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    Friday, April 24, 2015


      Why the world still seems obsessed by Oasis

    Exactly 20 years on from the release of Oasis’s first No 1 single, there are good reasons why they still cast a huge shadow over the pop landscape

    Last week, the Daily Mirror ran a story on a supposed (read: 100% not happening) Oasis reunion. It arrived almost exactly one year on from a Daily Star front page that claimed the “chart-topping Manchester band” were “set to headline Glastonbury in a £500m comeback deal”. Coincidence? Maybe. Although perhaps it isn’t coincidence. Maybe the tabloids take turns. Maybe the Sun is readying its own Gallagher-brothers-reunite exclusive for this time next year.

    Also likely coincidence, but the Daily Mirror story arrives close to the 20th anniversary of the landmark event that kickstarted the red tops’ obsession with Oasis: Some Might Say, the band’s first No 1 single, was released exactly 20 years ago, on 24 April 1995. The single entered the charts at No 1, a landmark event not just for Oasis, but for what was then “indie” music, and for British music in general. Up until then, the idea of a band like Oasis reaching the top of the charts, as much as Echo & the Bunnymen or the Stone Roses might have boasted it was their aim, seemed like a romantic, nebulous concept. But Oasis actually did it. When Noel Gallagher raised his guitar above his head during a celebratory appearance on Top of the Pops that week (guest presenter – of course – Chris Evans), the alternative, music press-consuming nation felt a collective pang of triumph. At that precise moment, their world became the mainstream.

    Within a year, genuine disappointment would greet Bluetones singles “only” entering the charts at No 2. Oasis, meanwhile, graduated from having indie centrefold Evan Dando trail them around on tour and play tambourine badly with them at instore appearances to having Robbie Williams – the Zayn Malik of his day, only with more cocaine – trail them around on tour and dance onstage badly with them during a Glastonbury headline set. Some Might Say was followed by Roll With It, the release of which – for reasons you’ll be aware of – was a lead item on the national news. Enter the tabloid press, bearing daily stories on Liam and/or Noel for at least the next two years. In August 1997, a picture Of Noel Gallagher mooning in Ibiza was the lead story on a Daily Record front page. The second lead was the death of Princess Diana.


     In April 2015, pictures of Liam getting pissed would be unlikely to trump the arrival of Kate Middleton’s baby, but the regularity with which reliably spurious Oasis stories are deemed of greater interest to readers of a national newspaper than, say, the general election is testament to a continuing, insatiable public appetite for all things Gallagher. At the more specialist end of the media scale, consider also that NME – a magazine that is in theory primarily for teenagers keen to discover the hottest new bands – has published three Noel Gallagher covers already this year, and 21 Oasis-related covers in the six or so years since they ceased to exist. Even given there have been two Noel solo albums and two Beady Eye albums to contend with in that time, that’s a lot. And it can’t solely be down to the fact Noel is consistently the sharpest, most entertaining interview in town. It is because a lot of people still care, a lot.

    There is a tendency to scoff that these people are all nostalgic football-loving British lads in their mid-30s, but that is easily disproved. Noel Gallagher recently expressed frustration that neither Arctic Monkeys nor Kasabian have succeeded in inspiring a next generation of bands. There’s a reason for that. If you look to Catfish & The Bottlemen – easily the fastest rising guitar band of the moment – they’re still going back to Oasis. Their leader Van McCann had his “I must do this” epiphany at their gigs at Heaton Park in 2009. “It was as if Jesus had come back,” he said recently of the occasion. It’s worth noting at this point that McCann was not even two years old when Definitely Maybe was released.

    Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian themselves, of course, are both direct, self-confessed descendants of Oasis. And if you want to look beyond white, male British guitar bands, you could pan out to Frances Bean Cobain – born the same week as Van McCann – who continues to be a vocal, B-side referencing obsessive on Twitter (quizzed as to who she preferred out of Nirvana and Hole, she answered “Oasis”). Or to Jessica Alba, who celebrated her 21st birthday at an Oasis gig in Las Vegas. Or further afield to Mish Way, singer with Canadian feminist punks White Lung, who recently wrote an article entitled “It’s literally impossible to hate Oasis”. These are just a few. Marilyn Manson adores them (‘Be Here Now’ is his favourite album). Quite brilliantly, Tupac Shakur once said that they were “true thug life”.

    What Oasis still represent to this wide spectrum of people is that idea of a band doing things completely on their own terms and triumphing over ”manufactured” music. Oasis didn’t even make a dedicated video for Some Might Say (Liam didn’t turn up to the shoot, and a clip had to be cobbled together from footage shot for Cigarettes and Alcohol). Nor did they, unlike the supposedly more alternative-minded likes of Blur and Pulp, utilise that most execrable of 90s fan-extortion tactics – the multi-edition CD single – to pump up its chart position. They didn’t, it turned out, need to play either of these games. Their songs and their attitude was enough.

    “We’re here to get lids like you out of the charts and bands in,” Van McCann said recently in response to fawning adoration from Louis Tomlinson of One Direction. A fantastically correct attitude for a young would-be rock’n’roll star to have. And one that comes directly from Oasis, a band who will likely still be the template for kids with or without guitars to do the same in even another 20 years’ time.

    via L4e / source: theguardian.com , Hamish Macbain



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    Sunday, April 19, 2015


      New Oasis comeback rumours

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    The British music scene could be on the verge of a return to the Britpop battles of the 1990s after rumours emerged that Oasis could be planning to reform.

    According to reports in the *Mirror, Noel and Liam Gallagher have reached a “gentleman’s agreement” about reuniting after the band’s acrimonious split in 2009 when Noel walked out following a series of public spats.

    The rumoured revival of the band, which formed in Manchester in 1991, comes after the brothers appeared to have held peace talks following years of bitter feuding, with Liam recently posting a picture of himself online with a pass to one of Noel’s solo gigs captioned: “Keeping it in the family.”

    According to the Mirror, the pair – who have had separate music careers with varying degrees of success since the demise of Oasis – are now considering staging a comeback.

    The paper reported a source close to the Mancunian brothers saying: “It’s early days in terms of the details, but Noel and Liam, 42, are back on good terms and ready to give things another go. Nothing is signed but it’s what you might call a gentlemen’s agreement between them.

    “Ultimately they’re family and whatever has gone on before can be sorted out – they’re very close beneath all the bluster.”

    Oasis’s bitter 90s rivals Blur are due to release their first album since 2003, The Magic Whip, this month.

    The unsubstantiated reports of Oasis’s reunion emerge just months after Noel Gallager, widely seen as the more successful of the pair in his solo career with his band High Flying Birds, told Q magazine in January that if the band did reform it would “only be for the money”.

    However just a few days ago indie legends Paul Weller and Johnny Marr, the former Smiths guitarist, poured cold water on any talk of an Oasis rebirth, when they told the NME that Noel, 47, doesn’t need to reform the band as his solo work since the split is so strong.

    Weller, a longtime friend of the musician, told the magazine: “I couldn’t give a f**k if Oasis got back together again because I like what he does now.”

    “He gets better and better I think. His new album is wicked,” the former Jam frontman added.

    The source told the Mirror: “Noel’s solo career has been a huge success with No 1 records and sold-out arena tours but Liam hasn’t been able to match that with Beady Eye. He is ready to try and put their differences behind them in order to get back on stage together with the band now that Beady Eye have split up.

    “Obviously it would be massively lucrative for them both too, and the demand for tickets would be enormous.”

    via L4e / source: www.theguardian.com



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    Tuesday, April 14, 2015


      Van McCann on Liam and Noel Gallagher, Alex Turner, Mike Skinner and more


    Catfish & The Bottlemen's Van McCann talks to Live4ever about his musical influences, the greatest front-men of the last decade and bad boy rapper Kanye West.



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    Friday, April 10, 2015


      Official video for 'Riverman' premieres

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    Noel Gallagher has premiered an official video for the third single to be taken from his latest solo album ‘Chasing Yesterday‘.

    ‘Riverman‘ arrives in the wake of ‘In The Heat Of The Moment‘ and ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I‘ and can be seen right now: RIVERMAN

    Gallagher’s second High Flying Birds record went to number one in the UK upon its release back in March, becoming the fastest seller of 2015 so far in the process. It has also just been confirmed as Amazon’s best seller of the year to-date.


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    Wednesday, April 08, 2015


      LONGY writes open letter to Noel Gallagher

    LONGY has written an open letter to Noel Gallagher, attacking his stance against the state of working class rock music.

    Last year, the former Oasis turned solo star went on record as saying "Music is very middle class."

    He continued: "My bass player summed it up, we’re constantly saying, 'Where is the next band coming from?' and he rightly says, 'Never mind the band, where are the people?' When I first started I wanted to get in the charts and wreck it, like stamp Phil Collins out and Wet Wet Wet, they've got to go, and all that '80s gear, we don't need that anymore. I don't see anything from the working class, I just don’t see it."

    Sleaford Mods then went on to slam Gallagher's approach - arguing that he 'says nothing' about being working class in his music and lost his roots long ago.

    Now, to launch the Gigwise premiere of the video for his scathing attack on Cameron's Britain Positively Unemployed, LONGY has written this open letter to Gallagher, calling him to take more action for other working class bands to break through the 'glass ceiling':

    "Dear Noel Gallagher,

    "You’ve shed some much-needed light of late on the fact that working-class British guitar music is under-represented at a commercial level, fair play, but saying it doesn’t exist just undermines the efforts of bands who are actually out here trying to break through. If I was in your position and I was pissed off about the lack of working-class talent getting through, I’d fucking do something about it instead of complaining about the fact that other people aren’t.

    "I’d do my homework. Because at the moment it just looks quite a lot like a half-arsed attempt at giving a fuck in return for a few column inches promoting your new album. Why not point to the root cause? You should have read the i-D article about music becoming a hobby for the upper classes. It raised an interesting argument but only addressed one of two burning issues affecting hard-up musicians (that working for free is impossible to sustain unless you’ve got access to a healthy wodge of Daddy’s payola).

    "It skipped-over the fact that most of the A&R’s, festival organisers, journalists and PRs are middle-class, which means in order for a working-class band to gain any traction, their music has to be screened by someone who has no frame of reference to anything they’re talking about. They may well enjoy jaunty tales of Stella multipacks and council estate woe, but the fact is they’d much rather work with that new dream-pop band whose bassist used to go to The Oratory or wherever.

    "As someone who broke through the glass ceiling (at a time when it was still possible), wouldn’t it now be an idea to highlight the burgeoning talent pool of young, hungry musicians that never get any exposure? Ain’t it time you stepped up and created the platform for bands that the current framework has quite clearly robbed them of?

    "Yours Sincerely,

    "LONGY"

    via L4e / source: Gigwise.com



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    Thursday, April 02, 2015


      Rock N Roll without Oasis will never be as big again in the UK


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    Noel says that there's no way that a new band will take over the world in the same way Oasis did - and he doubts if rock and roll will ever be as big again in the UK.

    Noel Gallagher has been looking back on his time at the top of the charts with Oasis and the iconic singer reckons there's no way that another band could come along and shake things up the way his band did.

    In an interview with the AV Club, Noel said it took him 10 years to recognise how big Oasis had been: "To be honest, it’s never going to happen again. It’s never going to happen for me.

    "It might never happen again in rock ’n’ roll, particularly in England. The music goes on regenerating, you know? I play songs that are 20 years old, the kids go f***ing berserk, kids who are like 15, it’s an amazing thing. It’s all about the music anyway. It couldn’t happen to me now what happened to Oasis then, I wouldn’t be able to deal with that—I would be able to deal with it, but, I don’t think I would enjoy it."

    He also weighed in on why he doesn't write songs like Morrissey.

    "Unfortunately there’s only one Morrissey. I write lyrics from the heart. I don’t think they’re one thing or another.

    "They just fit the tune. I never put myself up there as a fantastic lyricist. I don’t care about lyrics. The music always comes first."

    via L4e/ source XFM.co.uk



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