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Friday, October 09, 2015
Liam Gallagher on Lennon: The Icon
Today John Lennon would have turned 75
"John Lennon means everything to me. Everything and nothing. I wouldn't say he's a better songwriter than McCartney, I'd say they're both different but great. But I like Lennon's stuff more 'cos it's a bit more beautiful, and it's more mad. McCartney's like Noel – he's too nice. Lennon was twisted and I like that kinda shit. His voice is the main thing I love. I like his speaking voice. That's pretty fucking mega. But his voice when he sings is the one. Political voice? Don't give a shit, couldn't care less about politics. But everything else – his singing voice, his songs, and his words – means the world to me.
I love the early rock'n'roll stuff as much as I like the later stuff he did, but right now my favourite period would be 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. There's this tune called 'Now And Then' which is one of the demos he did in India with George Harrison [It was actually a home demo made in New York in 1978 – Beatles Ed], and you should check that one out. I think they mixed it again like they did with 'Free As A Bird', but that song is fucking beautiful. As a songwriter, I don't think anyone's touched Lennon and I don't know if they ever will. [The La's'] Lee Mavers could have got near but he went down another road. Our kid's good, but he lacks that fucking madness that Lennon had. He's a normal chap who writes decent songs, and Mavers was too mad. But Lennon had all that and more. It's a constant thing with him, and I don't think I could ever get bored. You get bored of Lennon and you get bored of yourself, don't you? And I ain't bored of me…" (Liam Gallagher)
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