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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
NME Takes A Look At Liam Gallagher's Options
Reality TV, song wars and new dance directions? NME’s Martin Robinson considers what’s next for Gallagher Jr
That’s it then, Oasis are officially dead.
Liam Gallagher fired the final bullet into the group’s lifeless body during an interview last week, declaring, “Oasis is no longer. I think we all know that. It’s a shame but that’s life... I’m thinking of what the next step is musically, which is all my mind’s on.”
It was a bit of a surprise, since the rumour was that Liam was going to continue Oasis without Noel, but it seems common sense has prevailed, and we’ve been spared the sight of Liam berating crowds for bottling new lead guitarist Spongebob Squarepants.
So what will Liam do next? His Pretty Green project will continue, but the itch to belt out some songs will hopefully result in new music from him soon.
Maybe when Noel starts releasing tunes. This could actually be the start of a highly productive beef to rival that between Jay-Z and Nas, as the two brothers trade diss songs, and try to prove who’s the best songwriter.
Liam’s improved considerably since ‘Little James’ and could hold his own, but his problem is that, unlike Noel, he’ll need collaborators. Since Noel slated all his bandmates when he left, you’d imagine Andy Bell and Gem Archer will be there for Liam, but we’d prefer to see him branch out a bit.
He’s been on Prodigy records before, and his appearance on Death In Vegas’ ‘Scorpio Rising’ was a sensation – Liam goes dance? Well, since in the same Times interview he revealed he used to breakdance and was into “old electro”, it could happen. Hey, it worked for Ian Brown.
If Liam isn’t up for pushing things on – and we really hope that he is – then perhaps Brownie can help in a different way. If King Monkey isn’t up for a Stone Roses reunion, then why doesn’t John Squire reform them with Liam as singer?
The youngster has certainly, “borrowed” some style tips from Ian Brown over the years and though the lad-rock community would probably implode, it’d be amazing.
Still, Liam’s so entertaining that there’s more open to him than just music. His brief appearance on Hell’s Kitchen provided a tantalising glimpse into Liam as a reality TV star.
We’d love to see him chinning snakes on I’m A Celebrity... or, having done food, we’d actually like to see Liam on something like What Not To Wear, dishing out his oddball-zen musings (“Just be, man” or “The comb is your friend”) to the great unwashed.
Seriously though, Oasis may be over, but the Gallagher Song Wars are just beginning; there’s a helluva lot of good music to come.
Via L4e Source: NME Magazine (thanks @ Dougie)
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