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Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Noel VS Liam - The War That Defined Oasis
It was August 1991 when Noel Gallagher, back in Manchester after a stint working as a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets, went to see his younger brother’s new band for the first time. As he would recall years later, “fucking cheers mate” was his thoughts as he saw his brother fronting a band and looking to forge his own way into the music world.
Noel’s status as world-touring roadie was in danger of being over-shadowed by his brother. The spotlight which Noel desired was now being sought by Liam as well. It was the start of the rivalry which would come to define Oasis when Noel joined.
It was apparent from the start that Liam Gallagher was well aware of the talents and virtues of Noel. The very act of asking his brother to join, no matter how much he has tried to downplay it in the past, shows he knew immediately that Noel on board was an opportunity he couldn’t resist. But it meant giving up control of the band to his brother, another action which went along way to starting the inter-band conflict between the two. Also, Noel’s acceptance and insistence on becoming the band’s leader was an obvious sign that he desired to be seen as superior to his brother right from the start. The awkward, unofficial positions of the two brothers in the band had already sown the seeds of a rivalry which would last for the best part of twenty years.
To begin with, all was well. The brothers were united in a desire to escape from the city they had grown up in, and in doing so create a new life for themselves. The brothers, along with Paul Arthurs, Paul McGuigan and Tony McCarroll, would rehearse religiously and play any gig they could. Hugely committed to the band, their passion would materialise on stage, where they impressed all who saw them at the time with their power and intensity - the amount of people they were playing to was irrelevant. It was immediately clear that the fire that was burning inside Liam and Noel was powering the band on to inevitable success in the future. It had already become an integral part of Oasis.
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