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The man with the fringe talks to Hannah Nathanson about competing with his brother and having his first drink in five months
How did you celebrate Man City winning the FA Cup?
Oh, man, that was good. I hadn't had a drink for five months and I had a little drink that day and then went back to celebrate at my house. We didn't go mad or anything but I'm still buzzing. It was a long time coming. Has Noel listened to your new band?
I'm sure he's had a listen. I don't think he's got Beady Eye on his iPod and he probably doesn't listen to it daily, but he's a music lover and Different Gear, Still Speeding is a top-notch album. Will you listen to his new solo album?
Definitely. I want to see if it's as good as the ones I sang on. Do you feel pressure to escape the Oasis legacy?
No, I'll always be Oasis, it's in my veins. I'm never going to get away from it and I don't want to get away but I'm not doing it any more. You'd go mad if you had to explain yourself every time someone said, 'Are you from Oasis?' It's easier just to say, 'Yeah, that's me.' I like the same music now that I liked then. I've no reason to escape from it because I'm very proud of it. Why did you start a fashion label?
I just like clothes, I always have. I wouldn't call myself a fashion designer, though. When I first saw our shop in Carnaby Street I thought, 'This is f***ing cool, this will do.' There's a lot of history there, it's where The Stones and The Who bought their clothes. OK, but how much do you actually do?
I have my little take on it every now and again but there's a big team around me. I put my ideas across and then they're... expanded. Who has the final say on an item of clothing?
I try it on and if it makes me feel good and gives me a kick then it goes in and if it doesn't, it goes in the bin. I go through everything with a fine-tooth comb. Who would you choose as a brand ambassador?
There's no one better than me. I wouldn't mind getting a bit of Pretty Green on the Queen, though. She's still got a spring in her step. Why the name Pretty Green?
It's an old Jam song. I wouldn't have called it Liam Gallagher. We tried that in the 1990s with a shoe collection but it's just f***ing stupid. Do the other members of Beady Eye wear it?
There's no gun to their head forcing them to, but they seem to like it, which is good.
Beady Eye: In The Studio Messing Around with Few Tunes
Liam Gallagher has said he believes brother Noel is a "poor Manchester City fan" for not attending the FA Cup final last Saturday (May 14).
Speaking to XFM, he said: "He's a scaredy cat. He can't handle being in with the real fans. He was in LA, wasn't he? With all those LA type people."
Gallagher added that his brother was a "poor City fan" especially because "he's on the fucking radio every fucking weekend talking about football and he's not there. Poor, mate. I'm sure he had bigger things to do."
Manchester City, the team both the Gallagher brothers support, lifted the FA Cup trophy last Saturday after beating Stoke City 1-0.
As well as slamming his brother ex-Oasis singer Liam also said that his new band Beady Eye are well underway in the writing of the follow up to their debut album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'. He said it would be released next summer.
"We've been in the studio messing around with a few tunes," he said. "We're going to finish the tour about Christmas time, then about February go in the studio and hopefully have it out by summer. We're not going to rush it, but we're not going to fuck about either. We've got the songs, we're ready to go."
Noel Gallgher to Appear at Man City's Homecoming Party?
Oasis star Noel Gallagher and Badly Drawn Boy singer Damon Gough are set to take the stage at City’s sold-out homecoming party.
The M.E.N. understands Burnage-born Gallagher, a lifelong Blue, is currently in discussions with the club. And officials hope Gough, from Chorlton, will also take part in the celebrations after Roberto Mancini’s men have paraded the FA Cup through the city on an open-top bus.
It is also thought members of the last Blues squad to win the Cup, in 1969, will be honoured on what promises to be a night to remember for fans. All 47,000 free tickets for Monday’s extravaganza have been snapped up.
The Blues will head to Eastlands from Albert Square at 6pm. They are expected at the stadium at 8pm. A giant fireworks display is expected to bring the curtain down on the evening at around 9.45pm.
Manchester council expects more than 100,000 fans to turn out for the parade and event. Some 400 police officers have been drafted in to deal with the crowds.
# A memorial match will take place tomorrow at Hyde’s Ewen Fields in memory of City legend Ken Barnes, who passed away last July.
Barnes played nearly 300 times for the Blues and, in an association with the club that lasted 46 years, he also worked as assistant manager, coach and chief scout. Several of the youngsters he helped recruit will turn out for the 3pm match.
The teams include ex-Maine Road heroes Uwe Rosler, Paul Dickov, Asa Hartford, Andy Morrison, Ian Brightwell, Kevin Reeves, Colin Hendry, Richard Edghill and Neil Pointon.
Admission will be £5 for adults and £3 for children, with all proceeds going to the Stroke Society Fund. Team One will be coached by Shaun Goater and Paul Lake, while club ambassador Mike Summerbee will be in charge of Team Two.
“The alternatives at the time were to either keep playing together or go home and sit there watching daytime TV,” says Andy Bell, who was Oasis’ bassist and is now playing guitar in Beady Eye, the band he and Oasis mates Colin “Gem” Archer, Liam Gallagher and Chris Sharrock came up with. Its debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, came out in February. The decision to stick together wasn’t a hard one.
“I don’t think any of us really had the urge to go out and find anybody else to play with,” says the 40-year-old Bell, who had fronted the British band Ride before joining Oasis in 1999. “We were very happy playing music together, so it seemed like the most natural thing in the world that me, Gem, Liam and Chris would continue. So we just kind of decided to do it as a new band.”
A new band, perhaps, but one with a musical pedigree few new acts can boast, as well as a history both laudable and notorious. Oasis did, after all, have a run that included eight consecutive No. 1 albums in the UK and 70 million records sold worldwide.
America was less enthused, but Oasis still had three platinum-or-better releases in the US, with ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995) selling more than four million copies, and enjoyed hits such as Live Forever (1994), Wonderwall (1995), Don’t Look Back in Anger (1996), Champagne Supernova (1996) and Don’t Go Away (1998).
Oasis was undone, however, by the very public feuding between the Gallagher brothers, to which the various other band members – eight in the group’s 19-year history – were mere bystanders. Noel Gallagher had often spoken of striking out on his own, and the final blowup in Paris included Liam breaking one of Noel’s guitars. Even so, Bell says, the end came as “a bit of a shock.”
“I guess I should have been prepared for it to end that way,” the guitarist says, speaking by telephone from his home in Manchester, England.
“But, when you think back, (the conflict) was happening constantly, really, so who knew when it was really the end, you know?
“But, in saying that, I don’t want to give the impression that it was always bad,” Bell hastens to add, “because, if you fight every six months, then you’ve still got six months of good times in-between. Basically most of the time it was a brilliant laugh, and then there were dark moments. That’s the best way I can describe it.”
It would be easy for the spurned musicians to trash their former leader, but Bell will have none of it.
“I would never slag off Noel,” he says. “Oasis was a band that definitely worked. It was a great band to be in, and I think it’s true to say that we would have carried on with Oasis until we all dropped dead if that was what was wanted. But it was Noel’s baby. Noel was the leader and he called the shots, which is only right. And some great music was made, man.
“But Beady Eye is kind of the opposite of that,” Bell continues. “It’s a democratic band. We all have an equal say. We all come in with ideas and songs, and we’re all involved with the sleeve design and the video treatments and photographs and everything. We’re trying to do this as a unit, and we kind of like the novelty of it at the moment. It kind of appeals to us.”
Bell and company didn’t take long to get Beady Eye up and running.
“We came back to London having decided to continue in some way,” the guitarist recalls. “There was no mention of a band name or anything. It was like, ‘Let’s just continue doing stuff.’ In a way it was an experiment.” The attempt could easily have failed, he admits.
“It could have turned out that we didn’t play well together in that new way,” Bell says. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. The quartet started working on new music immediately, beginning with Beatles and Stones, a song which pays homage to their musical forebears and, Bell says, also “sums up the idea that we want to stand the test of time.”
The group made a series of demo tapes in a small studio, operating the equipment themselves and knocking out tracks such as Millionaire and The Roller, both of which ended up on Different Gear, Still Speeding and established Beady Eye as a worthwhile endeavour.
“Once those three were done we started to feel like, ‘Yep, this is going to work,”’ Bell says. “There wasn’t much of the, ‘Let’s have a meeting and decide what the Beady Eye sound is going to be.’ The sound of the album is really just the sound of the 13 songs we came up with.”
There was instant excitement when word of the band leaked out. Producer Steve Lillywhite, whose track record includes the Dave Matthews Band, the Psychedelic Furs, the Rolling Stones, U2, XTC and more, actually approached Beady Eye about working with them, rather than the other way around.
Different Gear, Still Speeding sounds a good deal like, well, Oasis.
“Well, we all were in that band, and Liam was the singer,” Bell says dryly.
It’s closer, however, to the ascendant Oasis of the 1990s than to the band in its more convoluted later years, when Archer, Bell and Liam Gallagher joined Noel Gallagher in the songwriting.
It brings the same kind of reverence toward its British pop and rock forebears, aware of being part of a musical lineage and defiant in its claim to the same melodic and sonic elements as its predecessors. The Roller sounds like it’s about to break into John Lennon’s Instant Karma! (1970) at any second, while The Beat Goes On nods to the Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie.
“There really isn’t a message other than that it’s just about the songs,” Bell says. It’s just about the music, and our drive is all about making the records the best they can be and being the best live band that we can be, and that’s the end in and of itself. It’s very simple.
We're celebrating the release of a new film about Creation Records with a massive special on the label. 'Label'? More like 'rock n roll training camp for lunatics'. We speak to Alan McGee, Bobby G, Noel G, G Rhys and all the rest about the rise and fall of the label that put out 'Screamadelica', 'Definitely Maybe', and that Kevin Rowlands one where he's in a dress on the cover...
Viceland: What I thought was a good point was when Noel [Gallagher of Oasis] talks about the end of Creation Records. I remember talking to people who worked for the label the day you shut it down and it seemed almost everybody, aside from you, was like, “What the fuck are they doing? This is so unnecessary!” Do you ever look back and think, “Shit, maybe I should have kept it going”?
Not at all. See, the last ten years have been really interesting for me. There’s no way I’d have ended up doing what I’m doing now if I’d have kept Creation going. You don’t learn anything unless you go down a different path. You could look at that decade and go, “Well, he managed the Libertines, signed the Hives, signed Glasvegas and sold millions more records”—you could go on about all that shite, but I’ve learned a lot more about life in the last decade than I did in the one before it.
I think you learn more from getting stuff wrong than getting stuff right, too. Between 1990 and 1994 we really got it right artistically, and from ’94 onwards we really got it right commercially. We could have just rolled on if we were only in it for the money. We could have hired a staff of six or seven people and loads more bands, but you know what? Creation was an idea that Joe Foster and I had in 1983, and by ’96 we had achieved that idea, but back then my ego was too big to let it go, so I continued to ’99. It got to a point where it was just really drudgey—like we’re all sat around off our faces, waiting for the next Oasis album so we can be number one again, waiting for the next Primal Scream album so we can be number two again, you know what I mean? It was time to get out.
Viceland: You had the big drug heart attack on the plane and then gave up partying during the time that Oasis were going bananas with the second record. Did you ever go to NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings?
I went once or twice, but I think I went to the wrong places. I went to the Peckham one and I remember people talking about shooting people. So it was never that appealing. I just did it one-on-one, sort of. And it’s okay now. I see people like Gillespie and the guys who are probably slightly damaged goods now because we all did a lot of drugs, but it’s all okay.
I have a theory that there has been a massive rise in cocaine use in this country...
It’s probably got a lot worse quality…
And I have a theory that people like yourself and Noel Gallagher are personally responsible for that rise. What do you think about that?
Haha. I think it’s an interesting theory.
All of a sudden, after Definitely Maybe, it seemed that everybody in the country was suddenly doing more cocaine. There was never really a band on the radio all the time that promoted cocaine use as much as Oasis. And I am being serious, too.
Well, I think I am being serious back. I think drugs are endemic in society. People think drugs are rock’n’roll, but everyone does drugs. Not to do drugs is probably more rock’n’roll. Literally, the guy that comes and fixes my cupboard in my house, he probably goes out on a Friday and comes back on a Sunday. You know what I mean? I think there was a point in the 90s when Noel said “drugs are like having a cup of tea” in the toilets at some party somewhere. It took us six months to get over that one, off-the-cuff remark.
Ex-Oasis man Noel Gallagher and former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville have continued their war of words, which began on Wednesday (May 11), after Gallagher had responded angrily to Neville tweeting Oasis lyrics.
According to The Sun today (May 14), Neville and Gallagher exchanged a few heated text messages, with Manchester United central defender Rio Ferdinand acting as a messenger for Gallagher.
After Neville became aware of Gallagher’s comments earlier in the week, he text Ferdinand to ask the guitarist about his solo album, asking: "Shouldn't you be writing a new album or has your pen run out of ink?"
To this, Gallagher replied: "My pen runs on pure gold. Ink's for your daft mates' tattoos", to which Neville replied: "Gold? If you take any longer you'll be on UK Gold."
It seems Noel had the last word though, saying: "The thought of you humming my new tunes while combing your 'tache in the mirror makes me want to take another year off. But if you promise not to buy a copy when it comes out I'll get a move on."
Gallagher is rumoured to have shot the music video for his first solo single earlier this week.
Beady Eye , Weller & The Coral Autographed Flag Up For Auction
Beady Eye, like everyone, were distraught at the terrible events that occurred in Japan recently. Wishing to do something to help the situation, they contacted a number of friends from other bands to organize a "Japan Disaster Benefit' show on 3rd April.
During the evening a number of the artists (including Beady Eye) autographed the Japanese flag. This flag will be listed on the auction site of Yahoo! Japan, via Beady Eye's Japanese record label Sony Music Japan International Inc.
The members of Beady Eye have visited Japan many times over the years (with their previous band Oasis) and Liam Gallagher said that "we wanted to do something to help our friends in Japan."
the flag is signed by;
Liam Gallagher (BEADY EYE)
Gem Archer (BEADY EYE)
Andy Bell (BEADY EYE)
Chris Sharrock (BEADY EYE)
James Skelly (THE CORAL)
Nick Power （THE CORAL）
And the successful bidder's name will be written on this flag by the members of Beady Eye.
Noel Gallagher Threatens to Pull out Gary Neville’s Moustache with his Teeth
It has been a while since Noel Gallagher served up one of his razor-sharp verbal volleys.
But Gary Neville is just the kind of comedy character to spark the full force of a Scud missile from the former Oasis hero.
Earlier this week Gary took the liberty of quoting Noel's classic track Fade Away on Twitter after Manchester United all but wrapped up the Premier League title.
He wrote: "'While we're living, the dreams we have as children fade away.' Not if you support United!"
Like little Gary playing the offside trap, it has gone pear-shaped.
Here is Manchester City fanatic Mr N Gallagher's response:
"I feel violated. If Mr Neville continues to use the holy scriptures of Oasis to communicate with the Cockney massive, I shall be forced to come up to Cheshire in the middle of the night, break into his house, tie him to a chair, make him listen to the Best Of Simply d(Red)ful while I pull his tash out one grey hair at a time (with my teeth), liberate those Oasis CDs and s*** in his manbag. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..."
Delivered like a Nigel De Jong tackle - with two feet just above the ankle.
So there you go Gary-boy, that's another stinger to add to the classic insult from yesteryear from your old City adversary.
The veteran Reds defender and former England misery-guts - who retired this season - once sent Noel a guitar to sign as a little birthday treat to himself.
It came back with the affectionate marker pen message: "Happy Birthday knobhead. MCFC x."
The beauty of Twitter is the fact Mr Neville has the chance to reply to Noel.
He's won every trophy possible at club level, but he'll get no silverware in this slagging match.
Noel Gallagher Rumored to Have Shot Video on California Film Set
As reported in our L4E forum over the weekend NME has now picked up on the rumor that Noel Gallagher might have shot a music video in the California Desert:
Noel Gallagher has apparently shot the music video for his first single.
Cameraman Nito Serna tweeted on Saturday (May 7) via Twitter.com/nitoserna that he was working on a video for the former Oasis man. He wrote: "Music video for Noel Gallagher out at Club Ed. Epic camera, techno crane. Should be an interesting day." The tweet has since been removed.
Club Ed is a permanent film set in California that was originally built for the 1991 film Eye Of The Storm and has been featured in various movies since. Gallagher is believed to have been recording his solo album in Los Angeles recently.
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The guitarist's spokesperson has yet to respond to a request to confirm whether the shoot referenced was indeed for the ex-Oasis man's first solo single.
Rolling Stone Magazine Announce 2 Beady Eye Dates in Argentina
Translated from Rolling Stone Argentina online: While rumors circulate about bands that might come to this part of the world during the second half of 2011 (The Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Roger Waters ...), one of the visits perhaps less expected is now confirmed: Beady Eye is coming to Argentina. And all Oasis fans (except the extreme Noelistas: we think) are happy. The band fronted by Liam Gallagher come to present their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, released in February this year.
After the departure of Noel Gallagher of Oasis, in August 2009 (remember their last visit was in May of that year when they played at River), Liam decided to reform the band with guitarist Gem Archer, bassist Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock and shape Beady Eye. In his Latin American tour, the English come to Buenos Aires on the 3rd and 4th November to play the Colegiales Theater. Tickets are not yet on sale, will keep you informed.
In support of their debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding, ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and his new band Beady Eye launched their first tour, hitting major cities throughout the U.K. Along the way, they snapped photos -- and wrote snide captions -- for SPIN.com.
Do not let the title of this song mislead you – it is not a pompous insight into how brilliant it is being a multi-millionaire rock star; that just wouldn’t sit right with fans of Liam Gallagher, despite the fact he’s clearly not short of a few quid. On the contrary, the inspiration behind this single is of far less materialistic substance. A trip to Spain and the paintings of Salvador Dali inspired Beady Eye guitarist Andy Bell to pen this sweet little number that’s been released at a time when the band’s stomping ground’s weather is suspiciously serene, somewhat perfect timing for your BBQ iPod shuffle playlists.
The releases from Beady Eye’s debut album, ‘Different Gear Still Speeding‘ have done well to showcase the many different sides of an album that oozes variety. ‘Bring The Light‘ introduces the 50′s rock n’ roll influence. ‘Four Letter Word‘ ticks the ‘lairy anthemic rocker’ box and ‘The Roller‘ serves its purpose as the album’s staple singalong tune, with huge nods to a certain Mr Lennon.
So what about ‘Millionaire‘? Their second official release represents a gentler side of the band’s musical pallet and finds Liam reacquainting himself with that delicate quality in his voice which we’ve not heard since the likes of Oasis‘ ‘Don’t Go Away‘. It also rings true Liam’s description of the album being more “musical” than Oasis. Its infectious melody and intriguing lyrics which Liam wraps his voice around so well all add to the song’s charm.
Beady Eye are not afraid to show off their influences and they would be the first ones to admit that – it was more or less the blueprint for their debut record. The La’s are one of the prime influences flowing throughout the album and ‘Millionaire’ is the most obvious example of how connected the band are to those scouse heroes. The song’s loose, uninhibited, stripped back sound, awash with acoustic guitars, give it a distinctly La’s feel, with shades of their track, ‘I.O.U.‘ It also reeks of that optimism found in early Oasis tracks like ‘Round Are Way‘.
Just don’t expect to nail the lyrics on your first go at pub karaoke, they’re a bit of a mouthful. “Sweet Cadaques to Figueres a 40 minute ride, you drive it and I spend it looking out my window” – yes, you read that right, and not a mention of fur coats or champagne breakfasts.
Miles Kane: 'Noel Gallagher is a legend for appearing on my solo album'
Miles Kane has praised Noel Gallagher for helping him out with his debut solo record 'The Colour Of The Trap', which is released next week (May 9).
The Last Shadow Puppets man spoke to NME about the hook-up before playing a solo set at the Camden Crawl 2011 yesterday (April 30).
Kane explained that the collaboration with Gallagher on new track 'My Fantasy' came about pretty late in the day.
"He just came down one afternoon when I was mixing to have a cup of coffee and ended up doing a bit of singing. It was a beautiful afternoon, what a legend," he recalled.
Kane also confirmed he would never play Last Shadow Puppets songs during his solo shows and praised bandmate Alex Turner's latest material with Arctic Monkeys on their forthcoming new album 'Suck It And See'.
"I love their new record, I think it's amazing, the fans are gonna love it," he said, before enthusing about his own new material.
"It's very exciting to be getting out and doing these gigs, there's a great buzz and that makes me buzz," Kane concluded.
He went on to play ten songs during his gig at the HMV Forum, including 'Inhaler' and 'Come Closer'.