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Noel Gallagher Told Ian Brown :There's Actually Nowhere Else to Take It
Our interview takes place in London, where the singer lives with his wife, Fabiola, and their son, Emilio. But he still keeps a home close to Manchester, where he regularly visits his two teenage sons from a previous relationship. The great northern capital of British pop remains close to Brown’s heart, and he has worked with numerous local legends during his solo career, including the Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Paul Ryder of Happy Mondays, and Andy Rourke of The Smiths. ........
........Brown remains an icon and inspiration to generations. Noel Gallagher has claimed many times that Oasis would never have existed without The Stone Roses. Brown pays homage to Oasis in return, and is philosophical about their recent split.
“They had a great run,” he shrugs. “It’s just a shame when you wash your dirty linen in public. I spoke to Noel the other day and he said that if he’d sat down and thought about it, there’s actually nowhere else to take it anyway. They took it further than anyone since The Beatles.”
You've got this whole image that goes with your swagger, but you're actually quite gentle.
Everyone in Manchester walks like that. I am gentle. I think nearly everyone that makes music is sensitive – I don't care how hard they pretend they are. I met Johnny Rotten last year and he's nothing like his public persona. I know Liam [Gallagher] to be like that as well. He's a really sensitive guy.
Tony Wilson said Liam Gallagher learned everything from you.
Liam told me that himself. He was 16 when he came to see me live and he said that's what set him on his path.
What do you think about Oasis's split?
They've had a hard life, the Oasis brothers. They've done really well to be semi-normal. It's always sad when your dirty linen is brought out in public. You'll never find a Manchester band slagging off another Manchester band, but within each Manchester band, people will rip each other apart; Mondays, Smiths, New Order, Roses, Oasis. No one will slag each other off, but inside the band, they'll rip each other to death.
Rapper-turned-music boss Snoop Dogg is eyeing his first big-name signing - former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher.
The hip-hop star was unveiled as the new creative chairman of EMI's Priority Records in September (09), and he is looking to snap up a rock band for the label's roster.
He has a number of acts in mind - and top of the list is Gallagher, following the Wonderwall hitmaker's departure from Oasis in August (09).
Snoop tells music magazine NME, "Would I sign Noel Gallagher? Hell yeah. Would I collaborate with him? Yeah, definitely. Set it up... I love his style. I'm definitely trying to find a rock band right now."
DJ Jo Whiley Looking Forward to Noel Gallagher Solo Album
JO WHILEY is one person who ISN'T praying for an OASIS reunion - at least not in the near-future.
The Radio 1 DJ admits she was upset about the band's break-up following a series of blazing rows between warring brothers NOEL and LIAM GALLAGHER.
But she's now hoping Oasis stay apart long enough for Noel to record, release and tour a solo album.
Jo said: "I'm really sad that they just can't bear to be in each others company any more.
"Noel and Liam have a very tempestuous relationship. It's like a very intense marriage.
"I'm a big fan of Noel and all the songs that he writes. I would definitely be interested in seeing a solo Noel album. I hope he does it. I'd love to see that.
"He's a great songwriter and I really like his voice.
"I'd like to see Oasis get back together somewhere down the line, but for now I want to see him do something on his own."
The long-serving DJ - who'll be hosting Mencap's Little Noise Sessions in November - also defended the BBC for ditching her from her Radio 1 mid-morning slot and handing over the reins to younger presenter FEARNE COTTON.
One person we could never picture as a Trekkie is Britpop god Noel Gallagher. But since leaving Oasis, the singer is in line for a big-bucks marketing campaign.
He is joining the latest celeb-filled adidas commercial, hilariously dressed as a Star Trek character.
A source told us: “The advert has been shot in two parts; the first part is a rooftop party similar to the house party' themed adidas advert from last year, and the second part is based around a famous Star Trek scene.”
David Beckham, 34, also dressed as a Star Trek character before being placed in front of a green screen to re-enact a scene from the sci-fi franchise.
Last year's “house party” adidas ad featured Beckham, Katy Perry, Missy Elliott, Estelle, Run DMC and The Ting Tings among others, and this year's promises to be even more celebtastic with stars from music, sport and fashion.
Noel, 42, who left Oasis last month citing “irreconcilable differences”, will no doubt be in line for a string of abuse from his brother and former bandmate Liam for donning the nerdy outfit.
The ad was shot in the West End last week. Our source added: “The filming was a lot of fun, and should be aired in the next month or so.”
Meanwhile, if Noel is looking for extra work, he has been offered another pay cheque by Razorlight.
Swedish guitarist Bjorn Agren said: “Maybe we should get Noel to produce the new Razorlight album? We're looking for a producer, and we need a little Northerner cred.”
Liam Gallagher Sues The Guardian Despite Newspaper's Apology
Liam Gallagher sues the Guardian over gig claim
Oasis singer Liam Gallagher is seeking libel damages from the Guardian after it incorrectly claimed he’d stormed out of a London gig and failed to return.
Gallagher launched a legal action after publication of the story, headlined 'Liam Gallagher storms out of Oasis gig', on the Guardian.co.uk website on July 22.
The story alleged Gallagher acted unprofessionally and without regard for the audience as he stormed out, not to return, in the middle of a performance at Camden’s Roundhouse, according a writ filed at the High Court.
London law firm, Carter-Ruck, filed the writ on the singer’s behalf claming the allegations could deter people from going to future Oasis concerts.
Shortly after the story appeared, the writ stated, Gallagher issued an unequivocal denial that he had stormed out and made clear that his departure from the stage was short, pre-planned.
Gallagher claimed he’d returned to the stage within ten minutes and his brief departure was a regular part of Oasis concerts over the previous year or so.
The Guardian published an apology to the singer on 7 August, saying it had made an error with the original article.
It stated; "In an earlier article 'Liam Gallagher storms out of Oasis gig' published online on 22 July 2009 we wrongly suggested that Liam Gallagher walked out of an Oasis gig and did not return disrupting the set they were performing.
"In fact Liam Gallagher only left the stage whilst his brother sang two songs as is normal during their performance and returned to continue the rest of the set.
"We apologise to Liam Gallagher for this error."
Although the Guardian published an apology, Gallagher claimed it was not issued on agreed terms, and did not provide the vindication to which he was entitled.
Gallagher complained the apology did to refer to paying damages, was not suitably prominent, and was not linked to the website home page but appeared only as a free standing item for about 60 hours.
The writ issued to the High Court claimed Guardian News and Media made no effort to contact Gallagher, or any representative of Oasis, before the story appeared and has since failed to make offer of amends.
Gallagher, who said the story damaged his reputation and caused him serious distress and embarrassment, is pursuing his legal action as he believes the Guardian is liable for repetition of the claims on other websites. He is seeking an injunction banning repetition of the allegations.
Oasis have been nominated for four awards at this year's UK MVAs. The video for 'Falling Down' is up for:
- 'Best Cinematography In A Video' - 'Best Editing in a Video' - 'Best Rock Video'
They are also up for 'The Innovation Award' for 'Dig Out Your Soul'.
WIZ, the director of the 'Falling Down' video (and Kasabian's 'Fire') is up for Best Director.
The awards take place on October 13th and are designed to recognise excellence in music video production by UK individuals and companies and to highlight the cultural significance of music video as an art form.
Kasabian have asked pal Noel Gallagher to return to gigging and join them on tour.
The Mancunian rock legend, 42, is already desperate to get back on the road again just month after Oasis split.
So he has turned to Kasabian and said: 'Maybe you're gonna be the ones who save me...' from being bored.
He's asked to appear on their upcoming UK arena tour - which kicks off in Newcastle on November 10 - and they have given him the thumbs up.
In an exclusive chat Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan, 28, revealed their gig plans and hinted they may record a song together in the future.
He told me: "We've got our arena tour in November.
"Noel will be calling us up nearer the time for sure saying, 'Lads, I'm going to come perform with you on tour'.
"He's a performing machine, and loves playing live so he jumps at the opportunity whenever he can join us."
And assessing the prospects of getting into the recording studio with Noel, Tom added: "We'd love to do a track with him. Never say never.
"But at the moment he's concentrating on his solo stuff and we're busy as ever."
I imagine Noel is fully aware that performing live with the Leicester rockers Tom, Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards and Ian Matthews will annoy his younger brother and former bandmate Liam.
I'm told by a pal: "Noel has got itchy fingers and wants to get back into touring as quickly as he can.
"He and the Kasabian lads have spoken about it and they all thought it was a brilliant idea so he will join them onstage in for a few cameo appearances.
"It also has the added benefit that it will irritate the hell out of Liam, who didn't want the band to split at all.
"It shows Noel has already moved on and can play with anyone that takes his fancy, which will rile Liam considering how competitive he is."
Noel and Kasabian's collaboration will come as good news to Oasis fans who missed seeing the band after a huge bust-up between him and Liam caused the band to split and cancel a number of gigs in August.
A music insider tells me: "The Kasabian lads love Noel and see him as a guiding light. To get him to play on Their tour rather than support him as they have before means so much to them. Plus imagine what it would do for ticket sales."
Noel has performed with Kasabian before. He did three songs with the Mercury Prize nominees at Edinburgh's Hogmany in 2007.
And they joined Noel and Liam on the doomed Oasis summer tour.
In the next of the Liverpool Echo's series of guest columnists showcasing the work of up-and-coming music journalists, Calvin Draper-Wright gives his view on Kasabian...
Kasabian, the four-piece indie band from Leicester, broke onto the UK music scene in style in 2004 with their self-titled debut album. Described by guitarist Serge Pizzorno as a "big, psychedelic mash-up", the album went on to gain critical acclaim and a top 5 chart position. Tracks from Kasabian have since been featured in a variety of formats, including 'Reason Is Treason' appearing on Gran Turismo 4, and the anthemic 'Club Foot' featuring in the 2006 film The Guardian. The track 'L.S.F' (Lost Souls Forever) was also remixed and included on Mark Ronson's massive 2007 album Version.
Things only got better when the band released their second album in 2006, Empire. The album was a slight change in direction musically, with the first two singles 'Empire' and 'Shoot The Runner' carrying an empowering, military sound. Empire became Kasabian's first number 1 album in the UK, and sold over half a million copies. During this period the band also played a number of high-profile festivals including the Isle of Wight festival, Glastonbury, Live Earth and were the headliners of Scotland's T in the Park. Two and a half years after the release of 'Empire', Kasabian returned earlier this year with the release of their third album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, which became their second number one album and earned them a nomination for the 2009 Mercury Prize.
After the release of the singles 'Fire' and the beautiful 'Where Did All the Love Go?", Kasabian are preparing to release their new single 'Underdog' in October, which is undoubtedly one of their best. With an impressive back catalogue and surely many more albums to come, Kasabian are firmly placing themselves at the top of the UK's indie-rock genre, and have impressively managed to straddle the line between commercial success and creative genius. Inspired and praised by the now defunct Oasis, Kasabian have every chance of becoming the UK's favourite rockers.
via L4e / source: Liverpool Echo (musicblog.merseyblogs.co.uk)
You know that it's a slow day when a picture of two aging men and a baby become news, but if Noel is trying to recruit Jason 'the body' Orange (Take That) as Liam's replacement in Oasis, that'll do us.
The pair were spotting having a chin-wag on a London street, possibly chuckling about the time Noel said he'd "put a bullet in the gun" for Robbie Williams." Ho ho ho ho, what a wag.
Noel's jovial appearance mostly likely stemmed from the news that his brother is considering moving to the USA though, which means we might soon be able to report similar pictures of Liam and Robbie aping around like neanderthals the sidewalk. God, America, you've been too good to us - although we did have Madonna and Gwyneth for all those years.
Liam Gallagher will be emigrating for some sunshiiiiine soon if he keeps listening to his missus Nicole Appleton.
The former All Saintssinger is trying to convince him to move across the Pond.
Since Noel walked out on the band Nicole has been more aggressive with her plans.
And Liam, seen having a light ale with a pal in London yesterday, is considering a fresh start. A source said: "Nicole would move tomorrow if she had her way - or at least spend most of their time there.
"She thinks they should make the move now that OASIS are no more."
The pair discussed moving to New York a year ago. At the time Liam said: "I love that city, I love the buzz. That's the next step for me. And no, I'm not going to do acting or any of that s***. I've been offered a few things but it's not me.
"I'm just going to a place where I can be me."
I'd suggest he moves back to Manchester and near Old Trafford - then no one would blame him for being angry.
Kasabian are ready to take over from Oasis as the UK's biggest rock band.
It's been nearly a month since Noel Gallagher walked out on Oasis because of "verbal and violent" intimidation.
And while Kasabian are sad their musical heroes are no more, they reckon they are the natural successors to their crown.
Hours before they prepared to headline a massive gig for Guinness in Dublin, singer Tom Meighan said: "It's over for Oasis now. It's not my business but there must have been a lot of trouble happening for Noel to walk out.
"If it's so big that he's not coming back, it's a sad day for rock 'n' roll.
"I've heard Liam is going to carry it on without Noel but to me it's over."
Bassist Chris Edwards said: "They have left a big hole. Festivals, stadiums and arenas will need filling and we are ready to be that band."
I'm always happy to pass on artists' work featuring Oasis. I found this Illustration by Danny Williams today. Here's what Danny had to say:
Yes, it is Liam Gallagher's birthday today. Tried something different this time, a little photo-manipulation and illustration mash-up. Oasis is no longer together at this time, but Liam deserves a birthday shout out. Still Mad fer it!
Jay-Z's Verbal Spat With Noel Gallagher Felt Like Winning a Grammy
Jigga says his Glastonbury 2008 appearance was akin to winning his first Grammy.
Jay-Z has said that Noel Gallagher's views on him headlining Glastonbury in 2008 showed up the former Oasis guitarist's "archaic" stance on hip hop.
Speaking on BBC One's flagship political programme The Andrew Marr Show, Jay-Z explained that when he took to the stage at Worthy Farm after his well-documented verbal spat with Gallagher it felt like winning a Grammy award.
"That was like winning the first Grammy for me. It was one of those times where , you know…almost like knocking the door down," he told Marr.
"Noel Gallagher, I think he perpetuated the old way of thinking. We don't think like that, or listen to music like that [now]. On my iPod is The Beatles, Jay-Z, Kings Of Leon, Lil Wayne, Grizzly Bear, Arctic Monkeys. I listen to a diverse arrangement of music, and I think that how kids listen to music now.
Elsewhere in the interview, Jay-Z said that Gallagher's criticism of him being chosen to headline Glastonbury didn't go down well because the general public didn't agree with him.
"It was almost like the people were saying "No, we want that to happen. That’s the natural progression. We like rap, we like rock. We like everything." And it was just that last…that archaic thinking that was in the way of this festival."
The rapper went on to say that musicians like Gallagher need to embrace change rather than shun it, stating: "If we believe that a thing that started should be held forever I'd still be a slave, right? It'd still be in slavery. Things change and the world changes and I think it's best to embrace change."
Journalists often talk about key years in music; 1967 and the psychedelic 'Summer of Love' springs to mind, or 1977 and the dawn of bile-fuelled Punk.
However, my year zero for music was undoubtedly 1994 - and my band, my only band, was Oasis. Up until them, everything else had just been a hobby.
I enjoyed a unique introduction; as a one-time 13-year-old fan of video games, I had entered a competition in the now long-defunct 'Gamesmaster Magazine'. All you had to do was answer one question, they promised but, despite their attempts to tell you otherwise, the likelihood of success was inevitably low.
Yet, on offer was enough highly desirable computer kit to sink a battleship - in hindsight probably with the combined power of a modern toaster - and the thought of such bounty was more than enough to lure a greedy little git like me into dispatching a hopeful postcard to somewhere in England.
While I no doubt had my big eyes on a Sega Mega Drive or some other now entirely obsolete games console, in amongst the treasure trove were CDs by the hateful likes of East 17, Whigfield and Seal.
So it was that within a couple of weeks, a strange brown envelope arrived in the mail - but inside was a pristine copy of Oasis' peerless debut album, 'Definitely Maybe'.
It seems a little bit quaint now, but I remember thinking I would have preferred the cassette format as opposed to the fancy Dan compact disc; I only had a Walkman and, like many others, had yet to be convinced that CD was the way forward. Besides, I had a huge number of tapes - chewed or otherwise - and was naturally reluctant to part ways.
Cassettes were awful of course, and could easily run down your Duracell batteries in the process of simply trying to get from side one to side two, but you could record on them - and that made them a far more flexible option. Furthermore, CDs were still prohibitively expensive, often coming in at £15 to £20 a pop, and were still devoid of self-recording options.
Nevertheless, just as soon as I'd got my first CD player, 'Definitely Maybe' changed everything. To a kid previously interested in little more than football and Sonic the Hedgehog, Oasis were a visceral gateway to teenage licentiousness, to identity, to fashion, to girls.
Numerous critics predictably knocked their complete lack of pretension, the know-it-alls delighting in pointing out that many of their songs brazenly incorporated the melodies of others, that they were too in thrall to rock history, but to me Oasis represented vast possibility.
What the snobs failed to understand was that to wide-eyed kids looking for a soundtrack to oblivion and a curt dismissal of middle-of-the-road, big-haired 80s hell, they represented a refreshing tearing up of the manual, a cocky, patricidal act tantamount to ripping Elton John's wig off and pushing him off a roof.
Refreshingly, Noel Gallagher also had few qualms in name-checking influences - and song donors - as wide as Burt Bacharach, Crowded House, Abba and the New Seekers.
I and countless others didn't care where it came from; all we knew was that it now belonged to us, it was utterly intoxicating and exactly what we'd been waiting for.
My experiences of seeing them live proved just as casually volatile and occasionally as violent as the Gallaghers' own relationship. To my huge disappointment, I missed their arguable zenith in 1996 when phonelines were jammed for literally hours as everyone and their gran attempted to see the band at a perilously besieged Loch Lomond.
Eventually, my patience was rewarded and I got to properly see them at Glasgow's SECC in late '97. I was spotty, 16 and hugely excited - only to be let down, pale and scared when a vodka bottle thrown onstage saw the band walk off after just eight songs, resulting in thousands of so-called fans threatening to burn the place to the ground in retribution. It was hardly rock 'n' roll, but I'd also taken a funny turn about six songs in and lost my mate in the confusion, so was secretly a little glad that it had wrapped up so soon.
That same year, I remember dashing to a small record shop in Stanlane Place for a special 8am opening just to be amongst the first to get hold of a CD copy of 'Be Here Now' - the vastly overblown yet ultimately ridiculous third album.
Then, in 2001 as the downloading of music from the internet and recordable CDs became commonplace - an exciting development that meant I took some 200 self-recorded compilations on holiday - myself and a pal made the mistake of sleeping overnight at the SECC in an attempt to get gold dust tickets for a relatively tiny Oasis gig at the Barrowlands.
Sadly, various Buckfast-addled gorillas had become embroiled in a knuckle-dragging feud which raged long into the morning, and was even exacerbated after everyone had been told that a whole legion of early bird fans had been invited to sleep inside the venue the night before; they had already snapped up every last brief. After seeing several teeth knocked out and a passer-by taking a huge blow to the head from the thicker end of a Buckfast bottle, we headed for home, empty-handed and semi-traumatised.
In the intervening years, the gigs became more pedestrian in inverse proportion to the quality of the music, to the point that I saw them another seven times without major incident, the most sedate of which was a Noel Gallagher solo appearance at the Royal Albert Hall where almost every song originated from the band's mid-90s heyday.
However, seeing Oasis at Murrayfield this summer proved something of a watershed moment; beer queues took an hour, open drug use was rife, as were the neds, while 'seeing' the band largely involved squinting to see five ants on stage, but mostly just watching the action on big screens from afar, at the fringes of a segregated pit area for the better heeled. Noel Gallagher also looked suspiciously like he was going through the motions.
Then, three weeks ago, with predictable shock initially meeting the band's split, more deafening was the shrug of collective indifference.
These days, my entire music collection is contained on a cigarette pack-sized iPod filled with mp3s, mp4s, and more, but Oasis' finest moments in whole new formats are still very much a part of my listening, even if I get less and less time to actually listen.
More than that, their all-pervading influence may have faded, but they taught me so much. As a result of Noel Gallagher's songs, I picked up a guitar and alone in my bedroom single-handedly learnt to bash out pretty much any song around.
Those rudimentary noodlings even got me onto the stage at King Tut's in Glasgow - the venue where Oasis were first signed - and lent me enough street cred to blag my way into a week at the offices of the NME.
Furthermore, thanks to Oasis, I gained an unrivalled musical scholarship, on their recommendation quickly ploughing my way through the entire Beatles' back catalogue, then a dizzying array of Dylan, Zeppelin, The Who, the Stones, The Jam, Hendrix, The Stone Roses, The La's, T-Rex, U2, The Clash, The Kinks, and more.
Now, I plough my way with even greater speed through mp3 blogs, using sites such as Hype Machine to sample Florence and the Machine, or Largehearted Boy to try out Badly Drawn Boy.
But Oasis were the original revolution from my bedroom, and damn I'll miss them.
Oasis Invited to Q Awards - Up For Top Prize Of The Event
Liam Galllagher at 2005 ceremony
Oasis are in the running for the title of world's best act at a top music awards bash - even though they recently split.The band, whose guitarist Noel Gallagher quit last month, have been shortlisted for the best act in the world today gong at the Q Awards, against Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Muse.Oasis will also compete for the best live act award at the event next month, against acts like U2, Blur and Take That.
Noel and brother Liam have been invited to the event, organised by Q magazine at the Grosvenor House Hotel, but they have both kept a low profile since their increasing rift led to Noel quitting just moments before a gig in Paris. A trio of acts lead the field with three nominations each - Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Florence & The Machine. U2, Dizzee Rascal and Lady GaGa are among the acts with a pair of mentions on the shortlist. Q's editor-in-chief Paul Rees said: "The Q Awards prides itself on honouring the best popular music of the year and the 2009 vintage is no exception. Once again the nominations prove that great music continues to be made across a broad range of styles."
Jay-Z: my Nas beef was bigger than Noel Gallagher row
Plus rapper says he'd play Glastonbury festival again
Jay-Z has said he saw his dispute with rapper Nas as meaning more than his dispute with Oasis' Noel Gallagher.
The two New York rappers used to have issues with each other following sampling and guest spot disputes. Gallagher, a former Glastonbury headliner with Oasis, said that Jay-Z was the "wrong" booking to headline the festival, as the rapper did last year.
When asked in a new interview in Shortlist magazine which beef "meant more", Jay-Z said: "Nas because it comes from hip-hop. It was a great time in hip-hop, a great battle.
"Noel, that was pretty cool too. That felt more like me progressing and knocking down a different barrier more than a thing with me and Noel. I think it was more about [the festival], we were arguing about that, not arguing with each other. He was, 'I wanted it to be like I always saw it!'. I was like, 'No, the world's changing'."
He went on to say that he would be interested in playing at Glastonbury again.
"Absolutely [I would play it]", he said. "I rank it as one of those moments when I first got a Grammy. The people wanted it, the people were like, 'No, we like Jay-Z and we like Noel, we like both of you guys."
Noel forced to "walk out on his own band", says Bunnyman
Ian McCulloch, legendary frontman of Echo and the Bunnymen, today commented on the recent Oasis split.
During an interview with The Quietus, McCullock said "I feel sorry for Noel. After all it was his fucking band man. Looking at things it seems like he's been bullied from all those behind the group.
"What do you do when that happens? He's had to walk out on his own band. But Noel is a good songwriter and he'll be ok. He's got projects. The rest of the band, well that guy from Ride, I like him, he's ok. At least the rest of them have still got him if they want to continue together."
Check the Quietus soon for a full interview with Ian McCulloch.
Oasis took some great lessons from The Beatles and arguably improved upon the music.
...........It happens. I've been told by many, many people my age that The Beatles -- The Beatles! -- are their favorite band. Every time, I say, "OK, that's cute, but you don't have to impress me. Tell me what your real favorite band is." Inevitably, they stick to their guns.
I feel the need to continue to reiterate: I understand that The Beatles are culturally significant and important in the historical progression of rock music. And I understand that they're talented. But unless you were locked in a time capsule like Brendan Fraser in "Blast From the Past," they cannot be your favorite band. If you're younger than 50 and you do make such a claim, you're either (A) trying to impress someone with what you think will be received as good taste, or (B) woefully behind in your consumption of music. If it's A, I'm disappointed in you. If it's B, there's hope -- we only have to help you find the good stuff.
I'd much rather listen to Oasis than The Beatles. Oasis, or any band that came after The Beatles, learned from The Beatles, improving on their work by listening to, building on and perfecting the styles pioneered by The Beatles. The result: The arrangements used by Oasis are more complex, the sound is denser, the production is better. Claims that Oasis is nothing more than a Beatles tribute band do little to disprove my theory. There is no question that Oasis was influenced by The Beatles -- most rock bands are. That influence was likely heavier with Oasis, but even Oasis -- brash as the band is -- understands the power of what came before. After all, Oasis named an album "Standing On the Shoulders of Giants."
All of these improvements can be chalked up to chronological order. Just as Dean Koontz came after Bram Stoker, Oasis came after The Beatles. Each had the advantage of superior technology, in addition to the natural advantage of the chance to learn from their forebears. The chance to, well, stand on someone's shoulders.
Now, is that to say that Oasis is more important than The Beatles? Am I implying that Dean Koontz is more vital to the development of literature? Absolutely not. I would be remiss in making such a claim.
It is important to understand the history of one's chosen art forms. Therefore, everyone should listen to The Beatles. And everyone should read "Dracula." But afterward, they should be able to separate importance from their own tastes.
And really, that's what this comes down to. I'd like people to make up their own minds. Too often, I find myself surrounded by people who spout opinions of politics or religion or music that are not their own. Much of the time, those opinions are a product of their parents, their upbringing and their inability to see two sides of an argument.
It's enough to know that The Beatles were an influential band that created music that was loved by the world. You don't have to claim that you love them, or that they're your favorite band. You don't have to go along when other people start listing off their top five Beatles' songs. It's OK to say, "That's not my scene, man." (If you're going to use that exact quote, it would be most effective to be wearing a beret.............
The 3 British super groups Coldplay, Oasis and Take That all managed to break records and score entries in the 2010 Guiness book of world records,
Coldplay's two entries record the "Most downloaded free track of the week and “Best selling download album in the UK” while Oasis landed 22 successive Top 10 hits in the UK and now own the record for “Longest Top 10 UK chart run by a group”.
Take That’s 2009 comeback tour sold 600'000 within five hours and has earned them a place in the records with an entry for the “Fastest-Selling UK tour”.
British singer Alexandra Burke achieved two record entries for her single Allelulia, which sold a record 576,046 copies in the UK, topping Leona Lewis’s record in 2006.
Online download records suggest the increasing success of music purchased digitally. Leona Lewis’s single Bleeding Love sold a record 3.3 million downloads in the US.
Other record breaking artists include Sir Cliff Richard, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Britney Spears.
Spears is the youngest female artist in history to have five of her albums reach number 1.
Before Britney turned 20 years old in 2001, she had sold 37 million records around the world, earning her the title of all-time best-selling teenage artist.
David Gray: Oasis Haven't Done Anything Interesting in 15 Years
David Gray took a pop at Oasis when he became the latest star to play a Biz Session. After acoustic performances of Babylon, Fugitive and Draw The Line, the wobbly-headed singer said: "I saw Oasis at Glastonbury years ago and it was a total non-event.
Watch David Gray video of Fugitive and Draw The Line by clicking here.
"They failed to connect with the festival. Also they haven't done anything musically interesting since their highest moment, which was over 15 years ago now."
He then spectacularly undid his bravado by admitting to being the most boring man on the planet.
David - whose album Draw The Line is out today - added: "The rock 'n' roll lifestyle isn't for me. After a weekend partying I need a week and a half to get over it.
"Come Monday evening I'm watching costume dramas, eating a curry and maybe some mash then it's off for an early night."
I don't know what's more disturbing - being a costume drama fan or having mash with curry?
Ian Brown Suggests Solo Careers For Gallagher Brothers
Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has urged Liam and Noel Gallagher to pursue solo projects after Noel walked out on Oasis last month.
Rumours are rife that Liam is ready to continue working on Oasis projects without his brother, while Noel is widely expected to release a long-awaited debut solo album some time in the future.
Brown told the Press Association: "What's a shame is that they're brothers. From being ten and six scrapping on the carpet in the front room, now they are doing it in public and worldwide - I think that's a bit of a shame for them. Life's hard enough without scrapping with your brother when you're a grown man. I would say go solo. I can heartily recommend it. It's a fine way to be."
Brown also commented on the praise the Gallaghers heaped upon his former band The Stone Roses when they first burst onto the music scene in 1994: "I always loved Oasis because when they came out, they did express that they loved us and they saw that we did it and they thought they could do it too. We're lads like they are, and that inspired them. That means a lot to me."Read more »
Noel Gallagher at Amorphous Androgynous Launch Party?
Noel Gallagher had been set to appear at the event
Amorphous Androgynous, the psych rock alter ego for The Future Sound Of London pair Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans, have changed the date of their forthcoming London album launch party.
The event, to mark the launch of their 'A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind' compilation record, had been set to take place at the matter venue on September 17, but has been shifted to October 30.
Oasis' Noel Gallagher had been set to make a cameo appearance, playing with the band onstage. Organisers have not stated whether he is still available for the new date or not, following his departure from Oasis last month.
In a statement, organisers explained that the move was due to "unforeseen circumstances". Original tickets are valid for the new date, while refunds will be available too. Additions to the line-up for the show are set to be announced soon.
Observations: Psychedelia and some heavy lifting: what Noel Gallagher did next
Groovy move: Noel Gallagher is to appear on the new album by Amorphous Androgynous
After Noel Gallagher's seemingly irrevocable split from Oasis, fans have searched recent interviews with the benefit of hindsight to seek hints about his dramatic move. One area that deserves closer inspection, though, is the star's extra-curricular activities. For while his main band limped to its ignominious end, the elder Gallagher has been dallying with the psychedelic collective Amorphous Androgynous (AA).
Last year, on his now even wider-read blog, Oasis's main songwriter praised to the hilt AA's freakbeat compilation A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind. Now the group led by Garry Cobain, formerly of house outfit Future Sound Of London, have put together a second volume, set to launch at a night that features live sets from his group and rock veterans Hawkwind.
Gallagher himself is set to guest on AA's cover of his tune "Falling Down", from the last Oasis album Dig Out Your Soul, almost unrecognisable to the original thanks to its winsome female vocal and liberal use of that psych standby, the sitar. AA took on the track at Noel's own request, Cobain explains. "He asked us to make it worthy to be on [Monstrous...], so we went to town on it and delivered a 22-minute epic mix, adding flutes, orchestration, all sorts of sonic trickery – the full Amorphous Androgynous psychedelic palette." Nor is it the first time Gallagher has worked with them, even lugging guitars as a roadie. "I think secretly he is nostalgic for those early days when he was a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets.
"One day Alisha Sufit, who sings 'Falling Down' live, lost her voice just before a gig and we reluctantly turned to Noel and asked him if he could fill in. He jumped at the chance and actually he's not bad on vocals, so we've kept him for special occasions like this; but we do miss him as a roadie because he was the best we've ever had."
Amorphous Androgynous play Matter at the O2 arena in London on 17 September
Sydney’s biggest Oasis fan and Britpop DJ, Mucky Fingers, gives us his favourite Oasis moments as seen through YouTube:
So, this is apparently it. Noel has left Oasis for good. Despite the fact that the band, and particularly the Gallagher brothers, have always been volatile, it still seems odd to think that we may never see them perform together again.
To celebrate their amazing history, here is some of their best moments; a collection of performances, interviews and assorted tomfoolery. As Noel said in the announcement of his departure; “I take with me glorious memories”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNc9jiDHvLo Long before they were famous or had even had a record deal, here’s the original Oasis line-up in their rehearsal room in 1992 performing All Around The World; a track that wouldn’t be released until 1997’s Be Here Now. Noel had spoken a lot about this song before it finally came out; once saying that he wanted to enter it into the Eurovision Song Contest. “Orchestras, man? It’s not got to be one, it’s got to be two”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_lzy_kMF1c Their debut performance of Supersonic. As far as debut singles from debut albums go, there are very few that are better. The opening line can be pin-pointed as the band’s statement of intent for the next 15 years.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1EzpPCjHUk Just to show how seriously Oasis were taking their chart battle with Blur, the Gallaghers decide to trade places and make a mockery of Top of the Pops’ use of miming. This is right before their “friendship” with Robbie Williams turned sour.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ln_nF1OaYc Oasis perform their cover of I Am The Walrus with a little help from their friends, The Bootleg Beatles, in 1995. Throughout their career, the band have always been dogged by criticism by lazy journalists and uneducated listeners for supposedly being Beatles copyists. What these people tend not to remember (or know) is that, for a start, Oasis really sound nothing like the Fab Four and that The Beatles themselves were blatant plunderers of a load of other people’s work.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vp4yp54DLE After losing out to Blur in both the previous year’s Brit Awards and in the infamous chart battle between Roll With It and Country House, Oasis get a little bit of their own back by sweeping the 1996 Brits and putting their own spin on Blur’s hit Parklife.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkCqC9ROBEk This clip comes from Oasis’ infamous debut Australian tour in 1998. I can still remember this time as if it was yesterday. The whole country seemed to be up in arms about their supposed “bad boy” behaviour. From this moment on, declaring yourself an Australian Oasis fan became almost an open invitation to be chastised forever. When Oasis did finally make their second tour, in 2002, one of the airline unions tried to have them banned from all flights in the country.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn4AcgWDiwY Following the excess of the 90s, Oasis returned in 2000 with a new line-up and their fourth Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants. This video comes from that tour. The main reason I chose this is because of the banter between Noel and Liam at the start. Maybe a future in comedy is what lies ahead?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRHjDnSprfM This comes from the DVD special features of the film Live Forever. If you haven’t seen it, get off your computer and go and buy it now! Noel is a great storyteller. There are very few people in music that can do interviews that are laugh-out-loud funny. The other great thing about this clip is the seat he’s sitting on. It’s a throne!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kGL4WHFZOU Noel being interviewed for Video Hits a couple of years back. This was trainwreck TV at its finest, with Noel taunting knob-exposing jazz-warbling host Axel Whitehead over the course of six icy segments. It wasn’t long after this that said knob exposure occured at the ARIAs. Could it be put down to post-Noel stress?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDvz_0_2VvA Performing what might be their last ever single, Falling Down, on a special Top Of The Pops earlier in the year. Their most recent album, Dig Out Your Soul, was their best in a decade and this was one of the best songs from it. One version of the track was remixed by electronic-psych duo Amorphous Androgynous and clocked in at a whooping 22 minutes. If Noel does go solo, could he get the rest of Oasis minus Liam to be the band?
Tomorrow never knows what it doesn’t know too soon.
The Chief has quit, but should Liam carry on without him? In a word, no.
"I will never leave Oasis", stated Noel Gallagher in an interview only two months ago, shortly prior to the band's gigs at Wembley Stadium. The media, clearly unable to stop recycling the same tired stories of an Oasis split, had been publishing rumours that the band were on the verge of doing just that - again. It would only take Liam to look at Noel the wrong way on stage for them to sensationalise it into being "the end".
Then rumour became reality. Minutes before they were due on stage at a festival in Paris, a fracas broke out backstage between the Gallagher brothers which allegedly involved a punch up, a smashed guitar, and an ambulance. Thousands of fans waiting for the band's arrival on stage were left absolutely gutted and shortly afterwards in a statement posted on the band’s web site Noel officially stated he had quit. Same shit, different tour, was my immediate thought, as any Oasis fan will know this was yet another case of deja vu. Then followed a second statement, which crushed any hope that this was going to blow over anytime soon. Noel cited "verbal and violent intimidation" and a "lack of support and understanding from management and bandmates" as his reasons for quitting. This sadly suggests that it is not only his relationship with Liam that has been damaged, but with others too, so it might take a lot more work to heal the wounds this time round.
The Autumn/Winter (launching in October) collection is currently being seen in London by every respected fashion buyer in the industry and will be available to buy from reputable outlets, as well as on the Pretty Green website (keep a look out for the confirmed retail list on the site in a few weeks) . The reaction to the collection has been incredible and people are already touting Pretty Green as the next big thing in menswear.
As well as the top industry people, we invited some of our community customer’s along last week to have a look and see what’s coming this October.
Every single person who attended was blown away by what’s to come this season from Pretty Green.
We wanted to share some of their thoughts and comments with you…
“It was a brilliant day and I left buzzing to get my hands on the majority of the new range! I haven’t been able to stop talking about the new range, whilst making people aware that pretty green is about to shake up the marketplace in a big way! I left knowing that pretty green is creating clothes specifically for people like me. People with similar interests and the same desires about what their clothes should say about the people who wear them and the envy they put into the people who are not wearing them” (Ben D)
“I love my clothes and from what I saw today i have no doubt that from now on all I will buy is Pretty Green. Thank-you Dean and all at Pretty Green, as Liam would say you are all BIBLICAL!” (Jaswant)
“I thought everything in the new range was fantastic, I loved the t shirts, jumpers, jeans in fact it was just all brilliant and as for the leather jacket that was just amazing it’s top of my wish list, got me fingers crossed for that lottery win! However I’m currently throwing most me clothes out to get some space in the wardrobe for an October shopping spree! … Anyway keep up the good work, Pretty Green is shaping up to be the best brand out there!” (Ben P)
"You don't know what you've got till it's gone," Janet Jackson once famously sampled, and how true it is. Only now that Noel Gallagher has left in a firestorm of brotherly acrimony can I truly take stock of my feelings toward OASIS.
I spent my youth hating them for their worst ballads, "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" — songs of the round-specs days, the Prince Valiant–cut days. As I grew older and angrier, I resented them for the shabbiness of their pastiches of superior groups, from the Kinks all the way to the Stone Roses. They even grabbed Andy Bell, superior guitarist of Ride, and made him their goddamn bassist. Finally, in recent years, I became engulfed in the total Oasis indifference that's shrouded our continent for a decade. To most Americans, the big shocker this week wasn't that Oasis broke up. It was that Oasis had still been together.
(One could be forgiven for having the vague recollection that they split up back in 2000 or so. This is actually the second time Noel has left the group after a squabble with his brother. I'm writing under the assumption that now it'll stick.)
I never managed to like Oasis. I tried going back and giving them a second and a third chance, but the genuine, empirical crapness of their songs always thwarted me. Even so, the break-up is bittersweet. I'm going to miss the pure comedy of their existence. So, rather than crowing over their demise, I'd like to take a moment to remember all the good stuff:
• With so few enduringly BIG bands left, there was a certain comfort in knowing how huge they were across the pond. To this day, the UK rock press reveres them as gods — probably because their faces still sell magazines after all these years, and interviewers can always count on Noel for a rugged Mancunian witticism and Liam for a dumbshit quotable. The mere existence of such an institution — a rock band who could make headlines just by calling another band shit in a drunken backstage interview — toasted up my cockles a little.
• A credible rock band getting sued for ripping off a commercial jingle seems like an obvious killer blow, but Oasis managed to get through the ordeal only lightly scathed. Their early single "Shakermaker" grabbed the tune from the classic Coca-Cola jingle "I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing," and Oasis paid a hefty fine. You've gotta love them for perfecting the art of the brazen, reckless homage: witness the similarity between "Cigarettes and Alcohol" and T-Rex's "Bang a Gong," or "Mucky Fingers" and the Velvet Underground's "Waiting for the Man," or "Part of the Queue" and the Stranglers' "Golden Brown."
• There was a certain magic in their unwavering view that they were the greatest thing in history. From their frequent proclamations that they'd be bigger than the Beatles to their condemnation of Keith Richards as "senile" and George Harrison as a "nipple," their resolute commitment to delusion and obnoxiousness was as inspiring as it was irritating.
• Those YouTube videos of Noel Gallagher getting toppled like a bowling pin by some nutcase at a Toronto-festival appearance! I must have watched it happen a hundred times, from multiple angles, and seeing Noel getting hurt was the greatest sort of wish fulfillment.
• Ah, those faces! Music be damned — every photograph of the Brothers Gallagher and their ridiculous mugs brought me joy. Liam, always sullen and glassy-eyed, frequently V-signing the camera, monobrowed, uncomprehending. Forever a model for the latest cutting-edge British haircut — many of which have not stood the test of time and have become retrospectively hilarious. And Noel, with that wondrous sphere of a head, those squinting, wide-set eyes, the fixed, toadlike grump of his countenance. Such a gruesome pair of walking carnival caricatures we may never see again.
"Live Forever" indeed, Noel and Liam. Thanks for the laughs — you can keep the songs.
I for one am so glad David got to air his true feelings . I just wonder what David and his therapist have left to discuss in future sessions? Leave your thoughts below and please take it easy on Boston, there's a ton of Bostonions who adore Oasis.
Oasis photographs from the 1990s previously unseen by the public are set to go on display at a new exhibition in London on Friday (September 11).
The exhibition features the work of photographer Michael Spencer Jones, who photographed the Gallaghers from the '90s and into this century, with his work including the cover for the band's debut album 'Definitely Maybe' (pictured). It will take place at the This Feeling club-night at the Parker McMillan venue.
Entitled 'Out Of The Blue', the exhibition will feature previously un-exhibited photos including shots from the Manchester band's 1993 photoshoot for the 'Cigarettes And Alcohol' single cover. See the new issue of NME, out now, for an exclusive look at one of the shots from the session.
LIAM Gallagher led his Oasis bandmates in a game of air guitar over the weekend – perhaps poking fun at his feud with brother Noel, 42, who recently quit the group.
The singer, 36 – plus guitarist Gem Archer, 42, bassist Andy Bell, 39, and drummer Chris Sharrock, 45 – were in the Garden Gate pub in Hampstead, north London, on Saturday with Prodigy pal Liam Howlett, 38, family and crew members.
An onlooker told me: “Everybody was in good spirits, particularly Liam, who was making everybody laugh.
“He was doing lots of air guitar movements and chuckling. Whether it was taking the mick out of his brother it was hard to tell.
“There was a real party atmosphere and it seemed like a farewell booze-up following the end of the tour, or maybe a proper goodbye.
“It appeared like Noel was the real outcast in the band and Liam is still top dog in their circle.”
Punk legend JOHN LYDON is devastated NOEL GALLAGHER quit OASIS - because the band's music cheered him up.
The Sex Pistols frontman is a big fan of the Wonderwall hitmakers, and is convinced singer Liam Gallagher has borrowed his vocal style.
So he was saddened when guitarist Noel walked away from the British band after a bust-up with his brother before a show in Paris last month (Aug09). Lydon, who went by the moniker Johnny Rotten during his punk heyday, says, "It is sad. They're a nice backdrop on a dull day. There's no content or depth to Oasis but it's still poignant.
"Noel is fantastic, one of Britain's finest. Liam's alright if you want a second-rate Rotten. I remember hearing Rock 'n' Roll Star for the first time and it sounded like John Lennon and John Lydon mixed together."
Oasis were much more than an overrated Beatle tribute band, writes long-time fan Andrea Byrne
It's hard to know whether Noel Gallagher's estrangement from his brother and dramatic departure from their band Oasis is permanent. We have, after all, been here before (four times in total) which is why the latest acrimony doesn't really surprise many. However, what is odd is the countless music critics who have greeted the news with a certain amount of sadistic glee.
One reviewer last week wrote how "Oasis, the most, overrated band in the history of music, have finally done the decent thing and split".
I'm not a music critic, nor would I claim to be any sort of rock buff, but what I am in tune with is popular culture, and for a very long time Oasis was the face of a musical generation. And for that, the band should be duly acknowledged.
If you look at the rock bands currently in vogue, you'll find many, if not most of them, seem to boast an Oasis-like sound. Take for example fellow Mancunians Kasabian -- one of the most popular bands around, a band that, whether the band members like it or not, find themselves constantly the subject of Oasis comparisons.
Oasis themselves should be all too familiar with comparisons. At the height of their success, many critics, in an attempt to deride, accused them of sounding too like the Beatles. I never understood this, given that the Beatles was a brilliant band, and to this day is still one of the most successful. Why is sounding like them a negative thing?
The aforementioned review also commented how Oasis encouraged a yobbish culture. Well yes, many of their fans wore Man City jerseys, drank lager, swore a lot and boasted garish forearm tattoos, but you could say the same about the Manic Street Preachers or The Prodigy or Blur.
Sure, you'd even be liable to find a rough element at a Take That concert.
Undeniably, the Oasis boys were loud and vulgar, and were unapologetic for it, but at least they had personality, unlike the manufactured, saccharine-coated, borderline robotic musical acts that currently saturate the charts. When the Gallagher brothers fought, they hid nothing from anyone, refusing to allow a damage-control PR machine splutter into action. The Oasis boys were pure rock 'n' roll and it wasn't contrived.
On their most recent tour, Liam and Noel travelled separately and didn't communicate unless it involved barbed comments made in interviews.
It all came to a head when the brothers met backstage at the third last concert of the tour. Allegedly, Liam was drunk. A fist-fight ensued between the pair, with Liam also reportedly smashing one of Noel's guitars.
"It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight," Noel said in a statement. "People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer." The drama between the two makes an episode of Eastenders appear tame in comparison.
Anyone who has ever had the privilege of interviewing Oasis, will probably tell you what a wonder of unpredictability it is to be in their company. The two brothers are polar opposites. Liam, the younger of two, is positively nuts. Noel is a deeper thinker and more articulate, but he has a temper too. Married to a former member of a girlband, Liam befriends celebrities, Noel prefers musicians.
While, they may not complement each other on a family level, musically they gel. Whatever you may say about Liam's gravely voice, at least it's original. While, Noel has proved over the years that he's an excellent songwriter.
I have been lucky enough to see them in concert twice. The most recent of which was earlier this summer at Slane Castle. Despite the alleged tensions in the band, they sounded brilliant, offering a great mix of old and new.
However, many fans commented on the fact that Oasis could have been playing in Uzbekistan, so lacking was the interaction with the audience. But the Gallagher brothers have never pandered to an audience, they don't feel the need to wave a tri-colour or get the audience to sing 'The Fields of Athenry' in order to satisfy. For that I admire them. Also, they have never pretended to have gone into this career for anything other than the money. Which again is refreshing.
Definitely Maybe and (What's The Story) Morning Glory are two of my favourite albums. I, along with many of my friends, listen to them with the same appreciation and enjoyment we did a decade ago. OK, so admittedly the lyrics aren't worthy of awards and don't exactly captivate on any great intellectual level, but they are memorable nonetheless, the kind of songs you'd belt out at a party in the small hours of the morning, because you know there would be plenty of people who would join in the chorus. In 10 years' time, most people will remember the words, or at the very least the chorus, to 'Wonderwall'. I doubt the same can be said for the current rash of rock stars out there.
Just before the release of Definitely Maybe, Caspar Llewellyn Smith caught up with Noel Gallagher to find out about scraps with Liam, spats with Suede and why people would still be listening to his band's debut album in 20 years' time. Here, for the first time, we publish the whole interview
Oasis' Noel Gallagher with little brother Liam: 'If he ever acted like Brett Anderson I'd take off my guitar and smack him!'
It was the second week of August 1994 and Oasis were at the Top of the Pops studio in Elstree to perform Live Forever. The band were on a short tour, including a festival date in Sweden (on the same bill as Primal Scream) and a gig the night before at the Astoria in London, where Paul Weller had gatecrashed the aftershow party. The Tories were still in power; no one had heard the term Britpop yet; the band's debut album Definitely Maybe would be released at the end of the month. The others – bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, drummer Tony McCarroll and singer, Liam Gallagher – left the dressing room while I spoke to 27-year old Noel Gallagher. I think I'm right in saying it was his first broadsheet interview and during the course of it he'd show why he wasn't just the best songwriter in the UK: for the next 15 years, he'd be the best interview in rock music, too.
Caspar Llewellyn Smith: How's this last tour been? Noel Gallagher: Where do I start? Started last Tuesday – so that's a week and one day. So we've had a fucking riot: a broken ankle; we've been barred from two hotels; been to Sweden and made the front page of the national newspaper. They called us "English scum" and told us we weren't allowed back in the country. Throb from Primal Scream's got a broken nose and had to have eight injections in his knee.
CLS: So that's pretty much everything you've ever wanted … Noel: It's been all right. This has been the wildest tour. We thought it'd be boring 'cause this is about the fifth one and we thought it would be just like the others but somehow this one has just got a bit out of hand.
CLS: What's it like doing Top of the Pops? Noel: You've got to do it, you know what I mean? You can be a fucking knob like Joe Strummer and say you're never going to do Top of the Pops. You've got to get on and do it and try and be as fucking big as you can. It's all about ambition, innit?
CLS: Is that your aim? To be the biggest band ever? Noel: You've gotta. If somebody says: "Do you want to be put into how-many-ever fucking million homes on a Thursday night?" it's like, "Yeah." You've got a duty to the people that buy your records. The people that buy your records are going to be sat at home on a Thursday night, and saying to their mams and dads, "See, this is the band I'm into. This is what I like." We don't want to be an indie band from England who've had a couple of hits. We want to go on and be an important band and there's certain things you've got to do. You want to sell 5,000 limited-edition red vinyl seven-inches, that's fine. Make music for a closet full of people in Bradford somewhere ... but it doesn't mean anything to anyone. Phil Collins has got to be chased out of the charts, and Wet Wet Wet. It's the only way to do it, man, to fucking get in there among them and stamp the fuckers out.
CLS: It's a pretty dire time. Noel: There's more bands about now than there has been for the last three or four years. A lot of them are mediocre. A lot of them get press coverage and they're not very good. The only bands I'm into are Paul Weller, the Verve, Primal Scream and that's it.
CLS: Was it weird having Weller at the show last night? Noel: We've met him a couple of times. He's all right. He's older than us and set in his ways. It's like, I totally respect him but he does his thing and we do ours. He likes our band and we love his band. He's a fucking top guy.
Oasis at the Knebworth Festival, 1996. Photograph: Rex Features CLS: What happens if it ends tomorrow? Do you carry on writing songs? Is that what it's really about? Noel: The thing about all this fucking hype shit and press about our tours and drugs, although it's true, they write about it 'cos it sells papers. You've got to get your records out because your records last forever. Press stories last for a week until someone else is doing something else. The songs are what it's about and the albums, gigs, that's what sticks in people's memories – not being bundled off a ferry in Amsterdam. In 20 years' time our album Definitely Maybe will still be in the shops and that's what it's about. In 20 years' time people will buy the album and listen to it for what it is. They won't listen to it because we were rock'n'roll or something like that. That's what matters.
CLS: What's about the stories about rows with your brother? Noel: The thing about brothers, the thing between me and him, is ... he can bullshit to other people and they believe him and I can bullshit to other people, but we can't bullshit to each other because we've known each other for too long. Brothers are always competitive anyway. Aren't they? CLS: Is he happy with all your lyrics? Noel: Yeah. If any of the band ever said, "I'm not singing that or not playing it ..." I'd say, "Right, we'll we're not changing it because that's the fucking song," you know what I mean? Of course he's happy. I mean, why would he not be?
CLS: The story is that he formed the band. It seemed that you needed that to get you off your arse... Noel: Totally. I didn't know anybody else who I would desire to be in a band with, except these four guys. It's as simple as that. It's fate I suppose.
CLS: Is writing songs the most important thing in your life? Noel: Totally. Writing songs, that's what gets me going. Not the drugs or the sex or the rock'n'roll behaviour, it's the music. I write all the time. I've got the attention span of a fucking gnat so if I'm not doing something like writing or doing interviews I just sit there vegetating, fucking taking drugs. CLS: How would you describe your sound to someone who's never heard you before? Noel: I'd just say, all the best bits of every band that anyone's ever liked. We sound like all the important bands. People slag us off and say we sound like the Beatles, T-Rex, the Stones, Jam, Sex Pistols, but it's better than sounding like Spandau Ballet.
CLS: What's the best thing that you've written? Noel: On the album I'd say Slide Away, personally. I remember the times when we recorded Supersonic and it was supposed to be a B-side and it ended up being the first single. That's my favourite for that reason. Married with Children, because it's funny. Sad Song, because I sing it. But Slide Away is probably the best song I've ever written. At the moment.
CLS: One of the things I love about your band is the sense of humour. Noel: Most of the bands in England are just too inward looking. Bollocks! Music should be like TV. Turn it on, it entertains you. That's what we're about. The lyrics do mean certain things. I don't like talking about it 'cause it's too difficult for me. Each line in a song means something else. They mean what they mean to people. [But] we don't aspire to be deep like Suede or the Smiths. A lot of people want to go out and change people's lives and dictate to them what they should be doing and what they should be wearing and who they should be voting for. Our music has changed people's lives, I know it has, Live Forever has, but all the songs on that album were written when I was on the dole and I had fuck all going for me. I was writing about escaping. I wasn't writing about being on the dole and how shit it was. I was writing about how great it could be if we were in a band. That's what [people] – especially the people who come to the gigs – can relate to cause we're singing about them. If it takes you out of your surroundings, if you're listening to it at work or on the bus, then that's what it's all about.
CLS: Do you not find it weird with pop music … it's not like an advert. That entertains you but it's just so what. [Pop is] three minutes of ... a bit of magic. Noel: Yeah. If you try too hard you're never going to get there. Most of the pop stars today ... Blur are trying to be entertaining but they're trying too hard. Their music just doesn't mean anything. They get people to gigs and sell out and that's fine. They're a working band and play live. Fucking great, I've got respect for them but it sounds like they're trying too hard. What we do is just completely natural. I sit there and just pick up a guitar and I wait and I wait and I wait and then something goes and it fucking comes out. I don't try to write songs about things. Like Girls and Boys about being on holiday in Spain. I ain't the voice of a generation for anyone and neither is anyone in the band. We're not figureheads of any movement and we don't aspire to be. People are saying we're the most important band since blah blah blah and that's their opinion. We're not going to say, "No we're not". If you say we're the most important band since the Smiths then fine. But I'm not going to go and say, "I'm the most important songwriter since John Lennon". It's not within me to say that.
CLS: What were you doing before [you joined the band]? Roadying? Noel: Yeah. For a Manchester band. Fucking about. Before that? Fucking fish-tank maker. I worked in a bakery. As a signwriter. As a labourer. Worked in a dry cleaners. You fucking name it, I done it. I only done it because I had to. I only did it for the money, I only did it because that's what I had to do. Why the fuck would I aspire to be a fucking fish-tank maker? Beyond me. I was 16, 17. You do what you have to do, because your mam boots you out of bed at 11 o'clock in the morning and says, "Get down the fucking job centre!".
CLS: Do you think you are special in that you've got this ability? Noel: If it was that easy every fucker would be doing it. If it was that easy, you'd be doing it. I believe people have got certain talents. Not everyone can write songs, that is special 'cause you're communicating with people. If it's for building walls or plastering or painting or something like that, then that's a fucking talent. You can't build a house yourself, you've got to get someone to build it for you. I believe everyone's got special talents, it's just a matter of finding it, realising what it is and then getting on with it and doing it. I was always told when I was young, there's no point in playing that guitar because you're just going to end up working in Maccy D's. It was like, no. Fuck that.
CLS: What was school like? Noel: I wish somebody had actually taken the time to realise that I could actually play the guitar and could write songs and took me to one side and gave me a bit of fucking time. They always take the best footballers and put them in their own little class and they get treated better at school. There should be more emphasis put on music and the arts. The education system doesn't understand musicians ... doesn't understand music except classical music. Classical music means fucking diddle in this country to the kids.
CLS: What's this about you saying you'd like to move about a bit more on stage? Noel: But I can't because I'm concentrating too much on playing guitar. Yeah. I'd hate to be like Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix who actually mastered the guitar. Then I'd just go, "Pfft, fucking hell, it's just not exciting anymore". I learn new chords everyday. I'll get dead excited and fucking be like, "here, check that out for a chord. Fucking ace!" Someone will be like, "Oh yeah, G minor flat suspended". "I just invented that chord! And it's called N!"
CLS: What about your brother on stage? He stands dead still. Noel: Well, I mean, he shakes the tambourine, doesn't he? Sings the songs. Not that much else to do really. Unless you want to be Brett Anderson.
CLS: Is he never tempted to do a Jagger or Bobby Gillespie number? Noel: Us lot would all laugh at him. That's him. He is his own man. It's as simple as that. He just doesn't do them sort of things. He doesn't talk to the crowd. That's him. If he started acting like Brett Anderson I'd fucking take my guitar off and I'd fucking smack him round the back of his head.
CLS: Has it all come naturally to him? Noel: I'd imagine so.
CLS: Does he get nervous? Noel: Him? Oh yeah, absolutely fucking terrified. But he'd never admit it to anyone. You see that look of fear in his eyes before he goes out on stage. The shitbag. But that's him. He doesn't scare me. CLS: What if he wants to start writing songs himself? Noel: Erm ... I suppose we cross that bridge when we come to it. If they're all right songs, then fine, but he won't be writing them for this band. It's taken us three years to get where we are today and I'm not going to hand over the reins ... You can keep your songs and stick 'em up your arse. When the band splits up or runs its course, then you can write your own songs, but it was me who got us where we are.
CLS: The music you seem to like, it's all white rock guitar bands, isn't it? Noel: When it first kicked off in 88, 89, I was at the Hacienda every night, into dance music and hip-hop and all that. But I got bored of it 'cos it ran its course, and now it's just 2 Unlimited and the Prodigy and it's too fast and it's lost its groove. I'm not really a dance music fan. But people who are into it are into it ... and people who are into dance music can't understand people like us.
CLS: Does it bother you that it's not like the 60s, when everyone liked the Beatles and the Stones? Does it upset you that it's never going to be like that again? Noel: Totally. It upsets me that Suede have to all intents and purposes split up. Blur are a musical joke. So really there's only us that are a new young band doing anything and there should be six or seven of us, but there ain't. People are trying to build up Shed Seven against us but Shed Seven couldn't tie my shoelaces. They go on in the press saying, "Oasis stole our thunder". But thunder belongs to no one ... it belongs to the kids. If it wasn't for us, fucking Echobelly and Shed Seven would be the most important bands in Britain and that would be a farce.
CLS: Can you ever see yourself settling down with a couple of kids? Noel: No, fucking never.
CLS: A nice semi in the country? A big mansion in LA? Noel: Well, that's the general plan! Buy an island ... build a big fence, keep the fuckers out. Maybe I'll wake up one day and think I'll want two kids and a wife but I can't see it, I'm too selfish. When I'm 50, am I going to be bankrupt and in rehab? I don't think about that. I just think about today and tomorrow. I don't believe in that ethic of live fast and die young – which is what the song Live Forever is about – I hope to live to be 390. But what will be will be. I believe everything is mapped out for you anyway. Nothing gets me down about life in general, nothing pisses me off. I'm ambidextrous, I write with my left hand and I play guitar with my right. I'm right-footed, I'm double-jointed in one elbow: I'm the most bizarre character ever. So nothing amazes me. If I see a spaceship land I won't get freaked out. I'll just say, "What kept ya?". As long as people keep buying the records and coming to the gigs, there's no point in being down about anything. We're not deep people, we don't worry about what's going to happen in five years' time. I might get up in the morning and inclination might take me to say, "Fuck it, I don't want to be in a band no more". You live and die by your decisions and I'll live and die by whatever decisions I make. But I'll still be laughing.