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One element of pop culture Weller does have an interest is fashion. With their dapper suits and neat shoes, The Jam were a sartorial as well as musical influence to a generation of bands.
Weller's friend and fan Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, recently started a fashion line, Pretty Green, and invited the Modfather to design some clothes for it.
Weller wore one of the Pretty Green suits at his Albert Hall gigs.
While he hasn't begun any designs just yet, Weller says it's something he's always had an interest in. Rather than wearing the ripped clothes of their punk contemporaries, The Jam went for more stylish attire.
"We used to get our suits made up at this little tailor's that is long gone now, just behind Carnaby St, which on reflection were absolutely shocking really, because you'd wear them once on stage and you'd get them dry-cleaned and they'd shrink – to a size where they'd fit a chimp.
"And then we had some Jam shoes made up at a place called Shellys. We used to get stuff made up because you couldn't find it at that time, you had to get it made, really."
While those Jam outfits would probably now be considered collector's items, they have since disappeared into rock history.
"It's gone to the ether along the way. Probably a lot of it was lost or stolen, or was just thrown away because it was so shrunken you couldn't wear it anyway."
Weller is friends with both of Oasis's Gallagher brothers, whose split last year was allegedly exacerbated when older brother Noel poked fun at Liam's clothing label.
"They are very different, what can I say? Well, they're both lovely, they're both my friends, so I have to be careful what I say, really.
"Liam has got his own very definite vision of the world, of how the world works and his place in it. And I can't say what that is because I couldn't even hazard a guess, but he has got it anyway.
"And I guess you could say Noel's a bit more down to earth. No, he's a lot more down to earth.
"I love to hear Liam's theories on life. It's different. It's like listening to an ancient philosopher. I think he's really fascinating."
BEADY EYE (Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock) are in the studio with Steve Lillywhite, working on their way of looking at the world. Sign up here to keep up-to-date on their activities:
Argentina striker Lionel Messi has said the entire squad wants Oasis to reform to play a "celebration party" for them if they win the World Cup.
Messi says he has become obsessed with Oasis since teammate Carlos Tevez, (who plays for Manchester City, Noel and Liam Gallagher's club) forced him to listen to the band ahead of the competiton, reports The Sun.
"Ever since he has been playing in Manchester, Carlitos has told me how great Oasis was. I kept promising I would listen to them, but I never got round to it," Messi explained.
"On the plane on the way to the World Cup Carlitos made me listen to their first two albums. I have to say I wasn't expecting much but it is some of the best material I have ever heard. They are absolutely amazing. Their songs are incredible. I would have to say 'Supersonic' and 'Live Forever' are my favourites. I have been listening to their stuff on my iPod dock in the hotel room, on the way to the matches and in the dressing room. I can't believe it's taken me all this time to finally listen to them."
Messi added that initially he didn't realise the band were no longer together.
"I've been watching their live performances on YouTube and they look like they'd be amazing to see in concert. I asked Carlitos if we could go and see them in Manchester or London in concert, but he told me they have split up," Messi said.
He then added that the team have pledged to get the Gallaghers to put aside their differences should they win the competition – even asking them to "name their price" to reform.
"I showed the rest of the boys in the Argentina squad their stuff and I promise you, everybody absolutely loves it. A few knew a couple of their songs but for most of them it was their first listen. We have agreed that if we win the World Cup we want to fly them over to Argentina for our celebration party. We just need them to name their price."
Messi may face some competition though, as Noel Gallagher recently claimed he was Italy's lucky mascot when the country won the last World Cup in 2006.
Oasis have scored the UK album chart's 900th number one this week with their Time Flies... singles collection LP.
The band, who split up last year, were given their eighth album triumph in their illustrious career, selling almost four times as many copies as Glee's Journey To Regionals, which was also a new entry in second place
1 Time Flies 1994 2009 - Oasis Oasis Time Flies 1994 2009 new entry | 1 weeks in chart | Big Brother
2 Glee The Music Journey To Regionals - Glee Cast Glee Cast Glee The Music Journey To Regionals new entry | 1 weeks in chart | Epic
3 Crazy Love - Michael Buble Michael Buble Crazy Love non-mover | 35 weeks in chart | Reprise
4 The Very Best Of - Glenn Miller Glenn Miller The Very Best Of up 4 | 3 weeks in chart | Sony Music
5 In The Mood - Raf Squadronaires Raf Squadronaires In The Mood up 2 | 3 weeks in chart | Decca
Liam Gallagher Reflects On Last 12 Months and Looks to the Future
He was voted 'The Greatest Front Man of All Time' by Q magazine earlier in 2010. But Liam Gallagher's no longer merely an iconic rock star. His menswear label Pretty Green has clobbered naysayers with its first three collections. Hard-to-please London fashionistas are reported to be 'pleasantly surprised' indeed some 'very impressed'. Moreover, customers have voted with their wallets on Pretty Green's combination of high production values and classic looks spun with street-style acumen.
Liam has also found time to announce his first movie production. The Longest Cocktail Party which is a "behind the scenes movie" of The Beatles no less, adapted from the word-of-mouth smash book by former Apple Corps 'house hippie' Richard DiLello. And as if that's not enough he is currently in the studio working on a new album with his band Beady Eye.
One year on from the original launch of Pretty Green on June 4th 2009, I met up with Liam at one of his preferred Hampstead watering holes to get his own impression of the last twelve months - and find out what he's planning for the coming year.
Has it been a hectic period since you started Pretty Green?
"Not for me mate, not hectic one bit. It is for other people. If it was hectic I wouldn't be doing it. It's been a good year, man."
Was it a surprise, Pretty Green taking off quite so quickly?
"I'm liking the way it's expanding and all that - it's been great and people seem to like it, the clothes and everything. But am I surprised..? No. Without sounding like an arrogant fucker, no I'm not. Because it's good, isn't it? And people like good things."
True, do you feel the pressure to produce collections that are expected twice yearly, as opposed to albums that are only due once every 2 years or so?
"Not really... You'd have to ask everyone else, It's not hard for me. It's a buzz isn't it man? Making new clothes. It's not hard for me pointing out things, saying 'Yes' or 'No' and 'Do it this way', bringing my ideas to the table. But I'm sure it's hard for the others at times."
What new designs can we expect?
"We've got footwear coming out - pumps, desert boots, jeans, you know - as usual with a twist. Some top jackets, like Steve McQueen used to wear. All sorts, something for everyone - shorts for the summer..."
And what items have been the most successful of the three collections to date?
"Everything man. The parkas were obviously popular but the big logo T-shirts, the polos, monkey jackets, everything does well. It's all popular man."
Sounds like you guys have been very busy, How many people are working for you on the brand now?
"I haven't got a clue man. But every time I look we've got someone new. Last time I checked it was around 30."
Your website receives very flattering comments from Pretty Green customers all over the world. Was a good website an important element for you, being someone with a global fan base?
"Yeah, without a doubt. Everything's important. Pretty Green, the whole package, it's the real deal. And that's why it's important to make sure everything we do is done right. The website's great, I'm proud of it and it looks good."
How many countries do Pretty Green sell to now?
"The last time I checked it was over 80 countries now, so a little birdie told me."
That's rather impressive for a company only 12 months old.
"Yeah, I suppose so. But we've only just started."
Which countries are currently your biggest customers?
"The UK has always been very strong, but Japan, the US, Italy and Germany are doing great. Come to think of it, Scandinavia is as well."
And in the UK what are the main stores stocking Pretty Green?
"Selfridges, who are increasing Pretty Green's space this September to make it even bigger, Cruise & Xile in Glasgow, Sarah Coggles in York, and Psyche in Middlesbrough."
What about your own Pretty Green store?
"Definitely man. We're just waiting for the right place to come along, and I'm not gonna rush into it. We're looking to do a temporary store in London this summer, the website will tell you where and when it's happening..."
In addition to the long list of movie stars, rock icons, DJs and TV presenters already wearing Pretty Green, a number of this year's World Cup footballers have been spotted sporting the label - namely England's Joe Cole and Jermaine Defoe plus key members of the Italian squad who are said to be huge fans of the brand. This is an amazing accomplishment for a label that's only a year old. What do you put your success down to?
Joe Cole is clearly a big fan of the brand, would you be happy if he signs for Man City?
"Yeah, I will. I think Joe Cole is a top player. He can always turn the game around, d'you know what I mean? So, yeah, I'm having him man. He's got a lot of energy."
Are you glad he is part of the England Team?
"I am glad Joe Cole was part of it and I'm glad Shaun Wright Phillips is too."
So you are going to be stuck to the TV when the World Cup is on?
"Without a doubt!"
Paul Weller - himself a style icon to more than one generation - wore a Pretty Green suit onstage during his five-night, sold-out, run at the royal Albert Hall in May. He stated here on Pretty Green News that he's going to work on some designs of his own with Pretty Green. Will this open the doors for others to follow or is this something that you will strictly control?
"Well... We will definitely control it, but yeah... I mean, I know Liam Howlett from The Prodigy. He was talking to me the other night about maybe doing the same kind of thing. We'll see how it goes. The ball's in their court. But it's good that Paul Wellers' doing it, 'cos he's cool and he's into his stuff. It's got to be the right people."
Moving on what else have you been up to other than the fashion stuff?
"I've been recording our fantastic new record with a musical pop combo called Beady Eye, sorting out the film, and working on Pretty Green's new designs."
Busy then! I hear you even manage to find time for running?
"Yes, I'm a keen runner. Every morning man. Got to be done."
The film's a strong concept, how did you come across it?
"Someone gave me the book ages ago and it was always knocking around our tour. I read it over and over. Couldn't stop reading it. One of them books you can't put down. And I just thought: "There's nothing else to do, now Oasis have split up I can do what I want."
Yoko Ono is clearly a fan after her recent comments. Have you ever met her?
"Yep, met her once. She invited me round to the Dakota building. Had a lovely day and I'll never forget it, great woman."
You must have some amazing stories from your many years on the road, do you ever envisage doing a book or film about them?
"Yep, without a doubt. Very soon. Before I forget them all."
So you've just got back from Lake Como for Andy Bells wedding how was it?
You guys all seem very close Andy, Gem, and Chris?
"Yep, we're as close as can be man."
So when you do get time to relax at home in front of the TV what's normally on?
"The usual shit, Eastenders, Coronation Street, I can't wait for the World Cup to take over on every TV in my house. I like that Pineapple Dance Studios as well. That Louis dude, he reminds me of Noel."
I hear your brother Paul is involved in the new movie production company?
What exactly will Paul's role be?
"Making the fooking tea." (Liam breaks into loud laughter)
What are your most vivid memories as a kid growing up?
"Just fucking about in the park playing football, really man..."
What do you think is different now for kids from when you were growing up?
"Everything's different now. They've got it all haven't they? You don't see many out in the park playing, or in the streets, they're just all indoors staring at screens. I'd hate to be a kid growing up today. It's fucking soulless."
Any plans for a holiday this summer ?
"I'm not going on holiday this year. Staying at home and watching the World Cup."
Alan McGee thinks Oasis will be back in five years
The man who discovered Oasis says they will reform. Alan McGee signed the band in 1993 after seeing them at King Tut's in Glasgow.
With his record label Creation, he steered them to becoming the UK's biggest band of the Nineties.
But almost a year ago, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher's fraught relationship splintered and the band split.
This week, Oasis release what is, for the moment, their final album.
Time Flies...1994-2009 brings together, for the first time, all 27 singles from their seven consecutive No.1 studio albums.
It is the final bow in a career that suddenly came to an end last August when Noel quit the band, saying he couldn't work with his younger brother "a day longer".
But McGee reckons they will bury the hatchet at some point. He said: "I think come another five years, they will look at each other and go, 'There's £200million on the table - do you want to do 100 shows?'
"It's money - but ultimately they are brothers and it doesn't matter what they want to say about each other because they love each other.
"I know they love each other because I know them.
"They might be annoyed with each other from time to time - but they definitely love each other."
While many felt the brothers should just have taken a little time out, McGee likes the fact they went out on a high and didn't become the next Rolling Stones.
He said: "They could have gone on and on and on making money live like the Stones.
"Oasis would have inherited the big live rock act from them.
"Not even the Stones will be touring when they are 80, I'm sure.
"But there's something to be said for killing something when it's still vibrant and good.
"And the last album was still pretty good."
Now Oasis fans are waiting for the next chapter.
Noel is pursuing a solo career, while Liam has formed a new band, Beady Eye, with the rest of the final Oasis line-up. It's back to square one.
In the early Nineties, Liam replaced original singer Chris Hutton in Manchester group The Rain, a band that included Paul McGuigan (bass guitar), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums).
They changed their name to Oasis and Noel, a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, also joined.
No one took much interest at first. In May 1993, they were invited to play King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow by the band Sister Lovers, who shared their rehearsal space.
As fate would have it, McGee was in the audience. He was the boss of Creation, the label behind three of Scotland's greatest bands: Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
He was there to see one of his own bands, 18 Wheeler but was so impressed by Oasis that he offered them a record deal.
Recalling that night, Noel said: "When he (McGee) signed us that night in Glasgow, we played this song called Bring It On Down. He really liked it because it was like the Sex Pistols and he wanted it to be the first single.
"We went to Liverpool to record it and a couple of other tracks. For some reason it just wasn't happening. We had just signed the deal and got to the last night and couldn't go back with nothing.
"It was horrible. We didn't want to be like one of those flaky bands. While everyone else was having their dinner I went into a backroom and wrote Supersonic and wrote a complete stream of consciousness.
"I literally made each line up as I went. I came back and showed the drummer how it went. Bonehead wrote the chords out, wrote the lyrics out for Liam. I still think of all the 27 singles, it's my favourite."
Supersonic is one of the greatest debuts and statements of intent by a British rock band - yet even after it was recorded, it wasn't an automatic choice for the band's debut single.
McGee told The Razz: "I always wanted Bring It On Down as the first single. I knew Oasis were the revolution. I just never realised it was going to be as big as it was.
"I thought Bring It On Down would herald the new revolution. But it wasn't made a single because they couldn't get the record right. Then at 1am, Noel looked at me and said let's put Supersonic out. We knew Supersonic was amazing but we thought it was an album track.
"When he said it, it suddenly made sense. It was a decision made on a sixpence. That was the start of Oasis - and what a way to start. 'You need to be yourself, you can't be no one else.'"
Supersonic was released in April 1994 but only got to No.31.
Take That were No.1 with the aptly titled Everything Changes.
That year would be dominated by Wet Wet Wet's 15-week stay at the top with Love Is All Around and No1s by Whigfield and Pato Banton.
While Suede and Blur kicked off the UK's fightback against American grunge it was Oasis who became the kings of what became Britpop.
Third single Live Forever was the band's first top-10 hit. It became an anthem to the hedonistic Nineties.
Noel grinned: "If there were any doubters after Supersonic and Shakermaker about us being some post-Manchester bunch of lunatics, that was the song that people went, 'That's actually a classic.'"
Debut album Definitely Maybe was released in September 1994 and went straight to No.1. At the time, it became the fastest-selling British debut album.
Overnight, Oasis became the UK's biggest band. Noel removed McCarroll as the drummer - the first of many changes that would leave the Gallaghers as the only remaining original members.
They headlined Glastonbury in 1995 and the first single from their second album Some Might Say, released in 1995, became their first No.1.
No wonder their biggest rivals Blur then tried to steal the Oasis thunder by changing the release day of their single Country House to go up against Oasis's Roll With It. Blur won that particular battle of Britpop - reaching the top slot - but they lost the war.
Oasis's second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, released in October 1995, sold 346,000 copies in its first week. It went straight to No.1 and stayed there for 10 weeks. It also reached No.4 in the US and has since sold 14 million copies.
Second single Wonderwall missed out on the No.1 spot but became their biggest-selling single, shifting more than a million copies.
Next single Don't Look Back In Anger was their second chart-topper.
In 1996, they played to 250,000 people over two nights at Knebworth - but an incredible 2.6million applied for tickets, the biggest demand for a UK concert ever.
In Scotland, they played to 80,000 people over two nights at Balloch.
Oasis were at their peak. When third album Be Here Now came out in 1997, they sold 350,000 copies in the first day and 696,000 copies in a week - making it the fastest-selling album in British history. It also reached No.2 in America.
McGee remembers the times fondly: "At the height of it, we had seven per cent of the British market - which is pretty huge.
"We were so lucky to find them. They were an incredible band with the right management and record company."
Would they have been as big if they'd signed to a major, or any label other than Creation? McGee said: "It was the right time, right place and right set of people. I don't think I was particularly important compared to anyone else.
"I played a role. I was no genius. I was part of a football team that played well and won."
Later albums had some good songs but Oasis would never again reach the creative peak of those first two.
As for the future, McGee said not to discount what Liam could achieve with Beady Eye, adding: "Noel is an incredible songwriter and Liam has grown into being a good songwriter.
"It's a good move artistically - but there are a few Oasis tours left before either one croaks it."
(Noel Gallagher looking - back but not with anger)
SAY what you like, but Noel Gallagher seems like a guy you don't want to mess with. See, if life is a rollercoaster, then Noel is the dude riding on the Bizarro, Millennium Force and Nitro rides all rolled into one - who still comes out standing.
"If we weren't not turning up for videos and getting slung out of f***ing recording studios, we were losing bass players; and you know, we were on the way to becoming the biggest band in the world, and we were showing it a healthy degree of contempt, which I think is a good thing," said Noel in a recent interview.
This "healthy contempt" meant that he's also had to endure loads of browbeating, not just from the press and his musical competitors (his bitter mid-'90s feud with Blur's Damon Albarn is legendary), but also from within the band, particularly from a younger brother called Liam.
Their scuffles and spats are things of legend. For instance, during the recording of their big hit Wonderwall, Noel and Liam had an argument about how the drums should go. "And the argument went round and round and round for ages till Liam said he was going to refuse to sing it; which is ludicrous when you think about it now," said Noel.
Their infighting was so vicious, Noel walked out on the band back in 2000, only to rejoin months later. But last August, Noel had had enough. With minutes to go before their concert at the Rock en Seine festival in France, Oasis sent out the message: "As a result of an altercation within the band, the Oasis gig has been cancelled."
"It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight," Noel said in a statement then. "People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."
But Oasis didn't become one of the biggest Brit bands in the history of rock 'n' roll because of spats and infighting. No, in order to have eight UK No 1 singles, seven UK No 1 albums, six Brit Awards, an estimated 70 million records sold worldwide, listings in the Guinness Book Of World Records 2010 for "Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run By A Group" and "Most Successful Act Of The Last Decade In The UK (1995 to 2005)", you need something special.
And Oasis did have something special: Some of the most singable, hummable, stadium anthems the world had heard since Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer.
Despite the band having officially disbanded in February, when Liam and the rest formed a new band, Beady Eye, Noel returned to the studio to have one last whack at an Oasis album: A compilation called Time Flies ... 1994 to 2009.
And he spoke at length as he reminisced about what the songs meant to him.
Supersonic was the first single. Do you remember how it got started?
I can't remember what was going on but it wasn't happening in the studio for some reason and ... somebody said, "Well, what are we going to do then?" And someone suggested going in and writing (a new song). I think that's the only time that had ever happened in the 100 years we were together. And I just wrote this song and it was a kind of a stream of consciousness thing. The lyrics don't really mean anything. Apart from Elsa - she was the studio engineer's dog.
It's been said that Shakermaker shouldn't have been the second single.
Why it's the second single is a mystery to me because obviously there (were) a lot of better tracks on the album. But if I remember correctly at the time, Live Forever was going to be the third single and we needed something that was just a bridge between Supersonic and Live Forever, and I don't know why Shakermaker was chosen.
I've no recollection of writing this song - not a clue. But it's basically 12-bar blues with a load of nonsense sung over it. Someone - an American - from the record company once said to me, "Are you singing 'she clothed me'? (The actual lyric is "shake along with me"). (Which explains our) never quite making it over there!
Still, Live Forever validated Oasis' standing.
It was the one that kind of convinced everybody that we were the real deal, I think, and not just a bunch of sh*t kickers from Manchester. They used to slag me off for playing the guitar solo because it was a bit like ... Eric Clapton, which is a f***ing insult. Come on! It's better than that!
Is the Sally mentioned in Don't Look Back In Anger the Sally Cinnamon character from the Stone Roses' song?
Someone come up to me at an Ian Brown gig once a few years back and asked me (that question). She'd obviously sat down and worked this out and, you know ... I didn't want to spoil it for her so I said, "Yes, it is Sally Cinnamon" - which it's not really, you know. I wrote this song in Paris, or the bulk of it anyway. At a sound check at our first arena gig in Sheffield, and Liam come up and said, "Who's Sally?", and I was like, "I don't know, what the f*** are you talking about?"
And he said, "Is that what you're singing, 'So Sally can wait'?" And I was, like, "No it isn't, but it f***ing is now - nice one." But this song and Wonderwall have taken on a life of their own. They mean so much to people. Crazy.
Speaking of Wonderwall, that's like your biggest hit ever.
I think the working title of this was called Wishing Stone for a long time, which - if you think about it now - is nonsense.
You were saying Lyla is not specific to anybody.
Well, I went through a period towards the end of writing songs about heroines - angels and stuff like that. So, it's not about a specific person called Lyla. But it's probably about my missus. Actually her name's Sarah. So, you can hear it kind of in the background but you couldn't write that in a song because, number one, she'd want f***ing royalties. I don't know where Lyla came from. I don't know any Lyla, I've never met anybody called Lyla since, strangely enough.
Maybe she's Sally Cinnamon's cousin?
Yeah, or maybe not ... It's a good tune, though.
Is it true Stop Crying Your Heart Out was written for the England World Cup team?
I think England had been beaten by Brazil and they (showed) David Seaman crying, the big doofus, and they played this at the end credits - perfect symmetry. You couldn't have planned it any better and we didn't plan it. That's the way it panned out. It is another meandering kind of over-emotional tune though. Somebody said to me, "What do you feel about Leona Lewis covering that song?" And I said, "How do I feel about it? Only one word - in fact it's not even a word, it's more like a sound effect: It just goes f***ing 'kerching'! Thank you very much. Transcript from Sony Music
Ex Oasis Drummer Joins Super Group For Festival Appearance
Groups don't come more super than this lot. And it's going to be a hell of a one-off gig when members of Primal Scream, The Sex Pistols and Oasis join forces.
Kate Moss's mate and Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, has formed Silver Machine with a couple of bandmates, Pistol Glen Matlock and Oasis drummer - and Beatles son - Zak Starkey for the 1234 Festival in Shoreditch Park.
They'll be covering all their favourite tracks. As Bobby says: "We're great and we can't wait."
Oasis Heading For Eight Number One Album Spot in the UK
Oasis are on course for their eighth number one album this week after sales of the band's best of set Time Flies 1994-2009 outstripped sales of the next best seller by more than four to one in the midweek charts.
The Big Brother released album clocked up 23,236 sales to secure top spot in a week that has also seen strong debuts in four of the top five chart positions.
The band's last number one studio album Dig Out Your Soul reached number one in 2008, keeping up the band's record for all their albums reaching the top spot, so it's little surprise that their best of set has followed suit.
MTV Claims Not All Oasis Hits Created Equal - Huh?
Oasis' Time Flies Proves Not All Hits Are Created Equal
On Tuesday (June 15), the most definitive set of hits from now-defunct English stadium-fillers Oasis hits stores. The two-disc Time Flies ... 1994-2009 brings together 27 tracks, all of which could theoretically be referred to as "hits." If there's anything that this particular compilation drives home, it's that Oasis were one of the most bipolar acts in recent rock history. They seemed to either be creating era-defining epics or sub-filler terribleness, with scarcely a point in between. Truly in the world of Oasis, not all hits are created equal.
That's why we've taken those 27 tracks, ranked them and broken them up into tiers, so when you pick up your copy of Time Flies, you know exactly which songs to keep and which songs to trash.
"Some Might Say"
"Don't Look Back in Anger"
For all of their bluster, Noel and Liam Gallagher occasionally lived up to the hype they often created for themselves. These five tracks absolutely belong on the list of the greatest rock songs ever to come out of the United Kingdom. Note that all of these come from the band's first two albums (1994's Definitely Maybe and 1995's (What's the Story) Morning Glory?), and "Don't Look Back in Anger" is ranked lowest because, although most of their best songs cribbed from the Beatles (among other sources), it borrows a bit too heavily from John Lennon's "Imagine."
"Roll With It"
"Cigarettes and Alcohol"
"Go Let It Out"
These five tunes aren't as legendary as "Supersonic" or "Wonderwall," but they are most certainly among the group's best songs and can proudly stand next to the legends with their metaphorical heads held high. This time, the majority of the songs come from the first two albums, though the lead single from 2000's Standing on the Shoulders of Giants makes a strong play to be considered among the greats.
"Stand By Me"
"D'You Know What I Mean?"
"Little By Little"
The third tier songs are all strong songs with at least one key flaw in each: "Stand By Me" is lovely but over-produced (as is most of 1997's Be Here Now, the album it comes from); "D'You Know What I Mean?" is a tough-sounding track that gets a bit too noisy at the end; "Lyla" is the band's best impression of a Kinks tune undone only by its repetitiveness; "Champagne Supernova" is a nice little psychedelic tune that unfortunately overstays its welcome by about four minutes; and "Little by Little" is nice but so anonymous that it blends in with a lot of the band's latter-day singles. Nobody minds when these songs pop up during live sets, but there can't be very many people who go to see Oasis play specifically for these tracks.
"All Around the World"
"Stop Crying Your Heart Out"
"Let There Be Love"
"Who Feels Love?"
"The Shock of the Lightning"
The fourth tier is full of songs that can be considered generally inoffensive. These are the sort of songs that you don't skip when you're listening to their respective albums, but only because the deep cuts aren't nearly as good.
"The Hindu Times"
"Lord Don't Slow Me Down"
"The Importance of Being Idle"
"She Is Love"
"I'm Outta Time"
Most of these tunes are from late period Oasis, a period that saw the band cycle through group members and chase its tail in an effort to stay afloat. If you're a casual fan, there's a good chance you've never heard these tunes, and while none of them are truly terrible, they definitely could have been left off of Time Flies.
"Rock 'n' Roll Star"
"Force of Nature"
"Where Did It All Go Wrong?"
"Part of the Queue"
These are all the top-shelf Oasis songs not included on Time Flies. Not all of them were singles, but there seems to be no excuse to ignore "Rock 'n' Roll Star." Also, "Talk Tonight" was a b-side to "Wonderwall" and was included on the 1998 compilation The Masterplan — itself a stunning album even though it's made up entirely of (theoretically) throwaways.
Pop Will Eat Itself: Oasis As Mass-Catering Phenomenon
As Oasis release their Time Flies... retrospective, Roy Wilkinson recalls various encounters which argues that this most patchy of British groups has much in common with cheap eat catering
Hungry for unlimited sausages? Up for endless potatoes, chipped, wedged, fried and baked? Oasis aren't the only good-time guys to have arisen in the north and successfully supplied satiation on a mass level. Recently the Taybarns all-you-eat chain has been packing them in across the high latitudes, from Barnsley to South Shields. In mildly ethnographic style, Taybarns has been fascinating the London-based media. The press have been intrigued by the "34-metre food line" and an all-inclusive £5.99 meal-deal (weekdays from 11.30am to 5.00pm). Things were perhaps similar with Oasis's initial bloom – a soft south bewitched by these brusque northerners and their mass pop provisioning. But, isn't this latest Oasis best-of a bit like Taybarns in reverse? Paying again for stuff you've already had?
Oasis and their then label Creation once really did run an all-you-can-eat spectacular. All-you-can-drink as well. The backstage bounty at Oasis's 1996 shows at Knebworth was astonishing. An immense marquee was lined with bars, all fully stocked with any drink you could imagine. A barbecue sizzled eternal. To anyone with a pass it was all free, all day. It wasn't that exclusive either. The music-industry types were diluted by numerous family and friends. You could tell this because, when Noel Gallager wandered in, he was instantly mobbed by autograph-seekers. Within this moderately-exclusive marquee, there was a separate VIP quadrant. This roped-off corner was soon besieged by people who all stood there staring at Kate Moss and Patsy Palmer.
Backstage at Knebworth there were also free ice creams and lollies, plus portraitists and magicians permanently on call. Professional entertainers wandered the marquee offering tricks and caricature sketches. Completing the deranged mood of mass munificence, on the roof of the tent was a slogan in huge letters: 'CREATION RECORDS – WORLD CLASS'. It made sense that you'd need a helicopter to really appreciate this inscription. By this point, Oasis had become a kind of Eddie Stobart space shuttle, constructed largely from old second-hand parts but still blasting off into space. This Knebworth gluttony and Taybarns-style super-consumption chime with Oasis in several ways. In their new hits compilation Time Flies…, Oasis once again feast on the fat of their own back catalogue. As well they might – perhaps more than anything else, Oasis are an astounding manifestation of David Quantick's theorem that 'Pop will eat itself'.
Quantick's phrase appeared in an NME article on Jamie Wednesday, a Streatham indie band which included the two men who would become Carter USM. Quantick's observation was to acquire even more chilling associations – a prediction of pop's ever more repetitive instinct for recycling and recombination. Noel Gallagher, of course, has been utterly brazen in his pop larceny. Various admissions and legal interventions have confirmed the way he's been unafraid to draw on extant composition by anyone from Burt Bacharach to Stevie Wonder to The New Seekers.
'Cigarettes And Alcohol' appears again here. On the face of it, it amounts to a gang of Manchester urchins strolling up to Marc Bolan's 'Get It On': "Hey mister, we'll mind your song for a quid." But, 'Cigarettes And Alcohol' is also an ineffable, timeless concentration of human pleasure, like the film of Saturday Night & Sunday Morning condensed into a few minutes of audio. To hate Oasis seems a bit like hating humanity en masse – or at least the British public en masse. Oasis cleverly capitalise on this aspect with the CD booklet here. There's a collection of testimonial quotes from Oasis fans. "When I hear Oasis," says Marty Corry of Belfast, "they change me from being a factory worker into a rock star." Simon Baddeley, Stoke-on-Trent: "Oasis reminds me that one day I'll get away from the job centre and council estates." And, casting the net further afield, Joaquin Lios of Costa Rica: "Without this song I would not look, think or feel the way I do now." It'd take a cold heart to damn all of this – or to even think about denying the way Oasis have recorded many songs of undimming everyman-and-everywoman (but mainly everyman) transcendence. The gauchery and man-with-a-van mysticism that often colours Oasis' words only accentuates this feel of a universal human voice: "We'll find a way to do what we've done," as Liam sang on 'Slide Away'.
Even when Oasis are terrible they are at least catastrophically terrible, as, in extremis, on the Be Here Now album (an LP this reporter awarded full marks at the time. I was wrong! I wasn't alone!) They're at their worst when they're merely competent in this catastrophe, as on a good few tracks here: 'Lyla', 'The Hindu Times', 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down'. But even at his nadir Liam can be not just a goon but also someone with a kind of free-associating absurdism that verges on The Goon Show. Liam's bipartite presence and his representation of man-on-the-street-on-the-stage maybe came to a peak with the disastrous Wembley Stadium show of 22 July 2000, where a hugely drunk Liam mixed surreal slurrings with gormless requests for girls to get the tits out for the benefit of the video screens.
On the way home from this Wembley show, I found a little tableau that seemed emblematic of Oasis's impasse. In one of the Wembley underpasses, there was a forlorn and massively inebriated Oasis fan, shirtless and stumbling. He was attempting, vainly, to start a fight with a street-sweeper who was clearing up the post-gig detritus. The drunk Oasis-ite would periodically lunge toward the street-sweeper. The man would casually step away from the confused attack and carry on with his work. How symbolic. It wasn't Noel Gallagher turning out some typical pop-eating-itself variation on the Stones' Street Fighting Man. Just a man fighting a street-sweeper. By whatever means the Oasis fan had evidently found his way to some all-you-can-drink nirvana. The infinite consumption hadn't necessarily led to best possible conclusion.
A while back we asked you to send us in your stories about what Oasis and their music mean to you. We heard from thousands of fans all around the world and would like to say a big thank you to all who got in touch.
Big Brother Recordings took a small selection of these fans and filmed their stories. Each intimate portrait concentrates on how specific Oasis songs have affected their lives and are cut together with footage that you sent to us telling your story.
In amongst these short films are Italian football idol Alessandro del Piero, whose 2006 World Cup victory played out to the soundtrack of 'Don't Believe The Truth'. We also visit Stefy 'Supersonic' Bull, an amateur boxer who was inspired to turn pro after hearing 'Supersonic'; a family who came together thanks to hearing 'Don't Look Back In Anger' in a Hong Kong bar; an Italian sculptor and well known Liam look-a-like, and a prisoner who was inspired to do the right thing after hearing 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out'. Each story entertains in its own way and will no doubt strike a chord with all the millions of fans who supported the band through their eighteen year career.
'Oasis: What's Your Story?', an amalgamation of these short films, will get its UK TV premier on the 4Play slot this Saturday 12th June on Channel 4 at 23:40, showing before the acclaimed Oasis tour film, 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down'.
Sunday 13th June also marks the UK TV premier of the full Alessandro del Piero short film on BBC2. It will air at 22:15 on Match Of The Day Fifa World Cup highlights. It will then be available to view on the BBC Sports Website afterwards.
The full versions of the remaining stories will air online next week at the Oasis YouTube Page.
'Time Flies... 1994-2009' - The Complete Singles Collection - is released on Monday 14th June on Big Brother Recordings. Fans can pre-order your copy of the album at the Oasisinet store HERE! or on iTunes HERE!
Here's a recent snap of Liam Gallagher and English Grammy Award winning record producer Steve Lillywhite who is producing the new Beady Eye album. Steve has worked with groups such as Simple Minds, Big Country, XTC, The Chameleons, Toyah, Talking Heads, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Morrissey and The Rolling Stones just to name a few.
Guitarist speaks about recording of 'The Shock Of The Lightning'
Noel Gallagher has revealed that Oasis had to pay for the recording of their last album 'Dig Out Your Soul' in cash.
The guitarist, speaking in a new video interview said that they had to fork out the cash because they had previously been banned from Abbey Road studios, where they made the album.
"We decided to go back to Abbey Road, after being kicked out during the [1997 album] 'Be Here Now' sessions for being a bit wild," he said. "They let us back in, but we had to pay in cash. If they threw us out we lost all the money."
He added that he hit a rich vein of songwriting form at the time, saying: "We were in the studio for five weeks or something. I wrote 'The Shock Of The Lightning' and 'Falling Down' in one weekend just at home sitting at home."
Pre-order any format of 'Time Flies... 1994-2009' and you will be entered into a prize draw to win exclusive album artwork signed by Oasis. The closing date for this promotion is midnight 13 June 2010.
Noel Gallagher on NYC, New Music, The Adidas Advert and More
Noel appeared on Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar again on Sunday 6 June and spoke about his birthday trip to New York: “It’s got lots of buildings, yellow taxis, lots of fat people...it was good, weather was good, did a bit of mooching around, didn’t do much”, the only birthday present he received: “I got a jar of Marmite off the Sun and that was it”, his awful suffering from hangovers: “I get two day hangovers, horrible, horrible... it doesn’t stop me getting smashed all the time, though.” & more...
Jason Cundy: Tell us about the work you’re doing at the minute, there’s a new album coming out.
Noel: No, no, no, I’m not doing anything, the only thing I’m doing at the minute... I’m not doing anything...
Andy Goldstein: You’ve got a Best Of Oasis album coming out, or is it out?
Noel: That’s right, we’ve got a singles album coming out next week, all 27 singles for the first time on CD haha
Andy Goldstein: Why was Whatever never on an album?
Noel: Because it came... I had that song left over after Definitely Maybe and before Morning Glory and we had this thing when we started, that we were gonna put out a single every three months, like forever, and the three months was kinda up and we were in between albums so we put that out and then by the time we done Morning Glory, it kinda wasn’t part of either album so we thought it would be cool to leave it as a stand-alone single... because nobody kinda does that thing anymore.
Jason Cundy: Is there going to be a lot of publicity for the album?
Noel: Well, I don’t know how big these things are anymore with iTunes, do you know what I mean?, I mean, you can make your own singles album up off iTunes, so I’m not sure how relevant these things are anymore, and Oasis is one of those bands that if you’re into them, you have all of the singles, anyway, we’re not a band that people think are alright, you either love us or hate us, do you know what I mean?
Andy Goldstein: A lot of people have asked me, why do you never release an album of the acoustic stuff you have done at the Royal Albert Hall?
Noel: Eh... the thing that I done at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007 was available on iTunes, and all the money went to charity, so that’s out there, you can get that somewhere, but what, like going in and re-recording....?
Andy Goldstein: Yeah, like an Unplugged thing.
Noel: Well, it’s a bit of a cop-out, innit? There’s lots of things I do when I do those acoustic gigs where the arrangements change, but what would be the point in doing it, what would it achieve? You know, I don’t need the money, I don’t need the kudos...
Jason Cundy: So what now? Will you ever release anything again? I suppose it’s difficult to say now what the future holds, but long-term, what are your plans? Do you want to go back in the studio?
Noel: Yeah, yeah, I’ve got stuff written but I’ll probably start working after the World Cup, I’d say, I’m actually at the mercy of my own bone idleness, I am quite possibly one of the laziest people you’ll ever know, particularly with the extraordinary amount of success already – what’s the point? haha In the early days I was driven by poverty, right, and as I’m not poor anymore I just think, “Can I be bothered with all that?”
Andy Goldstein: Have you got any old songs that you found recently? That you had written half the chorus for and you’ve gone back to it?
Noel: Em, I’ve got... there’s lots of stuff that never kinda made Oasis albums that is kinda lying around that there’s demos of and if I ever get to do something I’d probably look at them but I write all the time, do you know what I mean?, but I’m kinda of, em, I’m not in any rush, I haven’t got a band, anyway, it’s just me at the minute.
The new Adidas advert:
Noel: Well, you know the advert, the street thing?, I’m in, blink and you miss me, but I’m in it, anyway, and it was kinda shot at the same time as that and it was all done against the blue screen thing but I wasn’t in the same room as Snoop Dog and Beckham, they all done their bits in LA but I’ve got like a mate of mine, kinda quite high up in Adidas and he said, “Do you wanna earn a few quid?”, and I went, “I dono about a few, I’ll earn a lot of money, though!”, and he says, “Well, do you wanna be in these adverts?” and he kinda said it was gonna be this street party thing and then they’ve got the rights to use this Star Wars stuff and I was like, “I remember going to see Star Wars in 1977 when it came out!”, I was a massive Star Wars fan, and I was like, “Well, I’m in.” And they sent us this script and it was, you’ve got to flick a beer mat at an alien and I was like, “Wow, this is easy, this is easy!” I haven’t actually seen the finished thing, I’ve seen a rough thing of my bits, and I was like, “What do you want me to say? It’s genius!”
Despite promises of an album and gigs this summer it's looking more like it's going to be a 2011 release date for the band - completed by Liam's ex-Oasis pals Gem Archer, Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock.
Meanwhile, our spies have informed us that beyond their new material the band are unlikely to play Oasis tunes in their live set, aside from the Liam-penned ones.
Oasis Time Flies 1994 - 2009 Deluxe Edition is Packed with Extras
The UK iTunes store is offering the following when you pre-order the deluxe version of Oasis' Time Flies... 1994-2009 for £15.99.
The album is released on June 14th and includes all 27 of the band's hit singles, together for the very first time.
The deluxe version includes:
Time Flies... 1994-2009
02 Roll With It
03 Live Forever
05 Stop Crying Your Heart Out
06 Cigarettes & Alcohol
08 Don't Look Back In Anger
09 The Hindu Times
10 Stand By Me
11 Lord Don't Slow Me Down
13 All Around the World
14 Some Might Say
15 The Importance of Being Idle
16 D'You Know What I Mean?
18 Let There Be Love
19 Go Let It Out
20 Who Feels Love?
21 Little By Little
22 The Shock of the Lightning
23 She Is Love
25 I'm Outta Time
26 Falling Down
The last ever recorded Oasis live show from The Roundhouse, London - 21st July 2009.
01 F****n' In the Bushes (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
02 Rock 'n' Roll Star (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
03 Lyla (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
04 The Shock of the Lightning (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
05 Cigarettes & Alcohol (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
06 Roll With It (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
07 Waiting for the Rapture (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
08 The Masterplan (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
09 Songbird (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
10 Slide Away (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
11 Morning Glory (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
12 My Big Mouth (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
13 Half the World Away (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
14 I'm Outta Time (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
15 Wonderwall (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
16 Supersonic (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
17 Live Forever (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
18 Don't Look Back In Anger (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
19 Champagne Supernova (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
20 I Am the Walrus (Live At the Roundhouse, London)
All 38 Oasis music videos
02 Supersonic (US Version)
04 Live Forever (UK Version)
05 Live Forever (US Version)
06 Cigarettes & Alcohol
08 Some Might Say
09 Roll With It
11 Don't Look Back In Anger
12 D'You Know What I Mean?
13 Stand By Me
14 All Around the World
15 Go Let It Out
16 Who Feels Love?
17 Sunday Morning Call
18 The Hindu Times Album
19 Stop Crying Your Heart Out
20 Little By Little
23 The Importance of Being Idle
24 Let There Be Love Album
25 Lord Don't Slow Me Down
26 The Shock of the Lightning
27 I'm Outta Time
28 Falling Down
29 Rock 'n' Roll Star
30 Morning Glory
31 Champagne Supernova Album
32 Acquiesce (Live)
33 Don't Go Away
34 Where Did It All Go Wrong?
35 Gas Panic! (Live)
36 Little By Little (Live)
37 The Masterplan
Plus two videos from The Roundhouse, London - 21st July 2009
01 Half the World Away (iTunes Live: London Festival)
02 Slide Away (iTunes Live: London Festival)
TV schedule for Channel 4 (UK) Saturday June 12th:
11:40pm MUSIC ON 4: OASIS: WHAT'S YOUR STORY
Over the past 18 years, Oasis have affected the lives of thousands of their devoted fans in different ways. Among the tales, iconic Italian footballer Alessandro Del Piero tells us how the band provided the soundtrack to his monumental 2006 World Cup victory, while Stefy "Supersonic" Bull, who is Yorkshire born and bred, regales us with a career as a professional boxer inspired almost entirely by the music and attitude of Oasis. Prod: Jamie Clark; Prod. Co: Pulse Films
11:55pm MUSIC ON 4: OASIS: LORD DON'T SLOW ME DOWN
Lord Don't Slow Me Down was compiled during a year's worth of filming with the band on their mammoth Don't Believe the Truth world tour in 2005/ 6. It follows one of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll bands behind the scenes and in front of the fans across the globe. With unique and unprecedented access to the band throughout the tour, Lord Don't Slow Me Down is the ultimate rock documentary and a must see for all music fans. Dir: Baillie Walsh; Prod Co: Ignition Records.
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has spoken about the Oasis comeback single 'D'You Know What I Mean?'.
By the end of 1996, Oasis were one of the biggest bands on the planet. Two sold out shows at Knebworth had seen the band play to over 250,000 people while second album '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' topped the charts.
Returning with new material next year, it was clear that something wasn't quite right in the band. Recorded in a hail of drug use, 'Be Here Now' was panned by fans and critics alike after a huge hype campaign.
However the record holds a special place amongst fans. Lead single 'D'You Know What I Mean?' opens with a lengthy spell of feedback, which Noel Gallagher looked back on in a recent video.
"I arrived in London with an Adidas hold all and a battered old acoustic guitar. I had a Rolls Royce now. We arrived in a music scene when there was nothing, it was barren. We left by selling out three nights at Wembley. That's what it means".
Continuing, the guitarist mused on the extremely long length of comeback single 'D'You Know What I Mean?' which clocked in at almost eight minutes on the album edit.
"Why edit it down to four minutes when you can listen to eight minutes?" he asked. "I was so adamant in the studio. We had someone go 'it's too long' and I was like 'it's not long enough!' If you've just sold 12 million records and on Creation... their ethos was: the artist is always right".
"I wouldn't say I was right, though. I can't listen to fuckin' any of that album now!"
Oasis are set to release new singles collection 'Time Flies' later this month.
Oasis might be hanging up their microphones for the time being, but why not remember the Manchester greats in style by getting your hands on some awesome Oasis prizes?
One lucky winner can get their mitts on an Oasis-branded Wowee One speaker unit as well as a sackful of other delights, whilst runners up will bag themselves an Oasis T-Shirt, copy of the album and a poster. Good eh?
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer the following question by clicking here (UK Only).
Liam Gallagher has declared that Oasis' split is the "best thing that's ever happened", after realising it has given him more freedom.
The singer, who is currently promoting his Pretty Green clothing label in the US, told the New York Times he is now relishing his post-Oasis career after initally being "gutted"about the break-up.
"In hindsight it was the best thing that’s ever happened, because we're free to do whatever we want," said Gallagher, who confirmed in the interview he has not spoken to his brother and former bandmate Noel since the break-up last August.
Meanwhile, Gallagher, who recently announced his new band would be called Beady Eye, bemoaned the lack of snappy dressers around at the moment.
He said: "Not a lot of people look cool these days, like my cool. Everybody plays it down, don’t they?"
And he added that he only wanted those who were cool enough to wear his Pretty Green clothes.
"I don't want just anybody wearing it," said the singer. "And people go, 'Oh, beggars can't be choosers.' Well, I ain't a beggar, you know what I mean?"
Meanwhile, Pretty Green recently recruited Paul Weller to design clothes for the label.
Noel Gallagher Inspired Russel Brand's Rock Star Character in New Movie
RUSSELL BRAND says NOEL GALLAGHER inspired his role as rock star Aldous Snow in Get Him To The Greek.
The funnyman wanted to incorporate the Oasis star's "nonchalant" behaviour into his character.
Russell said: "I learned this kind of inherent nonchalance that rock stars have from Noel.
"I was so troubled by this nonchalance, I took to inquiring as to why it was going on. I said: 'Why are you so nonchalant, Noel?'
"Then there followed a brief time while I explained the word nonchalant. Not really - Noel Gallagher is a brilliant man and poet but I did have to explain that word.
"Then he said, 'It's because I know that anywhere I go, whatever happens to me, no matter what people say, as long as I've got the guitar and the ability to play, people will pay 10 quid to come and see me.'
"So I thought. 'That's good.' Aldous Snow is a person who knows that people will pay money if he's got his gift, whereas a comedian or whatever, you tend to be more neurotic about stuff like that."