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Liam Gallagher wants £30million for an Oasis reunion
Liam Gallagher is open to an Oasis reunion.
But it would take a Manchester City-size transfer fee to secure the deal.
The singer is currently on the promo trail with Beady Eye for new album BE.
Asked about making up with and performing alongside brother Noel, he said: “Listen, it’ll happen when it happens, but it ain’t a f***ing game — it’s the real deal.
“I read a lot of people going, ‘Oh, it’s just a blag, innit? So they can get some more noughts on their big f***ing comeback.’
“But I’m still me and he’s gonna be him.
“I ain’t changing for a million f***ing pounds... I might do it for £30million.”
Liam’s clearly exaggerating the final fee but the band would definitely make some serious cash if they returned to the stage.
It’s unlikely any reunion will happen for a few years given the success of Noel’s solo career and Liam having a new Beady Eye album to promote.
He’s ditched his parka jacket on the cover of the new issue of Q out on Tuesday next week, as a sign that the band have changed their sound for the second album.
He told the mag: “People didn’t like the first one. So we couldn’t do that again.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Lennon gear — that’s my thing. I could do that all day long but people don’t want that, so we had to do summat.”
That “summat” included drafting in producer Dave Sitek, who had the band watching 2001: A Space Odyssey in the studio. Liam says he’s put in serious effort on the new record, admitting he cares so much about music that it could one day kill him.
He said: “I won’t die of a drug overdose or a f***ing drinking habit.
“I’ll die of living and breathing and being in a band.
“It won’t be over snorting a line off someone’s head or drinking a daft drink. It’ll be because I’m into it too much. I’ll die of caring too much.”
According to Q, Sitek also had the band burning sage leaves before recording to “ward off evil spirits”.
Liam’s facial expression would have been a sight when that came up.
Like the face made when catching a whiff of what a bear might leave in the woods.
A call to arms that confirms Liam was born to lead
Let's get something straight: there's not a single human being this side of the Statue of Liberty who isn't interested in what Liam Gallagher's doing. Whether he's running around Hampstead Heath (every morning at 6am), christening his cat ("Lazy Our Kid") or standing outside a Soho pub holding three bottles of Champagne (as seen in a recent tabloid story), you will look. Don't deny it. You'll definitely listen to at least 30 seconds of 'Flick Of The Finger', the trippy first taster from Beady Eye's forthcoming album, 'BE' – so named because it's the acronym of Beady Eye, but presumably also because it's the verb for human existence. Mega. Being curious about Liam is just a fact of life. He's described 'BE' as "fucking lairy cosmic". Well, if he'd scored Star Wars, 'Flick Of The Finger' would be his 'Imperial Death March'. A brass band takes us on a journey through Liam's mind as he first wakes up "with the moon and the room on the wrong side", then swaggers off towards the future. If you were going to follow any man into the unknown it'd be him. His call-to-arms here ("It's ahhhhhnnnn") confirms that he was born to lead. Let's not be daft and credit producer Dave Sitek for this. You can't hear Sitek. You wouldn't hear Krakatoa erupt over the sound of Liam's bravado. Anyway, is 'Flick Of The Finger' any good? Yeah. So, up yours.
Bonehead's 'Parlour Flames' to perform at Pretty Green shop in London
Former Oasis star Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs will launch his new musical project with a live gig – at the fashion store of his ex-bandmate Liam Gallagher.
Liam invited Bonehead to perform with his new band, Parlour Flames, at his Pretty Green shop at the top of King Street on Saturday.
And it will be the first chance for Manc music fans to hear Bonehead and his new bandmate, musician and poet Vinny Peculiar, perform.
Despite leaving Oasis back in 1999, Bonehead has remained pals with frontman Liam – with whom he founded the group in the early 90s.
Indeed, Bonehead says: “I probably talk more to Liam now than we ever did in the band!”
So when he and Vinny were looking to find a gig venue for Parlour Flames, Liam was only too happy to help.
Bonehead says: “Saturday is Record Store Day, celebrating independent labels, so we were really keen to do something in Manchester for it, and we were trying to work out if we could perform on a rooftop or somewhere unusual.
“I was chatting to Liam about it, and he just said why don’t we perform in his shop. It was his idea really.”
They will air their debut single, Manchester Rain, which is an anthemic ode to our city’s most famous weather status at the gig.
The song is described as “California Dreamin’ re-imagined for the north”, containing lyrics like: “All the fields are brown, and the buildings are grey.” The free gig at 1pm will be on a first come, first served basis so get there early to avoid disappointment on Saturday.
Meanwhile the chaps were to be found down at Aston Villa’s ground yesterday – filming the video for their next single, Pop, Music, Football and Girls, which will be released on May 13, ahead of their self-titled album the week after.
Bonehead laughs: “Vinny is a massive Villa fans so I said we coud film down there. I think we’ve got the Aston Villa ladies team involved.”
Sounds suitably rock ‘n’ roll.
And what of those rumours that Oasis could reform next year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album Definitely Maybe?
He says: “We never even talk about it. But if it happened, of course I’d love to be involved in it. Who knows what will happen in future?”
'Definitely Maybe' makes Rolling Stone's Best Debut Albums of all Time list
With a guitar fire-storm that raged like primo Stones, this Manchester crew declared their intent on "Rock 'N' Roll Star," a bold declaration released amid alt-rock's cult-of-the-anti-star culture, and only months after Kurt Cobain's suicide.
All bluster, bravado and borrowed Beatle-isms (not to mention Bowie and T-Rex bites), it soars from hook to juicy hook. And when Liam's snarl slips up into falsetto for the titular line of "Live Forever," it's clear that – on record, anyway – that this crew would.
Beady Eye pre-order details and ticket information
Only 1,500 Signed CD's available – Limited to 1 per customer.
To celebrate the launch of their brand new album, Beady Eye will be playing three very special intimate shows!
19th June 2013 - Manchester Ritz
20th June 2013 - Camden Centre, London
22nd June 2013 - Glasgow ABC
Fans pre-ordering the album here (the band’s official music store) before midday on Monday 22nd April 2013 will receive a unique Ticketmaster pin code that will give you the chance to buy tickets to these limited shows, once they go on sale Tuesday 23rd April 2013 @ 9am.
Tickets are subject to limited availability for each venue and to the terms and conditions of Ticketmaster and the venue. A code does not guarantee you any right to purchase a ticket or entry to the event. Strictly limited to two tickets only per transaction. On a first come, first served basis.
Tickets will go on sale to code holders on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 9am. You will receive an email with your unique code plus a Ticketmaster link to access prior to tickets going on-sale, please look out for this email and retain your Ticketmaster code and link.
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Beady Eye BE (Deluxe Version) Track List:
1. Flick of The Finger
2. Soul Love
3. Face The Crowd
4. Second Bite of The Apple
5. Soon Come Tomorrow
6. Iz Rite
7. I'm Just Saying
8. Don't Brother Me
9. Shine A Light
10. Ballroom Figured
11. Start Anew
12. Dreaming of Some Space
13. The World’s Not Set in Stone
14. Back After The Break
15. Off at The Next Exit
Noel Gallagher not interested in working all the time
Noel Gallagher reveals that he was recently approached by Miles Kane and Hurts to work on their albums this year.
The High Flying Birds front man plainly admitted toNME that he doesn’t want to be working all the time and that’s why he turned down both projects.
“I don’t live my life by the credo of having to work all the time,”
he explained. “I got asked to be on some pretty big records but nothing
came of it. I was going to be on the Hurts album: they sent me some
great fucking songs, but sometimes you’ve got to phone these people back
and say, ‘Nothing’s fallen out of the sky here, man – it sounds great
as it is’. If I can add something, then great, I’ll do it but not for
the sake of it.”
Gallagher still has his priorities in order revealing why he had to
skip the opportunity to work with Miles Kane. Not shy for words Noel
admits: “I couldn’t be bothered in the end. I was in Singapore. He asked
me to work on it and I was in the middle of a tour and couldn’t make it
work. I’ll play with anyone, diary permitting. And when I say diary, I
mean Man City football fixtures.”
It’s doubtful the £2m reportedly offered by X Factor for the chief to
become a judge on the show will come in the way of any footy matches
involving the men in blue – but then again….
ShortList’s Hamish MacBain discovers how “the maddest bastard in thick-rimmed glasses since my grandma” turned Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye from Sixties fetishists into psychedelic futurists
As ever, there are many things about which Liam Gallagher is currently “buzzing”. There’s his son Gene’s continued prowess on the drums (he’s now in a band), and the fact he was last month given a set of sticks by Reni from The Stone Roses. There’s today’s “mega” photoshoot. There’s Beady Eye’s new bassist Jay Mehler – formerly of Kasabian, absent with chicken pox – whose arrival he declares to be “like Van Persie going to United”.
There’s Suede’s latest single (“F*cking tune… I bumped into Brett at my kid’s school. I don’t mind him, he used to have a pop at me and I used to pop back but you get older: at least I’m not cuddling Damon Albarn and doing f*cking gigs with him”). There’s – still, always – The Stone Roses, who he saw in Dubai a few weeks ago. And while he’s not buzzing about Palma Violets – “I saw a picture, the guy was wearing a weird shirt” – he is all over Justin Bieber.
“Anyone who goes on two hours late is f*cking right in my book, man,” he raves, as the shoot is finishing up. “All these so-called rock bands that sit backstage going, ‘Hey, let’s wait 15 minutes.’ F*ck that, wait two hours and 15 minutes! He’s kicked the f*cking arse out of it – no one will beat that, ever. So get off his f*cking back, man: I am a Belieber!”
More so than any of these things, though, Liam and the rest of Beady Eye – equally enthused-by-life guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell, quiet drummer Chris Sharrock – are today excited about their new tune Flick Of The Finger which, if the world hasn’t ended, will go live a few days after you read this. Deriving from an old Liam demo of a song called Velvet Building – “It was on cassette, that’s how long ago it was,” says Gem – it was briefly mooted for the aborted, Death In Vegas-produced Oasis album in 2004, but has now been completely reinvented and retitled, with new words by Andy and Gem, a bombastic brass section and… well, let’s hand over to its creators, shall we?
Andy: “We’re gonna have to start the gigs with it. Got to. It’s a calling card.”
Liam: “It’s stomping, in-yer-face. It’s just mental. To me, it’s like a tsunami just waiting to f*cking come at you, and then it gets you.”
Gem: “It’s like Bruce Lee, on a surfboard, in a tsunami…”
Chris: “…with brass. Burning sage.”
And when you do hear it, and wonder who and what the ranted spoken word bit is all about, then here’s the sketch: it’s taken from Tariq Ali’s book Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography Of The Sixties, with the words – “whose weapons rapidly developed by servile scientists will become more deadly until they can, with a flick of the finger, tear a million of you to pieces” – originally those of 18th-century French political theorist and “friend of the people” Jean-Paul Marat.
Except that now they’re spoken by Fonejacker.
Gem: “We needed to re-record it anyway, and Kayvan [Novak, the show’s creator] came on board to do it. I just love that it’s this heavy, heavy piece of wordage, but delivered by Fonejacker.”
Liam: “So that’s the only guest appearance on the album – Fonejacker. And the first thing that people will hear of our new stuff is his voice: ‘Say what you believe.’ So he’s lucked out there, the little f*cker!”
A TOUGH START
If Beady Eye are happy and excited now, this was not the case a year and a half ago. With their debut Different Gear, Still Speeding not having connected in a way they would like – “At the end of the day, people just didn’t f*cking buy it,” Liam shrugged to me a while back – and having left their management (who also manage Noel), they found themselves playing a last few shows that, at times, Liam says, “Were absolutely f*cking painful.”
“At a lot of them, I was having a really bad time,” he says. “I mean, we were great, but it was just…
Gem: “Situation and circumstance, man. People were saying we’d never make the end of the tour. We were like, ‘We f*cking will!’”
By December 2011, Beady Eye had made it to the end. But they knew it was time to regroup. They would not play live again until June 2012, and even then it was just a handful of support slots with The Stone Roses. Still, at these shows they appeared revitalised: partly due to the rest, partly due to new management, partly because they had relented slightly on their decision to not play Oasis songs, with the crowd at Heaton Park treated to Rock’N’Roll Star and Morning Glory: songs written by Noel Gallagher but – as they say in showbiz – made famous by Liam Gallagher.
“The way I see it, it’s about giving people value for money,” he says. “It’s hard times out there, and if people want to hear a couple of f*cking tunes, is it doing any c*nt any harm? We’re not doing it to get into arenas and we’re not doing it to get out of sh*tholes. And, y’know: if people don’t want to hear them then… we’ll still do them!”
Andy: “We were definitely pretty up at that point. By then, we had about 12 new songs ready, too. We could have gone in the studio then, but we thought, ‘Let’s get a few more tunes written.’”
Liam: “We knew the next album had to be flipped on its head. We didn’t know how to do it, we didn’t know where to start by doing it, so at that point all we felt we had to do was write some good tunes. But we just needed a bit of f*cking help. The last record, the producer weren’t right, he bailed, Gem ended up mixing it and it turned out great for what it was. But we needed a great producer.”
Enter a man described by Liam as “the maddest bastard in thick-rimmed glasses since my grandma”. As well as being the main architect behind the adventurous, some-might-say-wilfully-difficult sounds of his own band TV On The Radio, Dave Sitek is feted for his innovative, forward-thinking production on albums by Brooklyn, New York’s avant-garde elite (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars), and his free-jazz influenced remixes. He once made a space-rock album of Tom Waits covers with Scarlett Johansson. So perhaps not a producer you would expect to be working with a band whose last album contained a song called Beatles & Stones, that sounded quite like The Who and The Kinks.
Andy: “People will talk about him being from one world and us being from a different world, but actually we’re pretty similar. We agreed on a lot of stuff musically: the stuff we liked, stuff we were playing in the room, for fun.”
Gem: “Initially he was like, ‘Why do they want me?’ But we sent him some tunes and he went, ‘Oh, I get it: they want to go there.’ And he wanted to make some rock’n’roll, as he put it. So it was a leap of faith that worked.”
Liam: “I love him: he’s an outlaw. He definitely didn’t come over to London to see the Queen, know what I mean? He came to make a good record. When people mention ‘experimenting’, the thing about that word, it makes it sound like they’re really f*cking trying hard. But we didn’t really try that hard, man. We just laid it on the line. He was like, ‘I’m not here to make demos sound better, I’m here to f*cking toss it up in the air and see what happens.’ And he did, but that’s as far as experimenting went. We weren’t sitting there going ‘Right, we need to do more of this kind of thing’ or whatever, because I find all that sh*t f*cking hard work.”
BE: HERE NOW
Whatever the process, the results, anyone would concede, are very different-sounding. The songs are
still swaggering and direct, but now there are many layers of colour, with tunes taking unexpected twists at every other turn. And Liam’s voice is a revelation: mixed dry, with barely any effects on it, so you feel he’s right up against your forehead. “It’s how I sound round the house or on the back of a camel or whatever,” he says. “I’m sick of idiots saying I can’t sing. Hopefully now they’ll get off my back.”
With the first time Liam and Sitek laid eyes on each other being Day One at State Of The Ark Studios in Richmond, it is a marriage that was helped, too, by the fact both parties were barely aware of each other’s legacies. There was not the reverence a British producer might have for four-fifths of Oasis.
Liam: “It weren’t all f*cking rosey, that’s for sure. We had a couple of ding dongs, definitely. Not fisticuffs, but there was a lot of…”
Andy: “…push and pull. We pushed him and he pushed us.”
So was there material you brought in and he went, ‘No thanks’?
Liam: “Yeah, without a doubt. And you know how that goes down. He’d be, ‘I’m not having that’, and I’d be going, [aggressively], ‘Well, I f*cking am.’ So there’d be a bit of bullfighting going on. And then he’d go off and conduct ‘a musical experiment’ and you’d be like, ‘Hmm, that don’t sound too bad at all, actually. I can go with that.’ And there were others where we were like, ‘You’re losing your mind, we need to get back to Hare Krishna land.’”
Andy: “Sometimes we won, sometimes he won. But the best person won each time for the tune.”
Liam: [Adopts comedy posh voice] “Guys, the record won. Music won!”
The record, by the way, is called Be. Liam wanted to call it Universal Gleam, but was vetoed by “certain people” (Chris). He concedes that you could have “gone into a right old coked-up bullsh*t waffle about that, but with this you can’t really speak much about it. It just is.”
He adds, “My theory is that it’s gonna have Be on the cover, and then on the back I-E-B-E-R. [Stands up, shouts football chant-style] Biiiiieee-ber! I’ve got his f*cking back, man.”
Why are you going on about Justin Bieber so much today?
Liam: “I don’t f*cking know, do I? It’s better than going on about The Strypes, or any of them other f*ckers, innit?”
At the right of this page, there’s more details about specific songs on Be,
but one warrants a slightly lengthier discussion: a spaced-out, electric sitar-assisted Liam ballad you might first hear as Don’t Bother Me, but it’s actually entitled Don’t Brother Me.
So then, Liam: why would you go and call a song Don’t Brother Me?
Liam: “Well, it just sounds shi*t, Don’t Sister Me, doesn’t it? Especially when I haven’t got a sister.”
You must know that it makes it pretty clear who it’s about, and that people will pick up on it.
Liam: “Yeah, yeah, people will pick up on it, but I’m ready to go there. So yeah: it’s about Our Kid.“
You’re prepared for the fact you’re now going to continue to be asked about Noel for the next year and a bit of your life?
Liam: “But the tune is the tune, I love the tune more than I love having to go and speak about it. I could’ve tried to call it to something else, but that’s what it is. [Sings] ‘Don’t brooo-ther meeee.’ And that is it. It’s a lovely f*cking song.
I love the song. I’m not gonna change the title to make my life easier.”
Some of the lines in it – ‘Come on now, give peace a chance’; ‘In the morning, I’ll be calling, hoping that you’ll understand’ – suggest it might be an olive branch?
Liam: “Well, as Andy said to me, it’s a bit contradictory. There’s a load of love in there, and a load of f*cking…”
One verse goes: “I’m sick of all your lying/Scheming and your crying.”
Liam: “Yeah, but the lying and the scheming and the crying might not be about him. It might be about someone around him. Or it might be about me. He might be sick of my scheming, lying and crying. But anyway, there’s a lot of love in there, but there’s also a couple of – humorous, I think – digs. There’s nothing malicious in there, ’cos it’s not in my nature. I wish I could write a malicious one – you’d f*cking know about it if I could – but I couldn’t.”
What do you mean you couldn’t?
Liam: “Ahh, I’m joking, man. But I couldn’t. And You, You C*nt sounds shit, doesn’t it? Plus he’s heard that one before. Everyone’s heard that before.”
Gem interjects: “Life isn’t black and white, is it? It’s many shades of grey.”
Liam: “The best line for me is ‘Did you shoot your gun?’”
“I just think it’s cool. He’s always on about shooting guns, isn’t he? If I Had
A Gun... Well, did you f*cking shoot it?”
Gem: “See, I never even got that.
So that’s the point of it all, isn’t it?”
Liam: “And there’s ‘You’re always in the sun/With your Number One.’
The Sun newspaper… There’s loads of little things going down in there!”
You bumped into Noel after you played the Olympics, didn’t you?
Liam: “I did, yeah. Well, he bumped into me.”
How was it?
Liam: “It was all right. I wasn’t that p*ssed actually, I’d only had like… four bottles of champagne.”
Gem: “I knew that was coming.”
Liam: “I thought I was pretty pleasant, you know what I mean? I said, ‘What do you make of that then, you f*cker?’ And he went, ‘Uh, yeah, it was all right.’ Then I said, ‘I seen your mates there, they said to say hello,’ and he went ‘Who?’ and I said, ‘Take That,’ and he went, ‘Urggh.’ That was it, and I turned me back and had a drink and then everyone was going, ‘Here y’are: speak to him,’ and I said, ‘Nope, I’m f*cking having a drink,’ and that was it.”
But you’re saying it was relatively cool?
Liam: “Well, it wasn’t Jerry Springer or Jeremy Kyle. It was more Montell.”
You mean as in Montell is a bit less scratching-each-other’s-eyes-out…
Liam: “Montell is cool as f*ck. At least he knows what he’s talking about. D’you know what I mean? You can’t have one chav telling another chav to wind his neck in, can you? Montell’s a f*cking dude: he’s been there, seen it. And he wears f*cking polo necks in front of a live studio audience.”
This seems as good point as any to leave “the Noel bit”, doesn’t it?
EYEING THE FUTURE
As we finish, Beady Eye collectively move straight into looking at video treatments, sat round a table, getting excited again. Gem shows me the artwork for the record on his phone – from a shoot for Seventies magazine Nova that he rightly says “won’t get into Tesco”.
Andy talks about how new bands such as The Strypes and Temples, ironically, will now sound retro next to his band’s new album, but even though Beady Eye’s second is an adventurous step into more leftfield territory, he’ll still “be gutted if it doesn’t go to No1”. Liam talks about “some interesting gigs” that they have coming up. There are ideas everywhere, and the definite sense of a band refreshed and reinvigorated, looking forward.
Beady Eye needed to roll the dice, and they have. It looks like it might just pay off.
Be is released on 10 June. Flick Of The Finger gets its first play on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show on Monday
Liam Gallagher says he’s leaving the 90s behind him
Liam Gallagher says he’s leaving the 90s behind him at long last after revealing he used the sound of people’s conversations and iPhone apps to make his band Beady Eye’s forthcoming album.
Talking about the follow up to 2011’s Different Gear, Still Speeding, the former Oasis singer said he called on London with cult producer Dave Sitek to help his band reinvent themselves.
‘He’s without a doubt the best producer i’ve ever worked with, a real outlaw – he doesn’t give a f***, no rules,’ Gallagher said of Sitek.
The 40-year-old frontman added: ‘We had a new found focus when we were writing it – we really got our heads down and got our s*** together – clear heads, none of that crap from the 90s. It feels like a really special record for us.’
The outspoken frontman previously set the bar high for his band’s success, when he said: ‘F*** being as big as Oasis. I want to be bigger than The Beatles, man.’
The first single from the album will be track ‘Flick of the Finger’ before the album is released on June 10.
Noel Gallagher has reportedly been approached with an offer to become a judge on the next series of The X Factor
The ITV talent show is expected to have a vacancy on the panel with former N-Dubz singer Tulisa reportedly due to leave after failing to impress viewers during her two-year stint on the show. With one seat on the panel spare, Simon Cowell is looking to big name stars and has returned to Gallagher, who he first approached in 2011. Although he declined the offer then, The Sun reports that his management company Ignition last week received an offer of £2m per series should the former Oasis guitarist sign up.
A source told the paper that Cowell sees Gallagher as the only "alpha male" that can fill in for him after he left the series in 2010: "Simon is determined to get Noel on board. He sees him as his natural replacement as the real alpha male on the panel. He thinks Noel would be ideal, with his music knowledge, straight talking and rapier wit."
Gallagher said that among the reasons he had for rejecting The X Factor in 2011 was that he was working on his solo album, 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'. He also said his own daughter Anais was also livid that he rejected Simon Cowell's offer. "She has never forgiven me for turning him down. I told her I'm not doing it, it's not for me — but she just screamed in my face, 'But Dad, it's The X Factor'," he said.
Noel Gallagher recently curated a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Among the gigs was a performance by Gallagher where he was supported by Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon of Blur, whom he joined on stage to perform their song 'Tender'.
Live4ever Exclusive: Love, Life and Laundry, with John McClure
Excerpt from Live4ever Ezine:
‘The Reverend’ , is clearly an old rocker at heart, in the classic tradition. He says “Older heads from the industry dig my band-they get that I’m like they are-that I’m a proper rock’n'roller. ‘I’m not, like one of these fucking guys whose gonna, like, start getting on his knees when James Corden or fucking Nick Grimshaw walks into the room. I don’t give a fuck who you are, mate…”.
He sometimes performs on stage with his friend, Mick Jones, from The Clash – and, in the past, legendary Mancunian punk poet, John Cooper Clarke – as well as counting several members of the rock’n'roll illuminati as mates, including Noel and Liam Gallagher.
” I’ve got a brilliant Liam story…” McClure chuckles ” We supported Oasis at Wembley, right. By the end of Oasis, they’ve got separate dressing rooms, and Noel had this party-and Liam came to Noel’s party…
Liam got me against a wall – not aggressively – and he’s talking to me…and he’s intense, right – and he went “What’s your favourite type of peas?”
So I said garden-and he said “Don’t you like mushy?” … “No, I like garden” …”You’re alright, you, mate”… Y’see, that’s his test. If I’d gone “Yeah, yeah maybe I do like mushy” – I’m a wanker. Understand me – cos that means I’m swayed…and that’s the test. I like that”.
” Noel’s great,man” McClure says ” I had posters of them lads on my bedroom wall, and for Noel to tell me he likes my music, it’s like the best thing ever”.
Read our full sit down interview with Jon on our Ezine
KCRW, a National Public Radio station of Southern California’s Santa Monica College surprised everybody today by premiering Beady Eye’s new track Flick of the Finger 10 days before the anticipated first spin of their single is scheduled to happen on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show.
The highly anticipated track was produced by US producer Dave Sitek , member of Brooklyn indie band TV on the Radio and recent producer of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ latest album ‘Mosquito’. It’s believed this could be the same track band member Andy Bell played earlier this month at London club night This Feeling where he was DJ’ing.
Discussing the band’s new album earlier this year Liam Gallagher said: “I hate the word ‘experimenting’, but we are definitely experimenting. In five words, it’s ‘majestic’, ‘imperial’, ‘out there’ and, er, what was the other one? Oh yeah, ‘heavy’.” Take a listen below:
The official video for 'Manchester Rain' by Parlour Flames.
'Manchester Rain' will be released as a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day 2013 on Saturday 20th April. The track is taken from Parlour Flames self-titled debut album released worldwide on 20th May by Cherry Red Records.
Parlour Flames is a musical collaboration between former OASIS rhythm guitarist Bonehead [aka Paul Arthurs] and the Manchester based singer songwriter & poet Vinny Peculiar [aka Alan Wilkes].