30 June 2007

More On Gibson Guitartown






































































































Today I received an email from www.petemckee.com containing more pictures of the giant Les Paul Gibson guitar that Paul McKee designed for Noel Gallagher.

The unique guitar will form part of the Gibson Guitartown London charity campaign and be displayed publicly at More London by Tower Bridge, London SE1 from June 25th for ten weeks.

Following the display, Noel Gallagher’s signed guitar will be auctioned off to raise money for The Prince’s Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.


















The guitar was based on Peter's "Good Education" picture that was sent to Noel.

I'm told "You can purchase the very same print from our website that Noel Gallagher has over his fireplace at his home!"

Asked what was Noel's response to the guitar. Pete said that "Noel was absolutely thrilled with his guitar and Paul Weller was apparently quite envious when he saw it too!!"

Source: Email from www.petemckee.com

Tonight On The BBC











The show will be shown on tonight, 9pm BBC Two and repeated tomorrow, 11pm BBC One (UK Only)

The story of British indie, beginning with The Smiths, the archetypal indie group. The film follows The Stone Roses as the heirs to the indie crown, Suede's dark sexuality and the media saturation of Brit-pop's Blur v Oasis. What The World Is Waiting For explores how indie ultimately lost its once cherished intimacy and integrity in front of 250,000 fans at Oasis's Knebworth spectacle in 1996 and how, by returning to its roots in clubs and bars (and even front rooms) with bands such as Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines and The Arctic Monkeys, indie became respectable again.

Featured events in the show

10th September 1994
Oasis release Definitely Maybe

Following the singles, "Live Forever", "Shakermaker", and "Supersonic", this album catapulted Oasis into the top of the charts and announced them as the new kings of British rock. It was radically different from the dance tinged rock or grunge that had come before it, sporting a swagger and Britishness that instantly connected with the indie crowd. Noel Gallagher: "It's all about escapism - a pint in one hand, your best mate in the other, whoever that may be, and just having a good time."

14th August 1995
Blur v Oasis

At the peak of the 'Britpop' years, Blur and Oasis' respective labels decided that as a big marketing stunt they would release their new singles on the same day. This created a huge head to head battle between the two bands. The resulting news coverage turned this event into a bitter class war between the Northern working class Oasis and the Southern middle class Blur. Damon Albarn ended up being interviewed on the Ten O'clock news. In the end Blur's "Country House" won over Oasis' "Roll with it", though neither were the strongest offerings from each of the albums.

11th August 1996
Knebworth Park

At this stage of Oasis's career they were top of the Britpop pile and were looking for the next big conquest. Knebworth was a venue that had long been associated with the biggest acts in rock history; Queen, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones had all played there to vast audiences. Oasis now saw themselves as part of this rock legacy and there were only few UK locations left that could handle the crowds that followed them. Oasis wanted to set a new benchmark for an open-air performance; they hired the biggest PA, the biggest video screens, and reportedly sold over 250,000 tickets for 2 consecutive performances. This moment could be seen as the last great Britpop performance; nothing after would match its scale

The show will include new interviews with Noel Gallagher and Bonehead

More information click Here

Also after the programme

Later Presents Brit Beat
On: BBC 4
Date: Saturday 30th June 2007
Time: 11:15 pm to 12:15 am

Jools Holland introduces a compilation of live studio performances by British guitar-pop bands. Featuring Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Ash, Ocean Colour Scene, Cast, the Bluetones, and Super Furry Animals.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

29 June 2007

Noel Gallagher: 'Johnny Marr Made Me Pick Up A Guitar'















Oasis leader admits The Smiths inspired him to form a band

Oasis leader Noel Gallagher has admitted that The Smiths inspired him to pick up a guitar.

The star claims that seeing the Manchester legends on 'Top Of The Pops' for the first time turned his head.

"I remember seeing The Smiths on Top Of The Pops, and I don't mean this in a sycophantic way, but I wanted to be Johnny Marr," he said. "He had the Brian Jones haircut, the turtleneck, and the big red semi-acoustic guitar and he was cool as fuck."

Gallagher made the admission on this week's Britpop edition of '7 Ages Of Rock'.

The show will also recall the rise of a host of indie bands including Blur, Suede, The Stone Roses, The Libertines and will document Oasis's legendary Knebworth gigs.

Reflecting on their famous gigs Gallagher added: "Knebworth House is Batman's house in the films. Did you know that? Well, when you see the Batman films and they drive through the big gates, well that's Knebworth House. So there I was driving into Batman's fucking gaff right, in a Rolls Royce, off my head!

"And I remember driving into this big field, and sitting on my Rolls Royce thinking I was Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, and nearly having a panic attack cos I'd been up all night drinking, and going yeah! I'll take it. Where do I sign?"

'7 Ages Of Rock' will be aired on BBC 2 on Saturday at 9pm and on BBC 1 on Sunday at 11.05pm.

Source: www.nme.com

28 June 2007

Blur Star Albarn Premieres Opera In Oasis's Backyard



















It has been interpreted by some as an Essex boy's ultimate act of revenge on his old Mancunian rivals. Damon Albarn, whose feuding with Manchester's Oasis was legendary back in the 1990s, takes centre stage in the Gallagher brothers' own back yard tomorrow night when the premiere of his first opera launches the inaugural Manchester International Festival.

But Albarn's opera, which is based on the Chinese legend of the Monkey King's enlightenment and premieres at the city's Palace Theatre, has been inspired by something far bigger than settling old scores. It is the centrepiece of a biennial festival featuring only original and new work which, for pure modernity and pizzazz, has given the Edinburgh International Festival's new director, Jonathan Mills, much to think about even before the first curtain goes up.

Manchester's own festival director, Alex Poots, knows a bit about innovation, having taken the English National Opera to sing Wagner at Glastonbury in his last job but getting Albarn to write Monkey: Journey to the West was audacious. Albarn has been to only one opera in his life - Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, directed by Shi-Zheng, the director and original conceiver of the new work.

But Monkey: Journey to the West promises to be one of the great cultural spectaculars of the year, building on a story made famous by the 1980s cult television show Monkey. Although it will travel to a number of international cities, Manchester will be its only UK venue.

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Oasis Should Ride This 90's Wave
















With the Verve and the Spice Girls garnering well deserved attention for coming back it is time for Oasis to pull out all stops and release a classic album that rivals 'Whats the Story Morning Glory'. Fans of the band know that they have it in them and with the 90's revival in full swing Noel Gallagher should pull all his efforts into this one. Sell out to a record label if he has to because the bands legacy is at stake here.

Oasis came in with so much hype that the media was determined to knock them down when they had the chance. They did just that 10 years ago when the band released 'Be Here Now' and was met with reviews that called the effort 'bloated', 'excessive', and 'lazy'. They have not gone away and have released quality albums since but they have never been able to regain the pedestal they once stood in the Rock N Roll Pantheon. This is their chance and hopefully they take heed for the sake of their legacy which should be much greater stateside than just "the band who sang 'Wonderwall'.

Source: www.clevelandleader.com

Alex James Gives Wonderwall Props




















Blur bassist Alex James wishes he wrote classic Oasis hit 'Wonderwall'.

The musician, whose band famously feuded with the Manchester rockers during their Britpop battle of the 90s, is envious of the song's magic.

He said: "The first time I heard it, I thought it was a really great song. I wish I'd written it to be honest.

"Liam Gallagher has got a great voice, and I think that's their finest moment."

After the two bands' epic 1995 UK chart battle - in which Blur's single 'Country House' beat Oasis' 'Roll With It' to the coveted number one spot - 'Wonderwall' propelled Oasis to worldwide success, while Blur's career faltered.

Alex, 38, recently admitted that beating Oasis to the top spot was one of the highlights of his career.

He wrote in his book 'Bit of a Blur': "I can't deny it, sitting in the car and hearing that we'd won the battle, I felt very smug.

"I couldn't stop smirking for weeks afterwards and there was a lot of satisfaction in knowing how upset Oasis were about it."

Source: www.people.monstersandcritics.com

Noel: Be Here Now Followed "Too Quick"













Noel Gallagher has explained why Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, was 'bloated' saying it followed their second record "too quick".

Speaking on the BBC's Seven Ages of Rock programme, shown on BBC2 this Saturday at 21:00 BST, Noel described the immense freedom thrust upon the band which was mismanaged.

"It was too quick after Morning Glory," Noel said. "There was no kind of time to sit down and think, right, what are we going to do next."

He added: "We were given … unlimited studio time, wherever you want. 'Can I have a 40-piece orhestra?' 'Have a 100'. Why not? At the time we all thought it was the … greatest thing that had ever been committed to tape, but we were all on drugs."

The Oasis elder statesman described what was supposed to be the first single from the album, clocking in at over eight minutes and taking two minutes for the drums to kick in. "It's all feedback," Noel added.

The band also went on what Noel described as a "ridiculous" tour with Be Here Now, emerging from a "12ft phone box" every night.

Concluding the BBC's seven-part series, What the World is Waiting For will document the rise of British indie music from the Smiths to Arctic Monkeys.

Previous episodes have included punk rock, stadium rock and the likes of David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

Source: www.contactmusic.com

Why Ordinary Life Provided McKee's Inspiration


















McKee's inspiration comes from what he calls the 'Golden Age' of working class life.

He uses his memories of Sheffield in the late 1960s and early 70s to create universal themes.

His paintings are full of Wednesday and United shirts, lads on bikes, women in headscarves, fairgrounds, pubs, sunshine in Hillsborough, rainy days at Chapel St Leonards.

"My pictures are of normal working-class people doing what they do," said Pete, whose business recently become a limited company.

"It all started for me in Chapel St Leonards when I was five years old. That's where my strongest memories come from.

"I think there was a Golden Age of working class life and my memories are mainly from 1971 and 1972, it's a generational thing but there were a lot of feelgood factors about being working class then.

"People were just starting to be able to afford colour TVs and foreign holidays – before people started wearing tracksuits. It all went a bit wrong after that.
"When I show my paintings elsewhere, people relate to them."

At the moment he is busy finishing a Common People exhibition for Sheffield and 60 paintings to go in an exhbition in Scunthorpe – and he's thinking of hiring an old-fashioned charabanc to take a party of friends to go and see it.

The Good Education picture he sent to Noel Gallagher shows a young boy practising guitar in his bedroom surrounded by posters and album covers of his heroes.

"I thought Noel would like it and when I spoke to him I told him that I had practised guitar like that and he had too. I also told him that my son Charley practices while he's listening to Oasis. He liked that."

The Guitartown painting may be the launchpad for McKee's career to go mega but he has already earned enough to fulfil a couple of long-standing ambitions.

"I am into style and I notice the way people dress. I had always promised myself I would get a made-to-measure suit one day, and a pair of leather brogues that would last me a lifetime.

My Dad used to go to the pub in his made-to-measure suit on Friday and Saturday nights.

"I've done those things now. It feels great."

Source: Sheffied Star

Blur Love Oasis Hit




















Blur's Alex James has confessed he wishes he had written Oasis's 1995 hit Wonderwall.

His claim marks an amazing twist in one of the biggest rivalries in pop music history.

The bands often swapped insults in the 90s when they regularly battled for the No1 spot.

But speaking about hearing Wonderwall for the first time, Alex, 38, said: "I thought it was a really good song. Wish I'd written it.

"He's got a great voice Liam (Gallagher) and I think that's their finest moment."

Alex's revelation comes on BBC show The Seven Ages of Rock this week.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk

27 June 2007

The Verve To Reunite













Oasis pal Richard Ashcroft reunites with band and writes new songs.

The Verve are set for a winter tour.

The original band of Richard Ashcroft, Nick McCabe,Simon Jones and Pete Sailsbury have got together for the first time in almost a decade.

In a statement, the band have announced they were: "Getting back together for the joy of the music."

It is believed they will take a summer break and then return to the studio to complete their next album.

The band broke up in 1999, with the tumultuous relationship between Ashcroft and McCabe being well documented with the two exiting the band repeatedly since they began in 1993.

The band are set to play:

Glasgow Academy (November 2,3)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (November 5,6)
London Roundhouse (November 8,9)

Tickets are set to go on sale on July 6.

Source: www.nme.com

Old Trafford Goes Mad For Classics












Old Trafford will be dancing to the sound of Madchester tonight during Lancashire's Twenty20 clash with old rivals Yorkshire.

Classics from New Order, Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, Inspiral Carpets, Ian Brown, Happy Mondays and other Manchester acts like Simply Red, M People, Richard Ashcroft will all be blasted out over the speakers tonight.

The idea came from former Lancashire coach and player, and MEN Sport columnist David Lloyd.

During the recent Test Match, ex-England coach Bumble, who will be on commentary duty tonight, said how great it would be to hear the best of Manchester music blasting around the ground.

Tickets will be available on all main entrances (Great Stone Road, Brian Statham Way and Talbot Road) on a first come, first served basis from 3.30pm this afternoon. Ticket prices on the day are £15 Adults, £7.50 Juniors.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

More On Pete Mckee's 10ft Gibson Les Paul




















He's mixing with some pretty exalted company these days.

The man who once worked for years behind the counter in Sheffield's HMV record shop -and played in local bands Miami Dolphins and Times Will Change - is now rubbing shoulders with musical and artistic legends.

The Gibson Guitartown charity appeal involves some of rock's biggest names - Rod Stewart, Roxy Music, New Order, Gorrilaz, Dirty Pretty Things, Magic Numbers, Ozzy Osbourne, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sir Cliff Richard and James Blunt - who are all having a 10ft guitar hand painted in the theme of their choice.

The thirty Gibson Les Paul guitars will be displayed around More London at Tower Bridge from late June 2007 for ten weeks.

Mckee's work will line up alongside some of the biggest names in art and design world.

Sir Peter Drake, who did The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album cover, is doing Paul Weller's Guitar, Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake will illustrate Ozzy Osbourne's.

"When I heard who else was involved I was stunned" said Pete, who is hoping to open his own gallery on Ecclesall Road later this year.

"Peter Blake is a legend and Noel could have got any number of big names to do this. I'm really grateful that he gave me this chance and I'm delighted to be able to make some contribution to the charities."

It took Pete around two weeks to paint and vanish the guitar - with a few changes - in the conservatory of his manager's house in Dore.

The guitars will be auctioned off in September with all proceeds being split between three associated charities - The Teenage Cancer Trust, The Prince's Trust and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

Gallagher's Influences Depicted by McKee are

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
The Smiths - Meat Is Murder
The Damned - The Damned
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks
Bod Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Neil Young - Neil Young
The Beatles - Revolver
The La's - The La's
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society
The Jam - Sound Affects
The Who - My Generation

Source: Sheffield Star

26 June 2007

Noel Gallagher Signs His 10 Foot Les Paul For Gibson Guitartown London








































One half of the legendary Oasis, Noel Gallagher dropped by the Gibson Guitar Studio in London to sign his hand painted 10 foot Gibson Les Paul replica guitar. The free standing fiber glass guitar was specially designed by Sheffield based visual artist Pete McKee. The guitar features Noel as a child surrounded by the albums that inspired him to form one of Britain’s most successful bands of all time. The albums featured on the guitar include classics by The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The La’s and Neil Young”. Noel signed the guitar with the inscription “Peace, Love, Jelly & Ice Cream”.

The unique guitar will form part of the Gibson Guitartown London charity campaign and be displayed publicly at More London by Tower Bridge, London SE1 from June 25th for ten weeks. Following the display, Noel Gallagher’s signed guitar will be auctioned off to raise money for The Prince’s Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

Source: www.gibsoneurope.com

More On The Oasis Giant Guitar



















Sheffield Star artist Pete McKee was making tea in the kitchen at home in when he got the call that might just make him an international star.

It was Noel Gallagher.

The brains behind Rock 'n' Roll superstars Oasis was ringing to let Pete know he liked the painting he had sent him.

"Alright Pete, It's Noel here, how's it going?" said Gallagher in his finest Mancunian.

"I've just got this Good Education picture you sent me. It's brilliant. It will look f***ing great on the wall in my new house."

Pete held his nerve, apologised for being presumptuous in sending the picture, thanked him for his kind words and said if there was ever any artwork for album covers or publicity that needed doing, he was the man.

Five minutes later Gallagher rang back.

He wanted to know if Pete would paint a similar picture on a 10ft model guitar for a Gibson Guitartown charity appeal.

Would he!

"It took me about a nano-second to make up my mind," said 41-year-old former Tesco delivery driver Pete.

"There he was pitching the idea to me. I couldn't believe it. With all that has happened to me in the past two years I have never let myself get excited.

"But this time I actually punched the air when I got off the phone. He just rang to thank me for the picture I had sent him in the first place. I recognised his voice straight away. We were chatting and I was telling him the story behind the picture then I got nervous half way through when I thought about who I was talking to. I decided to stop talking too much before I said something really stupid."

Since then Pete has spoken to Noel Gallagher on the phone a couple of times and exchanged text messages and e-mails

"He seems a really nice, down-to-earth bloke," said Pete. "I was a bit star-struck at first thinking 'Oh God, I'm talking to Noel Gallagher', but there's no edge to him at all and I'm sort of used to it now."

He might have to get used to a whole lot more attention too.Throughout history almost every successful painter has needed a celebrity patron to make money – in their own lifetime.

Even the greats needed help.

The Medicis of Florence were patrons of Michelangelo, King George II supported William Hogarth, Charles Saatchi sponsored Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.

Pete McKee is hoping Noel Gallagher's backing will take his career on to a new level.

"Every artist or anyone in this kind of work needs an endorsement, Banksy was doing well then Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt bought some of his stuff and it went ballistic for him," said Sheffield Telegraph cartoonist Pete, who only started painting full-time 18 months ago.

"Getting some celebrity endorsement helps to push your profile sky high. It's always been the same, I'm no different to any other artist. We're all the same in some respects, we do good and bad paintings. It's who is buying them that makes the difference.

"I hoped this year would be the year when things took off.

Source: Sheffield Star

Oasis To Exhibit Giant Guitar On London Streets














Kasabian and Razorlight also feature in Gibson Guitartown

Oasis leader Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Graham Coxon are among the guitarists exhibiting giant guitars across London as part of a free art exhibition.

The skyline of South Bank's More London area by City Hall has been transformed for a 10 week out door public art display from today (June 26).

There are 30 hand-painted 10ft high free-standing replica Gibson Les Paul guitars will celebrate a host of bands including Razorlight, Kasabian, Keane, Kaiser Chiefs and Dirty Pretty Things all decorating them with unique designs.

Legends including Rod Stewart and Robert Plant have also contributed to the event.

All guitars, including an additional 30 hand-painted regular Gibson SG guitars on display within The O2, will be available to view for 10 weeks, with a charity auction planned for later this year.

All funds raised from the sale of the guitars will benefit Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, The Prince's Trust and Teenage Cancer Trust.

For more information and guitar locations go to www.londonguitartown.com

Source: www.nme.com

Noel Gallagher On Russell Brand's Radio Show




















Noel Gallagher was yet again a guest on Russell Brand's show on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday night.
He said that he has been in meetings discussing where to record the album, amongst other things.

He also said he thought the album would take 3 months to record, although that wouldn't be in one solid block as he would be taking a break from recording for the birth of his and Sara's child later this year.

Listen again to the show by clicking here.

Source: Mr Monobrow

25 June 2007

A Modest Guide To Really Good Bad Albums




















I am putting on my boxing gloves and dare anyone to challenge me on the musical merit of Oasis's Be Here Now or U2's Pop. Round One—let’s go.

It happens every time: the conversations halts, a sudden hush descends upon the room, the stares, the uncomfortably long silences, the "you-know-I-think-I-left-a-burner-on-at-home"s. Some people tell me straight up I don't know what I'm talking about, I don't know good from bad and have no business being a music reviewer. Others just scurry away from me, meanwhile throwing me awkward glances over their retreating shoulders.

Mentioning that you like an album that the rest of the world hates can make you a freak in a room full of strangers or even among your best friends.

Now let me make clear that I appreciate and even love the beauty of Houses of the Holy (appreciate) and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (love) and Disintegration (fair to midland in a grandiose sort of way). But I also happen to think that some of the albums you have to fight the hardest for to actually like and understand are the ones with which you can develop the most satisfactory, long-lasting relationships. I'm willing to take crap for admitting that Street Legal is my favorite Bob Dylan album. Not that I think "Like a Rolling Stone" or "Queen Jane Approximately" aren't great songs (they are), but I've always felt more of an emotional connection to the human sentiments expressed on Street Legal than to the intricate wordplay of, say, Bringing It All Back Home, even though the latter album is clearly genius (as is much of His Bobness's output).

So below is a sampling of albums that are mostly viewed as low points in the artists' careers, that, in fact, are really not that bad. Let me get one disclaimer out of the way, though: I'm sure that some of the bands listed here have released worse albums than the ones I've singled out. The goal is really to select a handful of records that are very likable if you give them a chance but that are too easily overlooked because of their bad reputations.

Now then, I am putting on my boxing gloves and dare anyone to challenge me on the musical merit of these albums. Round One—let's go.

1. Oasis – Be Here Now

If you take a moment to remember what Oasis was all about during their three-year heyday (1995-1997), you might begin to appreciate Be Here Now: it's seeped in the Gallaghers brothers' arrogance, bombast, idolization of The Beatles, drugs, fistfights and watery English beer. Be Here Now stands not as a statement of musical cunning but of ego and arrogance. The fingerprints of the Gallagher brothers—mainly Noel's—are all over every screeching guitar lick and seven-minute epic. The average song length is 6 minutes, which is an awfully long time for a band that is not known for its lyrical astuteness or sonic genius. The album offers everything that is quintessentially Oasis, but with the amps turned up to 11. It unashamedly rips off not just British rock heritage but also the Gallaghers' own back catalogue: the chord progressions of "D'You Know…" and "Be Here Now" mirror those of "Wonderwall" and "Columbia" respectively. And hey, Johnny Depp makes an appearance too! You have to learn to appreciate the pompousness of "D'You Know What I Mean" with its multiple layers of guitars and vocals, some of them in reverse, warbling what sounds like "F*ck me," to understand and value this album. When you do, you might even come to see it as Oasis's Last Great Album. They sure haven't written anything as rocking as "My Big Mouth," as menacing as "Fade In-Out," or as touching as "Don't Go Away" since.


2. U2 – Pop

It's hard defending an album that even its creators are reportedly discontent with. U2 has always said they didn't have enough time to mix and finalize Pop due to their upcoming world tour. After ordering tailored-to-fit muscle shirts and constructing a giant lemon, the band apparently had a hard time justifying postpone the whole ordeal in order to fine-tune the album they would spend the next year or so supporting. I remember Pop being sold at a local store in my hometown that was basically a downgraded Walgreens. The disc was priced at only $5 and I was actually nauseated at the sight of the hopeful, undiminishing stacks of CDs. Nevertheless, despite lacking in sonic refinement, Pop offers plenty of gems. Even U2 seemed to think so, for they redid three songs for The Best of 1990-2000 (naturally, after polishing them up a bit). Pop's key track, "If God Will Send His Angels," matches the band's best work. It is a spiritual journey and moving as such, and it completes the fine trilogy started with "One" and continued with "Stay (Faraway So Close!)". The problem with U2 is that after Achtung Baby every album has been slightly disappointing, even their majestic claim for world domination, Everything You Can't Leave Behind. Pop, however, is unique: it is quirky ("Discotheque" gave us what is perhaps the funniest video in the U2 catalogue), it is downright sexual rather than merely sensual ("Miami," "If You Wear that Velvet Dress"), and, ultimately, it's redeeming, offering Bono's finest exploration to date of faith and spirituality ("Wake Up, Dead Man").

3. David Bowie – Outside

The title of this record is actually 1. Outside. It was initially going to be the first installment of a series of albums that would relate the sinister adventures of detective Nathan Adler. After the less-than-lukewarm reception of the album, however, plans for a follow-up were shelved. True enough, the album isn't entirely successful, but overall it's a reprieve, a desert oasis, after the barrenness of Bowie's output in the Eighties. Skip the segues, the cameos of suspects and witnesses in a mostly incomprehensible bizarre murder story, forget the Nathan Adler character altogether, and you're left with a solid album. Bowie is on a journey here. He experiments with song structure and sonic themes. Most of these songs sound unlike anything else in the Bowie catalogue. Take the brooding shuffle of "The Heart's Filthy Lesson," or the explosive "Hallo Spaceboy," which spawned a minor hit in Europe in the version remixed by the Pet Shop Boys. It's surprising that Outside was met with so much derision, especially since throughout his career Bowie has displayed a chameleon-like ability to reinvent himself, always traveling down new, surprising (okay, with a few missteps here and there) avenues. Outside is a fascinating record. It's dark and twisted: witness the silent despair of "The Motel" or the disorienting "I'm Deranged" (which was included on the soundtrack of the equally disorienting David Lynch movie Lost Highway). It's a hard pill to swallow whole, but some of the songs on the record scale those lonely heights of his last real masterpiece, Scary Monsters.

Full article can be found here

Source: www.411mania.com

Oasis On Seven Ages Of Rock And More










The show will be shown on Sat 30 June 2007, 9pm BBC Two and repeated Sun 1 July 2007, 11pm BBC One (UK Only)

The story of British indie, beginning with The Smiths, the archetypal indie group. The film follows The Stone Roses as the heirs to the indie crown, Suede's dark sexuality and the media saturation of Brit-pop's Blur v Oasis. What The World Is Waiting For explores how indie ultimately lost its once cherished intimacy and integrity in front of 250,000 fans at Oasis's Knebworth spectacle in 1996 and how, by returning to its roots in clubs and bars (and even front rooms) with bands such as Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines and The Arctic Monkeys, indie became respectable again.

Featured events in the show

10th September 1994
Oasis release Definitely Maybe


Following the singles, "Live Forever", "Shakermaker", and "Supersonic", this album catapulted Oasis into the top of the charts and announced them as the new kings of British rock. It was radically different from the dance tinged rock or grunge that had come before it, sporting a swagger and Britishness that instantly connected with the indie crowd. Noel Gallagher: "It's all about escapism - a pint in one hand, your best mate in the other, whoever that may be, and just having a good time."

14th August 1995
Blur v Oasis


At the peak of the 'Britpop' years, Blur and Oasis' respective labels decided that as a big marketing stunt they would release their new singles on the same day. This created a huge head to head battle between the two bands. The resulting news coverage turned this event into a bitter class war between the Northern working class Oasis and the Southern middle class Blur. Damon Albarn ended up being interviewed on the Ten O'clock news. In the end Blur's "Country House" won over Oasis' "Roll with it", though neither were the strongest offerings from each of the albums.

11th August 1996
Knebworth Park


At this stage of Oasis's career they were top of the Britpop pile and were looking for the next big conquest. Knebworth was a venue that had long been associated with the biggest acts in rock history; Queen, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones had all played there to vast audiences. Oasis now saw themselves as part of this rock legacy and there were only few UK locations left that could handle the crowds that followed them. Oasis wanted to set a new benchmark for an open-air performance; they hired the biggest PA, the biggest video screens, and reportedly sold over 250,000 tickets for 2 consecutive performances. This moment could be seen as the last great Britpop performance; nothing after would match its scale

The show will include new interviews with Noel Gallagher and Bonehead

More information click Here

Later Presents Brit Beat
On: BBC 4
Date: Saturday 30th June 2007
Time: 11:15 pm to 12:15 am


Jools Holland introduces a compilation of live studio performances by British guitar-pop bands. Featuring Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Ash, Ocean Colour Scene, Cast, the Bluetones, and Super Furry Animals.

MUSIC: George Lamb
On: BBC 6 Music
Date: Tuesday 3rd July 2007
Time: 10:00 pm to 1:00 am


The Main Event is Oasis' Britpop-peak performance in front of 250,000 fans at Knebworth in 1996. The Featured Session is from Mystery Jets, recorded in the 6 Music Hub. Keane's take on U2's With or Without You is tonight's Mutton Dressed as Lamb.

7 Ages of Rock is a landmark BBC 2 series examining rock music's evolution. Here at 6 Music, we have taken a specific look at four of the genres covered in the series to bring you a four part documentary.

Our documentary features highlights from the TV series as well as extra interviews which aren't shown. We're also offering a 30 minute 'best bits' download, which will be available at the bottom of this page, for you to keep.

Part 4 - Indie ft. Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr
On: BBC 6 Music
Thu Jun 28, 21:30 - 22:00 (listen again for 7 days)
Looking at the journey indie went on to finally return to its roots.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

24 June 2007

Study Finds Elder Siblings Are The Brightest




















Noel Gallagher would no doubt agree with a study showing that elder siblings really are more intelligent than their younger brothers or sisters.

An analysis of almost a quarter of a million teenagers found that first-born children have a noticeably higher IQ on average than their siblings.

Scientists believe that although the difference in IQ is small, it is still big enough to impart significant benefits to older brothers and sisters during the course of their life.

They also believe that the difference is not due to the birth order alone - caused for example by differences in nutrition in the womb - but rather it is due to the fact that older siblings experience a different childhood upbringing than their younger family members.

One theory is that elder siblings take on the role of unofficial tutors to their younger relatives which makes the elder child more mature and intelligent.

Sir Francis Galton, the 19th-century scientist and father of the eugenics movement, was the first person to seriously study the apparent superiority of first-born sons who, he had noticed, tended to be appointed to prominent positions in society.

In the early 1970s, Dutch scientists showed more scientifically that birth order is associated with higher intelligence, with first-borns tending to score better on IQ tests. But some scholars believed that the findings were simply phantom artefacts resulting from uncontrolled differences between families caused by such things as family size, socio-economic status, parental IQ and other confounding factors.

However, the latest study by Petter Kristensen of the University of Oslo and Tor Bjerkedal of the Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Services, suggests that there really is a statistically significant difference.

They studied the military records of 241,310 Norwegian conscripts aged between 18 and 19 to see if birth order could be linked with intelligence as measured by the results of their IQ tests on enrolment.

They also included in the study second-born children whose elder sibling had died when very young to see if these second-borns had a higher IQ than other second-borns who had remained the second eldest child in the family.

What they found, in a study published in the journal Science, was that it was not merely the fact of being the first-born that was important. Being raised as the eldest child was also important for second-borns whose elder sibling had died in early life. "This study provides evidence that the relation between birth order and IQ scores is dependent on the social rank in the family and not birth order as such," the scientists said.

Frank Sulloway, a psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, said the difference in IQ between first and second-born siblings of 2.3 points was big enough to result in major differences in achievement.

One possible explanation for the findings, he said, is that elder children acting as tutors to their young siblings begin to benefit from this teaching role.

"Through the organisation and expression of thoughts, teaching younger siblings is posited to benefit the tutor more than the learner, especially since last-borns have no one to tutor," he said.

Sibling rivalry

Smarter older sibling: Noel and Liam Gallagher

The talent in this Mancunian duo is fairly one-sided. While younger brother Liam causes havoc, starts fights and occasionally sings, it is widely believed that Noel is the one who brought Oasis success and kept the band on track. Noel, who plays guitar in the band, is credited with writing almost all the songs that brought them critical acclaim.

In the balance: Jonathan and David Dimbleby

The children of the esteemed broadcaster Richard Dimbleby are evenly matched. David, the older of the two, has had a succession of highbrow current affairs jobs at the BBC, including Panorama and Question Time. Jonathan, who studied philosophy at University College London, is also a broadcaster and presents the Radio 4 programme Any Questions?

Smarter younger sibling: David and Richard Attenborough

While hardly an under-achiever, actor and director Richard lacks the intellectual clout of his younger brother, David. While Richard went straight from school to RADA, David won a scholarship to Cambridge and has succeeded in a variety of fields, first as the director of BBC2, then as one of the world's most famous television nature experts

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Gallagher Cancels Kasabian Gig



















British rockers Kasabian were left disappointed when Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pulled out of a one-off collaboration at the Glastonbury Festival.

Gallagher - whose long-awaited rockumentary Lord Don't Slow Me Down premieres at the English festival later on Sunday (24Jun07) - was forced to cancel his duet with the band in favour of time in the studio.

Kasabian bassist Chris Edwards says, "It's the only weekend Noel can work with a U.S. producer on his new album."

Source: www.contactmusic.com

23 June 2007

Happy Birthday Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs












Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, born 23 June 1965, Burnage, Manchester, England and is one of the founding members of English rock group Oasis and rhythm guitar player from 1991-1999.

He is almost exclusively known by his nickname Bonehead, a reference to the short back and sides haircut his father made him have when he was young.

Childhood And Early Musical Career

Arthurs was born in Manchester to Irish Catholic emigrants. His father worked in the demolition industry. Arthurs supports Manchester United.

He left school in 1981 and worked as a plasterer. He started his first band in 1984 -called Pleasure and Pain. Around this time he began a relationship with Kate, who he would later marry. In the late 1980s, while working as a building contractor, he started a band with his friends, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass), Tony McCaroll (drums) and Chris Hutton (vocals). They called themselves The Rain, after the Beatles' B-side. During this period, Arthurs owned a van which he used to transport the band's equipment to Hutton's garage where they would perform. The van was nicknamed The Bonemobile and was decorated by Guigsy with a psychdelic mural when they took it to The Stone Roses' legendary 1990 gig at Spike Island.

Oasis And Role Therein

When Hutton quit, he was replaced by Liam Gallagher. Liam changed the band's name to Oasis. Gallagher and Arthurs teamed up as co-songwriters. However, the band was still unsuccessful until Gallagher encouraged his brother Noel, who had just come back from travelling the world as a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, to join the band. Noel brought with him a collection of songs that were to make the band famous. Arthurs remembers the first songs Noel played to him being Live Forever and All Around The World.

He claims his favorite Oasis song to play was Columbia as the rhythm guitar part only consists of three chords. However, tour manager Ian Robertson has claimed that the first time Noel performed Champagne Supernova for the rest of the band - an acoustic version on the tour bus - Arthurs broke down and cried.

The Arthurs' front room was used on the iconic cover of Oasis' debut album Definitely Maybe. Arthurs had painted and plastered the room himself.

When Oasis performed the song "Whatever" for Top of the Pops, they mimed and one of the cello players from the symphony was replaced by Arthurs, who clearly had no idea how the instrument is supposed to be played. Towards the end of the song, he gave up the pretense and started using the stick to conduct. A woman plays his rhythm guitar.

Nonetheless, Arthurs is a multi-instrumentalist and is credited as having played piano and mellotron on (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and can be seen on piano in the video for "Don't Look Back in Anger". He was supposed to take lead vocals on one Oasis track, "Bonehead's Bank Holiday" - a jocular ode on the double vinyl issue of (What's the Story) Morning Glory. However, in the end Noel sang the song as Arthurs had been nervous about his first vocal performane and when Liam Gallagher took him for some drinks to calm his nerves they overdid it- samples of their drunken singing were used on the track. Noel claims to enjoy the song for its comedic value "Particularly the way he sings it, because he's beyond tone deaf." He highlights it as Oasis' "Ringo track".

On top of his role as musician he also fulfilled the vital role of band diplomat, saying "If it ever kicked off between Noel and Liam I was never scared to dive in. I was renowned for it."

Although Noel Gallagher has downplayed his relatonship with Arthurs in recent years (claiming to have shared only a few hours of conversation with him in their six years in the same band, a claim he has always made -more convicingly - about Guigsy), he gave rather a different impression in 1995, stating "being in a band with [Bonehead] is not miserable, 'cos that guy is like Peter Sellers and Rigsby combined, with less morals with either of them - he's just outrageous". Noel is also godfather to the Arthurs' first child, Lucy Oasis Arthurs (b. January 23, 1995) and sometimes claims to have written Don't Go Away at Arthurs' request, for Arthurs' mother, Delia, who was dying of cancer at the time.

Post-Oasis

Arthurs left the band in 1999, during the recording of Oasis' fourth album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. In his official statement he claimed he wanted to spend more time with his family (his first son, Jude Arthurs - named after the Beatles' song Hey Jude - was born August 12, 1997). However, Noel Gallagher claims Arthurs left after a drunken row with Noel regarding a drink and drugs ban set by the band during recording. Noel had intended to ease the recording process by keeping Liam sober, and to make it fair, he insisted the rest of the band do likewise.

Arthurs could not cope and took to taunting Liam, drinking red wine and kicking other crew members doors in the early hours to pour booze over them[citation needed]. When Noel turned the tables and broke into Arthurs' room, waking him up by pouring wine over his head, Arthurs was so angry that he quit. His guitar parts were subsequently re-recorded by Gallagher[citation needed].

Arthurs was replaced by Gem Archer, who was thereafter pointedly referred to as a "professional". The rest of the band downplayed the reaction to his departure, Noel commenting "it's hardly Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles". However, his status in the band was underlined when Guigsy also left, less than a month later, unwilling to continue without him.

Arthurs now lives in Manchester where he has built a studio under his house and formed Moondog One (named after Johnny and the Moondogs, one of the Beatles' former titles, before they rose to fame), which also includes The Smiths' Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke.

As of 2004 Arthurs teamed up with Thai superstar Sek Loso to play rhythm guitar alongside Loso's new English bandmates. The group is touring Asia, Europe, and the US in search of a label deal.

In early 2007 Bonehead had a visible presence in the North West of England for the first time since leaving Oasis 8 years previously. Bonehead's support for Andy Rourke's Versus Cancer fundraising concert saw the pair Busking together in Manchester's Cathedral gardens to raise Cancer awareness and to fundraise for Manchester's Christies Hospital. On March 30th 2007, the Versus Cancer concert was held at Manchester's MEN arena. Bonehead surprisingly played bass guitar (rather than the trademark rhythm guitar from his Oasis days) in a two-song-set early in the night. He was in a band billed as Electric Milk Band, which also featured former members of Happy Mondays amongst others. While Bonehead seemed at ease playing the instrument, it was so quiet that it was virtually inaudible in the mix. He also appeared to lap-up the crowds adulation (chants of "Bonehead" were heard as soon as the band walked onto the stage).

He has been playing DJ sets in clubs, most recently in London. His playlist heavily features Oasis classics like Live Forever, and collaborations between the Gallagher brothers and artists like Death in Vegas and The Chemical Brothers.

He also presents a radio show on BBC Radio Manchester with Terry Christian, Natalie-eve and Michelle Hussey. The show is Manchester Music and has had fellow Manchester Music artists as guests including intastella, members of Happy Mondays, The Smiths and The Charlatans amongst others. The show can be heard on Saturday nights at 10pm.

Source: Wikipedia

22 June 2007

Videos And Themes For Xbox 360





































There are two theme packs available for the Xbox 360 (The One Shown) and one with artwork from Stop The Clocks. And is now available and exclusive to Xbox Live Marketplace UK at 200 MS Points.










The following content is available on the Xbox Live marketplace for members in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The videos are 480p

Name: Music Showcase - Oasis "Acquiesce"
Price: 230 Points
Available in: Ireland and the U.K.

Oasis have been at the helm of the world’s music scene for over ten years and, in the first ever Oasis retrospective will draw together the years of multi platinum albums, Number One singles and, unique to Oasis, instantly familiar B sides into one 18 track double album entitled ‘Stop the Clocks’. These video's represent classic video's taken from Stop The Clocks and includes their two most recent additions; promo's for Acquiesce and The Masterplan.

Name: Oasis "The Importance Of Being Idle"
Price: 230 Points
Available in: Ireland and the U.K.

Oasis have been at the helm of the world’s music scene for over ten years and, in the first ever Oasis retrospective will draw together the years of multi platinum albums, Number One singles and, unique to Oasis, instantly familiar B sides into one 18 track double album entitled ‘Stop the Clocks’. These video's represent classic video's taken from Stop The Clocks and includes their two most recent additions; promo's for Acquiesce and The Masterplan.

Name: Music Showcase - Oasis "Songbird" (480p)
Price: 230 Points
Available in: Ireland and the U.K.

Oasis have been at the helm of the world’s music scene for over ten years and, in the first ever Oasis retrospective will draw together the years of multi platinum albums, Number One singles and, unique to Oasis, instantly familiar B sides into one 18 track double album entitled ‘Stop the Clocks’. These video's represent classic video's taken from Stop The Clocks and includes their two most recent additions; promo's for Acquiesce and The Masterplan.

Name: Music Showcase - Oasis "Live Forever"
Price: 230 Points
Available in: Ireland and the U.K.

Oasis have been at the helm of the world’s music scene for over ten years and, in the first ever Oasis retrospective will draw together the years of multi platinum albums, Number One singles and, unique to Oasis, instantly familiar B sides into one 18 track double album entitled ‘Stop the Clocks’. These video's represent classic video's taken from Stop The Clocks and includes their two most recent additions; promo's for Acquiesce and The Masterplan.

Name: MuMusic Showcase - Oasis "The Masterplan"
Price: 230 Points
Available in: Ireland and the U.K.


Oasis have been at the helm of the world’s music scene for over ten years and, in the first ever Oasis retrospective will draw together the years of multi platinum albums, Number One singles and, unique to Oasis, instantly familiar B sides into one 18 track double album entitled ‘Stop the Clocks’. These video's represent classic video's taken from Stop The Clocks and includes their two most recent additions; promo's for Acquiesce and The Masterplan.

Name: Music Showcase - Oasis "Don’t Look Back In Anger"
Price: 230 Points
Available in: Ireland and the U.K.


Oasis have been at the helm of the world’s music scene for over ten years and, in the first ever Oasis retrospective will draw together the years of multi platinum albums, Number One singles and, unique to Oasis, instantly familiar B sides into one 18 track double album entitled ‘Stop the Clocks’. These video's represent classic video's taken from Stop The Clocks and includes their two most recent additions; promo's for Acquiesce and The Masterplan.

Source: www.xbox.com

Zak Starkey Drums On Paul Weller And Graham Coxon Collaborations




















Recorded for EMI's Regal Singles Club, the track is the latest in a series of 7-inch singles by either emerging artists or, as in this case, one-off collaborations.

The ex-Jam and Style Council frontman and former Blur guitarist have pooled their talents for the new track, titled "This Old Town".

The track, which will also be available as a download, features Zak Starkey on drums, moonlighting from his day jobs in Oasis and The Who.

Limited to 5000 copies, the release will also feature the tracks "Each New Morning" [written by Coxon] and "Black River" [by Weller].

Talking about the collaboration, Coxon said: "As a long time admirer of Paul I never dared imagine getting a chance to work with him so I was bricking it when we first met.

"But he is an absolute gent and a shockingly great singer and musician. It's been a total pleasure."

Weller added: "I've always been a big fan of Grahams and love his work so it was exciting for me to work on something new with him."

"This Old Town" is released as a download on July 2nd. The limited 7-inch vinyl will follow on July 30th.

Source: www.yahoo.com

Champ A Celeb Hit




















Boxing champ Ricky Hatton will have the support of Britain's and Manchester's celebrity heavyweights for his big world title fight tomorrow.

An army of friends including Robbie Williams, Wayne Rooneyand Coleen McLoughlin and Noel Gallagher, are heading for Las vegas to support The Hitman.

All Ricky's showbiz supporters are sure he will beat Mexico's Jose Luis Castillo, 33, and retain his IBO world light-welterweight crown.

Other big names who will be there include darts legend Phil "The Power" Taylor, footballers Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Wes Brown, John O'Shea, Joey Barton, Sean Wright Phillips, Jamie Carragher and Stewart Downing.

Movie tough-guys Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham will also be there, with snooker great Jimmy White.

The fight takes place tomorrow.

Source: Daily Star

21 June 2007

The Coral Make Their Live Return To London












Oasis watch as band pack out the Astoria

The Coral made their live London return last night, packing out the Astoria and treating them to a concoction of previous hits and new songs.

Watched by the whole of Oasis, James Skelly bounded on stage brandishing his maracas, before simply introducing the band with "Hello, we're The Coral."

The band dived headfirst into tunes from their debut self-titled album, including 'Spanish Main', 'Simon Diamond' and 'Goodbye'.

The band also played tracks from 2003's chart-topping 'Magic And Medicine', including the singles 'Don't Think You're The First' and 'Pass It On'.

New songs from the forthcoming 'Roots And Echoes' album were simply introduced and rapturously received by the swelling crowd, and included new single 'Who's Gonna Find Me' in addition to 'Jacqueline' and 'In The Rain'.

Briefly addressing the rising temperature of the venue, Skelly exclaimed "It's fucking hot!" before rewarding fans with 'Dreaming Of You' and 'In The Morning'.

The band quickly returned to the stage, the encore consisting of 'I Remember When' and 'Bill McCai'.

Support came in the form of Kate Nash, who graced the stage earlier on in the evening.

Source: www.nme.com

Radio 2 Celebrates Sgt Pepper's 40th With A Little Help From...Oasis




















To mark Radio 2’s 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ seminal album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” Oasis have recorded a version of the George Harrison penned classic “Within You, Without You”.

The track’s producer is Geoff Emerick, engineer on the original album. He used the same four-track mixing desk and tape machine to record the track in Abbey Road’s Studio 2, where the original song was also recorded. A Radio 2 documentary on the re-recording of all tracks from Sgt. Pepper’s is available on the BBC website link below. Oasis are just one of the acts contributing towards the re-recordings from the album, along with Stereophonics, Libertines, Razorlight, Zutons and others.

Follow the link below for more information, photos, and to read the full interview with Noel on BBC News.

Click Here

Source: www.oasisinet.com

Oasis, The Stone Roses, JMC, Charlatans for 'Brit Box'











Star-studded UK compilation due out this fall

A four-CD compilation featuring 78 seminal UK bands including Oasis, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Charlatans, Ride, and Cocteau Twins is due to be released Stateside this fall.

'The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit Pop Gems of the Last Millennium' is due out on October 2 via Rhino and includes recordings from 1985-2000.

Also featuring on the compilation are Happy Mondays, Lush, Suede, My Bloody Valentine, and several other noteworthy bands of the era.

The box will come packaged in a 6" x 12" recreation of a traditional English phone booth, and will include an 80-page booklet filled with photos and interviews with producers Stephen Street and Alan Moulder as well as tastemaking DJ Rodney Bingenheimer.

The tracklstings are:

Disc 1

The Smiths -'How Soon Is Now?'
Cocteau Twins -'Lorelei'
Felt -'Primitive Painters'
Shop Assistants -'Somewhere In China'
The Mighty Lemon Drops -'My Biggest Thrill'
The Cure -'Just Like Heaven'
Echo & The Bunnymen -'Lips Like Sugar'
The Jesus And Mary Chain -'April Skies'
Spacemen 3 -'Walkin' With Jesus (Sound Of Confusion)'
The Primitives -'Crash'
The Wonder Stuff -'Unbearable'
The Stone Roses -'She Bangs The Drums'
The Charlatans UK -'The Only One I Know'
Happy Mondays -'Step On'
Primal Scream -'Loaded' [single version]
Inspiral Carpets -'This Is How It Feels'
The Trash Can Sinatras -'Obscurity Knocks'
The La's -'There She Goes'
The Sundays -'Here's Where The Story Ends'

Disc 2
Ride -'Vapour Trail'
Pale Saints -'Sight Of You'
My Bloody Valentine -'Only Shallow'
Lush -'For Love'
The Telescopes -'Flying'
Chapterhouse -'Pearl'
Catherine Wheel -'I Want To Touch You'
Bleach -'Trip & Slide'
Curve -'Coast Is Clear'
Five Thirty -'You'
Moose -'This River Will Never Run Dry'
The Family Cat -'(Thought I'd Died) And Gone To Heaven'
The Dylans -'(Don't Cut Me Down) Mary Quant In Blue'
Thousand Yard Stare -'0-0 A.E.T. (No Score After Extra Time)'
Ned's Atomic Dustbin -'Grey Cell Green'
Birdland -'Shoot You Down'
Manic Street Preachers -'Stay Beautiful'
Teenage Fanclub -'Star Sign'

Disc 3
Suede -'Metal Mickey'
Swervedriver -'Duel' [radio edit]
Eugenius -'Breakfast'
Superstar -'Barfly'
New Order -'Regret'
James -'Laid'
Nick Heyward -'Kite'
The Boo Radleys -'Lazarus'
Saint Etienne -'You're In A Bad Way'
Stereolab -'Wow & Flutter'
Blur -'Tracy Jacks'
Oasis -'Live Forever'
Pulp -'Common People'
These Animal Men -'Speeed King'
Mega City Four -'Wallflower'
Echobelly -'Insomniac'
Gene -'Sleep Well Tonight'
Menswear -'Sleeping In'
Supergrass -'Alright'
Cast -'Alright'
Elastica -'Stutter'

Disc 4
Dodgy -'In A Room'
Ash -'Girl From Mars'
Sleeper -'Sale Of The Century'
Marion -'Sleep'
Kula Shaker -'Tattva'
Ocean Colour Scene -'The Riverboat Song'
Babybird -'You're Gorgeous'
The Bluetones -'Slight Return'
Super Furry Animals -'Something 4 The Weekend'
The Divine Comedy -'Something For The Weekend'
Cornershop -'Brimful Of Asha'
Silver Sun -'Service'
Spiritualized -'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space'
Mansun -'Wide Open Space'
Hurricane #1 -'Step Into My World'
The Verve -'Lucky Man'
Rialto -'Untouchable'
Catatonia -'Mulder And Scully'
Placebo -'You Don't Care About Us'
Gay Dad -'Oh Jim'

Source: www.nme.com

20 June 2007

Hooky Still Needs A Singer



















Manchester supergroup Freebase are considering drastic action to find a new lead singer

The group, made up of legendary bassists Andy Rourke, ex of The Smiths, Mani, ex of The Stone Roses and Peter Hook, now ex of New Order, had been joined on vocals by a guy called "Rich" from Wigan - but he has parted company with the band.

And while the bassists have recruited a raft of celebrity big hitters for their planned album to sing - including The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Oasis' Liam Gallagher, they still need a full time vocalist.

Hooky says: "I might have to do one of those Pop Idol things - Indie Idol, where the hopefuls would have to be obnoxious, drunk, fall out of clubs, be a complete reprobate - that's what I'm looking for, I don't care whether they can sing or not - it's all about image."

He laughs: "I don't think it'd be very good for the kids though. Maybe I won't put that idea forward to Granada."

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

Roll With It Again











Noel In Album Talks With Spidey's Super-Producer

Noel Gallagher will meet top producer Dave Sardy in London on Friday to discuss the next Oasis album.

I can reveal the LA-based knob-twiddler is flying in from the US especially to talk with the Oasis axeman.

Noel, 40, was top draw at Monday's Mojo Awards at The Brewery in London.

While many of the attendees were closer to collecting their buss pass than a gong, Noel looked every inch the rock legend he is.

Speaking about the new Oasis music he revealed: "We start talking about the new album on Friday.

"I've got 17 songs ready everybody else has three or four each f**k knows when it'll be out - 2010. Don't hold your breath."

However the follow-up to 2005's Don't Believe The Truth looks set to come sooner rather then later because of this meeting.

Sardy produced the immense return to form collection last time around and has stayed in close contact with Noel.

Since then he has crafted the Spiderman 3 and Casino Royale soundtracks, plus studio collections from Wolfmother and Jet - who play Hard Rock's Hyde Park Calling in London this weekend. If both sides were to team up again I reckon it'd be a record entirely worth waiting for.

Noel partied at the Mojo's aftershow with his stunning pregnant girlfriend Sara MacDonald, 31.

She was glowing with the first flushes of pre-motherhood.

Jesting Noel said the pair have been discussing names for the baby.

And he claimed:"I'm thinking of Genghis, Ghandi or Goliath for the kid.

"Something with a G has got a ring to it."

I think he was joking.

One topic the Manc guitarist did admit to pulling a leg over was buying his beloved football team Manchester City.

Noel declared: "That was a joke. If I did have 90million quid I'd buy myself an aeroplane."

Top Man.

Source: Daily Star

Truckin Mad Fer It




















Boozed-up Noel Gallagher showed he's still mad fer it as he climbed on a clamping truck after the Mojo Awards do.

The merry 40-year-old Oasis star then waved peace signs to smiling passers-by. Earlier he downed free drinks at the music mag's bash in East London's Brewery venue where he presented the Les Paul award to Fleetwood Mac guitar legend Peter Green.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk

Rocker Noel Is On The Wagon




















Noel Gallagher may be a legendary caner but he was quick to try to jump on this wagon at 4am yesterday after a booze-up with Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno.

The Oasis star began at the Mojo awards in London, took in Coral gig and ended at Soho House via the Groucho Club.

Shame he missed the Mojo afterparty, Amy Winehouse and Bjork became best pals after challenging each other to a game of pool. Now that’s what I call rock ’n’ roll.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

19 June 2007

Noel Gallagher Slams Lack Of Guitar Heroes




















Noel Gallagher is dissatisfied with the dearth of good current guitarists.

Before presenting Peter Green with the Les Paul guitarists' prize at Mojo Honours, Gallagher told Teletext: "My favourite recent guitarist would be any of the ones in The Coral, especially Bill Ryder-Jones. He's brilliant.

"But there's not many to choose from. The age of the guitar hero has been dead for a while, you know?"

Source: Teletext

Soap Star Would Love To Play Liam Gallagher In Biopic











Rob James-Collier would love to play Liam Gallagher in a biopic film of his life.

The 'Coronation Street' star - who plays Underworld factory boss Liam Connor - is a huge Oasis fan and thinks he looks similar to his hero.

Rob told Britain's Soaplife magazine: "Before I come on Corrie some people though I was a bit like Liam so if there's a film of him I'd love to do it.

I love early Oasis."

But the 28-year-old may have trouble getting into character as he does not share the 'Mad Fer It' Manchunian's two greatest skills - singing and fighting.

Rob said: "I can't sing and I can't dance. Just the thought of it scares me.

"And I'm the softest lad you'll ever meet!

"When it comes to fights I'm a runner. When in doubt - get out!"

The sexy soap star - who scooped the Sexiest Male Award at this year's British Soap Awards - is currently dating a fashion designer, but has promised to keep her identity a secret.

He said: "She says she doesn't want jealous girls coming looking for her!

"I think she's bigging me up a bit there!"

Source: www.lse.co.uk

A Reminder For Oasis Fans Going To Glastonbury















Lucky Oasis fans at Glastonbury Festival will be amongst the first to have a chance to see the full-length (94 minute) version of the band’s documentary tour film, “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down”, when it is screened at 2am on Sunday 24th June on the massive outdoor screen on the festival site.

“Lord Don’t Slow Me Down” was directed by renowned promo director Baillie Walsh, and compiled from a year’s filming with the band on their mammoth “Don’t Believe The Truth” world tour 2005/6. It follows one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands behind the scenes and in front of the fans, across the globe. With unique access to the band throughout the tour, “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down” is the ultimate Oasis documentary and a must see for fans.

This will be one of the only opportunities this year to see the film prior to its release later this year on dvd, and the next best thing to having the band play live at the festival.

Source: www.oasisinet.com

Noel Thinks Up Baby Names















Noel Gallagher's revealed he's been giving some serious thought to baby names now there's not long to go for girlfriend Sarah. "I'm thinking of either Ghandi or Genghis but she's not having it. Goliath? Anything beginning with a G."

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

More On The New Oasis Album




















Noel - "I've got 17 new songs written which are all good enouh for the album. the rest have 3 or 4 each. We'll be meeting on friday to discuss whats happening and then hopefully start recording next month, but the last one took 3 years so dont hold your breath"

Source: Teletext Channel 4

18 June 2007

Oasis Prepare To Enter The Studio



















But warn fans not to hold their breath…

Oasis have revealed that they will begin work on their new album next month.

According to the band’s guitarist, Noel Gallagher, the Manchester band will enter the studio on July 3rd.

Gallagher has warned fans, however, that the follow-up to 2005’s, ‘Don’t Believe The Truth,’ might not hit the shelves for a while.

He told the BBC: “The songs are written... but don't hold your breath because the last album took three-and-half-years and three goes.”

"It would be great if it was done by the end of the year and we could get out on the road by next summer, but that's insane wishful thinking."

Source: www.gigwise.com

17 June 2007

Death Of Britpop



















6 Music debated the key events that killed off Britpop 10 years ago. Every show featured an album and tracks from 1997 were played every half hour. Listen again and relive that year.

Click here to listen again to Shaun Keaveny who featured Be Here Now.

Source: 6 Music

Listen To Oasis's Version Of Within You Without You




















To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' legendary album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, multi award-winning engineer Geoff Emerick heads back into the studio to demonstrate the innovative techniques employed for the recording at Abbey Road studios back in 1967.

Click here to listen again to the show, and listen to Oasis's version of Within You Without You.

Source: BBC Radio

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