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Monday, September 12, 2011
Team Liam VS Team Noel - Debunking the Oasis Myth
Excerpts from the article “Noel Gallagher After Oasis” by Chuck Klosterman:
“Noel Gallagher’s first official solo record won’t be released in America until November, but there’s already a party for it in August. It’s described as a “listening party,” so that’s what I expect it to be: six or seven people sitting in an otherwise quiet room, listening to an album titled Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. For those who care about the music of Oasis, anticipation for this record is greater than for anything Oasis has done in the past 10 years. This is not only because Noel was the principal songwriter for the band, although that’s certainly part of it; equally significant is the fact that the finest moments in Oasis’ two-decade trajectory have generally occurred when Noel was singing: “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” the chorus on “Acquiesce,” their live cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey My My (Into the Black),” and a 1996 episode of MTV Unplugged (when Noel sang everything while his brother drank beer in the balcony). Oasis completists are interested in Liam Gallagher’s new project, Beady Eye, the way Smiths fans were interested in Electronic, but Noel’s material is what matters. The potential is real. Considering the circumstances of the Oasis split, it seems entirely possible that Noel might make a memorable album purely out of spite.”
“This, it seems, is why Noel is different than Liam (and always will be). Liam denies his hangovers and sues people for joking about them; Noel confesses his hangovers and will shake hands with anyone. And when you’ve been in a band that’s been drunk for 20 years, that difference tells you everything you need to know.”
- Chuck Klosterman / grantland.com
An Open Letter to Chuck KlostermanThought provoking words there. Written by an eminent, articulate writer, taken from an excellent article on Noel Gallagher’s newly-launched solo career. The only problem being, its opening and closing paragraphs, highlighted here, leave it being nothing more than just another blindingly pro-Noel Gallagher slant on the rise, stumble, and final demise of Oasis, and the subsequent paths the two brothers are now attempting to cement for themselves.
‘Fine‘, you might say. An obvious response from someone who would place themselves in the tedious new boundaries of Team Liam. ‘Come on, claim Noel is twisting the media in his favour as Liam Gallagher himself has already done on numerous occasions recently‘. Yeah, could do – the problem being, this particular writer, if held at gunpoint and forced to pick a favourite like some newly-divorced spouse, would go for the elder brother every time, no hesitation.
That shouldn’t mean though, simply because the most famous and compelling sibling partnership the British music scene conjured up since Ray and Dave Davies have finally gone their separate ways, that anyone should now attempt to flippantly dismiss either of their contributions to the force of nature that was Oasis with one fell swoop of a derogatory hand.
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