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This coming Saturday will be the anniversary of the legendary Rooftop Concert by The Beatles in 1969. To mark the event please help us count down 10 of the most important and significant live performances of all time:
6: Oasis - Knebworth, 10th/11th August 1996
The gigs which defined Britpop, and crowned Oasis kings of the movement, this was the moment Oasis confirmed their status as the most popular British band since The Beatles. Over two nights in August 1996, the 250,000-plus people who were the lucky two million or so to get tickets payed homage to a band which was at it’s zenith. The two nights at Knebworth were a culmination of the phenomenal rise Oasis had enjoyed following the release of their second album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory‘ and their huge world-wide hit Wonderwall’. For a short time, they were the biggest band in the world, and these two nights captured a band and an army of fans who truly represented all that is great about rock & roll. The significance of the gig was lost on no-one, and was summed up perfectly by Noel Gallagher as he strode on to the stage on the second night and declared “This is history!”
Alan McGee, the former Creation Records boss who discovered bands such as Oasis and Primal Scream, has said the Brit Awards should be scrapped.
The annual industry get-together will take place at London’s Earls Court next month, but it seems McGee is one member of the music industry who won’t be in London that night. Speaking to the Daily Record newspaper, McGee said: “They should get rid of the Brits, start again with 20 music journalists who actually care about music getting together, instead of a bunch of self-interested record company people who just vote for their own acts.”
Liam Gallagher's new band are aiming to release an album by July.
The singer says that his new group – featuring former Oasis bandmates Andy Bell and Gem Archer – had eight songs, and are aiming to head into the studio soon.
"A lot of these songs I wrote before the band [Oasis] split up," Gallagher told XFM. "I mean, there's a few new ones on there that are coming out now."
He added: "We're going in [the studio] in April with a producer, we're going to do three songs with him and if he doesn't balls it up and we don't balls it up then we'll go in and do the whole album with him."
Gallagher suggested he was keen to get on with the new, still nameless group - saying he regretted the fact that Oasis only made seven albums in the 16 years they had a record deal. He called the amount of music Oasis' put out in their career "poor", and chastised the band for taking so long to produce new material.
"Seven albums for Oasis is not good, I don't think. We've been going 18 years, 16 years or whatever and all we've done is seven albums. Ian Brown's on his seventh solo album. I just think it's poor, really," Gallagher said.
"I'm not going to beat myself up about it, I think we should have made better, bigger albums. Or more albums. Having like four or five years off is just no good," he added. "Obviously Noel (Gallagher) wanted a bit of time off and we don't. The band split in August – we was in the studio in November 'cos we're mad for it."
Elsewhere in the interview, Gallagher said he wants to appear on 'I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here or Total Wipeout – but only if no other contestants are involved.
"I'd like to do all that shit," he said, before adding that Total Wipeout is his favourite reality TV programme of the moment. "They do it in Argentina. I'd love to do it on my jaxy, with no one about."
Liam Gallagher visited The Xfm Breakfast Show with Dave Berry to talk Pretty Green, Oasis and driving farmyard vehicles with Ian Brown. Naturally, it was radio gold. Luckily, we filmed it and made it video gold.
You can see the full, unedited interview here. Like the man himself, it's utter genius.
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Liam Gallagher has told Xfm that winning the ‘BRITs Album Of Thirty Years’ would draw a satisfactory line under Oasis. The band have been nominated with Keane, Coldplay, Dire Straits, Sade, Dido, Duffy, Phil Collins, The Verve and Travis for the best album of the last thirty years.
Speaking to Dave Berry on Xfm’s Breakfast Show, the legendary frontman said.
“It would close the Oasis thing for me if we won it. I’d thank the fans. It would be a nice thing”.
Gallagher Jr also went on to say he’d enjoy a night out following a dry January.
“I want people to vote for us, for the best album of the last 30 years. I want to go. I want a night out.
“When we got the outstanding achievement award, I stayed backstage. I couldn’t be doing with going out the front This time I fancy going out the front and havig a bit of a laugh”..
To hear the full interview with Liam, tune in tomorrow (Thursday January 28) from 6.30am to the Xfm Breakfast Show with Dave Berry on 104.9 Fm (London), online and digital radio.
Liam Gallagher Visits XFM for Dave Berry Interview
Tune in tomorrow morning when Liam Gallagher will be interviewed on the all new xfm 104.9 breakfast show with Dave Berry on - from 6.30am. If you miss the live chat then you can listen again at xfm.co.uk.
Kasabian claim they are just like The Beatles - Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - because ''everyone has a favourite''.
Frontman Tom Meighan believes he and his bandmates - Serge Pizzorno, Chris Edwards and Ian Matthews - are like the Fab Four because they have obsessive fans who have different "favourites".
He said: "I think I get the eccentric fans because we are like The Beatles. Everyone has a favourite. I'm the cocky, honest, Tasmanian Devil one."
As well as being a fan of The Beatles, Tom is a huge admirer of Oasis and insists Liam Gallagher should release a solo album because he can still make "amazing" music without his brother Noel Gallagher.
The 29-year-old singer - whose band joined Oasis on their last ever tour before they split in August - said in an interview with Q magazine: "I think Liam should go it alone. It's not Oasis without Noel, and I think they'd both agree with that. Did I see it coming? No I can't say I did. I was in Germany doing a terrible festival when someone texted me they'd split up and I was as shocked as anyone.
"I texted Liam and Noel just to say, 'I am really sorry and best of luck,' to both of them. It's sad but the new music will be just amazing
With Oasis nominated for three NME awards, including best band, PaddyPower are offering odds of 5/1 that the band, who sensationally split last year, re-unite to attend the high-profile bash.
The firm offer 4/1 that the feuding Gallagher brothers get back together at any point in 2010, and also offer various different bets on the NME ceremony itself.
It is 4/5 that Liam attends on his own, 6/5 that Noel goes to bash without his brother, and 8/1 that the pair fight at the gig in London’s 02 Arena.
Paddy, however, thinks it’s far more likely that the fighting is done online, and make it 7/4 that Noel sets up a twitter account in 2010 to slate his sibling.
Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power told bettingpro:
“Oasis are old time favourites of the NME Awards, so it’s really no surprise that they’ve been nominated. The big question for music fans this year is not what bands will win but more will there be fisticuffs at this year’s ceremony?”
Oasis – Will they re-unite?
4/5 Liam only turning up at the NME's
6/5 Noel only turning up at the NME's
7/4 Noel to join Twitter in 2010
4/1 Oasis to re-form in 2010
5/1 Both brothers to re-unite to collect an award/attend the bash
8/1 Noel & Liam to come to blows at the NME's
Alan McGee: "....Really Excited About Noel's Record"
Former Creation boss Alan McGee talks about the release of Upside Down, a film based on his label - And how he is bored with the music industry.
Forming a record label in his early twenties in London with little money was impressive by anyone’s standards, but engineering one of music’s best loved and most missed labels was something else.
He signed Oasis when no one else wanted them and pioneered a music revolution, seeing talent in bands that other labels couldn’t see.
And now, Creation fans eagerly await the release of Upside Down, a documentary film by Danny O’Connor about the birth, death and life of Creation Records.
The film tells the story of the hedonistic times of Creation Records who signed My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, among others.
Talking about the film, Alan McGee says: “It will be good, Danny is a really good film maker and the bits that I have seen look great - It definitely captures the spirit and the madness of the Creation days.
“Danny keeps finding stuff that no one in the world has ever seen – forty hours of Primal Scream on tour and stuff like that.”
Featuring throughout Upside Down is Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, who is one of Alan’s oldest friends and was signed to Creation.
Alan says: “I think the star of the film is Bobby Gillespie, who unbelievably intellectualises it – not because the guy is an intellectual, but somehow he seems to understand what Creation was better than anyone else.
He adds: “Bobby I think is the star of it, which is fair do’s really, because I don’t think I could have done Creation without Bobby.”
Growing up in Cathcart in Glasgow’s Southside, McGee attended local school, Kings Park Secondary. Leaving school at 14, Alan’s memories were not as fond as the ones the school had.
He laughs: “I went to Kings Park Secondary and ironically they had an Alan McGee business award, even though I stopped going to school at 14.”
He added: “I think it is only me and Bobby Gillespie as far as I understand, that have ever come to national promeninance or notoriety.
“The school hated me and it was ironic they were having an award for someone they wanted to throw out.”
Fed up with the music business, but still interested in bands, McGee plans to set up a media company this year with Senegal Producer Dean Cavanaugh. Originally agreeing to a cameo role, McGee has appeared in cult internet comedy, Svengali, a hilarious story about one man’s quest for fame in the music business.
Alan says: “I am hanging out with Dean Cavanaugh and we might get a media company together, do documentaries and films.
“I am kind of over with the music business – I think it’s a load of rubbish. I like gigs and I like young bands – new bands that haven’t been signed and have got the spirit.”
Looking forward to some releases in 2010, Alan says: “I am really excited about the new Glasvegas record, Paul Weller’s record and Noel’s (Gallagher) record.
He adds: “If I start listening to Sidney Devine, then start worrying! My dad is talking about a come-back; he was talking about reforming the John McGee Orchestra, now that’s scary.”
To watch the official trailer for Upside Down, please click here and to watch Alan in Svengali, please click here.
The shortlists for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 were announced tonight (January 25). Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Muse, Oasis and Biffy Clyro are among the nominees.
Voting is now open at NME.COM/awards. See below for the full list of nominations.
Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian are leading the nominations field, both being up for six gongs including Best Band, Best Album and Best Live Band. Muse have also fared well, being up for Best Band, Best Album (for 'The Resistance') and Best Album Artwork.
A new award, the Giving It Back Fan Award, has been launched this year to note acts who go the extra yard for their fans. Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Kasabian and Danger Mouse join Arctic Monkeys on the nominations list.
The nominations for this year's event, set to take place at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 24, were announced at a launch party at the London Tabernacle venue. The Maccabees played live at the event.
Last year Oasis were crowned Best British Band at the ceremony while Muse won three awards including the Best Live Band gong. See NME.COM/awards for a run-down of last year's winners.
Best British Band (sponsored by Shockwaves)
Best International Band (sponsored by 4music/T4)
Kings Of Leon
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Best Solo Artist
Florence And The Machine
Best New Band (sponsored by USC)
The Big Pink
Bombay Bicycle Club
Mumford & Sons
Best Live Band (sponsored by Tuborg)
Them Crooked Vultures
Best Album (sponsored by HMV)
Arctic Monkeys – 'Humbug'
Kasabian – 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'
Muse – 'The Resistance'
The Cribs – 'Ignore The Ignorant'
The Horrors – 'Primary Colours'
Best Track (sponsored by NME Radio)
Animal Collective – 'My Girls'
Arctic Monkeys – 'Crying Lightning'
Florence And The Machine – 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)'
Jamie T – 'Sticks N' Stones'
The Big Pink – 'Dominos'
Best Video (sponsored by NME TV)
Arctic Monkeys – 'Cornerstone '
Biffy Clyro – 'The Captain'
Kasabian – 'Fire'
The Maccabees – 'Can You Give It'
Oasis – 'Falling Down'
Best Live Event
Blur at Hyde Park
Jay-Z at Alexandra Palace
Muse at Teignmouth
Oasis at Heaton Park
The Dead Weather at Shoreditch Church
Reading And Leeds Festivals
T In The Park
Best Dancefloor Filler
Dizzee Rascal And Armand Van Helden – 'Bonkers'
Florence And The Machine – 'You've Got The Love'
La Roux – 'In For The Kill' (Skream Remix)
Lady Gaga – 'Poker Face'
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 'Zero'
Best TV Show The Inbetweeners
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Best Film (500) Days Of Summer
In The Loop
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Where The Wild Things Are
Kings Of Leon – Live At The The O2 Arena
Flight Of The Conchords – Complete HBO Second Season
The Killers – Live From The Royal Albert Hall
The Mighty Boosh – Future Sailors
Nirvana – Live At Reading
Giving It Back Fan Award
Kasabian and Noel Fielding for free 'Vlad The Impaler' video
Danger Mouse for leaking 'Dark Night Of The Soul'
Lily Allen for her Twitter ticket treasure hunt
Arctic Monkeys for their Oxfam golden tickets
Vampire Weekend for giving away 'Horchata' from the album 'Contra'
Hero Of The Year
Rage Against The Machine
Villain Of The Year
Elly Jackson, La Roux
Green Day – '21st Century Breakdown'
Lady Gaga – 'The Fame'
The Jonas Brothers – 'Lines Vines Trying Times'
U2 – 'No Line On The Horizon'
Arctic Monkeys – 'Humbug'
Head to NME.COM now to rate possibles including Alex Turner, Liam Gallagher, Peter Doherty, Matt Bellamy, Brandon Flowers and Julian Casablancas
Head to NME.COM now to rate possibles including Lily Allen, Alison Mosshart, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Florence Welch and Karen O
Best Website (excluding NME.COM) Muse.mu
Best Album Artwork
Muse – 'The Resistance'
Green Day – '21st Century Breakdown'
Kasabian – 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'
The Cribs – 'Ignore The Ignorant'
Manic Street Preachers – 'Journal For Plague Lovers '
Best Band Blog
Muse (Muse.mu and Twitter.com/muse)
Noel Gallagher (Oasisinet.com)
Los Campesinos! (Loscampesinos.com)
Thanks, I'm good, I'm in Cardiff. We have a press conference today. We're playing a big outdoor show here this summer. We're the first band to have a concert at the new Cardiff Football Stadium. There's are good music scene here, there have been lots of investments in the last fifteen years and we're very much looking forward to it.
What can we expect from the upcoming tour?
Well, we're in the middle of the rehearsals right now. We want to play lots of songs that people haven't heard for five or six years. We want to change our set a lot so that we can play different shows. We're putting the setlist together right now.
In our last interview we talked about the cancellation of the Oasis/Stereophonics tour in 2006. You thought that it was unfortunate but the opportunity will come again. Do you still think that you will go on tour with Oasis?
Not at the moment. I think Noel is happy and Liam is back with the band. But there is always an opportunity. We saw Blur reforming last year and all the other reunions. I don't think there will be a reunion now but on the other hand we're talking about Oasis and they're pretty unpredictable.
Could this also happen to the Stereophonics?
No, not at the place we're in at this moment. We're very happy with the album, the attitude is in a good place and we're having a good time.
Oasis 'Standing On The Edge of the Noise' Concert Rebroadcast
Oasis - Standing on the Edge of the Noise - Oasis invited a small group of fans to see them perform in their rehearsal room at Black Island Studios as they finished preparations for their 2008/2009 world tour. In the span of 48 hours, over 20,000 fans applied through the band's website for 150 places at the event. The result is a rarely seen view of Oasis, not filling stadiums, but up close and personal.
The show is also the first performance with the band's new drummer, Chris Sharrock, and the first performance of tracks from the band's new album, Dig Out your Soul, along with Oasis classics and rarities.
The HDNet Concert series is rebroadcasting this special concert, played before only a handful of lucky fans, as Oasis finished preparations for their world tour back in August of 2008. Catch "Oasis - Standing on the Edge of the Noise" on the HDNet Concert Series, Wednesday, Jaunuary 27th at 1:00 p.m. ET.
In the concert, Oasis plays songs from all their albums - spanning a nearly twenty year career - but the songs from their new album, "Dig Out Your Soul," are featured heavily on the set list.
'Don't Look Back In Anger' Included On Brit Awards Compilation Disc
The BRIT Awards are pulling out all the stops this year and celebrating 30 years of existence in style! Not only do you get 40 of last years biggest hits but also an extra bonus disc crammed full of BRIT gems. The first 2 discs contain some belting hits from female superstars including Lady GaGa’s phenomenal “Let’s Dance”, Cheryl Cole’s “Fight for this love”, and Lily Allen’s “The Fear”. Not forgetting massive tracks from heartthrobs Robbie Williams with his smash hit “Bodies”, Michael Buble “Haven’t Met You Yet”, Daniel Merriweather “Red” and 2009’s biggest boyband JLS with “Beat It”.
If that isn’t enough to entice you, bonus disc 3 has 20 tracks from some of the biggest and best BRIT nominees and award winners of all time including exclusive collaborations taken live from the BRIT Awards from Queen & 5ive “We Will Rock You”, Seal & Adamski with “Killer” and the Bee Gees with a medley. The smashing bonus disc also contains gems from the likes of Take That, Amy Winehouse, Girls Aloud, The Spice Girls, Coldplay, The Killers and Oasis.
The BRIT Awards with MasterCard 2010 show to be aired February 16th 2010 is destined to be the biggest show yet. Celebrating 30 years of the Awards, the show will feature spectacular staging with performances by world renowned artists with comedy genius Peter Kay hosting the event!
The Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief concerts will see a line up of celebrities and musical artists lend their support for the cause which will be broadcast in Australia tomorrow from 12pm.
Among the latest stars to be announced are Beyoncé in London, Madonna in New York City, and Haitian artist Emeline Michel in Los Angeles will join Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City.
Also in New York will be Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow.
In London, there will be Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna.
In addition to musical performances, others invloved will include: President Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks and Will Smith with Muhammad Ali.
Viewers will be asked to send in their donations online, via phone or mail.
Music performances from the concert will be available for purchase and download on iTunes, with Apple, the record labels and the artists donating their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by the Hope for Haiti Now charities.
The charities are Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.
Radiohead have also announced that they will be playing an one off gig this weekend for Oxfam Haiti earthquake appeal.
The band will auction tickets for the Los Angeles show at The Music Box Theatre At The Fonda which takes place on Sunday (January 24) night.
Oasis Make Best British Album of Last 30 Years Nominees List
To Celebrate its 30th Anniversary, The BRIT Awards 2010 will include the ‘British Album of 30 Years’ – where the top 10 best selling albums, that have also won British Album categories over the past three decades, will be voted by Radio 2 and 6 Music listeners.
BRITs Album of 30 Years Nominees
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Dido - No Angel
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Duffy - Rockferry
Keane - Hopes & Fears Oasis - (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Phil Collins - No Jacket Required
Sade - Diamond Life
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Travis - The Man Who
For a full list of this years nominees click here.
The BRIT Awards 2010 with MasterCard is hosted by Peter Kay and takes place on 16 February at London’s Earls Court Arena and will be televised live on ITV1 (UK Only).
Fran Healy has predicted that Liam and Noel Gallagher will reunite to reform Oasis.
The Travis frontman told his official website that the siblings will get back together after clearing the air with their separate projects following Noel's departure in the summer.
Healy said: "I met Liam at the Oasis concert in Wembley. He kissed me square on the lips and said, 'I fookin' love you'. Liam is a doll.
"As for Noel, I have not heard from Noel for years. I’m sure they'll return. The solo projects are a perfect digestive before the inevitable Oasis reunion. But I will say that my solo project will definitely be the best solo project."
Of his first album away from Travis, he added: "I would hate to be a new band coming through at the moment so it's nice to have already been introduced to people.
"However, I have no idea how Wreckorder will be viewed. So far, folks have been open to the idea of this solo excursion. But it's all down to the songs.
"If it's a pile of s**t then it will stink and if it stinks then I would like it to sink without trace. I think it doesn't stink, though. I have played it to some people now and the reaction has been very exciting."
Damon Albarn: Noel Used to Take The Piss Out of Me...It Really Hurt
Damon Albarn has admitted for the first time getting mixed up in a deadly heroin scene with ex-girlfriend Justine Frischmann from Elastica in the aftermath of Britpop madness.
Blur have bared their souls in a devastatingly honest documentary - about drugs, breakdowns, rivalries and reunion.
The definitive rockumentary, No Distance Left To Run, premiered in London last night in front of the four band members and I thoroughly recommend it to any music fan.
Blur clear up one old mystery - saying it was Damon's decision to release single Country House against Roll With It by Oasis.
The biggest chart battle of the decade became the defining moment of Brit pop - and Blur got the No1.
Damon says he did it to get back at Noel Gallagher. He recalled: "Noel used to take the p*** out of me constantly and it really, really hurt at the time. Oasis were like the bullies I had to put up with at school."
Guitarist GRAHAM COXON explains with moving honesty how his battle with booze led to him being asked to leave the band after sixth album, 13.
He recalled: "I was quite unable to function. I was annoyed by so many young teeny-bop fans. And I got bored with all the pretentious hangers-on. I'd prefer to speak to painters and decorators in the pub."
Bass player ALEX JAMES and drummer DAVE ROWNTREE chip in too. Best of all there's a happy ending with their glorious 2009 Glastonbury and Hyde Park reunion gigs.
But sadly there will be no more Blur. They've laid all their ghosts to rest in this film
Oasis: The Last Great Band - An Interview with Paul Gallagher
Excerpt of Paul Gallagher Interview with Crash Bang Pow (Dec. 2009)
Of the three siblings, perhaps surprisingly it was Paul who became the first of the Gallaghers to own a guitar but when it began to gather dust, an eight-year-old Noel decided to practise on it himself for endless hours, locked away in his bedroom. At least Paul was able to escape the incessant playing of his younger brother: “I never shared a room with Noel but Liam did.” So if nothing else, fans of Oasis have Paul Gallagher to thank for introducing Noel to the instrument that he would later use to craft tunes of such resonance as Live Forever and Wonderwall.
Paul quickly realised that he could not compete with Noel’s talent and so he dumped his interest in playing the instrument himself, deciding to “leave the guitar thing to people who know what they are doing.” When asked if the success that Noel and Liam have since had has ever tempted him to pick the guitar back up, Paul concedes without regret: “No, I never get back on the bus.”
Noel, on the other hand, never got off the bus and continued to practise and improve his guitar-playing and song-writing skills to such a standard that he effortlessly put Liam‘s early violin-playing career in the shade. By the time that Paul got Noel a job at Kennedy’s Civil Engineering he was an accomplished player, who took the silver lining of being on light duties after a JCB dropped a section of gas mains on his foot, by bringing his acoustic guitar to work.
It was during this time, in between handing out nuts and bolts to labourers, that Noel Gallagher composed four of the songs that were to later appear on Oasis’ debut album in 1994. Was Paul aware, even back then, just how special Noel’s early songs were? “Of course. You know a good song when you hear it, then it’s for others to create the snowball effect… and whoosh!”
Yet despite Noel having already written a number of bona fide classics, it would still be some time before anyone else would get the opportunity to hear them. He played briefly in the mid-eighties with Paul Bardsley in a five-piece called Fantasy Chicken and the Amateurs before auditioning to be the Inspiral Carpets’ front man in 1988 at the tender age of 21.
Although Noel, along with Tim Burgess, failed to get the gig and it went to Tom Hingley, the Inspirals offered him a job as a roadie and instrument technician. Was this the biggest oversight since Ronaldinho was offered to Saint Mirren F.C. as a 21 year old? “I'm not sure if you would have seen Oasis if Noel was front man of the Inspirals. Be careful what you wish for…”
By the time that Noel left the Inspirals in 1991 his younger brother Liam had finally begun to show an interest in guitar music, leaving his electro and hip hop days behind him to become a fully-fledged member of the Stone Roses appreciation society: “I think by Liam seeing the Roses at Spike Island, and that Ian Brown to him was just an ordinary fella, it made him believe that he could achieve the same thing and more.”
Paul himself had sampled Manchester’s finest throughout the eighties and stuck to the cigarettes and alcohol when everyone else seemed to be sampling the ecstasy-fuelled hedonism of Madchester through 1989 and 1990: “I seen the Roses at Manchester International 2, Blackpool Empress Ballroom and Spike Island. Glorious days.”
It wasn’t long before Liam found a band of his own when he filled the void left by Chris Hutton by joining Paul Arthurs, Tony McCarroll and Paul McGuigan in The Rain: “Liam didn’t form the rain, it was a band already named. He came in and renamed the band OASIS. Then Noel joined, and the rest.. well you know the rest.”
Oasis played their first gig, still without Noel, in August 1991 at the Boardwalk in Manchester and Paul was there from the very beginning to offer early support to his youngest brother‘s musical career: “I have seen most UK shows since ‘91.”
Having been one of only around 50 people to have witnessed such a landmark performance, did Paul see any early song-writing potential in Liam Gallagher’s first compositions, such as Take Me, Alice or Reminisce? “Liam? No. He's coming into his own now though. He always wanted to be a front-man and leave the song-writing to others. Though now he has the means to do both.”
Within three short years, Noel had joined Oasis and taken on song-writing duties, which culminated in the release of Definitely Maybe, the fastest-selling debut album of all time in the UK when it was unleashed. The release of this album came at a time of otherwise lost opportunity for other Manchester bands. The Stone Roses had become embroiled in legal wranglings with both their record company and former manager and the Happy Mondays had finally ingested too many pills, thrills and bellyaches during the making of Yes Please in the West Indies. Oasis stepped up boldly to grab the mantle and the Roses and Mondays were never quite the same again. “(the success of) Oasis never had anything to do with the Roses demise. And the take off from Definitely Maybe? It was a juggernaut. Nothing could stop it.”
And indeed, the Oasis juggernaut continued to captivate the musical world for another 15 years, with the British music and tabloid press following every tantrum and triumph blow by blow. One of the most memorable media frenzies came in the shape of the Oasis versus Blur chart battle in August 1995 that was billed as “The Battle Of Britpop” and which even catapulted both bands onto the national news bulletins. How much of this chart battle does Paul think was manufactured by the NME and Damon Albarn? “The times we lived in... The music business needed a North / South battle. I was never and am still not a fan of Blur. They say nothing to me musically.”
To the detriment of great British music, The Roses imploded quickly after the rise of Oasis and in the words of Ian Brown the seminal Manchester group, “George Best-ed it.” Of the former Roses, Brown himself has crafted out a hugely successful solo career but is Paul surprised at the current lack of success of some of his iconic ex-bandmates? “I thought Reni would have released something by now.”
There is no doubting the Roses’ influence on the Gallaghers and Noel calls Spike Island his “blueprint”. He also paid tribute to the Stone Roses by claiming that they “kicked open the door and we nailed it to the wall” and both he and Liam were to later work with Ian Brown and John Squire on singles during their post-Roses careers. Does Paul believe that his brothers will again work with these Mancunian legends now that they are embarking on their own post-Oasis careers? “Noel maybe. Liam? Who knows.”
By the time 1995’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? had sold 10 million copies worldwide, the band’s dynamics had changed and Tony McCarroll became the first of many casualties when the original drummer was replaced by Alan White. Being so close to the band throughout its lifespan, does Paul still see much of that classic line-up who adorned the Definitely Maybe cover in one of the most iconic images of the nineties? “Nope. I aint seen Bonehead for a few years. And Guigsy? Nothing since he left the band. And Tony? No, nada…”
What about Peter Sifter, who owned the second-hand record shop in Burnage and who was famously name-dropped in Oasis’ second single Shakermaker? “I think it’s still going, I dunno. Mr Sifter was a United fan I later found out...”
News of the band’s ‘split’ was finally announced in August 2009 but with such a history behind them, what does Paul feel will be Oasis’ legacy? “Various shows: Old Trout, Windsor, 1994; The Point, Dublin, 1995; Madison Square Gardens, New York, 2005; City of Manchester Stadium, 2005.
Records? All of ‘em. Line ups? All of ‘em.
Oasis is Oasis. People will always have their ‘faves‘. I seen it for what it was: A great band… the last great band.”
When a longstanding band with a discography like Oasis finally call it a day, it is often reason enough for their record company to release a deluge of ‘lost recordings’, scrapped sessions and rare outtakes. Will Oasis fans finally get to hear the infamous Richard Fearless recordings? “Everyone has opinions on different sessions that never seen the light of day. Death in Vegas? Now come on, as much as I like the band, if it was that good it wouldn’t have been scrapped.”
After fifteen years at the top and with Dig Out Your Soul quite probably their best album of the noughties, was it really time for Oasis to end? “You should never leave anything you're happy with to please others, always please yourself. In saying this yeah, I think everyone needed a break. Is it over for good? Who knows… its a long life.”
As of yet, Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell, Chris Sharrock and possibly Jay Darlington are still ‘Oasis’ but should Liam make a clean break and start with a new identity now that he’s the only original band member left? “Liam should call the band whatever he feels. If he wants to continue as Oasis then let him. After all, he started the band.
Then again, you could also say that Oasis haven’t split… Noel left. I dunno… all will be revealed at some point. Like me, we'll all have to wait and see.”
The jungle drums are suggesting that Liam’s post-Oasis project may well release an album as early as this summer and that at least half a dozen songs are already demoed. Although Paul doesn’t have any suggestions for a new band name, he can confirm that they are working on new material: “I have heard some demos…”
And as for Noel, has he stockpiled any of his own songs over the years with Oasis? “I'm sure Noel has hundreds.”
So 2010 looks to be a good year for Oasis fans then, with albums expected from both Liam and Noel Gallagher. A few years ago, the sensible money would have been on Noel to shine without his brother so how does Paul see their fortunes developing without each other? “I think they BOTH will surprise everyone.”
Oasis Fan Site Webmistress Not Joining Oasis .... Really ?
Good friend of Live4ever, Louise Davies, became a Rock n Roll Star for a day or two :)
Oasis fan Louise Davies has denied tabloid claims she is to join Liam Gallagher's new band.
A newspaper report on Saturday (January 9) implied that Davies, who runs Oasis fan site Stopcryingyourheartout.com, had been recruited to play bass in the band.
Writing on Stopcryingyourheartout.com, Davies denied the story, saying: "A story has appeared today in the News Of The World falsely claiming that I'm joining Liam Gallagher's new band, and to start recording later this month at Abbey Road studios. Where they get there information from is beyond me."
Gallagher has previously confirmed that he is to work on new material with former Oasis bandmates Gem Archer, Andy Bell, Jay Darlington and Chris Sharrock, though the band will be joined by an as-yet-unnamed bassist.
MOJO includes Remixed Oasis Track in February Issue
The Feb 2010 issue of Mojo has an interview with Amorphous Androgynous and comes with a CD compiled and mixed by the aforementioned which includes an 'Exclusive to this CD' version of Falling Down by the Amorphous Androgynous.
''We didn't intend to cover it'' says Cobain of AA's life-affirming re-recording of Oasis' 2008 single. ''Noel Gallagher asked us to remix Falling Down and make it 'worthy' to be on our Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble...! We delivered a 22 minute psychedelic mix with flutes and sitar''.
Alisha Sufit (of 70's folk rockers Magic Carpet) revocaled the song and it became a kind of cover version with Noel on backing vocals! Here's the first recording of it.''.
CD in full:
01 Pop Levi- Blue Honey
02-The Yellow Moon Band-Entangled
03-July- Dandelion Seeds
04-The A.A.-Falling Down
05-Dungen- Satt Se (Instrumental)
06-Donovan- Three Kingfishers
08-White Noise-Love Without Sound
09-Betty Davis-Game Is My Middle Name
10-Ed Askew-Love Is Everyone.
11-Jean Claude Vannier- Les Mouches
14-The A.A. Opus Of The Black Sun
Liam and Noel Gallagher were part of Creation's 'dysfunctional family' in Oasis.
Photograph: Jill Furmanovsky/Guardian
Film to immortalise lords of Creation records
Upside Down charts drink and drug-fuelled years of label that signed Oasis, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine
When an unsigned Noel Gallagher took the train from Manchester to meet the bosses of Creation records in 1993, he had little idea what to expect.
In a room above a sweatshop in the back streets of east London, surrounded by self-confessed "misfits, drug addicts and sociopaths", the Oasis songwriter found his spiritual home.
"He came to the Creation office and saw the words Northern Ignorance scrawled in magic marker across the roof of the reception," said Tim Abbott, the label's former managing director. "I'd done it the week before, when I was off my head on ecstasy, walking on the tables and drinking champagne. Noel saw it and went: 'Fucking 'ell, I'm having that. I like it here.'"
The full extent of the debauchery, precarious nature and genius of the independent label is to be laid bare in the most revealing rock'n'roll film since 24 Hour Party People, the story of the "Madchester" scene. Upside Down, due out in spring, reveals the label's unusual method of making sure new bands came on board, according to Abbot. "We often used to drink and drug the bands into submission," he said.
After the initial bond formed, Abbott said, Gallagher was frog-marched to the pub where, unsurprisingly, all involved got "stuck into a session".
A decade after Creation closed, and 25 years since the release of its first single, Upside Down charts the heady 15-year existence of the label that launched Primal Scream, Ride and My Bloody Valentine, as well as Oasis.
The label veered from one financial precipice to another, he said. Even after Primal Scream won the Mercury music prize in 1992, the resulting visibility did not translate into financial viability.
"We were always skint. It was like spinning plates, we were always trying to dodge the bailiffs," he said. "It was my job to go out and see them, probably because I was the smallest. Dick [co-founder Dick Green] would see to the manufacturers who we couldn't pay and Alan [co-founder Alan McGee] would just try to blag it. It couldn't go on like that."
Upside Down's director, Danny O'Connor, who admitted to going through "near bankruptcy and dementia and all the other things that come with Creation" during the making of the film, said he was drawn to telling the story of the label that had provided the soundtrack to his life.
"No one does excess like Creation, no one does great records like Creation," he said. "Creation was an indie, but it didn't wear a cardigan, it didn't apologise. There was a real power in its punch. If you think that rock'n'roll is all about swagger — this is your film."
And few do swagger like McGee. In a trailer for the film he admits: "I was absolutely delusional. I actually thought I was up there with Beethoven and Shakespeare, creating metaphysical history by running Creation."
The company behaved like the "ultimate dysfunctional family" but still managed to make great and intelligent records, said O'Connor.
Abbot agreed: "We were dysfunctional people working with dysfunctional bands but somehow we still managed to function — we got results. There were a whole cast of characters at Creation and the sum was greater than its parts."
For Abbot, when Sony bought 49% of the label in 1992, it spelled the end of its glory days. "When McGee sold creation to Sony, it was a curse," he said. "It took the pressure off financially but it changed everything. Sony brought in accountants and a major label culture. The offices moved from Hackney to Primrose Hill and it got stupid.Knebworth [Oasis's 2005 Knebworth concert] was a gig too far. It signed off the old culture."
He holds few regrets about the eventual closure of the label in 1999. "When the label folded it was sad, but it had been consumed by a monster. It stopped being a vehicle for music and started being a vehicle for egos. Alan and Dick sold the soul of Creation to the devil, and the devil wanted it back with interest."
He added: "I have no regrets. In its heyday Creation produced fantastic music and art, and I was lucky enough to be there. It's like asking Ronaldo if he regrets playing for United. If you get to play for the best team in the world, you can't ask for anything else."
The hot sun is beaming down on the face of the rhythm guitarist playing onstage in Mexico in 1999. On occasions he gazes up to the sun, he is slightly blinded by its glare and he is annoyed that he has left his sunglasses behind in the dressing room but happy he is no longer a plasterer from Manchester.
The congregation of fans sing in unison to the hits, even though the rhythm guitarist is feeling an overwhelming sense of joy and fulfillment with each chord, he cannot afford to show his emotions. That is not the rock and roll way, you must stay cool and not appear fazed by the occasion.Read more »
End of Jonathan Ross' Show Another Blow For New Bands
An influential music industry figure has warned that Jonathan Ross‘ decision to leave the BBC will be a further blow to new bands seeking exposure in the British media. Ross, who has been a big supporter of UK acts on both his radio and television shows, announced today that he would not be renewing his contract with the BBC
It was a smart move by the NME to beat those Christmas deadlines - and I really enjoyed this week's Oasis tribute issue.
No band has ever given such consistently great interviews, from Liam Gallagher's "madferit!" stream-of-consciousness to Noel's sharp wit and forthright opinions.
Reading the best of them from over the years is almost as entertaining as putting on their old records - more so if we're talking Be Here Now onwards.
The withering put downs of their rivals are great, even if they became harder to justify as, post-millennium, the bands they were berating were generally making much better records (it was much easier to badmouth Shed Seven and Menswear).
Still, my favourite was Liam's verdict on Bloc Party as "a band off University Challenge". He sneered: "You see them and you're just waiting for some geezer to start asking them questions."
It strikes you as amazing how it took them so long to split up, considering how many times the brothers used a certain word to describe each other.
It'll be fascinating to see what they do next - much more interesting than the prospect of another Oasis record (those promo interviews aside).
Everyone's expecting Noel to go solo and I expect he will when he feels the time's right. I suspect it will be collaborations and guest spots for the moment though while he gets his stuff together.
He's still a great songwriter, just one who hasn't written a great song for a while. It might do him a lot of good to write a song without imagining what an Oasis song should sound like or how Liam will sing it.
As for Liam, it's harder to call. He's a great singer and frontman and probably always will be. He could just sing Oasis songs for the rest of his career if he wanted. I'm sure he'll hang on to many of them.
The younger Gallagher seems in much more of a rush and it looks like he's taking his old bandmates Gem Archer and Andy Bell with him, but the key to their future as a new act is the quality of the songwriting.
I haven't heard anything particularly good written by any of those three in the latter Oasis albums (no, not even Songbird).
It's hardly an uncommon view, but to me it looks like Noel has got the brighter, more interesting future. But you never know. Who would have thought Ian Brown would have left John Squire behind like he has?
The only certainty is that there will be some entertaining utterances from both camps as it all plays out. You just have to hope the music does them justice - and that they don't feel the need to get back together just yet.
Alan McGee Has A Big Interest in Following The Gallaghers in 2010
Excerpt from Alan McGee Interview by Live4ever guest contributor Matteo Sedazzari from Zani.
A new year is upon us and an atmosphere of optimism is certainly in the air. No surprise since 2009 was certainly a depressing year for many. While it may have been a year of economic disaster, with the recession weighing heavily on everyone’s minds, for many it was also a year of famine with regards to quality music, with the X-Factor 'refuse' still dominating the charts and the apparent demise of live music and raw new talent. Now, with a new year dawning, many look to a brighter future.
With this in mind ZANI caught up with Alan McGee to discuss what his plans are for the year, his perspective on nostalgia, technology, ZANI and the future for Britain’s music scene.
ZANI – Happy New Year Alan
Alan McGee – Happy New Year.
ZANI – So tell us about your new projects for 2010
Alan McGee- There is a lot. Let’s talk about Death Disco, Greasy Lips, Too Cool To Young, Svengali and ZANI.
ZANI – OK before we talk about that, how’s this year gone?
Alan McGee – I have developed a real interest in seeing live bands again, and a big interest in established bands, but if I was being incredibly honest, the only bands that I have interest is, the Gallagher’s and Glasvegas. Not being horrible about any other bands, I am just interested in what Noel is doing and what James Allen is doing, and see what Liam comes up with. But other then that, it is really about new bands. Because seeing Agile Beast, Violet May, on my club nights with Jamie Jam and Danny Watson, you hear so much new music, and the same goes with ZANI and Too Cool To Die.
All the kids-no not kids-all the musicians do send me new music and I do listen to it , but there is a filter to what bands I listen to because it vaguely has to come through somebody I vaguely know, either mates or some I respect. But there has to be a filter.
At the moment there seems to be a lot of demand for me to DJ at these new band nights, so I am seeing all the good new talent that is coming through. But Death Disco has always been like that, and Greasy Lips seems to be evolving.