracy.
Gallagher and younger brother/sparring partner Liam, of course, have been predicting this would happen from day one, to the continual (and continuing) ire of their detractors. But Oasis's unwavering "superstar" profile in Britain, the durability of its smash early-'90s output and some 50 million in record sales have, over time, assured the band a place in history.
And if a combination of cocaine and hubris contributed to a rapid tail-off from the early peaks of 1994's Definitely Maybe and 1995's (What's The Story) Morning Glory, the last couple of records — made with the stronger-than-ever assistance of new members Gem Archer, former Ride guitarist Andy Bell and Zak "Son of Ringo" Starkey — have been decent enough to foster hope of another definitive statement at some point in the future. A few weeks ago, Britain's Q Awards still saw fit to named Oasis "the best band in the world," so it's hardly over.
"Morning Glory does cast a long shadow over everything else," shrugs Gallagher. "And even when that came out, in Britain people were saying `Well, it's not Definitely Maybe.' But I'd rather be in that position than, you know, Placebo — I don't mean to bring that band down, although they are shite — so it doesn't bother me now. I'm used to it."
Noel's trip to Toronto was officially undertaken to promote Stop The Clocks, a double-disc anthology being released by Sony/BMG despite the band's exit from the label after last year's Don't Believe The Truth.
He concedes mixed feelings about the "greatest hits" thing and has said in the past that Oasis would only release one in the event of its demise. But since Sony was going to release it with or without the band's participation, he and Liam felt "obliged" to participate.
"We were left with the dilemma of do you get involved and make sure it's done properly with the right songs, or do you not get involved and make sure it's done improperly with the wrong songs," he says. "It's not really a decision that was very difficult to make. If there's Oasis records going in the f--kin' shop I want to be behind them."
To make the promo trip more interesting, Gallagher and Archer are performing acoustic gigs in various cities around the globe — Starkey is on loan to The Who, so Oasis dates were impossible — in tandem with screenings of the new tour documentary, Lord Don't Slow Me Down, as they did Tuesday night at the Danforth Music Hall.
Directed by Baillie Walsh, who helmed the video for 2005's "Let There Be Love," Lord Don't Slow Me Down is a backstage look at Oasis's 11-month slog behind Don't Believe The Truth. Gallagher admits it's not quite as exciting as a film chronicling the band's legendary "wild years" a decade ago might have been, but he's also relieved there were no cameras present then.
"I've seen it and I think it's great but, then, I would because it's me. So I'm not really the right person to ask," he laughs. "You don't get the drinking champagne out of f--kin' prostitutes' cowboy boots at 7 o'clock in the morning, no. Unfortunately. There are no live midget lesbian shows. Although there are midgets in the film. You can't do f--k all without midgets, can you? Every home should have one."
Oasis wrote enough songs for the last album that it "could start another album tomorrow if it wanted to," but for the moment the band is completely idle. There's no rush to sign another contract, nor to record.
"I'm enjoying the time off, really. I'm sittin' on my arse doing f--k all. I watch a lot of television and cater to my girlfriend's every f--kin' whim for the seven months that I see her. And then I don't see her for two years."
Even back in their chaotic heyday, that coke-fuelled period during the mid-'90s that Noel Gallagher claims not to be able to remember, there were two different versions of Oasis.
There was the brash rock band, driven by the two brawling brothers at its forefront. And then there was songwriter/guitarist Noel's more refined and reflective, quasi-solo side-act -- the one he would break out for B-sides, acoustic sets in the middle of Oasis' arena shows and when singing sibling Liam bailed on him mere minutes before the band's MTV Unplugged session.
That split has lingered through Oasis' improbably long career. But on Tuesday night, a small contingent of the Mancurians' Toronto fan base got a demonstration of how much both incarnations have evolved.
Crammed into the Danforth Music Hall for an unusually intimate gathering to mark the release of a new best-of compilation and tour DVD, the faithful were first treated to an airing of the film. Although less a documentary than an homage to the band, the stylish production drove home what's been obvious to anyone who's caught Oasis' live act in the past couple of years.
Gone are the days of cancelled shows and onstage blow-ups. In their place is an increasingly slick and professional -- if still hard-partying and intermittently cantankerous -- rock machine. If anything, the shows -- whose set lists rarely change -- have become predictable. But they've become a ritual for the band's enormously devoted fans, who put more arms in the air and sing a little louder with each visit.
Arguably more entertaining, though, is Noel's emergence as a different sort of generational presence: elder statesman. In large part, that role involves putting his dry, profane wit to use telling war stories and passing judgment on every young band that comes along. But what sometimes passes unnoticed is the form that it took on Tuesday night.
However much he tries to pass himself off as an indifferent curmudgeon, the drug-free and increasingly worldly Gallagher is an inherently earnest and impassioned performer. Liam gives his songwriting brother's creations technical prowess and a dose of charisma; Noel, when he takes over vocal duties, gives them heart.
Accompanied only by fellow Oasis guitarist Gem Archer (who doubled on keyboard duties) and percussionist Terry Kirkbride, Gallagher mostly bypassed the familiar Oasis hits in favour of more obscure album tracks. And drawing heavily from the his 1994-95 catalogue, Gallagher served reminder of how absurdly prolific his songwriting was during that period -- many of the B-sides holding up as well or better than the take on Wonderwall.
But his fans already knew that. What they might have been more surprised by -- those who weren't too busy spoiling the vibe bellowing song requests to notice -- was the musicianship.
It's one thing to breeze through the same standards every night. It's quite another to roll out flawless new arrangements of neglected old chestnuts and actually improve on them, as he did with everything from a folksy Whatever to an impassioned Slide Away to a bluesy Married with Children, which closed the night.
As Oasis often has, Gallagher opened his encore with a cover of a Beatles song -- Strawberry Fields Forever, this time. It was perfectly proficient, but equally unnecessary. Once written off as nothing more than a Beatles imitator, the older and wiser Noel is more than capable of getting by on his own merits these days.
Oasis braintrust Noel Gallagher has never been one to mince words, God bless him.
So if the Manchester-born songwriter and guitarist had his way, Oasis wouldn’t be releasing a greatest hits package, the two-disc Stop The Clocks, on Nov. 21.
“If it was up to me, it wouldn’t be coming out until Oasis wasn’t around anymore,” said Gallagher in Toronto yesterday before his acoustic performance last night with rhythm guitarist Gem at the Danforth Music Hall.
However, it was either cooperate with the band’s former label, Sony-BMG, from which they’ve since parted, or not be involved in Stop The Clocks’ track listing and art work at all.
“They own all the rights to everything, so we were informed that they were going to do a retrospective of some description by Christimas — did we want to get involved?” explained Gallagher. “Well, if it is has to be now, it has to be now. Don’t be surprised if there’s a singles album following this. They’re well within their rights to do it.”
Gallagher, who said he’s currently got about 30 new songs in rough form for the next Oasis studio album, isn’t sure who Oasis will sign with next on this side of the pond but they’ll stick with their own indie label, Big Brother, in England.
“We won’t be going back to Sony,” he said. “They’re all right for us in Canada, so we might stay with them in Canada. In America, I feel they kind of let us down a wee bit. I balance that by saying they didn’t really dig our unprofessionalism. They found it very difficult to actually grasp the concept that we actually didn’t give a f---. And they thought, ‘Well, if they don’t give a f---, we don’t give a f---.’ That’s how I see it anyway. I don’t bear any malice towards any of them. They’ve got a business to run.”
Gallagher said Oasis fans shouldn’t hold their breath for the next studio disc — it definitely won’t be out in 2007 — but he did offer a hint at the sound.
“Some of it’s great,”he said. “But for what it’s worth, a lot of my songs will probably end up being acoustic. But not in the Cat Stevens sense. ’Cause a lot of (2005’s) Don’t Believe The Truth was kind of acoustic-driven. But when you get into a studio, it all goes out the f---in’ window and you just go, ‘Let’s rock!’”
To promote Stop The Clocks then, Gallagher and Gem are on a mini-tour of acoustic performances that began last Thursday in London and after Toronto will be followed by stops in L.A., Tokyo, Manchester, Paris and Milan.
Noel said his younger brother and Oasis lead singer Liam wasn’t part of the trek because he “doesn’t do acoustic performances. He doesn’t do promotion. What’s the point of him being here?”
Meanwhile, the Oasis road movie, Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, was to be screened in Toronto last night at the Danforth before the acoustic set, and is expected to be released as a DVD in Canada next year.
Gallagher said director Baillie Walsh was given carte blanche to shoot the band on the road during their tour for Don’t Believe The Truth. Sadly none of their stops in Canada were filmed.
“There’s no gringey-bits for me in it,” said Gallagher of the film. “Liam wears some very questionable clothes in it. Shorts at one point. That’s no good for being in a band. And some very questionable headware. But there’s a lot of drinking involved and a lot of talking absolute nonsense. It’s quite funny in places.
“The opening scene is very funny. When I’d seen it, I cried with laughter. It involves extremely large bottles of champagne which are called methusals, and there’s a scene of a lot of people trying to open this bottle of champagne. It gets, very, very, very, stupid ’cause everyone’s f---in’ a--holed.’”
TORONTO - There was definitely a feeling of occasion last night at the Danforth Music Hall as Oasis guitarist-songwriter-singer Noel Gallagher played a rare show on his own.
A sign of things to come for the Manchester rock band?
Not bloody likely, if Oasis frontman and Noel’s brother Liam Gallagher has anything to do with it.
The concert, which sold out quickly and saw scalpers getting at least $250 per ticket, was just one of a half-dozen or so shows that Gallagher is performing around the world to promote the upcoming Oasis best-of, Stop The Clocks, in stores Nov. 21.
It had been billed as an unplugged performance, but Gallagher was joined by Oasis rhythm guitarist Gem, who played both lead electric guitar and organ, and drummer-percussionist Terry Kirkbride for his hour-and-ten-minute set.
The material leaned towards b-sides, with a mix of crowd favourites like Talk Tonight, Half The World Away, The Importance Of Being Idle and Slide Away and full-out hits Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back InAnger — all of which are on Clocks.
Gallagher even trotted out the Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever for his encore.
Now if only he had been able to shut up the enthusiastic (drunk?) crowd, who were on their feet from the opening song and continually shouted out requests and words of admiration no matter how quiet it got on stage.
“There’s no reason to shout out song titles,” said Gallagher, in exasperation at one point. “I have prepared a set list which I’m not going to deviate from.”
The often hilarious, black-and-white rockumentary, Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, which was filmed during Oasis’ last tour, was also given its Canadian premiere at the Danforth before Gallagher took the stage. (He was in New York screening the film before he got to Toronto.)
“Did you enjoy the film?” he asked. “Is it any good? Do I look good?”
Truthfully, it’s a pretty funny document of Oasis behind-the-scenes, whether it’s a camera spying on Liam’s child-like dancing around a silent, empty room, or Noel spouting his usual bon mots at the expense of his brother.
“Liam is going to go bald,” he is heard saying towards the end of the movie. “When Liam goes bald, that’s when we’ll pack it in.”
Noel Gallagher - 'The fantasy's gone out of making music'
The Oasis guitarist believes 'kids have it too good'
Oasis mainman Noel Gallagher says the "fantasy" has gone out of making music - because of advances in technology.
Speaking exclusively in this week's NME, the star bemoans the iPod and DVD generation because of their insistence on wanting more and more information about how records are made.
He said: "This generation of kids just rely on the technology - that's what they want. These days you can see fucking Johnny Borrell in his pants going through the bass parts, and that just strips away the magic for me."
He added: "Everyone just wants more and more information. All the fantasy's gone out of music, 'cos everything is too fucking real. Every album comes with a DVD with some cunt going, 'Yeah well, we tried the drums over there, but...' Give a shit, man! It makes people seem too human, whereas I was brought up on Marc Bolan and David Bowie, and it was like, 'Do they actually come from fucking Mars?'"
Rocker NOEL GALLAGHER has slammed the current crop of British guitar bands for their lack of original talent - and claims they're simply riding on the success of OASIS' critically acclaimed 1994 debut album, DEFINITELY MAYBE. The LIVE FOREVER hitmaker blasts THE LIBERTINES, ARCTIC MONKEYS, THE KOOKS and RAZORLIGHT for mimicking Oasis' sound.
He says, "If I see one more advert on the TV for an album that says 'Best guitar album since Definitely Maybe' I'll shoot whoever writes those f**king things. "It's flattering that it's still considered the benchmark, and that The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight and all said it was the album for them, but come on. I think a lot of these bands are just copying the blueprint. "You're always looking at JOHNNY BORRELL (Razorlight frontman) or him out of The Kooks (LUKE PRITCHARD) and going 'I dunno if you mean it man'. When you see those bands, there's something not quite right."
Liam Gallagher wants to get going on new album Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has revealed the band are likely to get started on their new studio album this month.
The rock giants release their Best Of compilation 'Stop The Clocks' on November 20, but Gallagher is keen to get started on the follow-up 'proper' to 2005's 'Don't Believe The Truth'.
He told NME's sister magazine Uncut: "I reckon we're going to start doing something this month, go to our studio. It's the bollocks. Fuckin' old Tudor ranch in High Wycombe, fucking stay there and get it done. Just got to wait for Noel to finish his tunes I suppose."
Speaking about 'Stop The Clocks', which marks the end of the band's deal with SonyBMG, Gallagher added: "I want to get this (album) out of the fucking way, it's doing my head in. To me, it's the last of however fucking long, the last 16 years of that label, that's done. We can start again."
Unlike most "Best Of" albums of this nature, Oasis have sat down and undertaken the almost impossible job of picking what they consider to be their finest moments ever. So Stop The Clocks is imbued with the sort of wilfulness that has helped make Oasis the favorite band of millions of people worldwide and its running order will no doubt provoke equal parts adulation and bar discussions from the millions of Oasis fans worldwide. Could it ever be any other way?
Oasis have been at the helm of the world's music scene for over 10 years and, on November 20, 2006 the first ever Oasis retrospective will draw together the years of multi platinum albums, No. 1 singles and, unique to Oasis, instantly familiar B sides into one 18 track double album entitled Stop The Clocks. So here it is. The tracks as chosen by the band themselves -- the songs they believe encapsulate their remarkable career to date.
Stop the Clocks is released as Oasis take a well earned sabbatical prior to starting work on new material, destined for similar levels of success in the future. This is not a full stop, but merely a time out; a dream set list, and a chance for the world to review the immense contribution that Oasis have made and continue to make to rock 'n' roll.
Listen to the entire double-disc compilation album, Stop The Clocks, right here from now till November 20 and watch the MTV interview with Noel Gallagher!
Noel Gallagher made a special appearance in New York City on Saturday (November 4) at the world première of new Oasis documentary 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down'.
Around 400 fans, some queuing up from 3am (Anthony and Chris, L4E members), attended the screening at the CMJ festival and took part in the following Q&A session with the Oasis leader.
Directed by Bailie Walsh, the man behind Oasis' 'Let There Be Love' video, the film captures follows the band's Don't Believe The Truth' world tour with a collection of backstage footage, on the road perfomances along with a series of band interviews.
Following the screening, Gallagher then answered questions from fans present, discussing The Beatles, his relationship with brother Liam Gallagher - he insisted it was "as good or bad as it ever was" - and the group's forthcoming best of 'Stop The Clocks'. He also explained why the track of the same name does not feature on the collection.
"Despite various demos we never nailed what version we're all happy with," explained Gallagher of the us-yet-unreleased song, "but the title fits where we are now."
A fan also asked the guitarist why he claims Oasis' are "the greatest band in the world".
"I only go by what's on the charts," declared Gallagher in response. "I'm not interested in what's hip to music critics, what I was actually saying when I was saying I was the greatest thing since Elvis Presley was: 'I think I'm the best thing in the Top 40 and I think anybody whose from England would probably agree with that!'."
Oasis are set to release 'Stop The Clocks' on November 20, while 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' will be screened in the UK later this month.
Oasis are the subject of a new photo exihibition due to open on November 13.
In celebration of the new Oasis Best of collection “Stop the Clocks”, an exclusive collection of images taken by Jill Furmanovsky will be on show at FOPP’s flagship store on London’s Tottenham Court Road.
Rockarchive have selected images for the exhibition from Furmanovsky’s Oasis collection “Was There Then.”
She captured Oasis candidly from their beginnings in Manchester key events in their career such as Maine Road in 1995 and to America.
All images at the exhibition will be available for sale for the first time as limited edition signed prints.
For sizes and pricing information, you can get in touch with email@example.com
As previously reported, Oasis are releasing a retrospective 18 track best of “Stop The Clocks” on November 20.
Turning up, playing the new single and looking sanctimonious is often deemed to be sufficient effort for a charity show.
For Pity's Sake, compered by comedian Russell Brand in aid of Focus ("to get people off drugs, rather than get drugs off people"), was different and not merely because of its eye-watering £50 entrance fee and a rare Noel Gallagher solo show.
This was an audience not to be trifled with. Leery, beery gangs of tracksuited, Asbo-wielding blokes hurling lager over each other ensured the unbearably crowded Koko's floors were as slippery as polished ice.
And when the mob spotted Liam Gallagher gazing down upon them from the gods, they chanted his name throughout The Holloways' hopeless sub-Levellers chunter. Brand begged them (the crowd, not the band) to stop. They chanted louder and threw lager at him.
Indeed, it was the sort of evening where DJ Kelly Osbourne (daughter of singer Ozzy and his X-Factor judge wife Sharon) wisely declined to display her breasts, despite the offer chanted by a section of the crowd who referred to themselves as "the lads".
Then, just as it seemed things couldn't get any worse, they got significantly better. Last night's turbo-charged acoustic-set by Carl Barat's new band Dirty Pretty Things ("they don't even have their own instruments!" claimed the awe- struck Brand, although he neglected to explain why) made an effective case for Barat rather than Pete Doherty being the major talent in their band The Libertines.
When Charlatans singer Tim Burgess joined them for a sterling rendition of North Country Boy, the roof wasn't quite raised, but it may have been slightly dislodged.
And them, long after the clock had struck 10 and many members of the audience gave every impression of requiring Focus's assistance, there was Noel Gallagher. Nobody was going to chant for Liam during this set.
Not taking the lazy charity option, Gallagher stripped down his music and underlined why Oasis are so beloved. Whereas Liam stands and swaggers through songs, Noel sat and sang with unadorned tenderness.
Paul Weller joined him to race through The Jam's rarely heard Thick As Thieves with Noel on expert harmony, but the soothed rabble sang along to Wonderwall, a heart-stoppingly beautiful Look Back In Anger and The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever. Sweet charity indeed.
Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller joined forces onstage at a charity gig in London tonight (November 2).
Gallagher, watched by his brother Liam and backed by two bandmates including Oasis guitarist Gem Archer, was joined by the Jam man at KOKO, at a show in aid of drugs charity Focus.
Together they performed Weller's 2005 single 'Come On/Let's Go' and 'Thick As Thieves', a Jam classic from their 1979 album 'Setting Sons'.
Noel also covered his heroes' The Beatles' 1967 classic 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.
Earlier comedian Russell Brand, who organised the night, acted as MC introducing opening act The Holloways, and then Dirty Pretty Things, who stood in for absent Kasabian.
The latter had to cancel their appearence after guitarist Serge Pizzorno came down with laryngitis, or as Noel put it onstage later while dedicating 'Cast No Shadow' to him: "something pretentious like that".
Dirty Pretty Things were joined by their own guest in the form of Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, who sang with Carl Barat on the singles 'Deadwood' and 'Bang Bang You're Dead', as well as his own group's 1997 hit 'North Country Boy'.
Noel, who was playing acoustically (with Archer on electric guitar), played a set including Oasis favourites 'Wonderwall', 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and 'Slide Away', plus rarely performed B-sides 'Fade Away', 'Listen Up' and set opener '(It's Good) To Be Free'.
Noel's full set was:
'(It's Good) To Be Free' 'Talk Tonight' 'Fade Away' 'Cast No Shadow' 'The Importance Of Being Idle' 'Come On/Let's Go' (with Paul Weller) 'Thick As Thieves' (with Paul Weller) 'Wonderwall' 'Half The World Away' 'Slide Away' 'Strawberry Fields Forever' 'Don't Look Back In Anger' 'Married With Children' 'Listen Up'
Noel is now set to reprise the acoustic performance when he plays another sold out show at the Union Chapel in London on November 26 as part of the Little Noise gigs in aid of charity Mencap.
Meanwhile get next week's issue of NME out on UK newsstands from November 8, for a report from KOKO and an exclusive interview with Noel on Oasis' forthcoming best of 'Stop The Clocks'.
Well I’m really into the Kasabian album, but I’ve just got an album in New York by a guy called M. Ward, it’s called Post-War. Fookin’ hell man. I’ve never heard this guy before, and I was doing a photo shoot, as us rock stars generally do, and some guy was playing it in the background. I was like, “What’s that fookin’ music?” And he’s like, [adopts American accent] “Dude, it’s M. Ward.” One of the best albums I’ve ever heard actually.
Why do you live where you do?
Why do I live in London? Because it’s the centre of the universe, young man. I think it’s everybody’s right and duty, if they’re not gonna leave the country that they live in, is to at least live in the capital because it’s the biggest fookin’ city. That’s not strictly true, because you wouldn’t go live in Washington if you were in America. I wouldn’t anyways. London’s the capital of Europe — it’s one of the great six, seven cities of the world. I came for the weekend in 1994 and I’ve never been back to Manchester.
What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Can I pick two that I’ve attended? One was in 1992 at a place called G-Mex in Manchester and it was U2, Public Enemy and Kraftwerk on the same bill. Fookin’ dig that. It was on U2’s Zoo TV tour and it was mind-blowing. I wasn’t even in a band at that point, but it was like, “When I get in a fookin’ band that’s how I’m fookin’ havin’ it.” The second gig was about three years ago when Neil Young was doing his solo acoustic tour of Greendale. It was just him, an acoustic guitar and his mouth organ at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and it was just fookin’ outrageous. He played the whole album from start to finish and you kind of sit there watching him and think, “Fookin’ hell man, I haven’t made it yet.” D’ya know what I mean? He’s the master. And then of course, true to form, you go out and buy the album and it’s absolute dog shit. [The movie] is fookin’ dreadful. I kind of like Neil Young just because he’s fookin’ punk rock, he and Dylan. Crazy old dudes man.
What have been your career highs and lows?
Career high, I guess, is playing at Maine Road in Manchester because it was the grounds of the football team I’ve supported since I was a child [Manchester City FC]. It was the first stadium we played and it was amazing. It was so inconceivable that a kid from around the corner from the football ground would get to play that. And a career low? I don’t know because they’re all part of the story, so they’ve added something in a weird kind of way.
What’s the meanest thing ever said to you before, during or after a gig?
During? I don’t fookin’ listen to what any of those idiots have got to say during a gig. But Lars Ulrich came to see us one night — we tune our own guitars up because we’re still capable of doing that — and he was like, [adopts perfect Ulrich accent] “F-Fuck, you know, you know you guys should really fuckin’ get one of your fuckin’ road crew to tune your guitars. The fuckin’ spaces in between the songs are too long.” And it’s just like, “Look man, I don’t know if anyone’s ever pointed this out to you before, but you’re the fookin’ drummer in Metallica. Now you fookin’ get on with that and leave the rest of it to us.”
What should everyone shut up about?
George Bush, I guess. That’s kind of a lame thing to say though. I mean he’s a scary idiot, everybody knows that, don’t they? So just let him get on with it. He’s not gonna be around in two years anyway, is he? Thank the lord.
What traits do you most like and most dislike about yourself?
What I most dislike about myself is the fact that I think I’m capable of achieving anything. If somebody came up to me and said, “We’re just having a bet over there and my mate reckons that you couldn’t swim the English Channel.” And I’d say, “Really? Gimme the fookin’ trunks!” Now I can’t swim, but I’d still give it a go. Plus, I also interrupt people a lot. That annoys me. I love the fact that I’ve managed to generate myself an extraordinary amount of cash. I really am very proud of that… because it allows me to interrupt people.
What advice should you have taken, but did not?
Don’t fookin’ join your brother’s band. And this is my advice to people: if you’re ever gonna join a band, don’t have any family members in it. It’s wrong. The Everly Brothers and the Kinks will tell you the same fookin’ thing. It always ends in tears. Always.
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
Well, there’s been a healthy turnover of band members, as you probably know. It doesn’t take much to get you fired in Oasis. Not turning up for band meetings is an instant dismissal. And kick someone out of bed? I guess if I was hungry or not and I needed feeding. “Just get on with my fookin’ bacon sandwiches and shut up!” Although, I’ve never done that before in my entire life, you see. I guess any form of flatulence. That would be wrong.
What do you think of when you think of Canada?
I think of being absolutely freezing fookin’ cold. And I also think of this fookin’ weird, weird French influence. What’s that all about? What business have they got over there? Why French? I was in a Dunkin Donuts in Canada, and the menu was in French — the whole thing, right. And I asked the woman for a coffee, and she only spoke French. Now, I’ve taken a lot of drugs in my time mate, but I’ve got to say that the single most frightening experience of my life was thinking, “I could have swore I was fookin’ in Canada when I got off that tour bus. And now I’m in… am I? No. I don’t know.” And then I said to the woman, “You can speak English, can’t you?” And I think she was getting annoyed that I was being a bit rude by that point, because she was only speaking French. I was going, “I know you can speak English. We’re in Canada. And I know you understand what I’m saying.” I may have brought up something about the war and then left.
What is your vital daily ritual?
A cup of very strong tea and a Marlboro Light in the morning. Gotta have that. And at least two hours from the point of opening one’s eyes to the point of getting ready for one’s business. Gotta be two hours. I can’t be getting up and going straight to practice. That’s out of order.
What are your feelings on piracy, internet or otherwise?
See, I like pirates. That’d be a good occupation, wouldn’t it? I’d like to have been a pirate, if I wasn’t a rock star. Some might say pirates are earlier day rock stars. Of course, on the sea. Fook internet piracy. How boring’s that? I just don’t think I have an opinion on that. We’ll leave that to Lars Ulrich. Make an arse of yourself. Hey, if it’s out there for free and you can find it, then good for you. To be quite honest, between me and you, can I say this off the record? I’ve got enough money. I don’t need any more. Lars Ulrich has got enough money. He don’t need anymore. Keith Richards or Paul McCartney have got more money than sense — look at the way they dress. It’s blatantly evident. We’re well paid, us successful people.
What was your most memorable day job?
Being a roadie [for the Inspiral Carpets]. It’s almost up there with being a rock star. In fact, it’s less hassle than being a rock star, but you don’t get paid as much. How do you spoil yourself?
I own a lot of guitars, and if I see one I’ll just buy it. I own lots of shoes. Shoes are important. Since I don’t take drugs anymore, I have a real weakness for guitars and sunglasses.
If I wasn’t playing music I would be...
I guess I’d still be a roadie. I’d be setting guitars up for playing music.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
What does that mean? Get naked and start fooking goblins? I dunno, Viagra?
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
Well, I’m one of the rare breed of rock’n’rollers who I actually does my own shopping. You can catch me at various supermarkets round the west end, buyin’ various household appliances and bits of food, stuff like that. So I kind of mix quite well with the general public, and I don’t mind rubbing shoulders with the mere mortals in the street. I don’t consider myself to be a celebrity. It doesn’t freak me out going to buy a pint of milk. Not like Elton John or Robbie Williams — I don’t lock myself way from society and then claim that people don’t understand me. But, have you met Lars Ulrich? Although he’s a fookin’ geezer and I do love him, he’s a strange character. A strange, strange man. I met William Shatner once, in a lift. He got in a lift we were in and we actually did resist the urge as he pushed the button to his floor, to say, you know what I’m gonna say, don’t you? I don’t need to say it. But we all burst out laughing because we all wanted to say it. You know he’s a midget, and he was kind of looking at us and said, [Adopting a Shatner accent] “Are you in some kind of band?” Well, what? What does that fookin’ mean? We’re in a band. And then he went, “You look like the Doors.” Which one of us exactly?! Who looks like fookin’ Jim Morrison? D’ya know what I mean? “I’m not being Ray Manzarek,” that’s what I said. “Fook that! And I’m certainly not being Robby fookin’ Krieger!”
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Right. What would I serve them? How many can I have? Right, well let’s see, my dining table seats eight, so that’s me and my girlfriend, so that’s six guests. Bono, Bill Hicks, John Lennon… I reckon it’s gonna be a shit party this, innit? Well let’s just do lunch with five, and ham sandwiches I think. And if people didn’t eat meat, just fookin’ eat the salad.
What does or did your mom wish you were doing instead?
My mum? She’s fookin’ havin’ a laugh. My mum actually thought we’d amount to zero, so the fact that I’m a fookin’ major rock star makes her happy. Maybe the fact that I just bought her a new house has something to do with it.
Given the opportunity to choose, how would you like to die?
I’d like to die in my sleep, take a real coward’s way out. Or overdose, preferably on heroin.
Perhaps the most verbally colourful band of the last 25 years, Oasis — primarily songwriter/guitarist/occasional singer Noel and front-man Liam Gallagher — know how to give the right sound bite at the right time without any care. But beyond their big gobs is a collection of songs that took Britain — and a good portion of the world — by storm, in a way unlike any other British band since their heroes: the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. This month, Oasis celebrate their 15-year existence with Stop the Clocks, a collection of the best songs, according to the band. Heavy on selections from their two masterpieces, debut album Definitely Maybe and its follow-up (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, the compilation may throw some off with its unbalanced track listing — namely the complete write-off of their third album, the cocaine-fuelled circus Be Here Now. According to Noel, it’s just about honesty. “You can’t be sentimental about these things. It was just like, ‘If it’s that good, then why haven’t we played it for fookin’ six years?’ Subconsciously, in the back of all our minds, we’ve dismissed [Be Here Now]. Anyway, who’s gonna argue that my best work was done over the first two records, and it’s only recently come back to work over the last two records.” But it’s also about having a laugh too, something the band have done plenty of, even at their own expense over the years. “The middle two, well, not much inspiration going on there… not that anybody out there shouldn’t go out and buy them!”