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Friday, December 01, 2006
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Liam, Noel, Andy and Gem reveal their proudest moments, whether the future of the band lies with Liam or Noel’s songwriting and if the song Stop The Clocks — the title of the new compilation album — will ever surface.
YOU are set to receive the award for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the Brits in February. What has Oasis contributed to the British music scene that other bands haven’t?
SAM LAVIN, Luton
Liam: The music for a start, decent tunes and not comedy music. We brought rock ‘n’ roll vibes back.
Gem: Belief. I remember when we all heard Slide Away and Rock‘n’Roll Star and it was like a revelation. We’ve given bands like Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian a sense of ambition. We showed them it could be done. We came from f*** all to the biggest band in the world in five years. When I drive up to my house in Buckinghamshire I think “Wow, where did it all go right?”
WHAT is your proudest moment since joining Oasis?
GARY BOOTH, by email
Liam: Getting a record deal — someone believing in us to go and see if we were any good.
Gem: Going on tour with my son — he’s ten. And I was very proud because he held his own.
Noel: Hearing “That’s Supersonic by Oasis” on daytime Radio 1 was mindblowing at the time. We get a bit blasé about it now. Making my mam proud, I think. When we first had a single she never really understood what we were up to. My mam is colossal.
LIAM, how do you present a new song to Noel? How critical has he been?
PAUL LEAHY, Ireland
Liam: I don’t present them to him, he just sort of hears them. Even if it’s good he’ll walk out the room. He doesn’t encourage anyone, all he cares about is his f***ing self. He does his thing and I do mine — Gem’s more of an encouragement than Noel.
ANDY and Gem, how nervous were you the first time you played for Noel and Liam?
WES GERRARD, Leicester
Andy: There was definitely some nerves going on. Noel called me and said he needed a bass player but I was a guitar player so I had to learn that. But as soon as I walked through the door they were very
welcoming and chilled me out.
Gem: I got my nerves out of the way before I even put my guitar in the case. You can’t be nervous or else you price yourself out of the game. I think anticipation is the word.
EVERY Oasis fan knows the existence of the song Stop The Clocks. Noel even said it was the best track he’d ever written. When will we hear it?
MATT ROGERS, Welling
Liam: I don’t think Our Kid can get it right. I don’t think it’s the best he’s written — it’s a tune but not his best. He’s done about four versions but he’s not happy with it so it’s a bit of a nightmare.
Andy: It is an amazing tune. It has quite a heavy theme to it and we’ve had a few goes at it. We’ll get it right one day.
Noel: Every time I write a new song I say it’s the best ever! But it’s not the best thing I’ve ever written. There are about ten different versions and I can’t decide on which one. It’s a good song, the lyrics are great.
WHAT’S your favourite Oasis video?
STEVE SMITH, by email
Liam: I think all our videos are sh*t. It’s not that I don’t like doing them, just that they’re always sh*t.
Noel: The Importance of Being Idle because I’m not in it. I f***ing hate doing videos.
WHAT is the craziest night you have had with another band?
BOBBY CORRIGAN, Paisley
Liam: New York with Kasabian and Jet. It was mental. We were jumping off the bar and just acting like three-year-olds. It was a top night.
Gem: Liam’s birthday in America with Jet and Kasabian. We had a massive party. Half the people there were on acid. We were in the middle of the desert and midgets gave Liam his birthday cake and made up their own midget rap! They were stood on a table, rapping to Liam. It was one of those moments that you join a band for.
Noel: With Kasabian — every night on the American tour we kissed the sky. I’d tour with them the rest of my days. Tom Meighan is a colossal geezer. There are similarities between Tom and Liam, and me and Serge. I love that band. It reminds me of when I first met The Verve.
FOLLOWING Liam’s success as a song writer, does Noel see Oasis’s future in the hands of the younger brother?
JOE BIRCHLEY, Nottingham
Liam: I don’t think I’m a songwriter; I just do what I do. I just do my little thing with my guitar in a room I think it’s the b******s of course but if Noel thinks it’s all right to go on the record then it goes on. I’m not arsed either way because I get my kicks from singing songs. I’d never do my own records as it’s got to be Oasis.
Noel: Maybe yes. He said: “No” because he’s a lightweight but in the studio he’s always giving how good he is. But when it comes down to it he’s a sh** arse. He could carry it but he won’t because he hasn’t got the nerve.
RAZORLIGHT, Kasabian and the Arctic Monkeys all say they wouldn’t be in bands today if it hadn’t been for Oasis. How proud does it make you feel?
KEVIN QUINN, Edinburgh
Liam: It makes me proud when it comes from Kasabian but not f****** Razorlight.
Noel: It makes me proud as I love all those groups and The Coral too.
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