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    Wednesday, February 28, 2007


      Following the Bad Boy Brothers



    The absurd Gallagher brothers make for good TV, writes Natalie Craig.
    'It's hard to be modest at times like these so I won't even try . . . You are all shite."

    Such is the wisdom of Oasis: the greatest band in the world. Ever. For Liam and Noel Gallagher, there is no disputing this. Last month's Brit award for their outstanding contribution to music just reinforced what the brothers from Manchester already know. They rock.

    Oasis: There We Were, Now Here We Are documents the birth of Oasis in the early 1990s, their plague of popularity and the troubled production of their first album, Definitely Maybe. But, director Dick Carruthers avers, this is not just another making-of film.


    "It was a straightforward idea: put together a 10th-anniversary DVD of the making of the album," he explains. "But it turned out to be absolutely hilarious. You can hear me laughing in the background all the way through."

    The Gallagher brothers intended the DVD as a piece of memorabilia, but their banter made it worthy of prime-time television. "We're not rock stars, we're lads," Noel says, "and we're going to be famous forever."

    Carruthers had been working with Oasis for 10 years when he made the 2004 documentary, and considers himself a friend. The former Rolling Stones crew member says his interview style is to "let boys be boys".
    "You don't need to turn your phones off and you don't need to say 'silence', then ask a formal question. It never works. I'd say if you want to smoke, smoke; if you want to have a drink, fine."

    Carruthers' interview style allows for some incredibly candid comments. Noel is even forthright about his rather derivative guitar style: "I always ended up playing the same guitar solo over different songs, hoping no one will notice."
    Then again, he once famously claimed: "I'm not like John Lennon, who thought he was the great Almighty. I just think I'm John Lennon."

    But interviews with original band members Mani, Tony and Mark, as well as tour managers and record company executives, confirm a prodigious talent and capacity for hard work.

    "The real story that is there is that they were this amazing band straight off the starting blocks and everybody knew it."

    Carruthers regards Oasis as the antithesis of every other band around at the time - the "shoe-gazing" set. They were well-rehearsed, productive and very, very loud. Most importantly, they managed to capture the feeling of a generation of young Britons.


    "Definitely Maybe made a very defined statement," Carruthers says, "which was 'Look, this place is a shithole, but I'm very grateful and happy to be alive and I feel great about it.' You had Nirvana and grunge saying, 'I hate myself and I want to die,' and Liam singing, 'I want to live forever'."

    Carruthers says it was important to him to focus on the music and not the sensational stories that have followed the band since its inception. "Oasis are about their music first and foremost . . . There's been dust-ups, legendarily so in some cases, but nobody would be interested in a couple of lads from Burnage having a dust-up if they weren't these amazing musicians."

    Noel and Liam are interviewed separately in the film and are typically abusive. But Carruthers says their antipathy is another misconception.

    "They do love each other . . . There's a deep relationships going on there. There may be an element of the classic band thing - the singer would love to be a brilliant guitarist but isn't, and vice versa."

    Carruthers has been Oasis' official videographer since 1995 and has seen the way their concerts affect people. "I know I'm biased but I have shot so many Oasis gigs and I've seen the way that the crowd goes nuts. They have got to be one of the greatest bands of all time."

    Whether you agree with Carruthers or not, There We Were, Now Here We Are is hilarious rock'n'roll. They may be musical geniuses, they may be circus monkeys, but if there's one thing this documentary confirms, it's that Liam and Noel are ridiculous in the sublime.

    "Sure I love Liam," Noel once asserted, "but not as much as I love Pot Noodles."
    Oasis: There We Were, Now Here We Are screens Saturday at 10.20pm on SBS (Australia).



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      The Gossip gets Praise from Noel

    Noel Gallagher compliments Beth Ditto's voice

    The Gossip have revealed that Oasis are big fans of theirs.

    Speaking exclusively in this week's issue of NME, frontwoman Beth Ditto said that Noel Gallagher complimented her voice.

    Ditto said the band were personally invited to Oaisis BRIT Awards afterparty. She said: "Noel Gallagher said I had one of the best voices in rock. To me that's great.

    "I had a huge Oasis poster on my wall when I was in junior high. This was Arkansas, where no-one has heard of Oasis."




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    Tuesday, February 27, 2007


      Noel takes in Kings of Leon Show

    Noel Gallagher and Brandon Flowers watch Shockwaves NME Awards Show

    Kings of Leon returned to action in front of an A-list indie crowd tonight

    Playing a Shockwaves NME Awards Show at the London Astoria, the VIP balcony was crowded including self-confessed "fan" Noel Gallagher, The Killers' Brandon Flowers who was attending his first headlining show by the Followill clan, members of Hard Fi and Travis frontman Fran Healy.

    Taking to the stage, the band - dressed in skin tight denim and all sporting clean shaven faces - said little except to periodically thank the crowd as their powered through their set.

    Kings of Leon took the opportunity to preview songs from their forthcoming album 'Because Of The Times', including tracks 'My Party' and 'Mcfearless' along with the likes of 'Milk' and 'Spiral Staircase' from their first two records.


    source: Nme.com



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    Monday, February 26, 2007


      Teenage Cancer Trust Gig Line Up

    SHACK have been confirmed as the opening act for both nights of Noel Gallagher's semi acoustic shows at the Royal Albert Hall in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust on the 26th and 27th March. See the below line up for each show.

    Monday 26th March

    * Noel Gallagher
    * The View
    * SHACK

    Tuesday 27th March

    * Noel Gallagher
    * The Coral
    * SHACK


    source: oasisinet.com



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    Friday, February 23, 2007


      Liam attacks photographer




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    Thursday, February 22, 2007


      Noel Gallagher and Gem to perform in Russia

    NOEL GALLAGHER & GEM UNPLUGGED IN MOSCOW

    Noel Gallagher & Gem of Oasis have confirmed they’ll be bringing their semi-acoustic roadshow to Moscow next month, appearing at Club B1 on Friday 23rd March. This will be the first time anyone from Oasis has ever performed in Russia. The show, which has already received rave reviews in North America, Australia and Europe, will be a once in a lifetime chance to see the pair play a whole host of classic Oasis tracks in an intimate venue.

    Ticket are available to purchase now from; www.concert.ru or (T) +7 495 644 22 22



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      Nelly Furtado hooks up with her Idols Oasis

    The Maneater hooked up with the Mancs backstage at the Brits...
    Nelly Furtado was left hot and bothered after hooking up with her idols Oasis backstage at last Wednesday's (February 14) Brit Awards.

    The singer, who revealed she used to write the Gallagher brother letters when she was a teen such was her love, said being at the same bash as them was surreal.

    “I was watching the show and the paparazzi were taking photos of Oasis and after a certain point, some of them turned their cameras and were taking pictures of me watching Oasis, and I thought, 'This has definitely come full circle,'" she told MTV News

    "I've met Noel Gallagher before, but (after the awards) I ran over to Liam and said, ‘Hi, hi, I’m Nelly, I’m a big fan, and you were great tonight’, and he went, ‘Oh right - I like your song’, and I’m like, ‘Which one? 'All Good Things Come To An End'? And he’s like, ‘Yeh, that one', and I’m like, ‘Chris Martin helped me write it', and then he goes, ‘Oh, then I hate it, it’s rubbish.'”

    Damn - the love was ever so nearly reciprocated there...

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      The Day Elsie (95) met Liam Gallagher

    PENSIONER Elsie Swann meets two members of the pop supergroup Oasis and asks: "Who are you?"

    Elsie, aged 95, was outside film studios in London when her carer, Christine Jenking, noticed Liam Gallagher and fellow band member Andy Bell leaving the building.

    Mrs Jenking gathered the courage to ask the two pop stars if she could take a photograph of them with Elsie. They happily obliged.

    But Elsie hadn't a clue who she was being photographed with.
    "She was delighted to have her photograph taken, despite not knowing who Oasis were," said Mrs Jenking, the 53-year-old leisure and activity co-ordinator at Atherstone's Bracebridge Court old people's centre, who accompanied resident, Elsie, on an outing to London.

    "I couldn't believe it when I saw them coming out of the building.
    "There was only me and Elsie there - in the right place at the right time.
    "I said 'excuse me, excuse me, but are you with Oasis?'
    "I felt really silly. I asked them if they minded if I took a photo of them with Elsie.
    "The lads were lovely."


    Elsie, though, couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.
    Mrs Jenking said: "She asked 'who are you?'

    "Then she looked over at me and said 'you worry me, you do, talking to these strange men.'
    "It just summed up the generation gap between us."

    The nonagenarian is a retired school cook who took evacuees into her home in Grendon, near Atherstone, during the war. Her grandchildren, Gareth and Helen, are said to have been impressed by Elsie's brush with celebrity.

    Mrs Jenking said: "They think it's great that their grandma has been photographed with two members of Oasis.


    "I'd got my old camera with me and I was shaking like a leaf, but the lads were wonderful.
    "They got into a car and even waved at Elsie as they drove off. They were smashing."

    Mrs Jenking has now bought Elsie, who is partially sighted, an Oasis CD!


    source: iccoventry.icnetwork.co.uk



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    Monday, February 19, 2007


      Noel not happy with Liam's Vocal Performance at Brits?

    NOEL GALLAGHER has issued an ultimatum to brother LIAM — sort your voice out or forget recording another OASIS album. Noel was furious with Liam’s below-par performance at the Brit Awards on Wednesday night.He reckons the rocker’s vocals on hits including Cigarettes & Alcohol failed to match his status as a member of the band that won the Outstanding Contribution gong.

    And he told Liam that he needs to rediscover the brilliant, roaring notes that made him the best frontman of his generation . . . otherwise Oasis are no more.

    A source said: Noel had some harsh words for Liam after the show.

    “He thought Liam’s voice was too nasal and well off his best. He reckons his singing is becoming more pub karaoke than professional.

    “Liam wanted to perform Songbird but Noel told him, ‘No chance’. That started a problem beforehand and then they had a huge row over who should keep the award.”

    The source added: “The band had their own sound team so there was no excuse for Liam not being on the money. The arguments have rumbled on since and they’re barely speaking.”

    I have to agree with Noel.

    I thought Oasis were brilliant at the Brits, blasting out an explosion of sound at Earl’s Court. But the crowd’s singing drowned out Liam’s vocals.

    Having watched it back on TV, he seemed short of breath and strained his voice to the point where he sounded like a caricature of himself. His swagger was still superb and attitude seeped from every pore.

    But only Noel got his vocals spot-on during the short set. He absolutely nailed Don’t Look Back In Anger.

    In the past six months Noel has been performing more solo gigs, which must irk his younger brother.

    An Oasis album is rumoured for the end of 2007 — even though they fulfilled their album deal with Sony with Stop The Clocks — and other labels are queueing up to sign them. There was talk on Wednesday that Liam wasn’t too keen to accept the Brit award.

    Perhaps that’s why his singing was not up to scratch.

    Here’s hoping it was a one-off and he proves Noel wrong.

    The buzz the lads created at the awards proved they are as popular as ever.

    I’m sure Liam will shiiiine again.

    source: The Sun



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    Friday, February 16, 2007


      In his own words: The one and only Noel Gallagher

    On Tony Blair

    "It was a big deal, the landslide and all that, and everybody got carried away. We thought it was going to be John F Kennedy and for a year or two it was. Unfortunately for this Labour Government, they are going to be saddled with the Iraq war and nobody can get around that."

    On Labour

    "Politics is like football for me. Labour is my team and even if you don't like a striker you don't give up supporting the whole team."

    On the United States

    "Whenever there is a conservative, Bible-waving half-wit ruling in the White House - whether it's Bush, his father or Reagan - there is war."

    On Baroness Thatcher

    "It annoys me that the biggest political icon from the last 30 years has been Margaret Thatcher, someone who tried to destroy the working class... it freaks me out you know."

    On David Cameron

    "It's like a songwriter who's eternally ripping off someone else's song and just changing the odd line a little."

    On Pete Doherty

    "Pete's always been an absolute gentleman to me and my missus. He's incredibly well-read and he's got a good soul. I tell you what, he needs to wash his hands more, but that's about it."

    On fame

    "When we started off, we wanted the girls, the cocaine, the fur coats. It wasn't like it was an act; it was almost like working-class people winning the pools. We went bananas."

    "Next year I hope to get a stalker or two because I don't believe you've arrived until you get a stalker."

    On drugs

    "I liked drugs, I was good at them."

    On giving them up

    "After you make the decision it is quite easy. And I am quite proud of the fact that I didn't have to check into one of those dodgy clinics."

    On 1993-1998

    "I can hardly remember a thing."

    On playing the guitar

    "I've never considered myself a very good guitarist. I always end up playing the same guitar solo over different songs, and hoping no one will notice."

    On religion

    "I hope we mean more to people than putting money in a church basket. Has God played Knebworth lately?"

    On fame in America

    "I could walk out the hotel and probably stand in the middle of Broadway naked and everyone would go, 'Ah, who's he'?"

    On money

    "I've got everything I want. I could go and buy two of everything now - that just gets boring."

    On happiness

    "Listen, I've got £87m in the bank. I've got a Rolls Royce. I've got three stalkers. I'm about to go on the board at Manchester City. I'm part of the greatest band in the world. Am I happy with that? No I'm not! I want more!"

    On Oasis

    "We just believe we're the best band in the world. We're not arrogant, that's just a fact."

    On Liam

    "He is Abbott to my Costello, he is Cannon to my Ball, he is Little to my Large."

    On Robbie Williams

    "He's a f**kin' circus monkey!"

    On himself

    "I'm not like John Lennon, who thought he was the great Almighty. I just think I'm John Lennon.

    On booze

    "I know I've got Irish blood because I wake up every day with a f**kin' hangover.

    On growing up

    "Once you've been knocked virtually unconscious on the floor by your Dad and you know you're not going to die, you're not afraid of anything."

    "I was on the verge of saying to my daughter, 'There is no Father Christmas' - I'm looking forward to breaking the news in about two years."

    On fatherhood

    "I'm kind of like most dads. I love kids, but I struggle with the responsibility."

    On his own father

    "As far as I'm concerned, I haven't got a father. He's not a father to me, y'know? I don't respect him in any way whatsoever."

    On philosophy

    "Progression is going forwards. Going backwards is regression. Going sideways is just aggression."

    On receiving a gong

    "It is hard to be modest at times like these so I won't even try... you are all s***e."

    On Paul McCartney

    "Paul McCartney, one of the best songwriters of all time, has only produced manure for the past 25 years."

    On Kylie

    "Kylie Minogue is just a demonic little idiot as far as I'm concerned. She gets cool dance producers to work with her for some bizarre reason, I don't know why. She doesn't even have a good name. It's a stupid name, Kylie, I just don't get it."

    On George Michael

    "He's now trying to make social comment, this is the guy who hid who he actually was from the public for 20 years. Now, all of a sudden, he's got something to say about the way of the world. I find it laughable. That's even before you get to the song, which is diabolical."

    On Michael Jackson

    "I respected him when he was proper artist before he started getting into all this cosmetic surgery shit. When he was in the Jackson Five, he was a genius. Now he's just a f**kin' freak, man."

    On hip hop

    "I despise hip hop. Loathe it. Eminem is an idiot and I find 50 Cent the most distasteful character I have ever crossed in my life. I just don't like the dragging women around on dog leads and all that stuff. I'm not f**king having that."

    On Britney

    "'Hit Me Baby One More Time' is a classic tune, but she didn't write it, she just mimed it on telly a few times. I don't get the Britney thing."

    On Live8

    Correct me if I am wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is on a quick 15-minute break at Gleneagles and sees Annie Lennox singing 'Sweet Dreams' and thinks, 'F**k me, she might have a point there, you know'. It's not going to f**king happen, is it?"

    On his own work

    "'Wonderwall' - that's virtually every bird between the ages of 30 and 36's favourite f**king song... 'Live Forever', in 1993. That changed everything. Before that everything sounded indie."

    On the possibility of life on other planets

    "If I saw an alien, I'd tell it to f**k right off because whatever planet he came from they wouldn't have the Beatles or any decent f**king music... I ain't going nowhere with them."


    source: belfasttelegraph



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      Havoc and Fun at the Oasis Brits after Party

    NOEL KICKS CELEBS OUT OF PARTY

    FOR many celebs, it was a humiliating night they'd rather forget.

    One after another they rolled up at the Oasis Brit's after show party - only to be turned away in front of photographers and scores of mere mortals.

    Many begged bouncers to be let into the ultra-trendy Cuckoo Club in London's West End early yesterday morning - but Noel Gallagher was standing behind the door, personally vetting each one, and cruelly rejecting anyone he didn't like.
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    Laughing, Noel told us: "We're throwing our own party so we can snub people and not let them in."

    Among those sent packing were James Morrison (who'd just won a Brit!), Badly-Drawn Boy, Suggs from Madness, Alex Zane, Sadie Frost and Jamie Callum. They were all forced to do the walk of shame back to their cars.

    Amusingly, one of the few bands allowed in were double winners the Arctic Monkeys - even though they had snubbed the Brits ceremony itself.

    Noel took his role as chief bouncer very seriously - when he wasn't standing behind the door checking who wanted entry, he was approving each name personally as messages were ferried to him by door staff.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, while Noel was on door duty, his brother Liam was causing a riot outside the club. It started with him scrawling on snappers' lenses and bald heads with a permanent marker pen.

    An autograph hunter was left concussed, cars were smashed, and punches were thrown as chaos reigned. While Liam unleashed terror outside, we watched from our brilliant vantage spot inside, while pampered celebs were sent packing. We laughed as they pleaded and whimpered with bouncers that they had been invited - only to be turned away. It wasn't as if the place was even full. Those lucky enough to be allowed in included Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, The Kooks, Carl Barat, The Fratellis and Corinne Bailey Rae.

    After a few beers, Noel really warmed to his role, and perhaps our favourite spat was when he realised Alex Zane had got past him with Sadie Frost.

    The Roll With It star ordered his doorstaff to remove Zane from the dancefloor and boot him out! Sadie was left fuming and pleaded with staff to let Alex stay - only to flounce out in protest.

    Another highlight came when Keith Allen arrived with his mate Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough. Keith was let in but when Damon was rejected he ranted into his phone and hung around for 20 minutes before sloping off home. Undeterred by losing his drinking-buddy, Keith danced around like a madman.

    Meanwhile Liam, who should have got an award for Outstanding Contribution To Causing Trouble, sat in a booth looking spaced, randomly shouting at people as they walked by.

    And considering the Manc lads' difficult relationship, it was something of a miracle that Noel even allowed his own brother into the party!

    source: The Mirror
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      NME Interview with Noel Gallagher

    NME: Congratulations on your BRIT award.

    "Yeah, we're finally up there with the Eurythmics, Sting and Bob Geldof. I don't think congratulations are in order, to be honest. We're taking it now because otherwise they're going to ask us every year. It seemed the right time. We'd put out 'Stop The Clocks' and we're all under 40. So we just decided, 'Fuck it, lets do it now'.

    How do the NME Awards compare with the Brits?

    "The NME Awards are more natural. You get in there, get pissed, go off and get more pissed."

    How important was the NME to your success?

    "I think we should be proud, but so should the NME. I used to read it every week back in the 80s, and it would always say: 'Keep a look out for this lot, they'll take over the world' - for once it actually happened! We're the band that came out of those pages, took indie into the mainstream, gave every single band of the day ambition and inspired a whole generation of kids of who are coming through now. Enjoy it, it may never happen again. To paraphrase Elvis, I'm just glad I was lucky enough to be Elvis."

    When did you realise Oasis were going to be so huge?

    "When we released 'Cigarettes And Alcohol'. I was dead against releasing a fourth single from the album but it became the biggest selling single off 'Definitely Maybe'! I think that album had the same effect as 'Never Mind The Bollocks'. Those two albums were the most important albums of the last 40 years. Bands are still forming because of both those albums."

    Where do you see your musical legacy in the current scene?

    "It's difficult to say, but it's there because you get told how many bands formed because of that album. When I first met the Arctic Monkeys they came in our dressing room and Alex was saying he got a guitar because of Oasis. So I asked him 'How old were you when 'Definitely Maybe' came out?'. He was nine! That fucking bent my head."

    People are calling your Britpop rival Damon Albarn the Bowie of his generation - what does that make you?

    "He's Bowie because he's always changing? Oh well, we're Slade - I'm Noddy Holder! (laughs). I've got a lot of respect for Damon, I really do mean it. Because I'm indifferent to Damon he thinks that I think he's a cunt. Our Liam will talk to him, I won't because he's just another singer in a band to me, but I don't think he's a cunt. Good luck to him!"

    So what's next? New album?

    "Our producer Dave Sardy is coming over for the BRITs so I guess we'll have a chat and kick around some ideas. I've got eight songs that I'm pretty happy with. Liam has got one or two that he thinks are brilliant. We're waiting for Gem and Andy. 'Don't Believe The Truth' has been a very healthy kick in the arse. From 'Be Here Now' we've finished albums and I've thought 'We can do better than that'. When that one was finished I thought 'Fucking hell, this is good!'. I've found myself throwing a lot of songs away as a result. That's healthy. I fancy doing something more elaborate with this one. It's about time."



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    Thursday, February 15, 2007


      Brits 2007 Performance


    Rock N Roll Star


    Cigarettes and Alcohol, Meaning of Soul, (What's the Story) Morning Glory


    Don't Look Back in Anger



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      The wisdom of Noel Gallagher

    Last night’s Brit Awards confirmed that the Oasis badboy has become a rare voice of reason in Britain’s preening and conformist pop scene.

    At 39 years of age, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is worried about becoming just another rock dinosaur. In the run-up to last night’s Brit Awards, he declared: ‘We’re finally up there with the Eurythmics, Sting and Bob Geldof. So I’m not really sure that congratulations are in order….’

    In fact, Gallagher did deserve the Brits’ Outstanding Contribution to Music Award – if only because in recent years the Oasis badboy and king of Nineties Britpop has become a rare voice of reason on the British music scene. They are sad times indeed when otherwise unremarkable statements of common sense become worthy of note. Yet Gallagher’s tirades against the ridiculous and famous are soundbites of rationality in a pop culture dominated by the bien-pensant and self-regarding.

    Consider his recent outburst against the worthy and po-faced Radiohead. ‘Thom Yorke [singer of Radiohead] sat at a piano singing “This is fucked up” for half an hour. We all know that, Mr Yorke. Who wants to sing the news? No matter how much you sit their twiddling, going, “We’re all doomed”, at the end of the day people will always want to hear you play Creep. Get over it.’ In a few well-aimed lines, Gallagher demolishes the delusions of the new ‘progressive’ rock.

    It isn’t only the more epicene types who get bashed by Gallagher for being un-rock’n’roll. The (supposedly) punk band Green Day doesn’t live up to his standards either: ‘They consider themselves to be – and I quote – “a kick-ass rock’n’roll band”. They could not be less kick-ass if they tried.’

    Gallagher has also attacked that most saintly of rock stars, Bono. He recently dismissed Bono’s pretensions to be the saviour of the world’s poor: ‘Play One, shut the fuck up about Africa.’ The mass guilt-assuagement exercise that was Live 8, which took place in venues around the world in 2005, also fell foul of the Mancunian’s political instincts: ‘Correct me if I’m wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is on a quick 15-minute break at Gleneagles and sees Annie Lennox singing Sweet Dreams and thinks, “Fuck me, she might have a point there, you know?” And Keane doing Somewhere Only We Know and some Japanese businessman going, “Aw, look at him…we should really fucking drop that debt, you know.” It’s not going to happen, is it?’

    Okay, it might come across as cynical, but Gallagher nails the ridiculousness of the idea that playing a few pop songs on a summer’s day could help to lift sections of the world out of poverty. To most people who don’t have a Messiah’s To-Do List, Gallagher’s criticisms of Live 8 probably come across as fairly reasonable statements of political realism, yet he is often denounced for being ‘bratty’. He can probably live with that, when the alternative is to become one of those ‘arseholes’ (his word), like Elton John and Robbie Williams whom Gallagher has chastised for ‘lock[ing] themselves off from humanity’ and being too scared to go out and buy a pint of milk by themselves. Nor does he have much sympathy with Williams for checking himself into a clinic to deal with drug problems: ‘If you take drugs, you end up in rehab unless you’re a fucking rock like me - and then you just give them up.’

    George Michael gets similar treatment. In response to the ex-Wham man’s crude song and video Shoot the Dog, which satirised Bush and Blair, Gallagher said: ‘He’s… trying to make social comment, this is the guy who hid who he actually was from the public for 20 years. Now, all of a sudden, he’s got something to say about the way of the world. I find it laughable.’

    Gallagher’s own anti-war position seems more credible. ‘Blair made an almighty cock-up about going to war in Iraq’, he says. Gallagher hardly possesses anything like a sophisticated political analysis (‘I only get political every five years and that’s when I get my ballot paper’, he has said, as well as declaring: ‘Labour is my team and even if you don’t like a striker you don’t give up supporting the whole team’.) Yet his take on the Iraq debacle was far better than that of anti-war singers who signed up with the Tony BLIAR and anti-‘EVIL BUSH’ brigade. ‘When people go on about [Iraq] it’s like they’re suggesting that if anybody else had been in power they wouldn’t have gone in with the Americans. After World War II we always have sided with the Americans…. Don’t think for one moment David Cameron wouldn’t have sent the troops in, or the other guy from the Liberals.’

    Gallagher remains quite sober about his own flirtations with the New Labour elite. Of his 1997 visit to Downing Street, after which Oasis were described as ‘Labour’s in-house band’, Gallagher says: ‘I have no regrets about going. I was only in my twenties at the time, and I thought – “he wants to meet ME? Well, fucking bring it ON!”’ He adds: ‘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 may not win any Outstanding Contribution Awards for manning the barricades, but he has the foresight to see faux-radicalism for what it really is: ‘Greens are fucking hippies with no place in the world. They’ve been telling us for the last 50 years not to use aerosols or the sky’s going to fall in.’ He nails the miserabilism of today’s eco-movements: ‘How do you suggest we get 50 million Chinese not to have a fridge? Or get 700 million Americans to stop using their big stupid cars?’

    Speaking to the Sun in November last year, Gallagher slated the green movement’s apocalyptic predictions: ‘[Our children] won’t be sitting there going: “Dad, you shouldn’t have brought me into this world.” Kids adapt.’ Simplistic, maybe, but surely preferable to the green whining of contemporary bands such as Razorlight.

    Rock stars used to delight in riding roughshod over received wisdom; most of today’s bland bands parrot received wisdom and it’s been left pretty much to Noel Gallagher to say, not very sophisticatedly, ‘What the fuck…?’ It is a bit sad when you find yourself celebrating the wisdom of a man who has made a career out of plagiarising other people’s songs and being only a little bit less of a twat than his brother. But in a world where rebellion has become just another gimmick, Gallagher’s antagonistic streak is refreshing.

    I mean, if we’re going to have celebrities, surely we would rather that they spouted nonsense and meant it rather than affecting to be whiter than white. As Gallagher put it himself, talking about his band’s reputation for bad behaviour: ‘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”?’

    source: spiked online



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      Oasis at the Brits


    Oasis have concluded this year's BRIT Awards collecting their Outstanding Contribution To Music gong tonight (February 14) at the ceremony in London.

    The band were presented with the prize by ceremony host and friend Russell Brand.

    Collecting the award Liam Gallagher declared "Seeing as we don't get nominated for this shit any more I supposed this will have to do!"

    Noel Gallagher meanwhile thanked "anyone who brought our records".

    The band then concluded the ceremony playing a short set of the following songs:

    * 'Cigarettes & Alcohol'
    * 'The Meaning Of Soul'
    * 'Morning Glory'
    * 'Don't Look Back In Anger'
    * 'Rock 'N' Roll Star'




    sources: nme.com & Brits



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    Wednesday, February 14, 2007


      Noel: There's Nothing Left To Vote For

    Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher has hit out at political leaders - saying "there's nothing left to vote for". The rocker said he didn't expect Britain to get any better if Gordon Brown became the next Prime Minister because he was "no different from David Cameron. And he said the media had made Tony Blair into a "president", adding: "It's no wonder he acts like one."

    He was interviewed by BBC2's Newsnight as his band received a Brit Award for its Outstanding Contribution.

    He said: "David Cameron is no different from Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown is no different from David Cameron.

    "They're all cut from the cloth and it annoys me that the biggest political icon from the last 30 years has been Margaret Thatcher, someone who tried to destroy the working class...it freaks me out you know.

    "So I don't really think there's anything left to vote for. That's why people don't vote.....why people would rather vote for celebrity talent show than would vote for politics."

    Gallagher criticised Mr Cameron for refusing to admit or deny using drugs while a schoolboy.

    "To say no comment is typical of him and his party copping out



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      Oasis Discuss New Album Plans

    Oasis have discussed the progress on their new album in this week's issue of NME.

    The band, who grace three limited edition covers of the Special Oasis Tribute Issue edition of NME , said they are taking tentative steps towards planning the follow up to 2005's 'Don't Believe The Truth'.

    Noel Gallagher said: "Our producer Dave Sardy is coming over for the BRITS so I guess we'll have a chat and kick around some ideas. I've got eight songs that I'm pretty happy with.

    "Liam has got one of two that he thinks are brilliant. I fancy doing something more elaborate with this one. It's about time."

    Also in this week's NME there's an Oasis A-Z, and an exclusive look at who's playing which festivals this year.




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      Oasis' set list for Brits revealed

    Oasis are to close tonight's (February 14) BRIT Awards ceremony by playing five of their classic songs. The band are to receive the Lifetime Achievement award from Beatles legend Ringo Starr at the bash, which takes place at London's Earls Court.

    The group are then scheduled to perform 'Cigarettes & Alcohol', 'The Meaning Of Soul', 'Morning Glory', 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and 'Rock 'N' Roll Star'.

    Other artists performing on the evening are Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Take That, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Corinne Bailey Rae.

    The acts up for multiple awards this evening include Lily Allen, Muse and Gnarls Barkley.

    source : nme.com



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      "Oasis will be like Sting at the Brits" Noel Jokes.

    Noel Gallagher has joked Oasis will be just like "Sting" after they win the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at tonight's BRITs.

    The guitarist is unsure of whether he should be proud to receive the honour because it means his band is officially getting old.

    He told Britain's NME magazine, "We're finally up there with Sting, Eurythmics and Sir Bob Geldof, so I'm not sure that congratulations are in order."

    "We're taking it now because otherwise they're going to ask us every year. It seemed the right time. We'd put out our 'best of' album, 'Stop The Clocks', and we're all under 40. So we just decided, 'F**k it, let's just do it now.'

    "Despite Oasis' wild reputation, Noel has warned anyone expecting him and brother Liam to bring some drunken anarchy to the ceremony this year will be left disappointed.

    The rocker, who is famed for his hellraising behaviour, insists they want to close the show with a blistering performance and then get drunk.

    He said, "I hope people aren't waiting for us to smash the place up or something. We're just going to play five songs, have a party and get f***ed.

    "We haven't got anything special planned, we're not that sort of band. The organisers did say, 'Can you do a medley of your greatest hits?' But I find that slightly pretentious.

    "Oasis have livened up many BRITs ceremonies with their outrageous antics. In 1996, a drunken Liam famously insulted the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence on stage as he collected an award with the band, saying: "Has beens shouldn't be giving awards to gonna bes!"

    The group have won several BRITs during their career, including Best British Breakthrough Act in 1995 and Best British Album in 1996 for '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?'.

    source: Bang Showbiz 2007



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    Tuesday, February 13, 2007


      Noel's Virgin Radio Interview

    Christian O'Connell talks to Noel Gallagher

    Monday 12 February, 2007

    C: Outstanding achievement award but your only 39. What’s going on?

    N: Yeah they must have run out of people to give it to I don’t know. If Weller hadn’t done it last year I don’t think we’d have bothered, its not the first time they’ve asked us, first the initial reaction was no, then we started thinking we either do it now when we look good or do we succumb in ten years time when we just turned the corner, we still all can legitimately wear the leather jackets and it appealed to us that we’d be the youngest band to get it. When they do the retrospective film we won’t look too cheesy.

    I don’t think many bands going to go from best newcomer to getting an outstanding achievement award probably Coldplay are the next ones in line they could probably do it, but they never got best newcomer.

    C: What knowledge have you learnt?

    N: About making records I’ve learnt if it’s not going well don’t panic its best to go home take a few weeks off, don’t try and chase something that’s not there. Everything in moderation would be the one golden rule whether its drink or the other nice sweeties.

    I don’t want to sound like the drummer out of Spinal Tap but just enjoy it. I never thought it would get this far for this long and I’m still enjoying it now if we get another ten years out of it- brilliant

    C: In a lot of interviews people make it sound like fame is such an awful burden and a miserable life for them- Keane for instance.

    N: Some people do. I’d like to see the background they came of because if this is a struggle then they must have been living the life of Riley before they recorded. Me personally if it wasn’t for this I would be out there shovelling snow or either on a motorway or a building site. So when it came along I embrace it-it’s a great thing. You can always say no to people asking for autographs. Can I get a quick picture? no fuck off! Can I get an autograph? No!


    C: You always sound like someone who keeps it as real as possible.

    N: I got up at 9 this morning and there was no milk in the fridge, nothing.

    C: Don’t you have staff to sort that out?

    N: I didn’t get where I was today by spunking money off staff. So at 9:20 this morning I was up at Marylebone High street in a blizzard but I like all that it keeps your feet off the ground.

    C: Are you a good cook?

    N: My mrs sarah is an outstanding cook. If I’m going shopping I need strict instructions on what to buy. I love it when she goes back to Scotland for the weekend-chicken and mushroom pot noodle give us one of them!

    C: How has writing the big songs changed?

    N: The moments of magic come along less and less because life takes over. When songs come along and you’ve got to grab them while they’re there. As long as you’ve got a guitar with you and a pen and piece of paper you’ll be alright. The last bunch of songs I was just sat on the couch watching telly one afternoon strumming the guitar and frantically trying to get it down.

    C: What do you think is the best song you’ve written?

    N: For me, I enjoy playing Lyla and Mucky fingers. The most important song I wrote was Live Forever because it announced us to the world and it reached America.

    C: The band took off really quickly.

    N: Oasis is very much like a high street shop

    C: Which one?

    N: Superdrug-yeah Superdrug

    C: You’re going to be 40 this year. What do you think Liam’s going to get you?

    N: No were not that kind of family the last present he got me was, I kid you not a jumper a pink v neck jumper kind of a tartan thing with gold thread-and I was holding it up going “he’s having a laugh”.

    I bought him a few presents in the 90’s I bought him a thing from an auction which was an Indian necklace thing that John Lennon wore when he went to see the Maharishi its worth a fortune it was round the mans neck when he wrote Sexy Sadie, so I sent it to him for Christmas and next time I saw him he had it on. He took it out the frame and the label saying worn by John Lennon. I said “what are you doing its fuckin memorabilia” and he said “John Lennon wore it I’m wearing it”. He’s probably flushed it down the toilet by now I don’t know, haven’t seen it since.

    C: Is there any one that’s come along in the last couple of years who you think can do the same as you?

    N: Yeah course Kasabian for spirit I guess the Arctic Monkeys for what they mean to this generation of people and The Libertines to a certain extent from what they meant a few years ago.

    But what happened to us came by surprise. We didn’t know what we were doing our record company didn’t know what they were doing but we were just enjoying the ride.

    The new bands are great I love the guy who writes the tunes for the Kooks and Kasabian.

    C: How’s it changed being a dad?

    N: You’ve got to be very careful you don’t write songs about your kids. Life changes that instant and it’s never that same again.

    C: Do you do the kids tv thing when she’s over?

    N: I did when she was into Animal Planet but now she’s into Disney that is evil.

    C: Did you do the wiggles?

    N: The Wiggles! Have you ever seen them and Franz Ferdinand in the same room seriously, never! and until they are in the same room together I’m not having it that it’s not Franz Ferdinand.

    C: Do you think you’re going to become an embarrassing dad?

    N: No I’m not I wouldn’t do the parents sport days because I only do stuff I’m going to win at. If I didn’t win they’d be trouble. Liam does though but he’s a different animal to me though.

    C: If you were to die which TV detective would you want on the case?

    N: If it was suspicious then it would have to be someone from the Sweeney but ideally it would be inspector Cluso.

    C: What’s your favourite swear word?

    N: Shit cunt

    C: What’s your least favourite word?

    N: Latte and Tapas. Being a northerner you don’t tend to pronounce your T’s after a vowel .It annoys me when people walk along the street drinking coffee, its so american. Tapas it winds me up, what is it? It sounds like some sort of material a joiner would use.

    C: When is the last time you cried?

    N: No, I don’t really cry. I’m more liable to cry at sporting achievement like when Ricky Hatton beat Costa Tsyu, when you see real great human achievement, I don’t cry at sadness.

    C: What’s the greatest song ever written?

    N: To me it’s always a Beatles son and it goes between I’m the wall or ticket to ride but sometimes I can be listening to 'Club Foot' by Kasabian and it depends what mood you’re in.

    C: What are you doing for Valentines day?

    N: My long suffering woman will be sat listening to the radio. I don’t do any of that nonsense. Once you start you’ll be celebrating pancake day, St David’s day, Scotland day. Valentines day… get up… brew…. I love you we don’t need to the card, do we need to get the roses we don’t need to do that surely?

    C: What makes you go on?

    N: The initial love of music is there for me. I can’t do anything else until they allow absolute proper profanities on the radio I can’t go into radio unless allow swearing on the television I can’t go into television.

    C: Were you surprised about the success from your last album?

    N: I was surprised at the review we got because I was starting to get slightly paranoid that everyone had it in for us.

    The most difficult thing is to get a number one single-it’s easy to get an album.



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      Backstage at the Brits Rehearsals

    Oasis

    One band making quite an impression backstage is Oasis — they’ve been saying hi to all and sundry as they saunter around the corridors. Liam’s wearing a fetching crochet hat in black while Noel sports a rather more understated avaiator jacket in distressed brown. Both look super cool. And every spare bloke in the place is down the front in the audience pit when Manchester’s finest rock’n’roll band step ontstage to play.

    Oasis run through their full setlist twice. We won’t tell you what it is, but we can tell you it’s unmissable, and much longer than Noel’s original estimate of three songs ( hint — watch the BRITS Encore show after the main awards). As a wall of screens behind them projects images of the band’s history, they are standing onstage, Liam in his crochet hat and Noel with his red guitar, making history once more. Noel sings one song alone. When he does this on the second run through, Liam bounds into the dining area, high above the stage, to watch his brother and band mates play, and survey the very scene the music industry’s VIPs will see when Oasis take to the stage to celebrate their Outstanding Contribution BRIT Awards win. Oasis — and all the other bands who rehearsed today — will return for the big show on Wednesday. Tomorrow a new set of stars come to Earls Court to play.

    source: The Brits



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    Monday, February 12, 2007


      Oasis to join 'Live Earth' lineup?

    The list of artists that will play this summer's 'Live Earth' concert will be announced next week, with U2 and Kylie Minogue expected to top the list.

    Other acts taking part in what will be the biggest charity gig ever held are thought to include Oasis, Robbie Williams and Coldplay.

    Last Friday, American vice president Al Gore met with a host of media personnel in London, to begin planning the event. "It was the most stellar array of media figures you could ever see but to get all those people in the room on a Friday night shows how willing they are to help," said an inside source.

    The live shows will take place across the world - in England, the USA, Japan, South Africa and Brazil - and will occur on July 7 of this year.

    Gore himself was keen to rally the cause at the meeting, telling those present: "Television hypnotises billions but it is a one-way conversation filling minds with junk food. The only way to breathe meaning back into our words is through music. We need you."

    source: digitalspy.co.uk



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      Oasis follow Weller's lead

    Noel Gallagher has revealed that Oasis only considered entering the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Brits after their idol Paul Weller did.

    He told Virgin Radio's Breakfast show host Christian O'Connell: "If Weller hadn't done it last year I don't think we'd have bothered.

    "It's not the first time they've asked us. First the initial reaction was no, then we started thinking, 'We either do it now when we look good or do we succumb in 10 years time when we just turned the corner?'.

    "We still all can legitimately wear the leather jackets and it appealed to us that we'd be the youngest band to get it. When they do the retrospective film we won't look too cheesy."

    Commenting on what he had learnt over the years, Noel added: "About making records I've learnt if it's not going well, don't panic - it's best to go home take a few weeks off, don't try and chase something that's not there.

    "Everything in moderation would be the one golden rule whether it's drink or the other nice sweeties."



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    Sunday, February 11, 2007


      Russel Brand threatens to upstage Oasis at Brits

    Russell Brand has angered the Gallagher brothers by threatening to upstage them at the Brit Awards.

    The eccentric comedian - who is hosting the awards on Wednesday - revealed that Noel phoned up his Radio 2 show and warned him to behave on the night. Oasis will receive an Outstanding Contribution gong and the boys are worried that Brand could spoil the occasion.

    Brand explained: "Noel rang my show and said, 'Don't you dare try to upstage us - the evening is about Oasis, not you. Don't ruin this perfect night.' So I said, 'Noel, you're just a footnote. It's all about me'."

    A show insider told the News of the World: "We all know how unpredictable Russell can be and it will only take one sarcastic comment to push Oasis over the edge."

    source: digitalspy.co.uk



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      Noel Gallagher of Oasis: Cat Power

    Oasis majordomo Noel Gallagher is turning back the clock. Not just because he’s staring at the specter of turning 40, but because he and his unruly brother have put together a greatest hits album, tellingly titled Stop the Clocks. Having made peace with Oasis’ legacy and his own demons, he talks to Harp about “being bigger than the Beatles,” and disposable band members.

    HARP: Why do they leave? Are you hard on them?

    NOEL GALLAGHER: Not knowing who is going to play on the next record keeps it interesting for me. None of it is planned out; it just happens that way. In case of who was the first casualty, [original drummer Tony McCarroll] got on my tits because he couldn’t play the drums properly. [Second drummer Alan White] started acting like a session musician. If I’m living it 24 hours a day, everybody else better be. I’ve had various people say, “I’ve got to get off at 5 p.m.—my cat has a cough and the vet is coming around.” Fuck the cat! You can always get another cat.

    HARP: You left the band during a 2005 tour and disappeared for a couple of days. Did you feel like you did the right thing?

    I always calm down after about 48 moments. In the heat of the moment you have to go with your heart and forget your fucking head. If you mosey through life and take everything on the chin, that’s no way to live.

    HARP: With Oasis you set your goals really high.

    We actually believed it. Being bigger than the Beatles. I genuinely believed that I was going to be part of one of the biggest bands in the world at some point. And I was proved right, you know.

    HARP: Did you ever learn how to drive?

    No, still can’t! At the end of the Be Here Now tour, the first thing I was going to do was learn how to drive and get a fucking rock star car. So I had a car built, probably about $200,000 to build this car. I still haven’t passed my test. I’ve kinda slipped into the likes of having a chauffeur. I can sit in the back seat of a car, pontificating about how great the Kings Of Leon [are] without having to worry about any road signals.

    source: Harpmagazine.com



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    Friday, February 09, 2007


      What other Rock stars are saying about Oasis

    John, The Coral
    "Oasis changed everything! Before, it was scallys and skinheads and as soon as they'd come up all these Scallys started growing their hair!"

    Billy Corgan
    "I like Oasis. I just don't the rehearsing of the "bad rock attitude."

    John Mayer
    "Oasis are fantastic. The Gallagher brothers are like professional wrestling - they're not really hitting people over the head with a real trashcan, but it's fun to watch. it's great theatre. It's kind of like Alice Cooper with a microcassette recorder."

    Alesha Dixon
    "I love Oasis, I think they're great! My mates at school loved them but, erm, I liked Take That."

    My Chemical Romance
    "(What's The Story) Morning Glory? is one of the best albums of all time. The Whole Brit pop thing affected us on a deep level. But if we were in the same room I'd keep a safe distance. Although they seem like alright guys, you don't want to assume they're gonna like you!"

    Corinne Bailey Rae
    "The first album helped me to learn to play guitar. Before that, pop music was about The Inspiral Carpets or EMF or impenetratable stuff like Quincy Jones. Noel made song writing about melodies again."

    Dan Gillespie-Sells, The Feeling
    "I was so excited when Oasis's first record came out. Noel is such a great songwriter. Those songs will be around for many years."

    Jon Fratelli
    "Oasis and Blur were probably the last great bands to come out of Britain. I like the classics, because it's hard not to like them, but I like the B-sides album, too. My favourite Oasis song is on there, Rocking Chair."

    Danny Jones, McFly
    "I think Oasis are one of the most influential bands of all time. I've met Liam, talked to him for ages and had a beer with him. It's like meeting my idol. I can die happy now."

    The Kooks
    "We've seen Oasis about seven times! The first tune when Oasis play festivals is unbelieveable, because the guitars are so massive. And when they do cigarettes & alcohol... Brilliant!

    Michael Stodart, The Magic Numbers
    "Oasis got loads of people buying guitars and joining groups and wanting to write songs and being abit crazy. We met three of' em... even Paul! "

    Orson
    "The 1990's certainly belonged to Oasis. The first part of the millennium, too. Terrific band. "

    Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips
    "The moment I most loved about Oasis was at Glastonbury in 2003. They played an Oasis song over the PA for the crowd and it was the biggest singalong of the day. There's some kind of human momentum that comes along with a hundred and thirty thousand people all identifying with something so clearly. "

    Simon Webbe
    "I grew up listening to Oasis, they're good Manchester lads. And because of Wonderwall, I have Noel to thank for my daughter, Alannah! "

    Russell Brand
    "My favourite Oasis song is Songbird, because of how it was named. When Liam wrote it, he said, "I wrote a song for my bird. It's called Songbird."

    Matt Willis
    "In Noel and Liam you've got the basis of every great rock'n'roll story. Two brothers who love/hate each other, but you know each one could not exist without the other. I love you, Oasis! I love you! "

    Source: Brit's Magazine



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    Thursday, February 08, 2007


      Brits Awards on US TV

    The Brits Awards this year will feature a performance by Oasis who will also be there to pick up their Outstanding Contribution To Music award. The BRIT Awards 2007 will be broadcast on ITV1 on Wednesday February 14th. Non UK viewers will be able to enjoy the show taped on following dates:

    International television dates

    XYZ, Australia 25th February
    BNT, Bulgaria Mid February
    HRT, Croatia End of February
    MBC, Dubai 21st February
    YLE, Finland 28th February
    MAD, Greece 4th March
    VIVA, Hungary 18th February
    WHD, Japan End of March
    TV Norge, Norway 23rd & 24th February
    RTP, Portugal Around 20th February
    TNT, USA 5th March

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      New Website trying to change Oasis Chart History

    A new website is ambitiously trying to set chart history wrongs right, by organising fans to download back catalogue singles simultaneously, in an attempt to push them to the top of the charts.

    7digital, the company behind www.itshouldhavebeennumber1.co.uk, are taking advantage of new chart rules that mean download sales alone, can now be counted towards chart positions.

    A number of classic singles that missed the top spot are being targeted. First up is the loser in the great Britpop battle of 1995, Oasis’ “Roll With It”. The Gallaghers and co were pipped by Blur’s “Country House” that June, but maybe now they’ll be able to grab the coveted No 1 slot.

    Ultravox’s operatic synth-pop anthem “Vienna” (famously denied by Joe Dolce’s execrable “Shut Uppa Your Face”) and The Beatles double A-side “Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever” (gazumped by Englebert Humperdinck’s soppy “Release Me”) are other singles ripe for reclaiming.

    The site will donate all proceeds of the track sales to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity, and explain their ambition by saying: “With your help, we plan to identify the songs we think were a number one hit, or should have been number one, but were kept from the top spot by some naff song.”

    source: uncut.co.uk



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      Noel tells Bono :"Shut The F##k Up" about Africa

    Noel Gallagher has told Bono to "shut the f**k up" about Africa. The Oasis guitarist is sick of the U2 frontman campaigning to end Third World debt in the continent, and insists Bono's fans don't want to be constantly lectured by their idol.

    Noel told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper: "With U2 it's like play 'One' , shut the f**k up about Africa. People don't want to hear about it all the time."

    The outspoken songwriter has also blasted Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke for brow-beating his fans with his political beliefs. He has urged him to ditch his serious attitude to music and write a 'proper' rock song.

    He said: "Thom Yorke sat at a piano singing, 'This is f***ed up', for half-an-hour. We all know that, Mr Yorke. Who wants to sing the news? No matter how much you sit there twiddling, going, 'We're all doomed', at the end of the day people will always want to hear him play 'Creep'. Get over it."

    Noel - who along with brother Liam and the rest of the band will collect the prestigious Outstanding Contribution To Music award at next week's BRITs - has no intention to stop writing hit songs.

    The rocker - whose band has scored an incredible eight UK number singles, including 'Lyla' and 'Don't Look Back In Anger' - added: "Somehow I don't ever see myself on stage playing a mouth organ to 150 people on a Wednesday. Every time I write a song, I envisage them in football stadiums with loads of people going f***ing mental - that's Oasis."

    source: BANG

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      Liam Gallagher to appear on Countdown?

    Liam Gallagher, who isn’t exactly known for his wide ranging vocabulary, is apparently in talks to appear on Countdown.

    The afternoon channel 4 show - that is a favourite with students and pensioners alike - isn’t exactly know for it’s credibility (though cracking the Countdown Conundrum is pretty hard core) but that hasn’t deterred Liam.

    The Oasis front man is apparently in negotiations to appear as the special guest in 'Dictionary Corner'.

    Carol Vorderman spoke to the Daily Sport, confirming: "Liam loves it and yes, we're in talks about him coming on. I told him I think it will do his cred no end of good."

    source: entertainmentwise.com



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    Wednesday, February 07, 2007


      What's the Story ?


    Sorting through the ruins of Oasis


    In Britain, it was always going to happen. The rise of Oasis in the mid ’90s, like the rise of a fascist dictator, was tribal, libidinal, irresistible. Overexcited music writers dropped their pens and shed their critical delicacy; the industry had a hot flash; and the simple folk of the pubs and clubs, bug-eyed on cheap cocaine, rallied to this new thing with a wild, self-discovering gladness. And why not? Five shifty and truculent Mancs with four chords per song and lyrics of nursery-rhyme effrontery (“I’m feeling supersonic!/Give me gin and tonic!”), Oasis were a relief, a living retort to every tendency in popular music for the previous 10 years. No Black Flag or Black Sabbath in their past: the depressive slurrings of grunge had nothing to do with them. Neither did godless techno (except insofar as it provided an opportunity to take drugs), or the local squalor and neurosis of indiedom. In their combined lifetimes Oasis seemed to have heard only two albums: Never Mind the Bollocks . . . and Rubber Soul. They dressed with working-class propriety — clean shirts, brushed hair — and sang rowdily about wanting it all and living forever. And with the release of their 1994 debut, Definitely Maybe, they seized a title for which there were suddenly, remarkably, no other contenders in sight: the title of Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.


    In the US, on the other hand, it was always not going to happen. Easier to see this in retrospect, of course, but even in their first feints at global domination Oasis, at some level, appeared to be aware that they weren’t going to crack America. Noel Gallagher, band boss/songwriter, was canny and pop-literate enough to understand that the tide, post-Cobain, was against them, and as for his little brother Liam . . . in his 1997 book Take Me There, journalist Paul Mathur records an encounter that took place in July 1994 in the foyer of New York’s Paramount Hotel, hours before Oasis’s first gig in the US, between Liam Gallagher and what Mathur calls a “grunge pest.” “You’re never going to make it in America,” prophesied this flannel wearer in passing. “I bet you sound like the fuckin’ Soup Dragons. America doesn’t need you.” Gallagher’s response was vintage: “Listen, man, I can do things you can’t even dream about. I’ll steal your soul and you won’t even notice. I’ve stolen it while you were standing here. . . . And you can fuck your fucking Pearl Jam too.”


    The American Anglophile tends to enjoy Englishness in its more wistful and literate forms: Morrissey, Blur, the Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset, shy bards coiled at rainy windows. Liam Gallagher had no place in this company. On stage, snarling, hands behind his back and a tambourine round his neck (as if it just been broken over his head), he had the demeanor of someone scornfully blowing off a prestigious audition. He didn’t “rock out” or fling himself into the drumkit like a rag doll. When especially moved, he would give two fingers to the crowd or break into a brief and surly ape jig. And nothing could stop him from loudly proclaiming the glory of his own band: the best, the biggest, the baddest. Americans are not unappreciative of rock-star bombast, not at all, but they prefer it to be confined to the arena of hard rock, where the bigmouth can go shirtless and do star jumps off his Marshall stack. It’s all right for Ted Nugent, in other words, to talk about rocking your scrotum into a cyclone of burning skulls, etc., but not for the Shins.


    And then there were the acts of straightforward career self-sabotage. Oasis’s 1996 US tour, which began a fortnight after their biggest ever English shows (two nights at Knebworth Park, in front of a total of 250,000 people), was a farce of exits and entrances. On August 27, as the band slouched toward the gate for their second transatlantic flight, they were startled to see their vocalist enthroned in the passenger seat of an airport buggy, its light busily flashing, heading at speed in the opposite direction. Liam had decided to stay home. At the tour’s first stop, in Rosemont, Illinois, the entire Oasis set would be sung by Noel, in his strained, serviceable, Mott-the-Hoople voice. Prevailed upon to rejoin his mates, the capricious Liam arrived a few days later, in time to perform the last track from the then new What’s the Story (Morning Glory) at the MTV Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Another disaster: “Champagne supernova up yer bum!” leered Liam into TV land before swatting his mic stand and loosening a slow length of drool from his pursed lips, all the way down to the floor. The tour limped on, to terrible reviews (“Liam Gallagher should have stayed in England,” opined Newsday after a show on Long Island), until on September 11 it was Noel’s turn to freak out. The brothers came to blows, and he flew home. The rest of the band followed two days later.


    This was where Oasis blew it. Never again would they have the momentum to put a serious dent in the US market; never again would they be touring off an album as good as What’s The Story . . . Their third, 1997’s Be Here Now, was hugely half-assed and drug-bedeviled, its weak compositions tottering under a Glenn Branca orchestra of multi-tracked cocaine guitars (30 of them, according to Noel, on the song “My Big Mouth”). Here indeed was the creative white-out, the swamping excess foretold on What’s The Story . . .: “Someday you will find me/Caught beneath the landslide/In a champagne supernova in the sky.” Putting it slightly differently, a writer from Melody Maker described Noel as “riffing like a pack of ants on an old banana.”


    Ten years later, Oasis have a more-than-comfortable share in the US market; on their 2005 tour they sold out Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl, and the surprise late-blooming excellence of the single “Lyla” got them into the Billboard Top 20. But the Oasis moment — the point at which the band’s mega-rhetoric coincided with the occult appetites of an enormous public — never happened over here. And no wonder, really; listening now to the songs that made their name, on the recent compilation Stop the Clocks (Epic), one hears not a well-oiled stadium shaker but a fiercely paradoxical little band, knocked together quite cynically out of the postmodern rubble (the empty phrasings, the borrowed riffs) but almost exploding with raw belief.


    This, we now see, was the miracle dyad of the brothers Gallagher: in writing for Liam, the beautiful hooligan, crafty Noel was writing for his soul. And the lyrics he gave Liam have become magical with time, full of a spirit for which the word “positivity” seems far too prim: “I live my life for the stars that shine” (“Rock’n’roll Star”). A friend of mine once explained the apparently nonsensical couplet “Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a cannonball,” from “Champagne Supernova,” as a piercing druggy image of mental acceleration and physical collapse. Whatever it means, there’s no question that the line that follows it is one of the most perfect arrangements of vowel sounds in the English language: “Where were you while we were getting high?” Oasis: masters of vacancy, full of heart.


    source: thephoenix.com





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    Monday, February 05, 2007


      Oasis and The Smiths in 'rock map' of UK

    VisitBritain unveil map showcasing rock heritage

    Oasis and The Smiths are just two of the bands featured on a special 'rock map' of the UK.

    The map, put together by tourism company VisitBritain, features locations around the country that have been musically significant around England.

    The map is intended to boost internal tourism as interest in rock tourism is set to increase this year.

    Laurence Bresh, the general manager for VisitBritain, said: "We know there's huge interest in locations connected to popular culture.

    "Everybody knows about tourists going to Liverpool to visit The Beatles locations, but it's much wider than that.

    "People like to see the places that have inspired musicians - Oasis is the obvious one, Berwick Street (in London) where they shot the cover for '(What's The Story) Morning Glory'."

    Salfords Lad Club, where The Smiths posed for the inside cover of 'The Queen Is Dead', is also featured, as well as infamous Britpop pub, Camden's The Good Mixer, reports The Guardian.

    NME.com



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    Friday, February 02, 2007


      Win signed Les Paul Guitar



    O2 and Q are offering one Q reader the chance to win the beautiful Gibson Les Paul Custom Plus VS guitar pictured here. A genuine one-off, the iconic axe was signed by the likes of Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Razorlight, The Kooks, Peter Gabriel, Gnarls Barkley, Smokey Robinson and the Manic Street Preachers at last year's Q Awards ceremony.

    To be in with a chance of winning this splendid artefact all you need to do is answer this simple question:

    WHICH GROUP WAS VOTED BEST BAND IN THE WORLD TODAY AT LAST YEAR'S Q AWARDS?

    A: U2. B: Oasis. C: Arctic Monkeys. Text 'Q' followed by your answer A, B or C to '82070'

    Texts cost £1.50. Standard T & Cs apply. Postal entries to: Q/O2 Guitar Competition, Mappin House, 4 Winsley Street, London W1W 8HF. No cash alternative available. The Editor's decision is final. Competition closes at 6pm, 1 March 2007. All employees and contractors of O2 UK Ltd and Emap and their families are excluded from entering.



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      Ringo Starr to hand Oasis Brits Award

    SOME Might Say Brits bosses have played a blinder by getting RINGO STARR to help them out of a tight spot.


    THE BEATLES drummer is to hand over an award to the legendary band’s biggest fans — OASIS.

    And just as well — NOEL and LIAM GALLAGHER are still so angry at their album Don’t Believe The Truth being sensationally overlooked in last year’s award nominations that they had vowed they would only turn up to accept their Outstanding Contribution gong if someone “amazing” could hand it to them.

    Brits bosses had thought they were on a winner when they lined up JOHNNY DEPP to do the honours. But the Hollywood star has pulled out of his duties at the last minute due to a clash with his filming schedule.

    So organisers — desperate to get the boys to the ceremony at London’s Earls Court on February 14 — thought big and nabbed Ringo for the role.

    It is the perfect lure for band members Liam, ANDY BELL, Noel and GEM ARCHER. Oasis — whose hits include Go Let It Out — credit The Beatles as their biggest musical influence. The boys even recruited Ringo’s son ZAK STARKEY to play with them at live dates in 2005 and got him in as drummer on their album Don’t Believe The Truth that same year.

    At the time, I told you that Noel was “gutted” that despite coming to know Zak so well, he had still not managed to meet Ringo.

    He said: “It’s obviously not meant to be.” So it’s no surprise the band are over the moon about the drummer’s role at the Brits.

    A source said: “Noel is well chuffed. It is the ultimate accolade for the lads to be honoured by their heroes. “It is something they have dreamed of ever since they were starting out in their Manchester bedrooms.”

    Back in 1977 The Beatles were the first band to receive the Brits’ Outstanding Contribution prize. So having a member of the group passing the baton to Oasis will be a magic moment on what is set to be a magic evening.

    Hosted by RUSSELL BRAND and going out live on ITV1, acts performing on the night will include AMY WINEHOUSE, SCISSOR SISTERS, THE KILLERS, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and TAKE THAT.

    Let’s just hope the great moment really does happen. Sources tell me Noel and Liam have had another of their rows and are on grunting-only terms at the moment — meaning one or both might decide to be a no-show.

    source: the Sun




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    Thursday, February 01, 2007


      Noel Gallagher confirmed for charity concert

    Oasis star Noel Gallagher, The Who and Kasabian have been confirmed to appear at this year's Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

    The three bands join the likes of comedians Russell Brand and The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding for the six-day event which starts on March 26.

    The shows are being patroned yet again by The Who's frontman Roger Daltry. The supergroup is performing for the first time since the charity event started in 2000.

    Announcing this year's line-up, Daltrey told the Teenage Cancer Trust website: "Over the years these shows have really made a massive difference to the money available to build TCT units in NHS hospitals. They also give our teenagers the moral support to help fight this terrible disease".

    Gallagher headlines on March 26 - with The View also playing - and again on March 27 when The Coral will perform. Brand and Fielding host a comedy night on March 28 while Kasabian star on March 29. The Who will perform on the final night, March 31.

    The line-up for March 30 will be announced on February 12. Tickets go on sale on February 2 at 9am.

    Previous shows have included performances from the likes of The Cure, Razorlight, Ricky Gervais and Goldfrapp.


    source: ITV News



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