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Unbridled access to two of the country's biggest bands, a work ethic unmatched and a walk-the-walk rock 'n' roll attitude, Brian Cannon acted as Artistic Director for a number of projects with both Oasis and The Verve. He has also created work for a number of world-wide brands such as Converse and Levi's®. His company, Microdot, has just celebrated its twenty-year anniversary at the forefront of British Rock 'n' Roll. To celebrate Brian's work and his achievements, I put some questions to Brian.
ZANI - Tell me about your youth and about growing up in Wigan – what did you spend your time doing? You’re a Wigan fan aren’t you?
Brian Cannon - Growing up in Wigan was cool. When I was young, I had nothing to compare it to, but I was happy enough. It was close enough to both Liverpool and Manchester to visit when I started buying records. There has been a good music scene in Wigan since the early Seventies and The Casino, so growing and and being into music was good in Wigan. Yes, I do support Wigan Athletic. I have supported them since the non League days, so following the club now is special (if erratic.).
ZANI - Was it always photography that appealed to you? Or did you start with art and drawing, etc?
Brian Cannon - I got turned onto drawing as a small child by my dad; he was an amazing illustrator, but not a professional. He’s retired now, but he previously worked in a coal mine. He encouraged me, as did my mother.
ZANI - Who inspired you to do what you do, and can you remember the exact moment when you realised, “This is it. This is what I want to do”?
Brian Cannon - I got into punk, like a lot of working class kids I knew, when The Sex Pistols broke. I didn’t have the patience to learn guitar but I thought I really want to get involved with music, so I decided to use my talent for art and concentrate on producing music-related imagery. So, in a nutshell, punk-rock – and in particular, The Sex Pistols – was my inspiration.
ZANI - I presume you had posters in your bedroom when you were growing up? Who were they of?
Brian Cannon - Punk stuff: The Sex Pistols, The Damned, Buzzcocks...
ZANI - You started Microdot after finishing University in 1989. When you first started, what hopes and expectations did you have?
Brian Cannon - I set out to create the best sleeves for the best bands around, something I think I pretty much achieved.
ZANI - Did your parents think you were mad?
Brian Cannon - My parents fully supported me, if not totally understanding what I was doing.
ZANI - When was your first major break, Brian?
Brian Cannon - It came as early as in 1984. I got into the early Electro and Hip Hop. Again, I used my artistic talents and started doing large-scale New York-style graffiti murals in Wigan. The top Electro DJ in the UK at the time was a guy called Greg Wilson – he saw one of my pieces and I was summoned to meet him. He told me that he was expecting to see the American graffiti style in the UK sooner or later, but not in Wigan.. We got on well and he was setting up a small independent dance label in Liverpool for which I did all the graphics while still at college – my first professional work. On leaving Leeds Poly with my degree, he asked me to design record sleeves for The Ruthless Rap Assassins who he managed and who were signed to EMI. So to sum up, it all began with me vandalising a warehouse wall in Wigan in November 1984..
ZANI - Tell me how you met The Verve ?
Brian Cannon - I first met Richard (Ashcroft) at a party in Wigan in 1989; he was a 17-year-old student at the time who I had nothing in common with it seemed: he was wearing a floppy hat with flowers on it and I was 23 at the time, dressing in Adidas trainers. We got talking and he found out that I was just starting out and designed record sleeves – he found that interesting as he was just starting out with his band. I didn’t see him again for another two years when I bumped into him at a petrol station at six in the morning buying a pint of milk... He recognised me, told me his band (Verve as they were known then) had been signed and that he wanted me to design their covers.. Stroke of luck...
ZANI - Didn’t you go on tour with them? What is your lasting moment being in the “Verve bubble”?
Brian Cannon - I went on tour with The Verve A LOT. I’ve seen them play over a hundred times. The best times were, as with most bands, when they first started to get a following nationally – turning up in a city where you don’t know anyone and there being a couple of hundred kids who are into the band. My lasting memory was from the Gravity Grave tour of 1992; I was the only member of the posse over 25 for the sake of the insurance to drive the tour bus – a Volkswagen LT 35. In the evening, we drove into Edinburgh and could see the city in the distance, while the band in the back were watching Rolling Stones videos. It was something else.
ZANI - Some of The Verve’s artwork is outstanding – was it a collaborative effort? Or were you just left to produce the pieces for approval?
Brian Cannon - In each case I had a chat with Richard, sometimes he would have specific ideas but, on the whole, it was left to me and the ideas were mine.
ZANI - How did you get involved with Oasis?
Brian Cannon - Noel asked me to do the Oasis artwork after he saw the early Verve sleeves.
ZANI - What was your impression of Creation Records?
Brian Cannon - Creation was a one off, coupled with the fact that I was working with Oasis, I have never had so much creative freedom with a label. They just let me get on with it and then paid the bills... couldn’t fault them really.
ZANI - Some of the covers you did including the Oasis single Some Might Say relayed the lyrics to the song within the artwork. Do you always listen to a song before you decide on the angle of the work, or do you just get ideas?
Brian Cannon - I find it astonishing that people actually design covers before, or not even listening to, the record at all. I think it’s impossible to do a good job that way. I am charged with the responsibility of ‘dressing’ a piece of music so I ALWAYS listened to the track(s) as much as possible and got my head around the lyrics too.
ZANI - You toured with Oasis back in 1993 for 12 months, just before they took off. It must have been something special to be “in the eye of the hurricane”: what can you remember from the period...if anything?
Brian Cannon - I remember it being very exciting. The band themselves were absolutely bang into it. I can’t stand po-faced bands who think the world owes them a living and that rock 'n' roll lifestyle is the norm. Bonehead used to be a plasterer before the band took off and he, more than the rest, never forgot what he might otherwise be doing: it was a full on fun time.
ZANI - Is it true that you and Liam once offered out a whole pub?
Brian Cannon - I can’t confirm that either way, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
ZANI - You were there during the short, but hectic, recording session for (What The Story) Morning Glory?, in which (rumour has it) Noel hit Liam with a cricket bat after he brought back the whole pub to the studio. Is it true that you locked yourself in your room as all hell broke loose?
Brian Cannon - Totally. It was between the two of them and there was NOTHING anyone could do to diffuse the situation. I just went to my room, had a beer and waited for the whole thing to die down.
ZANI - Tell me about the shoot for the Wonderwall cover – wasn’t the girl in the picture-frame an employee from Creation?
Brian Cannon - We originally shot the sleeve with Liam depicted through the frame (an idea I nicked from the paintings of Belgian surrealist painter, Rene Magritte). Mid-shoot, and I am totally serious about this, Noel just happened to be passing in a taxi. I mean, talk about a coincidence. We were shooting on Primrose Hill, London, and Noel Gallagher by chance drove past.. He obviously did not get the message I had sent to his manager about the session. The taxi screeched to a halt, and, much to everyone’s amazement, an irate Noel jumped out, called a halt to the proceedings stating that it had to be a girl in the shot. This totally put me on the back foot as the artwork was due to be delivered in a few days. Primrose Hill was a few hundred yards from the Creation Records office at the time; we called upon Anita Heryet who worked there, and that’s how she became the cover star.
ZANI - Do you think it’s fair to say you held the sixth Oasis member tag for a while? Weren’t you also part of the group that added hand claps to All Around The World at Air Studios?
Brian Cannon - I dunno about the sixth member thing, but I was part of the ‘inner circle’. You have to understand, I had known them before they were massive and when they finally became big many people tried to befriend them and leak stories to the press. They knew myself and all the Microdot guys could be trusted. Liam would turn up at my flat in Camden at tea time on a Friday night and get hammered all weekend with us lot knowing that nothing would appear in the papers. I did do handclaps on All Around The World, and I also played keyboards on the title track to What’s The Story? A little known fact.
ZANI - Was that a “pinch me” moment?
Brian Cannon - The whole Oasis thing was a pinch me moment.
ZANI - Would you mind sharing the story of when you and Dave Halliwell pitched the one-off 1996 Oasis magazine to a certain publisher? (Only if you want to of course, I read about it on your Facebook page, it sounds funny)
Brian Cannon - I pitched the idea of an official Oasis magazine to Noel and Oasis manager Marcus Russell as a counter to all the garbage that was being written in the press about them at the time. They gave me the green light to publish it. I was Editor and Art Director on the project, Dave Halliwell (who was The Verve’s first manager) was Business Manager. The magazine industry works on the following premise – you only get paid once a magazine has physically sold over the counter and then you can only expect 50 per cent of the cover price. We had a cover price of £3.50 and managed to convince the Virgin Megastore Group to take the mag on an exclusive basis if they gave us £3 per copy and paid us upfront... Dave and I left the meeting at their office with a cheque for 30 grand and we hadn’t even had the magazines printed by then...
ZANI - Do you still stay in contact with any of the band members you worked with in the bad old days?
Club 100 London Venue Closing? Home to Famous Oasis , Pistols and Clash Gigs.
The famous London venue the 100 Club, which has been treated to performances by countless acts including Bob Dylan, Oasis, The Clash, David Bowie and the Sex Pistols over the years, is being faced with closure after a large raise in rent costs.
The London Evening Standard reports the current owner Jeff Horton has said the club, which is situated in London’s Oxford Street and was once described Aerosmith’s Joe Perry as ‘the finest rock n roll club in the world’, could now close ‘within months’ unless a new buyer is found due to soaring overheads which are stretching to £4,000 a month.
Pop superstar Lady Gaga has surpassed Oasis’ record of 134 consecutive weeks on the UK charts, the Guinness World Records have announced.
The singer’s debut album ‘The Fame‘ has now survived 154 weeks on the UK Album chart since it’s release in August 2008, and has moved beyond the record set by Oasis back in 1996. Lady Gaga will also enter the record books as ‘the most searched for female on the internet’.
Mad For It , The Wit & Wisdom of the Brothers Gallagher - Win a Copy
Live4ever will be giving away two copies of this new book so read on how to win a copy for yourself!
Associate editor at the NME Paul Stokes has for the first time ever archived two decades worth of Liam and Noel mouthing off at each other, the press, aliens or just who ever happened to be listening at the time, about everything, anything and anyone who needs a slap! In this compact collection of comical gems and thought provoking food for thought of uninhibited, darkly amusing and offensive social commentary on modern times, Liam and Noel set about putting the world to rights.
Warning Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno about his pointy shoes, their disappointment in Jack White and his Coca Cola song, the warbling of Florence Welch, threatening certain porkpie hat wearing smackheads with a smack and begging Bono to just ‘sing one and shut the f*** up about Africa’.
Leaving little a stone unturned, the Brothers take in everything from Britpop rivals, reality TV and the global financial crisis. There are also chances to read what the brothers have to say about the band, the music and taking lumps out of each other; Noel describing Liam as ‘rude, arrogant and lazy… the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup’ and Liam predicting in ’94 ‘we’ll be the most important band in the f****ing world. If time is on our side, and there’s not so much bad s***, and no one dies, we’ll be the new Beatles’.
This is an absolute must for any Oasis fan where in a world when pop stars are air-brushed and ‘media-trained’ into identikit banality, these Mancunian motor-mouths resolutely refuse to shut up.
Alan McGee Talks Creation Documentary 'Upside Down' and Oasis
Misrepresented? Possibly. Machiavellian? Potentially. Maverick? Certainly. Alan McGee, former label boss of the hugely influential Creation Records, has been called all of the above and worse. Not that he gives a fuck. During the 80’s he propelled two musically inspired misanthropic brothers into the public consciousness in the form of The Jesus and Mary Chain. And just to show it wasn’t a fluke he did it again a decade later with the Gallaghers, when he signed Oasis. Throw Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub and a host of others into the already heady mix of bedlam and breakdowns and you have one hell of a story.
‘Upside Down’, premiering at next months London Film Festival charts it all; the deals, drugs and disenchantment of Creations unprecedented 15 year history. In an exclusive interview about Danny O'Connor's film Clash spoke to an amiable, amusing and always provacative Mr McGee.
In similar sort of terms we run an independent magazine and we’ve done everything the way we thought we should do it and not necessarily the way that other people do it.I think the music business now is incredibly corporate. I’ll be honest,I’ve lost interest in music now really. The only things that interest me are Noel Gallagher and Glasgvegas, if you’re talking about current music. The demos of Noels new record are fucking amazing and James Allan I think is an incredible talent. And I’m interested in Liam’s new band and hear what he’s doing. They could maybe come up with something amazing. Who knows?
(via Clash Magazine)
Click here for part one of the interview, and here for part two.
Upside Down: The Creation Records Story is showing at the BFI London Film Festival on:
Sat 23th October - 18:15 - Vue Screen 7 (Leicester Square)
Sun 24the October - 12:45 - Vue Screen 6 (Leicester Square)
Manchester rockers Noel and Liam Gallagher love a good brawl.
So we weren’t surprised to hear they’d had the mother of all fights with a horde of Man City players.
Noel told us: “There was a mass brawl one night in the dressing room which involved Steve Lomas, Georgi Kinkladze and Terry Phelan at one of our gigs at Maine Road. It was absolutely mental.
“Somebody insulted somebody’s wife. Next minute it was chaos, fists everywhere, with all these City players going mental.
“Eventually it involved us. Well, it’d be rude not to get involved.”
Chatting to us at the Manchester premiere of film Blue Moon Rising, a behind-the-scenes story of the club’s 2009/10 season, Noel, 43, continued: “No-one has quite got to the bottom of the argument. Neil Lennon was involved as well.”
Just sounds like a typical man brawl to us, pointless in all aspects but fun to watch.
Noel appears in the movie as one of City’s celebrity fans but admits he’d never become an actor full-time. “Needless to say I’d be brilliant at it,” he boasts. “But I like being a rock star.”
Noel Gallagher Thinks It's Time for New Set Of Proper Rock Stars
We love Noel Gallagher for many reasons, but mainly for just telling it like it is.
The rock ’n’ roll legend thinks the new flow of music stars are too clean-cut and are ruining the raucous nature of showbiz.
Ranting about well-behaved chart-toppers, the Oasis rocker, 42, condemned them as “dull”.
Chatting at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards, Noel told us: “The showbiz scene is really boring these days, everyone’s so dull. The old days of wild partying seem to be a thing of the past.”
And we have to agree. Party pioneers including Amy Winehouse, 26, Pete Doherty, 31, Russell Brand, 35, and Kate Moss, 36, are taking it easy after pickling their livers for many years.
We need some new vodka-guzzlers to arrive and start a royal booze-up. However, the Manchester strummer is adamant things are set to go back to rock ’n roll revelry soon.
“There will definitely be a new wave of coolness, it’s just a matter of time. You girls are just going to have to sit and wait for the Muppets to go by.
“It’s about time a new set of proper rock stars came out.”
Mr Gallagher has always been a notorious booze-hound but even he’s slowing things down, admitting: “My days of waking up with someone else’s chandelier in my bed are over. I’ve got kids now, I’m more chilled out.”
Looking sharp in a camel blazer, Noel spent most of the night chewing the fat with cricketer Freddie Flintoff, 32, and muso Mark Ronson, 35, at the bash at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.
Musical Differences’ abound in this week’s issue as we look at the messiest bust-ups in rock history. Check out the amazing stories of the drug meltdowns, punch-ups, and mutual loathing which has torn bands like The Smiths, Guns n Roses and... oh yes... Oasis.
It’s been exactly a year since Oasis burst apart in Paris, and we take a look at their warring history how the music world’s changed since their split, and what’s next for Liam and Noel.
As his recent album ‘Wake Up The Nation‘ is set to learn it’s fate at tonight’s Mercury Music Prize ceremony, Paul Weller has revealed he is already close to completing it’s follow-up.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper at Jersey Live!, Weller confirmed he had finished the bulk of the album over the course of four days, and outlined a more pop feel which is dominating the new material. “We’ve done about eight tracks over four days and they sound mega,” he said.
Recently Noel Gallagher confirmed that he had been sitting in and drumming during some sessions with his pal.
Beady Eye Members at Jim Jones Revue Gig in London
Swan-diving into rock 'n' roll's primordial ooze, the Jim Jones Revue previewed their new album, 'Burning Your House Down,' with a combustible set that recalled the holler of Little Richard and the electric energy of the MC5 at intimate London club Madame Jojo's on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 2.
The audience at the packed-out venue included band producer and Grinderman drummer Jim Sclavunos as well as former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and his Beady Eye guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell.
Displaying a ferocity and near gospel passion that's in all too short supply these days, the Jim Jones Revue are poised to break through to a wider audience as one rock 'n' roll salvo after another was fired with nary a thought for personal safety. While current single 'High Horse' gained the biggest cheers -- its presence on radio increasing on a daily basis -- it's the likes of 'Big Len,' 'Elemental' and 'Killing Spree' that delight long-time observers.
The Jim Jones Revue sweat profusely and heartily. Refusing to stand still, Jones and band -- guitarist Rupert Orton, bassist Gavin Jay, keyboardist Elliot Mortimer and drummer Nick Jones -- wring every drop of energy from their own energy reserves and three-chord ramalama. Like it or not, they're here to save your soul.
Phil Collins Surprised By Liam & Noel Gallagher's Comments
Phil Collins clearly has his bêtes noires. 'I get a bit… surprised at the vitriol of [Noel and Liam] Gallagher and people like that who consider me the Antichrist of music.
I don’t think I’ve done anything that bad,’ he says. In any case, the fact that the American hip-hop community has embraced him – his drum sounds and melodies are ripe for sampling or covering – helps balance things out.
And the smash hit 2007 Cadbury’s 'drumming gorilla’ ad was a timely reminder of his adroit pop songwriting skills.