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Liam Gallagher's Christmas Plans: 'We are all going to the Pub'
What do you get for the rock 'n' roll frontman who has it all?
Well, ex-Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher is quite clear what he'd like this Christmas Day.
“A bit of peace and quiet, man,” he says.
“I don't want for anything, me.”
Burnage boy Liam, married to former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton, explains: “We had Christmas at ours last year and we had everyone around, burping and farting and then falling asleep all over the place. So this year I've decided we're all going to a pub this time, and then it's someone else's problem.”
At 10am UK time on Boxing Day (December 26th) Beady Eye will be streaming the premiere of the video for their song 'Four Letter Word' on NME.com and here at www.BeadyEyeMusic.com. At the same time they will also be making available a very limited quantity of heavy-weight, numbered 7" records of 'Four Letter Word' featuring the exclusive track 'World Outside My Room'.
The 7" will be available exclusively through the band's OFFICIAL STORE. It will be on sale for £3.49 and is limited to 2 purchases per fan. You can pick up your copy HERE! from 10am on the 26th.
'Four Letter Word' is the second track to be heard from their forthcoming album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' which is released through the band's Beady Eye Records label on 28th February 2011.
The video, filmed in London on a cold day in November, was directed by Julian House and Julian Gibbs.
'Upside Down' Documentary Screening Dates for 2011
The Creation Records documentary 'Upside Down' is set to be screened next year.
Featuring interviews with Noel Gallagher, Bobby Gillespie and founder Alan McGee, the film tells the story of how the label that was home to Oasis and Primal Scream among others began, the bands it discovered and its financial dissolution in 1999. See below for screening details.
Speaking to NME, director Danny O’Connor described the film as, "A celebration of Creation, not an appraisal or review, a celebration of swagger and an attitude."
He also spoke of how the screenings won't be conventional viewing sessions. "Basically, it’s going to be like a night out," he said. "Everyone who buys a ticket gets an aftershow pass and we're going to have DJs and hopefully a few bands playing. Also, at every single one of the parties, someone from the Creation story will be there. They might be from the bands or just a player in the story, like Irvine [Welsh] or Howard [Marks], but someone will be there."
McGee said that the film "captures the spirit of Creation completely, Danny gets it completely, he did some much research, he knows it all. The film is bang on".
Creation has been the subject of two biographies, but McGee said that neither "can hold a candle to the film. It captures it completely. The whole thing was just a weird success and every time I watch it back I'm just shocked we survived as long as we did. Watching it also makes me realise, I think for the first time, that I actually like all of the people involved and what they did. It’s just lucky everyone’s still alive to tell the story."
Upside Down will be appearing at various film festivals around the world, with scheduled UK appearances in Glasgow, Stornoway, Liverpool and Sheffield. Tickets details are yet to be announced.
See Upsidedownthemovie.com for more information.
Upside Down will be shown in the following cities (some venues yet to be confirmed)
San Sebastian Dock Of The Bay Film Festival (January 7-9)
Goteborg (January 28–February 6)
Glasgow (February 22)
Dublin (February 17 -25)
Istanbul (February 19-23)
Berlin In Edit Film Festival (March 8-10)
Sao Paulo In Edit Film Festival (March 19-25)
Stornoway Celtic Media Festival (April 11)
Vienna Crossing Borders Film Festival (April 13-17)
Sheffield Sensoria Film Festival (May 1-7)
Lisbon (May 9-13)
Liverpool Sound City, (May 19-21)
Paris Filmer La Musique (June 8–13)
Melbourne (July 21–27)
Liam Gallagher was unhappy that his group Beady Eye gave their debut track, 'Bring The Light', away as a free download.
The singer - who is joined in his new group by former Oasis bandmates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock - insists it wasn't his idea to showcase their first track 'Bring The Light' as an unpaid for download on the band's official website.
He said: "It got everybody off the sofa and humping around like a bunch of f***ing monkeys. And that's what we're after.
"It wasn't my idea to give it away for f***ing nothing though. I'll tell you right now, I wasn't having that."
The rocker also revealed he was responsible for naming the new group, but insists they would have been successful regardless of their moniker.
He added: "That was my idea. We'd come up with loads of names but that was the one that rang true for me.
"But it's not about the name anyway is it? It's about how good your music is. You could be called Veiny Love Stick, but if your music's s**t then it's s**t. At the end of the day, a name's a name. It's what you put into it that matters."
French iTunes posted Beady Eye's Album "Different Gear, Still Speeding" online earlier today. 30 second streaming preview clips were made available for a short while but have since then been removed.
Obviously it's a little early for reviews and critique but here are a few of our thoughts on the clips :
Four Letter Word
Less the wimpy ballad I’d expected it to be, more a kick in the balls. Very much in the vein of Don’t Believe The Truth but with more aggression.
Sounds like it should be a summer single. Very melodic and a gentle vocal delivery from Liam.
Instant Karma meets All You Need Is Love. Mid tempo stomper with a chorus that may divide opinion.
Beatles and Stones
Liam sings about standing the test of time like the Beatles and Stones to a tune that sounds strikingly similar to the Who’s My Generation. I’m relieved its not a song that just lists his favourite Beatles and Stones songs, akin to one he did about Oasis which Noel gleefully told the press about.
Wind Up Dream
Up-beat tempo with multi-layered vocals and maraca shaking complete with trademark Liam ‘come on’ refrains.
Liam sounds incredible on this one. It has the potential to be the best track on the album and could be his stab at Across The Universe.
Kill For A Dream
Another sixties influenced acoustic, tuneful track with Liam reaching unimaginably high notes. Could be difficult to emulate live.
Standing On The Edge Of The Noise
Liam’s second full-on rocker of the album and judging by this clip he seems to have moved on from the dirge of Aint Got Nothing. Could be a great gig opener.
The most intriguing of all the song previews. Sounds like nothing else on the album and alludes to being one of the more psychedelic moments of the LP.
Three Ring Circus
More old school rock n’roll but a question mark certainly hangs over this one.
The Beat Goes On
The melody hints at Oasis’ Pink Floyd inspired Those Swollen Hand Blues. Incredible vocals from Liam and a clear Beatles influence. This one could be huge.
The Morning Sun
Sounds like its been taken straight from the pre-Oasis Lost Tapes bootleg – which isn’t a bad thing. If the entire song is acoustic as the preview suggests it could be the album’s Married With Children
Beady Eye Video "The Roller" to Premiere on NME.com
Beady Eye are set to premiere the video for new song 'The Roller' exclusively on NME.COM on Boxing Day (December 26).
Watch the video on the right for a preview clip of the song, which is taken from Liam Gallagher and co's forthcoming album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'.
The full video will go online on NME.COM at 10am (GMT) on Boxing Day.
Although Beady Eye have recorded a video for 'The Roller', it is not scheduled to be released as a single.
Speaking in the Christmas issue of NME, which is on sale across the UK and available to order online now, Gallagher said he believes 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' is as good as Oasis' debut album 'Definitely Maybe'.
The album is out on February 28 next year.
(L4e is aware that the nme are calling the video clip Four Letter Word in one article and The Roller in another)
Liam Gallagher: the World is Crying out for a Great Rock 'n' Roll Band
Liam Gallagher has said that the time is right for his new band Beady Eye, as the world is crying out for a great rock 'n' roll band.
Beady Eye were formed in 2009 from the remnants of Oasis, following the exit of key songwriter Noel Gallagher. Beady Eye retained Oasis members Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and live drummer Chris Sharrock.
Liam told the NME in a recent interview that "The world is crying out for a great rock 'n' roll band. It has been for ages, man. That's why the time is right for Beady Eye. The time is right now. Even in the last ten years there's been nothing, You know what I mean? And it's not just that, there hasn't been one fucking good band. I'm sick of that attitude. There should be loads of fucking good bands out there, looking smart, making great music, fucking doing it. It's not about one band, there should be a load of them, but were are they?"
During the same interview Liam was asked had he heard of up and coming band Brother who say that they are the future of music.
Liam replied "Are you having a laugh, them little wankers? Yeah I have heard of them. What is it they call themselves, 'gritpop'? They're just little fucking posh lads with tattoos with man!"
Band member Andy Bell pointed out to Liam that "There's nothing wrong in being posh." Liam replied "Alright fair point, but there is if you've got fucking tattoos and you're trying to make a bit of a thug out of yourself. Nah, I'm not having them. I'm not having any new bands at the moment, to be fucking honest with you.
Beady Eye announced yesterday that they will be playing 2011's Isle Of Wight Festival, that takes place over the weekend of June 10th-12th 2011.
Beady Eye are very pleased to announce they will be playing 2011's Isle Of Wight Festival. The festival - whose illustrious history includes headliners such as band favourites Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Weller - takes place over the weekend of June 10th-12th.
Beady Eye will be playing Sunday 12th before Kasabian's headline slot.
Tickets are available now through the below outlets:
Noel Gallagher: Not Buying Tevez's Threats to Leave Manchester City
So, Noel Gallagher, what do you make of Carlos Tevez's claims that he wants to leave Manchester City because he does not like the chief executive? "Well," said the rock star and City's most famous supporter. "He would be the first person I've ever heard of to leave a football club because he didn't like someone in the office."
Not buying it then? "Not at all. For a guy who can't even speak English how are we supposed to believe he has got a relationship with the executives in the first place, unless he's been trying to get himself a new deal anyway.
"He has two choices now if he means this – he either leaves or he retires. But I think there's more to it than meets the eye.
"Everyone was saying the same thing about Wayne Rooney: 'He's going, he's definitely going.' What is happening now is that Rooney's agent has set the bar when it comes to modern‑day transfer requests. But I would still put money on Tevez being here next season."
And what will be the crowd's reaction when City play Everton on Monday and Tevez turns out for the first time since announcing to the world that he wanted an Oasis-like split?
"He's been the best player we have ever had in my book and, as long as he is doing it on the pitch, they won't turn on him. I won't be booing anyway and I think it will be all right because he's not the kind of player who will go missing."
Gallagher is in Turin for Manchester City's Europa League tie against Juventus tomorrow. The Eastlands club have already qualified for the knockout stages. "It is disappointing because of the timing of it. Why not wait until the end of the season?
"The one thing that goes against Carlos is that he already plays for Man City so nobody can link him to us. He can't say: 'Oh I want to go to Man City because they are offering me £200,000 a week,' when he's already getting £280,000 a week out of us."
Liam Gallagher has told the NME that he, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock immediately formed Beady Eye after Oasis split in August 2009 in Paris.
The singer said that the band were formed "that night" he added "We all went back to the hotel, got on the piss and it was like, 'Alright lets fucking do this.' I might have apologised to the lads, I might not have, I can't remember."
When asked about the fight with brother Noel, that finally split up the band after eighteen years Liam said: "It was just another argument between me and our kid had about the usual, just fucking.... him being him and me being me. End of.
It wasn't a big fucking deal, we'd had a lot worse. But I think it was just time, man. I don't think his heart was in it anymore anyway. He wasn't with us no more. So he started the argument, and that was it - I bit. Perfect. I played right into his hands. So there you go."
Beady Eye recently announced a short European tour for March 2011 including six dates in the UK that sold out in thirty minutes. Jeff Wootton and Matt Jones will perform live bass and keyboard duties for the groups live dates.
The band's debut studio album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', produced by Steve Lillywhite is released on the 28th February 2011.
Simon Cowell is working hard to lure former Oasis star Noel Gallagher on to the US version of his hit TV show The X Factor, according to The Sun newspaper.
A ‘source’ told the newspaper Cowell has approached Noel Gallagher and Sir Mick Jagger with a view to them appearing on the programme as judges. “Simon wants to go one better than American Idol, who have Steve Tyler, and has set his heart on British rock ‘n’ roll royalty – with Noel and Mick top of his shopping list,” the source said.
Beady Eye are pleased to announce an additional French date to their short European Tour next March. The band (Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock) will be performing a set from their debut album at Toulouse Bikini on Saturday 19th March.
Tickets go on sale Friday 17th at 10am (local time) through:
The record is comfortingly familiar and yet frequently surprising. The production on it is far rawer and sparser then Oasis, mainly due to the fact that much of it was recorded in seven weeks.
Some of the songs were originally destined for a a future Oasis record, but others are far more recent.
Many of the old touchstones remain, like for example the Lennon-esque piano hook that nailed-on to single 'The Roller' is built around, or the fondness of big anthems like 'Kill For A Dream' and 'The Beat Goes On'.
But those moments are tempered with the stack-heeled glam-metal of 'Standing On The Edge Of The Noise' the lean 12-bar blues of 'Beatles And Stones' and the six-minute psychedelic lucid dream of 'Wigwam' whose opiated wooziness and wisful "sha-la-la-la-la" chorus amounts to the finest song Liam has ever written.
Taken from the Christmas issue of the NME (In Stores Now) and also digitally from NME.COM.
A number of online stores have 'Different Gear Still Speeding' for pre-sale that includes a DVD that contains a documentary called 'RAK Them Out' and the videos for 'Bring The Light', 'Four Letter Word' and 'Sons Of The Stage'
'Different Gear, Still Speeding' as Good as 'Definitely Maybe'?
Liam Gallagher has told NME that he thinks Beady Eye's debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' contains songs "as good as 'Definitely Maybe', if not better".
The singer was speaking in a world-exclusive interview in this week's Christmas issue of NME, on UK newsstands tomorrow (December 15) and available digitally worldwide.
He declared the album, out February 28, a "fucking top debut".
Gallagher said: "The musicians are better [than Oasis circa-'Definitely Maybe'], without a doubt. I'm singing as well as I ever have." He added that the album is "up there, no question" with 'Definitely Maybe' and added that "we're gonna be fucking massive".
Elsewhere in the interview Gallagher gave his views on new bands including The Vaccines and Brother. He branded the former "boring" and accused Brother of being "little fucking posh lads with tattoos".
Liam also spoke about his relationship with Noel Gallagher following Oasis' split in August 2009.
Read the full interview in this week's issue of NME.
Liam Gallagher graces the cover of the bumper Christmas issue of NME. In a world exclusive interview he reveals all about Beady Eye's forthcoming debut album, discusses his Christmas plans (hint: they involve "getting wankered"), and explains why he's backing the student protesters ("I still think they should get a fucking job, though").
Liam Gallagher Talks Manchester City FC at Boutique Opening
"Hmmm, don't know, man. The usual," said Liam Gallagher as he considered Manchester City's winter transfer options in the glamorous setting of his new Pretty Green fashion boutique on its opening day in his hometown.
Another try for Kaka, he has been injured? "No, not him, man. The usual, little (Lionel) Messi. He's good," added the former Oasis frontman from beneath the rim of his fedora hat before breaking off to compliment a photographer on her scarf clad in his beloved club's colours.
'He's good' was perhaps somewhat of a play-down assessment of Barcelona and Argentina's mercurial No.10. But it epitomises the throwaway, carefree manner that fans who once worshipped the likes of Uwe Rosler and Shaun Goater can now refer to a World Player of the Year, which has of course been the case ever since Sheikh Mansour's billions rolled into town in 2008.
The bar has been raised. And what of expectations this season? Can 'noisy neighbours' City upset the established order of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti's defending champions Chelsea or Arsene Wenger's Arsenal in the Premier League this season?
Now Beady Eye star Liam, who releases the group's debut album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', at the end of February before going on tour in March, said: "Do I think we can win the title? Yeah, without a doubt. Whether we do or not is another thing. But I think we can, we're getting there."
He added: "I like that Balotelli geezer, that Mario dude. He's top, he's smart."
But there is of course trouble brewing at City. Pictures of 'that Balotelli geezer' involved in a training ground bust-up with Jerome Boateng could be compared to the in-house Britpop clashes of Liam and older brother and former Oasis band-mate, Noel, while only last weekend captain Carlo Tevez was involved in an unwanted touchline row with manager Roberto Mancini.
Did Liam think such seditious events might undermine the greater cause? "Who knows? But Tevez is a star and all. He's doing well," he said.
"Like Mancini says, you don't want people coming off the pitch, they want to stay on."
Skysports.com had been lucky enough to grab a rare, quick football chat with Liam after receiving the honour of an invite to the glittering, Champagne curtain-raiser of his plush Pretty Green pop-up store on Manchester's trendy King Street.
One of the most iconic members of rock 'n' roll's history has founded and designed the clothing label in his own mould of style, swagger and stellar impact, which has already led to the huge success of a flagship branch that took up residence on London's famed Carnaby Street in the summer.
Another pop-up store in Glasgow, the city where Oasis were first spotted by original label, Creation Records, in 1993, has also opened to give further indication that the venture into fashion is proving a shrewd decision.
It is easy to see why. In an understated location among atmospheric buildings that mirror the Pretty Green Mod inspiration of the art and music of the 1960s, the Manchester store is about as slick as it gets.
It is a homecoming for Liam, who was born in the city's Burnage neighbourhood, and he has described the project as an "absolute privilege". He is determined to make it a success and, if looks are anything to go by, it will not be a disappointment.
Stepping through the glass doors of the Kings Street branch of Pretty Green, you are greeted by premises of unbelievable poise. This is the brainchild of a man who is Cool Britannia epitomised, a hero of a generation and beyond, the voice behind the anthemic 'Live Forever', or the iconic 'Columbia' and 'Slide Away'.
The style is sheik minimalist, with high ceilings and retro leather furniture, while giant mirrors and pictures of Liam modelling his designs adorn the walls. As a treat for the opening day, Mani, of Stone Roses and Primal Scream fame, was DJ-ing and spinning out 1960-era classics from the likes of The Who.
Liam has always been a hit with football followers, both musically and culturally, epitomising the one-of-the-lads atmosphere that emerged in the mid-1990s and explaining a gathering of more than 100 shoppers/fans. It is not difficult to understand that his fashion-sense has also struck the right note with the aesthetically-minded on the terraces.
Attire varies from a 'green label', which is a'focused, casual range dedicated to providing quality, everyday signature pieces', to a 'black label' of 'classic British tailoring, using fine fabrics with an innovative attention to detail'. As a result, Pretty Green has already picked up the 2010 Menswear Brand of the Year at the prestigious Drapers Fashion Awards.
'Green label' caters for denim jeans and jackets to fur-trimmed parkas; crew-neck T-shirts to merino cardigans; silk scarves to desert boots. 'Black label' offers velvet peacoats to dogtooth trousers; paisley print collarless shirts to vintage pinstripe blazers; roll-necked knitwear to trenchcoats.
To make matters all the more appealing, prices are of a designer level, but they are not set at the extortionate value of some brands that only cater for those with a bank balance to match the millionaires in City's squad.
Whether Liam's dream of City signing Messi and winning the Premier League become a reality in 2011 remains to be seen, but it is not tough to imagine Pretty Green going from strength to strength.
Following the huge success of the London Carnaby Street store, Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green label has now opened new pop-up stores in Manchester and Glasgow. For more information, visit www.prettygreen.com.
Clint Boon Talks About Noel Gallagher's Solo Album and The UK Music Industry
With the harsh financial times sparking fierce debate across Britain, seemingly every institution in the UK is now fighting it’s corner in the face of Government spending cuts. In the midst of all this, writer Carl Stanley wonders what it all means for the UK’s music industry, and decided to ask the XFM presenter, Club DJ, label boss and Inspiral Carpets member Clint Boon about his thoughts on the potential impact on music these cuts could have.
Clint talks about what could be in store for our unsigned acts, how he got to where he did and his own struggles of starting out in the industry, and also finds time to comment on football, and Noel Gallagher’s new solo album.