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It was 20 years ago today Alan McGee, boss of now defunct Creation Records discovered and signed Oasis at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, Scotland. Included is footage of the band performing Up In The Sky on that infamous night.
Beady Eye on new album,Team Noel vs Team Liam, riding dogs and much more...
excerpt from The Quietus
Julian Marszalek talks to Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock about their new album BE, designing gnomes for the Chelsea Flower Show and why the Gallaghers' mum prefers lemon meringue to the Noel/Liam kerfuffle
Liam Gallagher is not best pleased with Nick Cave and the source of his displeasure is bananas
Both Beady Eye and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are rehearsing for upcoming tours in a huge north London studio complex that has previously played host to anyone from The Rolling Stones through to One Direction. Situated on the first floor is a cafeteria serving all manner of nourishment for bands famished after a hard day of playing and refining material or whatever else it is they get up to behind closed doors. It’s also where the fruit bowl is located.
“Tell Nick to stop nicking all the bananas!” laughs Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer as he recalls the tale of the missing fruit. “Liam goes, ‘I’m was going out to get a banana and there’s fucking none left, man. I thought you’d fucking been on them!’ and Nick’s walking out last night with his suit on and he’s got a banana sticking out of his jacket pocket! That’s not very Bad Seeds, is it?”
“Ah, but what’s he going to do with that banana, though?” asks drummer Chris Sharrock with a mischievous glint in his eye.
What indeed? But at least the lack of nuns and donkeys wandering around the studio calls for a sigh of relief. This much, though, is certain – Beady Eye are set to return with their second album, BE, a collection that has been helmed by the somewhat surprising choice of producer in the form of TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek. Not that he was the first name on the list.
“Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys was interested,” reveals Archer. “We sent him some tunes and he really liked them. He said, ‘the only thing is, you’ll have to come to Nashville’ and we were like, ‘fucking great!’ Me and Andy went to meet him at the Reading Festival and we had a bit of a chat about how we do things and how to do things. We were meant to go in November  and we had things arranged and the crew were trying to organise shit and then, right in the middle of his tour, he had his own record to do. So that was that.”
So who else was in the frame?
“There was Nick Launey who was in the middle of a film,” continues Archer “and we kept waiting for him and then it was like, ‘can you guys wait until January?’ and we were, ‘no, man.’ And then Dave’s name came up.”
Beady Eye are in a fighting mood. Their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, was commercially overshadowed by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and the band is here to open the first salvo of a campaign that hopes to elevate their current status of playing second fiddle to their erstwhile leader. BE is an interesting if not entirely even listen but it's one that finds them taking sonic chances as they add colour to their usual 60s-influenced modus operandi with Sitek’s experimental brush strokes of metronomic beats, samples, loops and channel-hopping riffage.
Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer has revealed the group will be taking a brass section on tour with them to recreate the sound of their upcoming album BE live.
The rockers are heading out on the road for three UK dates following the release of their second album BE on 10 June and will incorporate the record's extensive use of horns in their live shows on tracks such as Flick of the Finger and Second Bite of the Apple.
Guitarist Archer can't wait to play with the extra musicians and has told fans they can expect a sonic "kick in the face" from the band - which is fronted by Liam Gallagher - at their concerts.
Gem said: "We're going to take a brass band with us when we can (on tour), when the venues are right.
"Just get them together and get on the road with us. In rehearsals some of these tunes are sounding huge. We want to kick people in the face with a wall of sound. We've got a few surprises as well."
One of those surprises could be the use of two drummers.
Beady Eye played three tracks from BE for TV show Later... with Jools Holland - which will air on BBC Two tonight (31.05.13) - with regular sticksman Chris Sharrock joined on a second kit by his son Jay Sharrock.
Beady Eye - also comprised of guitarist Andy Bell and bassist Jay Mehler - kick off their mini-tour on 19 June 19 at the Manchester Ritz before continuing to the Camden Centre on 20 June. It will conclude at Glasgow's ABC on 22 June.
Alan McGee on Creation, Oasis and cashflow – a classic from the vaults
It's 20 years since Alan McGee stepped into Glasgow King Tuts and signed Oasis. Time to visit 1994 via Rock's Backpages and find out what the Creation Records founder was thinking …
Alan McGee founded Creation Records 10 years ago. Now this
former British Rail clerk's labour of love is a floatable proposition,
with nearly half of its shares owned by Sony. McGee surprised many when
he got into bed with the company, not least because he was supposedly no
fan of corporate structures. But that may simply be a sentimental view,
judging by the candid assessment he gives over coffee at the Dome,
"In September 1992, I got fed up with selling 200,000 Primal Scream
records in England and 18,000 in Germany," says McGee. "I got tired of
selling only 3,000 Bandwagonesques there. It's all about distribution.
If you're signed to some shit fuckin' indie,
no matter what it does for your credibility, it does nothing to promote
your group. Sony help us get worldwide distribution. At the moment,
we're still getting some crap sales, but the potential is there. I've
sold Sony 49%, which makes them feel good, but I'm very loyal to our
bands. I've got their best interests at heart.
"The truth is that,
without financial backing, it is now very hard to exist in England, but
when I've gone in to Sony and said: 'Look, you need to help us with
so-and-so,' they've always done it. And they don't talk to me about the
music we put out, ever."
In 1984, McGee was looking after a young
and irascible Jesus and Mary Chain. Like his proteges, McGee's clothes
may be sharper 10 years on, but he hasn't really changed that much, and
he remains a patron to like-minded fanatics such as Bobby Gillespie, the
Jazz Butcher, Bill "the Man" Drummond and Lawrence from Felt/Denim.
celebration of Creation's first decade, McGee has gathered together his
10 most personal mementoes. It comes as no surprise that what feature
most among his choices are items that spark off memories of liaisons
with some of rock's greatest mavericks.
group, Oasis, are the one recent thing that made me go: 'Fuckin' hell, I
still believe in rock'n'roll.' I saw them last year and it was a
complete fluke. I was at an 18 Wheeler show in Glasgow at King Tut's
Wah-Wah Hut. Third on the bill were a band from Manchester. They were
friends of Oasis and they'd told the band they could play fourth on the
bill. So Oasis hired a van and drove up from Manchester with their mates
and when they arrived the promoter says: 'No. Fuck off.' And they're
saying: 'Look, it's cost us £200 to hire the van and equipment and get
here. If you don't let us play, we'll smash your club up. There's 10 of
us and only two security …'
"So the promoter lets them play. Now, I
wouldn't have got to see them normally, because when a band of mine's
playing I usually get in five minutes before they come on stage.
However, because I'd gone with my sister Susan, who doesn't happen to
own a watch, I got there two hours early. I witnessed all the
shenanigans, so I wanted to see what they were like.
song was really good. Then the second was incredible. By the time they
did this fantastic version of I Am the Walrus, I'd decided I've got to
sign this group, now. I said: 'Do you have a record deal? Do you want
one? I wanna do it.' Eventually they had 20 record companies offering
them deals and at the last minute Mother Records, owned by U2, phoned
and said: 'We'll offer double what McGee is offering.'
is a cross between the Kinks, Stone Roses and the Who, and the cover of
this tape, which is incredibly rare, only 10 ever made, is important
because it's a Union Jack going down the toilet. That sums up our
country at the moment. I don't want to herald them too much, but they're
already one of my favourite groups. Seeing them is what seeing the
Stones must have been like in the early days. Brutal, exciting,
Beady Eye to play exclusive Abbey Road session for Absolute Radio
Beady Eye are to play an exclusive set for Absolute Radio at Abbey Road Studios, to include a Beatles cover.
The group will perform in Studio 3 on Monday, June 3 in front of an
invited audience and it will be broadcast on Pete Donaldson's Absolute
Radio 8pm to midnight show three days later on June 6. The session,
which will feature a song by the Fab Four, will be filmed and be
available to watch on the station's website.
Donaldson said: “This is going to be an amazing gig and to secure
Liam, arguably the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front man around, is a coup.
As a huge fan I can’t wait to see which Beatles track they’ll cover.”
Liam Gallagher claims today's popstars aren't a patch on him
The former Oasis frontman claimed today's popstars aren't a patch on him as he made the X Factor revelation at band's new album playback party.
Liam Gallagher claims his band are to appear on The X Factor – the show he branded “annoying”.
The ex-Oasis frontman told us: “We’re doing X Factor, I think it’s to be on one of the live shows. I don’t care man, we’re rock ’n’ roll stars and you can’t argue that’s a huge audience. You have to take that opportunity.”
Not if you’re his brother, Noel, who recently turned down a judging slot and said: “I just don’t want to be on the telly every Saturday night. I would just end up saying to Louis Walsh, ‘Will you shut up.’”
Liam made the revelation at the new album playback party for Beady Eye on Thursday at London’s Soho Hotel. He also described The X Factor as “f***ing boring”.
Afterwards, he was keen to show us he still lived a hedonist’s lifestyle as he ordered £17-a-shot tequilas for us all to knock back.
But, he lamented, today’s popstars just aren’t a patch on him.
“That One Direction,” he said. “I mean, they’re not rock stars are they? Harry’s all right though. I met him the Olympics and I just said to him, ‘Keep on keeping on’. But he’s nothing like me. I’m a proper rock ’n’ roll star.” Yep, no doubting that.
We asked him if a song from the album Don’t Brother Me was a nod to Noel with the lyrics “Come on now, give peace a chance, be a man.” Liam was quick to correct us.
He said: “It’s not an olive branch. I’m not a songwriter, I just bash out the music, you can’t be reading into all these lyrics as they don’t mean anything. If I wanna say sorry to someone, I’ll pick up the phone and call them. It’s not me saying sorry to Noel.”
Wonder if he’ll be tuning in when you’re on the show?
Liam Gallagher: Beady Eye has got their shit together
For their new album Be, Beady Eye have confidently claimed that they've finally hit their stride.
Teaming up with producer Dave Sitek for the record, the band recently explained they've discovered a "newfound focus" that allowed them to get "our s**t together", adding: "It feels like a really special record for us."
Ahead of the record's release on June 10, Digital Spy teamed up with Music Unlimited to find out more about the LP, their plans to compete with Beyoncé at this year's V Festival, and who would play them in Beady Eye: The Movie.
Noel Gallagher wins Outstanding Collection award at 2013 Ivor Novellos
Noel Gallagher picked up the Outstanding Collection prize at today’s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards – having earlier said he only attended because One Direction weren’t invited.
The former Oasis songwriter joined other winners at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel which included The Maccabees, whose brilliant track ‘Pelican‘ won Best Contemporary Song, and Marc Almond, who received the Inspiration Award.
When asked by NME why he came to the awards, he replied: “Because clowns like One Direction aren’t invited, so it must be a good one.”
Oasis sweep top 5 positions in Greatest Britpop Anthem of All Time reader poll (NME)
Oasis have dominated a vote by NME readers to establish the Greatest Britpop Anthem Of All Time with the top five spots all being filled by songs from the band.
'Live Forever', the 1994 single taken from the bad's debut album 'Definitely Maybe', topped the poll and was closely followed by 'Don't Look Back In Anger', 'Supersonic' and 'Cigarettes & Alcohol', with 'Wonderwall' finishing in fifth spot. The Manchester band did not get any other songs into the top 20, however, with all of the remaining slots taken by songs from Pulp, Suede, Blur and Supergrass.
Pulp's 'Common People', which came top of the recent list compiled by NME writers and famous fans, finished in sixth spot. The Sheffield band proved popular with voters also selecting their songs 'Disco 2000', 'Sorted For E's & Wizz' and 'This Is Hardcore' in the top 20.
Andy Bell felt it wasn't his place to interfere during Oasis split
British rocker Andy Bell has confessed he sat back and did nothing as warring Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher had a furious fight which spelled the end of the band.
Bell joined Oasis as the Wonderwall hitmakers' new bassist in 1999 and he was still in the band when they split following a backstage bust-up between the Gallaghers at a venue in Paris, France in 2009.
Now the rocker has opened up about the incident, admitting he deliberately refused to intervene as the pair clashed because he had been previously warned to avoid getting involved in their regular confrontations.
Bell, who went on to form Beady Eye with Liam and Oasis guitarist Gem Archer, tells rock magazine Q, "I've got to put my hands up and say I did sit there and freeze. I felt it wasn't my place to interfere. I'd been told as much in the past as well. I did step in on previous occasions, like in Barcelona, and was told, 'Don't go there'. I'm fine with what happened. I have no interest in furthering the beef."
Liam Gallagher: Noel's performance with Albarn 'was bollocks'
Liam Gallagher has never been one to keep his opinions on the down low and the singer has now blasted his brother Noel and his alleged friendship with former arch-enemy Damon Albarn, labelling their pally ways "b*****ks."
The ex-Oasis stars famously endured a rivalry with Albarn and his Blur bandmates in their 1990s heyday but guitarist Noel put the long-running feud behind him in March this year, when he joined the Parklife singer onstage at a charity show in London.
Liam took a swipe at his brother over the performance, but now he has spoken out to accuse Noel of faking his newfound friendship with Albarn.
He tells NME magazine, "That was b**locks. If you think that was genuine you must be living on the f**king moon. Why do I know that? Because I know my brother. That's how I feel. He's full of s**t. I think Damon's alright... But you know our kid (Noel). It'll be Robbie Williams next."
And those aren't the only harsh words that Liam had in terms of his family member, blasting Noel once again recently, calling him a "f***ing Gobsh***."
The controversial singer made the comments after revealing that his Beady Eye band will not be performing Oasis's back catalogue when they go on tour.
Talking to the magazine the 40-year-old rocker said: “We'll keep it as two because there's too many people loitering in the past.”
He then went to do say: “Noel does quite a bit, but that's his f***ing thing: splitting up Oasis and putting half the f***ing songs in your f***ing set, it's schizophrenic.”
Sending out a clear message to his brother and former band mate, he then said: “If you want to play f***ing Oasis songs put the band back together and stop being a f***ing gobs***e”
Liam recently said that if Beady Eye's new album 'Be' flopped then he would retire from music for good.
The Beady Eye front man has also been hitting the headlines recently for his boozy antics being spotted riding a dog in a posh London pub.
Noel Gallagher insists performing with Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn was a spur-of-the-moment decision.
The 'AKA... What A Life!' hitmaker joined his former Britpop rivals to perform Blur's hit 'Tender' along with Paul Weller at London's Royal Albert Hall in March, but he insists he never thought of the ''symbolism'' of the collaboration before it happened.
He said: ''I was put on the spot at the press conference when someone asked if I was going to play with them. What do you say? No? You'd cause a f***ing incident. When they came off doing the soundcheck, I just said, 'Are we doing it or what?' The doors were opening, we went back onstage and went through it once and that was it.
''I didn't think about the symbolism of it all. It's not something that's ever been mooted, it's not like, 'Together on stage, at last'. It's not like, I don't f***ing know, if me and Liam ever go onstage again. It was just a spur-of-the-moment thing.
''I wasn't sat for four months thinking, 'F***ing hell, what are people going to think of this. What should I wear? All white as a symbol of peace?' ''
As part of their performance, Damon and Graham were also joined by author-and-poet Michael Horowitz for a 12-minute improvisation and Noel admitted the idea was borne out of a heavy night drinking at the BRIT awards.
He told Q magazine: ''We were f***ing plastered that night. I said, 'Well, what are you going to do?' and woke up the next day and thought, 'Did he say he was going to do a f***ing improvised poetry jam?!'
''I was sat watching the soundcheck and thinking, 'This is going to be one of those moments that is either, 'I wish I was there, or I was there and I wish I wasn't.' They were literally writing it in the soundcheck. How they pulled it off, I'll never know.''
Noel Gallagher: The Jam, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Oasis ‘were all part of the same song'
Noel Gallagher has said The Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis were almost ‘part of the same song’ due to the uncanny career span which the four seminal bands enjoyed. Gallagher has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Men’s Hour as the programme prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Smiths’ debut single ‘Hand In Glove‘ on May 5th at 9pm.
“It was quite fascinating to think that The Jam split in ‘83 and that’s when The Smiths first appeared,” Noel says. “And then as soon as The Smiths disappeared The Stone Roses appeared, and then as soon as The Stone Roses disappeared Oasis appeared. And it’s almost as though someone’s moving the chess pieces around. Someone’s going ‘well you had your go…’ – we’re all part of the same song I reckon.”
The full programme will be aired on the BBC station on May 5th. “I don’t know you’d have to ask him,” Gallagher continues when asked if he thinks his brother Liam would consider The Smiths to be ‘effeminate’. “He probably doesn’t know what effeminate means. So you’d have to ask him. I can’t speak for him anymore. Thank God.”
Liam Gallagher will keep it at 2 Oasis songs per live set
Liam Gallagher has criticised his brother Noel for loading his set with too many Oasis songs.
Speaking in this week's NME, the Beady Eye frontman confirmed that the band will only be playing two tracks by his old group for any forthcoming dates and he hit out at Noel for not sticking to material from his 2011 debut 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'. He said: "We'll keep it as two because there's too many people loitering in the past. We can't be doing 10 of them in the set, we're not Oasis. Noel does quite a bit, but that's his fucking thing: splitting up Oasis and putting half the fucking songs in your fucking set, it's schizophrenic. If you want to play fucking Oasis songs put the band back together and stop being a fucking gobshite. But he hasn't got the balls to go and do High Flying Birds on his own, like we did [playing just Beady Eye songs initially]. That's just the nature of the man."
Beady Eye this week (April 29) unveiled their brand new single, 'Second Bite Of The Apple', which is taken from 'BE'. The album, which was produced by Dave Sitek, is due for release on June 10.
Beady Eye will play live at Manchester Ritz on June 19 before heading to London for a show at Camden Centre on June 20. The short stint will then come to a close in Glasgow at the ABC on June 22. Tickets were only made available to fans who pre-ordered the new album. Read the full interview with Liam and bandmate Gem Archer in the new issue of NME which is on newsstands now and available digitally.
Liam Gallagher has some alternatives if new Beady Eye album flops
Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher has threatened to walk away from music for good if his new album with Beady Eye flops.
The singer formed the band after the Wonderwall hitmakers split in 2009 following a backstage bust-up between Gallagher and his guitarist brother Noel in Paris, France.
Their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, was released in 2011 to a muted reaction from fans and sold a disappointing 700,000 copies.
The rockers have opted for a dramatic change in style for their second album Be, which is released next month (Jun13), and Gallagher has revealed he might retire from music if this record also flops.
He tells rock magazine Q, "Well, if we're barking up the wrong tree with this record, I don't know if I can be a**ed (bothered) barking up it again. I'll never be a plumber, I'll never be a fashion designer. Maybe I'd just sail off into the distance and enjoy my life, instead of worrying what some spotty little t**t from (English town) Hastings thinks about the record.
"But the album's gonna come out, hopefully people'll like it, and business as usual will be resumed."