31 August 2007

Kooks Star: 'Noel Gallahger Is Too Rich To Write'

Oasis star Noel Gallagher is too rich to write chart-topping songs, according to The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard.

Pritchard wants to compose as much material as he can, before his band become too successful - because he believes wealth sapped Gallagher's creativity.

He says, "He wrote all the songs before he got big. You can't write about having a s**t time when you're living in a mansion."

Source: www.contactmusic.com

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A Plea By Liam And Noel

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And The Mercury Nominees Are...

The View: Hats Off To The Buskers

The indie rock scene is bursting at the seams but these boys have the best tunes since the Arctics. Everyday concerns turned into hits.

SFTW quizzes singer Kyle Falconer:

Describe the place you grew up in.

We’re all from a place called Dryburgh in Dundee. People think we had a really hard time growing up but it was just a normal housing scheme.

We’d just drink cider, kick footballs and hang around on the steps. We were always in trouble, climbing on roofs, that sort of thing.

Why did you get into making music?

We all used to play together when we were at school. We never had any intention of making money — we just did it because we enjoyed it.

We used to play Beatles and Oasis covers and it went from there really.

How did you get your break?

This has become a bit of a legend now. We were just standing outside the Babyshambles tour bus when they played Dundee and we asked Pete Doherty if he’d listen to our demo.

I was stuttering, I couldn’t even work the CD player. Pete passed on the demos to label boss James Endeacott and he signed us when he started his new label 1965.

In a nutshell, describe your album.

Well, we did the album with Owen Morris who produced Oasis’s Definitely Maybe. We were playing at 1965’s launch party and Owen turned up p****d.

Two days later he said he wanted to do our album. We write songs about what we know. We’re a band for people to hold on to.

How did you feel about being nominated?

It’s all a bit new to me, I’ve never really followed any kind of awards before but I’m really grateful to be nominated. It’s flattering.

What would it mean to win?

We haven’t thought about it, but it would be great to win it. It’s one of those prizes that’s actually about the music rather than everything else that goes on around bands.

Which other nominees do you admire most?

We really like Arctic Monkeys. Great songs and the right attitude.

Which musician, alive or dead, would you most like to meet?

We like loads of old stuff, bands like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, The Clash. It would be great to have met bands like that.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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Hospice Gets An All-Star Boost

Rock stars Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Ian Brown's efforts means East Lancashire Hospice is set to share in a £250,000 bonanza.

The Park Lee Road hospice is one of a number of beneficiaries from an all-star gathering arranged by former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke.

Other stars involved in the March 2007 Versus Cancer concert included The Charlatans and Peter Hook, Former Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School pupil Nova Rehman helped to pull together the star-packed event, which included partial reunions of both the Stone Roses and The Smiths.

Nova's sister and father were both diagnosed with cancer within a short space of time, inspiring the Blackburn music impresario to master-mind the concert for the Great Northern Aid Trust.

The former owner of Nelson-based Phantom Power production company, Nova now manages Rourke and has a host of music contacts.

East Lancs Hospice will use its share from the concert's proceeds to buy a new hoist to move patients.

Source: www.blackburncitizen.co.uk

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30 August 2007

Noel Gallagher Features In New Movie About The Who

The 'Amazing Journey' Project, Two Powerfully Charged Films About The Who, Lays Bare One Of Rock's Greatest Icons Like Never Before

Film One: 'Amazing Journey: The Story Of the Who' Spitfire Pictures Unveils Film for World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

Film Two: 'Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones' (sister film) A Feature Taking the Viewer, In-Depth, Behind What Drives The Who's Magic

Available in Highly Collectible Two-Film DVD Set On November 6, 2007 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The narrative of "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" and sister-film "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones" are both driven by compelling new interviews with surviving members Daltrey and Townshend, and those close to the band

In which thoughts and memories of The Who, their music, and their history are shared with the viewer. These eyewitnesses include The Who's manager Bill Curbishley (the film's Executive Producer),and Chris Stamp (with Kit Lambert, one of The Who's original co managers).

Additional insight is provided by close friends, family and colleagues; andcommenting on their musical legacy are Sting, U2's The Edge, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Oasis' Noel Gallagher.

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Some Funny Videos

Came across these today on youtube, special thanks to caroline372.

For more spoof videos of Freddy Mercury, Rolling Stones, Sonny And Cher, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and many more visit there youtube channel here.

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Signed Guitar By Liam And Noel Gallagher In Charity Auction On Ebay

A very special guitar signed by Liam & Noel Gallagher this is a one off brand new electric guitar.

The guitar is in flaming red especially for Trekstock there is absolutely no others like it in the world!


All profits to go to 'TEENAGE CANCER TRUST' in association with Trekstock!

Visit www.teenagecancertrust.org or www.myspace.com/trekstock for more information on the charity's work.

The auction can be found here.

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The Kooks On Noel Gallagher's Songwriting Skills

If there's anything New York loves more than a buzz band, it's forgetting about a buzz band. It's hard to stay new for long in this town, and when a band is finally confronted with the reality that the fervor that greeted its naissance has dwindled, it can be awfully painful to watch. After seeing the Brighton-based Kooks play a decent-but-not-great set at Bowery Ballroom last fall, I wondered if their window had already begun to close. Hadn't the Fratellis stolen the Kooks' career right out from under them?

They're planning to start recording in August with producer Tony Hoffer. Given the brand of music the Kooks play, though, and given where they're from -- let's be honest, producing strong second albums hasn't exactly been a trademark of U.K. bands in recent years -- the possibility of a sophomore slump looms. "I think [it happens] just because things change," Pritchard says of poor follow-ups. "Like Noel Gallagher: He wrote all the songs before he became big. I mean, he still writes great tunes, but it's obviously going from being in Manchester to being a millionaire. I think it's all to do with the writing. You can't really write about having a shit time when you're living in a mansion.

Source: www.prefixmag.com

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Xfm To Air Documentaries

Xfm is planning to celebrate 10 years of broadcasting in the capital by producing a series of documentaries highlighting 10 of the most influential and significant albums released from each of the last 10 years. The hour long shows will air each Sunday at 5pm starting this week.

The documentaries are compiled from new interviews from artists including Dave Grohl, Kaiser Chiefs, Noel Gallagher, Mike Skinner, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Josh Homme, The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Norman Cook, The White Stripes and Richard Hawley, plus producers Steven Street, Jim Abbiss and John Leckie and music industry figures such as Emily Eavis and Domino Records’ Lawrence Bell.

All ten documentaries were recorded, produced, edited and hosted entirely by Xfm’s Music News Producer Matt Everitt – the man responsible for Xfm’s acclaimed 2006 Primal Scream documentary ‘Screamadelica – Higher Than The Sun’.

Matt said, “In its 10 year history Xfm has championed and supported some of the world finest bands, and its great to go back and revisit not only ten of the albums that have shaped popular music, but also the incredible musicians who created them.

“What have I learnt? Mike Skinner and Alex Kapranos are smarter than you could imagine, while Ricky Wilson and Norman Cook are funnier, Muse’s Matt Bellamy is utterly unhinged (in a very polite way) yet Fran Healy is very polite (in an utterly unhinged way) and Dave Grohl may be the nicest man in rock music, but Josh Homme is definitely the coolest.”

Speaking about the project, title artist Norman Cook said, “It’s marvellous to be included in Xfm’s list of the most influential albums of the past decade, and I must confess, I quite enjoyed being probed at such great length about ‘You’ve Come Along Way Baby’, especially by someone with such well defined probing facilities as Matt.”

The Kaiser Chiefs Ricky Wilson said "Xfm has always been important to us as a band, even before we were this band. Xfm were brave enough to play us, even when we weren't very good. I didn't even hear it for the first seven years until I got a digital radio three years ago, it was just something that Nick always said was important. It's nice now that I'm fully digital, 'cos I can start to support Xfm just as they have been supporting us for a very long time. It's also nice to be seen as being influential, even though Xfm have probably been more influential than us."

Xfm’s Head Of Music Mike Walsh added, ‘Xfm is proud to have been so integral to the careers of so many historic artists over the past 10 years. This series of docs charts the making of many of these historic records by featuring one of our favorite albums of each of our 10 years.

“Xfm has also always prided itself on innovative, in depth and passionate programming. These docs have been brilliantly made, single handedly, by our very own Matt Everitt and are a great to testament to how Xfm continues to compete with the BBC in the area of music specials. We are very grateful to all the artists, managers and label personnel that gave us their time and I'm sure they will all be more than happy with the fantastic job that Matt has done.’

The full list of programmes are:

2nd September 2006 – Arctic Monkeys ‘Whatever People Say, That’s What I’m Not’
9th September 2005 – Kaiser Chiefs ‘Employment’
16th September 2004 – Franz Ferdinand ‘Franz Ferdinand’
23rd September 2003 – The White Stripes ‘Elephant’
30th September 2002 - The Streets ‘Original Pirate Material’
7th October 2001 - Muse ‘Origin of Symmetry’
14th October 2000 – Queens of the Stone Age ‘Rated R’
21st October 1999 – Travis ‘The Man Who’
28th October 1998 – Fatboy Slim ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’
4th November 1997 – The Verve ‘ Urban Hymns’

Source: www.radiotoday.co.uk

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On This Day In Oasis History...

Definitely Maybe is the debut album by English band Oasis, released on August 30th 1994. It was an immediate commercial and critical success in the UK, having followed on the heels of singles "Supersonic", "Shakermaker" and particularly the popular "Live Forever".

Definitely Maybe went straight to number one and 7x platinum in the UK Album charts on initial release. It was the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK when released. Definitely Maybe marked the beginning of Oasis' success in America, selling over 1 million copies there, although only reaching #58 on the Billboard 200. The album went on to sell over 7.5 million copies worldwide.

In 1997 Definitely Maybe was named the 14th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium' poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 2005 Channel 4's '100 Greatest Albums' countdown placed the album at number 6. In 2006 NME placed the album third in a list of the greatest British albums ever, behind The Stone Roses and The Queen Is Dead. In a recent British poll, run by NME and the book of British Hit Singles and Albums, Definitely Maybe was voted the best album of all time with The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band finishing second and Revolver third. Q magazine readers placed it at five on their greatest albums of all time list in 2006 and in that same year NME hailed it as the greatest album of all time. It is frequently referred to as the greatest debut album of all time.

Album History

In 1994, Oasis were seen as a distant echo of the moribund 'Madchester' scene which had exploded in the early 1990s. Unlike other Madchester bands who indulged in experiments with funk, dance or hip-hop, Oasis presented themselves as a relatively straightforward rock and roll band. Along with bands like Blur and The Verve they seemed to encapsulate a new wave, one which did not yet have a name. By the end of the year the media coined the term Britpop, of which Definitely Maybe retrospectively became one of the pivotal albums.

Many of the songs had originally appeared on Oasis' "Live Demonstration" demo recorded in Liverpool the year before with Chris and Tony Griffiths of The Real People. The main recording sessions took longer than expected, with the bulk of the album having to be recorded three different times with Mark Coyle producing, before Owen Morris came up with a mix that everyone was satisfied with. The album cost nearly £85,000 to produce, a huge amount of money for a debut album at the time.

The album title, according to Noel Gallagher, comes from a poster he saw in a pub, although he cannot remember what the poster was advertising.

Track Listing
All tracks written by Noel Gallagher.

01: "Rock 'n' Roll Star" – 5:22
02: "Shakermaker" – 5:08
03: "Live Forever" – 4:36
04: "Up in the Sky" – 4:28
05: "Columbia" – 6:17
06: "Sad Song" (extra track on the UK LP version, and the original Japanese version of the album) – 4:27
07: "Supersonic" – 4:43
08: "Bring It on Down" – 4:17
09: "Cigarettes & Alcohol" – 4:49
"Digsy's Dinner" – 2:32
This was misspelt as "Digsy's Diner" upon its North American release.
10: "Slide Away" – 6:32
11: "Married with Children" – 3:11


Released: 11 April 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis & Mark Coyle
Video Director: Mark Szaszy (UK) / Nick Egan (US)
Chart positions: # 31 (UK)
Watch the music video here, or a live performance here.

Released: 13 June 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Director: Nick Egan
Chart positions: # 11 (UK)
Watch the music video here, or a live performance here.

"Live Forever"
Released: 8 August 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Directors: Carlos Grasso (UK) / Nick Egan (US)
Chart positions: # 10 (UK) # 2 (US Modern Rock)
Watch the music video here, or a live performance here.

"Cigarettes & Alcohol"
Released: 10 October 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Director: Mark Szaszy
Chart positions: # 7 (UK)
Watch the music video here, or a live performance here.


Liam Gallagher – vocals
Noel Gallagher – lead guitar, vocals
Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs – rhythm guitar
Paul McGuigan – bass guitar
Tony McCarroll – drums

Additional Personnel

Anthony Griffiths – vocals
David Batchelor – producer
Mark Coyle – producer, engineer, mixing
Anjali Dutt – engineer
Owen Morris – producer, mastering, mixing, production concept
Roy Spong – engineer
Dave Scott – engineer
Brian Cannon – art direction, design, concept, cover design
Michael Spencer Jones – photography

Source: Wikipedia

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29 August 2007

Noel Gallagher On The Russell Brand Podcast Again

Noel Gallagher is yet again on the Russell Brand podcast.

During a quick chat Russell accuses Noel of Flirting with George Michael's long term partner Kenny Goss.

Noel also speaks about David Walliams Birthday Party, Match Of The Day, Reading Festival and Animal psychologists and more.

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Noel Gallagher's Guitar For Sale On EBay For £2,500 Or Best Offer

The guitar used to belong to Noel Gallagher and was made for him specially by Epiphone in the custom colour of Manchester City Blue.

Like all genuine ex-Noel Gallagher guitars it comes with a signed letter from Jason Rhodes describing the guitar and is signed by Jason.

It is on the headed paper of the guitar shop in Chelsea that Noel sells his guitars through.

The letter confirms that the guitar is in a custom colour and was made by Epiphone for Noel and confirms it was his property.

It comes with the original hard case and it is in great condition with barely a mark on it.

The guitar is an Epiphone Emplorer,in metallic Man City Blue and has gold hardware and is from around 1996.

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Rockstar Radios Charity Auction

Paul Weller, Oasis’ Noel and Liam Gallagher and Editors are among a number of artists who have signed digital radios for a charity auction.

Bill Wyman and Alice Cooper have also offered their signatures for the auction which is raising money for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

Nordoff-Robbins is the leading independent provider a unique form of music therapy for children and adults with a wide range of needs.

The auction for the special digital radios will begin on October 1st. For more information on the radios and how to bid follow the link, by clicking here.

Source: www.gigwise.com

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The Cavern The Most Famous Club In The World Chart Position

The Cavern The Most Famous Club In The World Compilation Album, has entered the charts at number eight on the Top 40 Compilation Albums.

The album features tracks from Oasis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Arctic Monkeys, Queen, Elton John, Ben E. King and many more.

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Manchester’s In The City To Go Ahead

In honour of Tony Wilson…

Manchester’s In The City event is to go ahead this October despite the recent death of its founder Tony Wilson.

The musical festival will now operate under the name of ‘It’s A Brand New Dance, But We Don’t Know Its Name’ – which are the opening lines to David Bowie’s, ‘Fashion’ – as a tribute to Wilson.

Wilson, who died of a heart attack on August 10th, co-founded ‘In The City’ alongside his wife, Yvette in 1992 and the event went on to help launch the careers of bands, such as, Oasis, Radiohead and Muse.

According to a statement, the future of the event has never been in doubt, with Wilson and his wife discussing its future prior to his death.

"Before his death – in conversations with his partner and ITC co-founder Yvette – the decision was made between them to carry on no matter what happened,” explained a spokesperson.

“So instead it’ll be the informed, irreverent, intellectual and most of all inspiring event that it always has been – perhaps even more so this time round. It’s the most fitting tribute we’re sure you’ll agree."

The format of the event will remain the same, with industry officials holding conferences during the day and live music performances taking place during the evening.

The deadline for band’s to send demos into event organisers is August 31st.

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27 August 2007

The Killers Team Up With Lou Reed On New Track

Brandon Flowers tells NME.COM about working with the rock legend

The Killers have recruited Lou Reed to sing on a track set to appear on the Las Vegas band's forthcoming B-sides and rarities album.

Frontman Brandon Flowers exclusively told NME.COM that they've been hard at work in a New York studio this week recording 'Tranquilize' with 'Sam's Town' producers Flood and Alan Moulder.

Flowers explained that although the song will be part of a B-sides compilation, he believes it's one of the band's strongest tracks. "It's a song that really should've been on 'Sam's Town'," he said.

The compilation is due out before the end of the year, and will feature material that may be new to many US listeners. "A lot of our American fans may not even know about these songs because they're B-sides to singles in England," he said.

Flowers explained that the idea for the compilation was inspired by two of his favourite bands that did something similar.

"I'm a big fan of 'The Masterplan' by Oasis and 'Hatful Of Hollow' by The Smiths. It's for our fans who want the whole collection in one package."

Source: www.nme.com

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Kings Of Leon To Reign Supreme

Kings Of Leon will return to Australia & New Zealand for their first major headline tour kicking off in the New Year at the annual Falls Festivals in Lorne and Marion Bay, before taking the stage for their own shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Busselton and Melbourne. Tix for this landmark tour go on sale Friday, September 14.

King Of Leon will ring in the New Year at the annual Falls Festivals in Lorne and Marion Bay before taking the stage in their own shows at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Wednesday 2nd January and Sydney's Hordern Pavilion on Thursday 3rd.

New Zealand fans won't be left disappointed either, with shows scheduled for Wellington's TSB Arena on Fri 11th January and the Vector Arena in Auckland on Sat 12th January.

The Kings Of Leon's highly anticipated major headline tour comes on the back of the huge success of their latest studio album, 'Because of the Times', which include the massive first singles 'On Call', and 'Fans'.

Fans of the Kings include the likes of music icon Bob Dylan, Bono, with both of whom the Kings have toured with in the USA, along with Eddie Vedder, Noel Gallagher & Brandon Flowers.

We'll leave the last word with Noel Gallagher - "No one will beat that here, nobody. Who's going to beat that? They've got the tunes, Caleb's got one of the best voices ever & they are a family. You can't f*cking buy that shit man."

Well actually you can... tickets are on sale Friday 14th September.

Source: www.sonybmg.com.au

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My Chemical Romance Cover Don't Look Back In Anger

My Chemical Romance preformed a brief cover of Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis at a recent gig.

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Gig Raises £250,000 To Fight Cancer

Musicians from the north west raised £250,000 for cancer research and treatment projects across the region at this year's Versus Cancer gig.

The star-studded line-up headlined by Noel Gallagher also included Paul Weller, Ian Brown, The Charlatans and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Specialist cancer hospital Christie will receive £100,000, which doctors plan to use to research a revolutionary new treatment which works by boosting the immune system.

Cash also goes to the Genesis Cancer Prevention Centre, recently opened at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Funds raised have provided an ambulance for Dr Kershaw's Hospice in Oldham to help transport cancer patients to and from their homes.

And money is also going to testicular cancer awareness campaign, Check 'Em Lads, and East Lancashire Hospice.

It is the second year the charity gig organised by the Great Northern Aid Trust has been held at the M.E.N. Arena and organisers are planning more events for later in this year and early next year.

Ex-Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke was inspired to set up the Versus Cancer gig after his manager's sister Nina Rehman was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2004. She lost her fight with the condition a year ago.

Rourke said of this March's gig: "It was an amazing night and we're overwhelmed that so many great artists gave up their time for free to make it happen.

"Of course this is just one more step for us. With a DVD due out soon and more events in the pipeline, we hope to raise even more money for cancer charities."

Christie Hospital chief executive Caroline Shaw said: "We are so grateful to everyone involved in Versus Cancer for this generous donation.

"A fantastic concert that entertained thousands of people is also helping people with cancer by raising vital funds for research. You can't get a better combination than that.

"This money will help develop our T-cell therapy research - a revolutionary new type of treatment which boosts a patient's own infection-fighting cells to naturally seek out and kill cancerous tumours."

Wendy Adams, of the Genesis Centre, said: "One in 10 women is currently expected to develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Our mission is to make one in 10 none in 10. The involvement of the Great Northern Aid Trust goes a long way in helping us to achieve this goal."

Nova Rehman, of Great Northern Aid Trust, said: "We aim to do three things: to help find a cure for cancer; to help patients currently suffering from the disease; and to raise awareness to reduce cancer death."

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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26 August 2007

Still Time To Vote...

Voting is well under way at the annual BT Digital Music Awards 2007, this year held in association with Packard Bell And Yahoo Music, will take place at London's Roundhouse on October 2, 2007.

The ceremony will again be broadcast on Channel 4 in early October – the natural home for the only awards designed to reward cutting-edge music entertainment delivered using the latest digital technology.

The People's Choice award is now open. It's your chance to nominate the best music fan sites on the web in the past year.

You can support stopcryingyourheartout.com and cast your vote for the site by clicking Here or on the BT Music Awards banners around the site.

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"My Heroes" Oasis

You're stuck behind a three-wheeled old banger, stuttering and stalling at the traffic lights... Thinking of giving the driver a piece of your mind?

Well, think again, because behind the wheel could be Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton, a barrel of bulging muscles with fists like sledgehammers, who's on the way to becoming the greatest boxer Britain has ever produced.

The next punch Ricky throws with a vengeance will be aimed at the American Floyd Mayweather. Their bout, under the chandeliers of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in December, has just been announced.

The welterweight match will earn Ricky £5million. To add to the £2.5million he collected after flooring Jose Luis Castillo in four rounds in June.

He has gone 43 fights unbeaten (46 if you count the playground scuffles) and, at 28, is already worth £12million.

And yet we're sitting in a semi-detached home, in a back street in Hyde, Manchester. Ricky says this is his dream home, the sort of palace he thought he'd never be able to afford in the days when he was a trainee carpet fitter.

It must have set him back the best part of £200,000. Parked outside is that three-wheeler, Ricky's pride and joy, never mind the top-of-the-range BMW next to it.

It's one of the original Reliant vans from Only Fools And Horses. He bought it for £20,000 from a collector and his hobby is to drive it around Hyde, wearing a sheepskin coat and flat cap, Del Boy-style.

Looking around at the snapshots in Ricky's home and they're a celebrity gallery... Ricky with Tom Jones, Ricky with the Gallagher brothers ("My heroes. I play Oasis in the dressing room before a fight"), Ricky with Sly Stallone. "This is my favourite spot in the whole house," he says, leaning back on the chocolate-leather sofa in the corner, surveying his collection.

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Source: www.sundaymirror.co.uk

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25 August 2007

Pre-Order Lord Don't Slow Me Down

Oasis : Lord Don't Slow Me Down
Double DVD
price: £16.99
Pre-order. Released 29th October

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Rock 'N' Roll Stars Behaviour

Keith Richards' idea of rock ’n’ roll used to be crashing cars, injecting heroin in front of groupies and trashing hotel rooms.

On Thursday night he shuffled to the front of the stage at London’s O2 Arena to light up in defiance of the smoking ban.

Hardly the wild man of old. So whatever happened to our legendary misbehaving music stars?

Today’s acts still have a taste for Class A drugs — witness the shambling wrecks that are Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty.

But the over-the-top bizarre behaviour that fascinated millions of fans seems a thing of the past.

Richards puffing a roll-up to wild cheers from the £150 corporate seats — telling fans it contained cotton wool — would have Keith Moon turning in his grave.

The Who’s drummer — known as Moon the Loon — was the undoubted king of the swingers.

He was famous for destroying his drum kit, dressing as a Nazi, blowing up toilets and throwing TV sets out of hotel windows.

But his most famous moment — later immortalised on an Oasis album cover — was when he drove a Rolls-Royce into a hotel swimming pool during The Who’s first US tour in 1967.

Moon was celebrating his birthday drinking with cronies at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan, the party culminating with a naked Moon sending the posh motor to a watery grave.

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne runs Moon close.

Among his excesses were biting the heads off a bat and a dove, snorting a line of ants and trying to kill his wife Sharon after one too many.

But in February 1982 he reached a new low.

Drunk in his hotel room, he grabbed the only clothes he could find — one of his wife’s dresses.

He then decided to visit the Alamo, a US national shrine and, caught short, relieved himself against a wall.

He spent the night in jail and was banned from San Antonio for ten years.

Led Zeppelin were notorious for their insatiable appetite for groupies.

But what took place at Seattle’s Edgewater Inn in 1969 has gone down in rock legend.

The band’s entourage, including drummer John Bonham, discovered they could fish from their hotel room window.

They caught several small sharks and hung them in the wardrobe.

But after tiring of this, they decided to involve a groupie in their antics.

The rumours were that the groupie had sex with one of the sharks.

Years later, road manager Richard Cole was happy to clear up the misunderstanding.

He explained: “It wasn’t a shark, it was a red snapper.

“And it wasn’t some big ritualistic thing; it was in and out and a laugh and the girl wasn’t sobbing — she was a willing participant.”

Elvis Presley was not only the king of rock ’n’ roll but also the king of rock excess.

His favourite snack was the Fool’s Gold Loaf, a speciality of a Denver restaurant — a whole loaf, a jar of peanut butter, a jar of grape jelly and a pound of bacon.

One night, Elvis got the munchies so he rang the restaurant from his Memphis mansion and ordered 22 of the loaves.

He then flew the 877 miles to Colorado with two buddies on his private jet to tuck in before flying back.

Punk also spawned its own rebels.

The Sex Pistols caused national outrage by swearing on teatime TV.

Guitarist Steve Jones called interviewer Bill Grundy a “dirty f*****” and a “f****** rotter”.

The Clash’s Paul Simonon and Topper Headon were arrested for shooting racing pigeons while The Stranglers appeared on stage with strippers.

The last great wild Lead man is Liam Gallagher.

The lead vocalist of Oasis spent ten years drinking, doing drugs and getting into scrapes with the law.

The most notorious was in December 2002, when Gallagher and two other band members began fighting each other in a Munich hotel nightclub.

One fell into a table where five or six large Italians were sitting. They joined in.

The band’s security men came to help.

The police arrived and, possibly in an attempt to restore calm, Gallagher kicked one in the chest.

The fight continued outside, where Gallagher lost two front teeth.

He narrowly escaped a GBH charge and a two-year prison sentence.

To date, he’s been banned from an airline, four hotel chains and Channel ferries.

Sadly, since Gallagher settled into fatherhood, hell-raising has been a dying art.

source: www.thesun.co.uk

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24 August 2007

Email From The Director Of Versus Cancer

Thanks for your email. In terms of the DVD we are completing the edit at the moment and we are aiming for a release late this year / early next year. I am unable to confirm the track listing, but obviously we are trying to include as much of Noels set as is possible. I’ll keep you posted on developments.

Thanks for the support, it is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards, James.

James Ward

Director Versus Cancer


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The Cavern The Most Famous Club In The World In Stores Now

EMI Marketing / Universal Music TV are proud to release a 3 disc anniversary edition CD to celebrate The Cavern’s 50th anniversary this year. Containing 50 tracks from artists who have all appeared at the club over the years, the tracklist reads like a Who’s Who of British popular music over the decades, and amply highlights the pivotal importance and influence the club has extended over the years since it opened on 16th January 1957.

The album is released on 20th August, ahead of the internationally acclaimed Mathew Street Festival, which runs over the Bank Holiday weekend every year and is typically visited by in excess of three hundred thousand people.

CD 1
01. Bob Wooler - Intro
02. The Beatles - Please Please Me
03. Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go
04. The Shadows - Apache
05. The Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running
06. Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over
07. Cilla Black - Anyone Who Had A Heart
08. The Hollies - I'm Alive
09. Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula
10. The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
11. Lonnie Donegan - Cumberland Gap
12. The Fourmost - Hello Little Girl
13. The Searchers - Sweets For My Sweet
14. Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy
15. Chris Farlowe - Out Of Time
16. Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour
17. Ben E. King - Stand By Me
18. Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Love Her

CD 2
01. Queen - Killer Queen
02. Paul Mccartney - All Shook Up (Live at The Cavern)
03. The Kinks - You Really Got Me
04. The Big Three - Some Other Guy
05. The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun
06. Hermans Hermits - I'm Into Something Good
07. The Moody - Blues Go Now
08. Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey
09. The Zombies - She's Not There
10. The Swinging Blue Jeans - Hippy Hippy Shake
11. Little Eva - The Locomotion
12. Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers - Got To Get You Into My Life
13. Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas - Little Children
14. The Merseybeats - I Think Of You
15. The Flowerpot Men - Let's Go To San Francisco
16. Elton John - Border Song

CD 3
01. The Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now
02. The Who - My Generation
03. Oasis - Part Of The Queue
04. The Yardbirds - For Your Love
05. Donovan Sunshine - Superman
06. Wishbone - Ash Blowin' Free
07. Georgie Fame - Yeh Yeh
08. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
09. Status Quo - Down Down
10. Tom Robinson - 2-4-6-8 Motorway
11. Edwin Starr - War
12. Thin Lizzy - Whiskey In The Jar
13. Rod Stewart - Handbags And Gladrags
14. Embrace - All You Good People
15. Kt Tunstall - Black Horse & The Cherry Tree
16. Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me
17. The Coral - In The Morning
18. Arctic Monkeys - The View From The Afternoon
(Live - previously unreleased version)

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Cancer Concert Raises A Quarter Of A Million

Versus Cancer has raised a quarter of a million pounds to benefit cancer charities across the North of England.

Following the massively successful concert at Manchester's MEN Arena on Friday March 30th this year, which saw unique performances from Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Ian Brown, The Charlatans and many more, The Great Northern Aid Trust, organisers of the Versus Cancer concerts, has announced its first money raise for 2007.

“It was an amazing night and we’re overwhelmed that so many great artists gave up their time for free to make it happen,” said Great Northern Aid Trust founder Andy Rourke. “Of course this is just one more step for us, with a DVD due out soon and more events in the pipeline, we hope to raise even more money for cancer charities.”

The biggest beneficiary from the concert will again be the Christie Hospital, a specialist cancer hospital in Manchester, who have received £100,000 for innovative cancer research.

Source: www.oasisinet.com

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Noel Gal's Wrong Answer

Noel Gallagher won a scooter and David Beckham fragrance in a pub quiz at his local.

The Oasis legend made a sterling skipper of The Wrong ’Uns at the Islington boozer.

But missus Sara MacDonald overruled him on one question.

It was: Who did the Bond movie producers intend to take over from Sean Connery as 007?

Sara didn’t think that the answer was Oliver Reed, so changed it and lost a point.

Their baby is due soon. I reckon they should call the tot Olly if it’s a boy.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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Noel Gallagher Wins A Scooter And Some David Beckham Fragrance

Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher won a scooter and a David Beckham fragrance after he came top of a pub quiz at his local London drinking spot.

To view more pictures from the quiz night click here

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23 August 2007

Oasis CD Bootleg Artwork Wanted 1992-1999

I'm looking for the CD artwork for the following Oasis shows, for the Bootleg Artwork section on the site.

If you have any of the artwork that I'm looking for, could you please Email it to at scyhodotcom@gmail.com





24/08/1994 2FM RADIO, IRELAND


06/12/1994 JOOLS HOLLAND, UK

05/10/1995 BOURNEMOUTH, U.


10/03/1996 RHODE ISLAND, USA


10/08/1996 KNEBWORTH, UK (soundcheck)
15/08/1996 CORK, IRELAND

08/09/1996 JONES BEACH, USA

12/07/1997 GLASGOW, SECC
18/07/1997 MUNICH, GERMANY


03/11/1997 LE ZENITH, FRANCE
10/11/1997 MADRID, SPAIN
17/11/1997 MILAN, ITALY

05/12/1999 DETROIT, USA
11/12/1999 ANAHEIM, USA

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Noel And Pregnant Sara Shopping In London

Oasis star Noel Gallagher pops out to the shops of Marylebone Street with his girlfriend Sara MacDonald, who is eight months pregnant with their first child.

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South's Tribute For Tony

To mark the death of Tony Wilson, South nightclub is reviving The Haçienda's legendary Temperance night this Friday.

Even the drinks will be at 1986 prices from 10-11pm. The Temperance Club was created by the Hacienda's Paul Cons, now proprietor of South, 21 years ago. The mix of rock, hip hop, indie and house was a key feature of the Madchester era.

Regulars included Noel Gallagher, Ed O'Brien from Radiohead, Ian Brown and Tim Burgess.

Former Haçienda DJ Dave Haslam and Ben Livingstone will host the night at the King St club.

A percentage of the £5 admission will go to Tony's chosen charity, Christie's.

Click here for more information.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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22 August 2007

Oasis Tour DJ At Red Rooms This Saturday

This Saturday night the resident DJs at Red Rooms will be joined Oasis Tour DJ Paul Smith who is also resident at two of London's most famous Bars, The MET Bar and KOKO.

Part of the 1980's Manchester scene, Phil Smith originally worked as stage crew at the legendary Hacienda Club and both the International One and International Two music venues.

From there, Phil worked as road crew for The Stone Roses ('88-'90 &'95), OASIS ('93-'95) and The SeaHorses ('96-'97) before becoming the ON TOUR DJ for OASIS on the Be Here Now Tour ('97-'98), and all subsequent OASIS world tours.

Since then, Phil has DJ'ed clubs in the UK and Ireland. Many of these gigs were DJ'ed with Mani (Stone Roses/Primal Scream), and Guigsy (ex Oasis member), playing cities such as Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, Buenos Aires and Santiago. He is a Resident DJ at the MET Bar London, KOKO, and Bangers and Mash Club in Stockholm He also DJ'ed the recent London shows for Australian rockers Jet.

Phil was featured in OASIS's 'Definitely Maybe' "making of" DVD and forthcoming OASIS tour documentary film, 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down'.

This weekend Red Rooms will also be continuing the very successful Happy Hour it launched last weekend. So to take advantage of this make sure and be at Red Rooms this Saturday night, the Happy Hour will be running from 9.30pm – 11.30pm. Have a Good weekend!!

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Oasis Nominated For A Vodafone Live Music Award

KT Tunstall will be battling it out against Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Kate Nash at this year's Vodafone Live Music Awards.

St Andrews-born KT is going head to head with the other feisty gals for the new title of Best Live Female.

The glitzy bash is in its second year and both music industry aficionados and fans will have the chance to enjoy the London event next month.

Fellow Scots Primal Scream have also been nominated for the Best Live Music DVD for the Riot City Blues tour. They're up against Maximo Park, Oasis and Take That.

The Best Live Act this year will be fought out by Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and last year's winner's Muse, while James Morrison, Mark Ronson, Mika and Jamie T are nominated for Best Male. Announced by presenter Alex Zane moments before an exclusive Vodafone TBA performance by Kanye West, the Vodafone Live Music Awards nominations have been put together by a panel of music industry insiders, including representatives from Music Week and the major record labels.

Voting for the winners is now open to the public at www.vodafone.co.uk/music and by texting BAND and your choice to 61500.

Source: www.dailyrecord.co.uk

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On This Day In Oasis History...

"The Importance of Being Idle" is a song on the British rock band Oasis' sixth album, Don't Believe the Truth, written and sung by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was the second single released from the album in the UK, on August 22, 2005, where it debuted at #1 (see 2005 in music). It was also the first time that Oasis earned two successive #1's in the same calendar year. It was written by Gallagher sometime during the summer of 2004, before the band made their final attempt at recording what would become Don't Believe the Truth. He got the title from the Mark Twain book of the same name which he found whilst cleaning out his garage (it belonged not to him but to girlfriend Sara McDonald.)

Musically, as Noel has commented, the song sounds like tunes from two British bands, The Kinks and The La's. In particular, the sentiment expressed is noticeably similar to The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" and "Dead End Street", and the use of falsetto for every other verse line recalls The La's "Feelin'". The guitar sound is similar also to The La's b-sides; "Clean Prophet" and "Over". It also is a breakaway from the sound of Oasis's latter albums, especially the straight ahead rock 'n' roll anthems of Heathen Chemistry. The keyboard used on the pre-chorus sections was bought by bassist Andy Bell from the auction website eBay.

Noel has said that the lyrics of "The Importance of Being Idle" are inspired by his own laziness. Some of the second verse, with the reference to begging his doctor for "one more line", seems to be referring to an actual event as this resembles Noel's account of how he gave up cocaine in 1998.

Most reviewers acclaimed the track as one of the highlights of Don't Believe the Truth, which itself was widely praised as a marked return to form. The band mentioned in interviews in June that it would become the second single, after the UK Number One "Lyla". The b-sides are Liam Gallagher's "Pass Me Down the Wine" and Gem Archer's "The Quiet Ones."

The promo film was directed by Dawn Shadforth, (whose previous videos include Kylie Minogue's award-winning "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"). Shadforth's film for "The Importance of Being Idle' starred Welsh actor Rhys Ifans and homages the style of early 1960s kitchen sink drama British films, and is set during the build up to a funeral procession in a northern town, with the extravagant undertakers parading the coffin at the video's climax and Ifans playing the part of a high-kicking funeral director. The video is based on the film and play Billy Liar with Ifans playing the role of Billy. Noel and Liam therefore play Shadrack & Duxbury, the owners of the funeral parlour where Billy works. The rest band (Gem,Andy and Zak) make a brief appearance as lazy workers playing cards in an undertaker's office. It was widely acclaimed at the time as being probably the best video Oasis had ever made, not least by the band themselves, who were said to be very happy with the finished product. The video is very similar in style and concept to the music video for "Dead End Street" by The Kinks.

Q Magazine readers placed the song at #1 in a list of 2005's greatest tracks.

The video for the song was voted the video of the year at the NME Awards.

The song is included on Oasis' 'best-of' album Stop the Clocks.

Click here for the music video, or here for a live performance.

Source: Wikipedia

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21 August 2007

Oasis Start Recording New Album At Abbey Road Studios

Elisa and SallyCinnamon had these pictures taken with the Gallagher's outside the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London on the 6th August.

Noel told the girls that "we started recording the new album on August 6th", and Liam described the new songs as "huge".

Read the full story here (Italian)

Special thanks to Elisa and SallyCinnamon @ www.upinthesite.com

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Cocaine Supernova: Oasis' Be Here Now Is 10

A decade ago today, Oasis released their bombastic third album, later regarded as one of rock's all-time folies de grandeur. So what does it sound like now?

Now this is what I call an anniversary. Never mind Diana, or the first Blair victory, or the decade that will soon have passed since the release of Kula Shaker's epochal K - today is the tenth birthday of Oasis' Be Here Now, and anyone who has not yet taken their copy to Record and Tape Exchange should surely give it at least one celebratory play. You'll laugh; you'll cry; best of all, you will surely be transported back to the strange days of 1997, when Oasis's imperial phase began to draw to a close, and the moment of giddy innocence that was Britpop died with them.

At ten years' remove, you can only marvel at what on earth they thought they were doing. Did Noel Gallagher really listen to a playback of the impossibly over-wrought, soupy, completely meaningless Magic Pie and sign it off? Did no-one listen to the absurdly Bon Jovi-esque intro to Fade In/Out and advise even a slight re-think? As the last five minutes of All Around the World found trumpets colliding with strings, the guitar overdubs piling into infinity and the whole conceit threatening to collapse in on itself, why didn't anybody pause for thought? Most bafflingly of all, isn't "All my people, right here, right now/D'you know what I mean/Yeah yeah/Yeah yeah" among the most woeful choruses ever put to tape?

What's most baffling of all, perhaps, is that precious few of the critical fraternity caught the whiff of spectacular failure (and though I didn't actually review it, by way of a mea culpa, I include myself in that). The Guardian's review claimed that Be Here Now "validates most if not all of the Gallaghers' boasts about their greatness." The Daily Telegraph told its readers that Be Here Now was simply "a great rock record." Q and awarded BHN the full complement of five stars and compared it to The Beatles' Revolver. NME reckoned it was worth eight of ten; in Mojo, Charles Shaar Murray was so enraptured that he lapsed into patois: "This is Oasis's world domination album. Dem a come fe mess up de area seeeeeeerious."

What was going on? There was, undoubtedly, a massed desire to somehow prolong the fun that Oasis had commenced in 1994. In several reviews, you could make out an obvious subtext bound up with the fact that many people had (rightly) thought that (What's The Story) Morning Glory? was not nearly as good as Definitely Maybe, but been wrong-footed by its sky-high sales figures. Perhaps most importantly, 1997 was the last stand of the absurdly positive, romanticized, starry-eyed mindset that Britpop fostered. Be Here Now, let us not forget, was not the only dud to be so hysterically lionized; two years before, very similar gasps of appreciation had greeted Blur's The Great Escape.

As I recall, it took until the end of that year for the penny to drop, when a run of indulgent, arrogant arena shows exposed Oasis's washed-out state, and Liam Gallagher served notice of the strange place at which they'd arrived by dedicating Live Forever to Princess Diana. Not long after, when his elder brother had quit the drugs and moved out of London, there came his own spurt of self-criticism: "It was an album mixed on cocaine. That's why it sounds like it does. Loads and loads of trebly guitars...I wasn't prepared to make things any better. I'd get to a certain point and go, 'Fuck it, that'll do.' We made the record to justify the drug habit."

So, there you have it: the empty sound of being off your head and convinced of your own brilliance at the start of the Blair era and the endtimes of what was known at the time as - oh, please - Cool Britannia. These days, Be Here Now actually sounds grimly fascinating: a crystallization of its time whose absence of restraint (try, for example, timing the length of the intros) is really quite something. For those of us who are occasionally partial to the musical equivalent of visiting graveyards, might it be time for the obligatory 'Collectors' Edition' and DVD?

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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On This Day In Oasis History...

Be Here Now is the third studio album by the English rock band Oasis. Released on August 21 1997, the album was highly anticipated by both music critics and fans as a result of the band's previous worldwide successes with their 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe, and its 1995 follow up (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. The album's pre-release build up led to considerable hype within both the music and mainstream press. At that point, Oasis were at the height of their fame, and Be Here Now became the UK's fastest selling album to date, selling over 420,000 units on the first day of release alone, and over one million within two weeks. As of 2007, the album has sold eight million copies worldwide.

Oasis' management company Ignition were aware of the danger of overexposure, and before its release they sought to control the media's access to the album. Ignition's campaign included limiting pre-release radio airplay, and requesting that journalists sign gag agreements. These tactics resulted in the alienation of members of both the music and mainstream media, as well as many industry members connected with the band. Ignition's attempts to limit pre-release access to the album only served to fuel large scale speculation and publicity within the British music scene.

Artistically Be Here Now failed to live up to the expectations that preceded its release. Although initial reviews were positive, retrospectively the album is viewed by much of the music press and by most members of the band as over-indulgent and bloated. In 2007, Q magazine described Be Here Now as "a disastrous, overblown folly—the moment when Oasis, their judgement clouded by drugs and blanket adulation, ran aground on their own sky-high self-belief." The album's producer Owen Morris said of the recording sessions: "The only reason anyone was there was the money. Noel had decided Liam was a shit singer. Liam had decided he hated Noel's songs [...] Massive amounts of drugs. Big fights. Bad vibes. Shit recordings." None of its songs were included on the band's 2006 "best of" compilation album Stop the Clocks.

Album cover

The cover image to Be Here Now was shot at the Stock Hotel in Hertfordshire in April 1997. It features the band standing outside the hotel surrounded by assorted props. At the centre of the image is a Rolls Royce floating in a swimming pool. The photographer Michael Spencer Johns said the original concept involved shooting each band member in various locations around the world, but when the cost proved prohibitive, the shoot was relocated to the Stock Hotel. Spencer remarked that the shoot "degenerated into chaos", adding that "by 8pm, everyone was in the bar, there were schoolkids all over the set, and the lighting crew couldn't start the generator.

It was Alice in Wonderland meets Apocalypse Now." Despite various meanings people have tried to read into the selection of the cover props, Johns said Gallagher simply selected items from the BBC props store he thought would look good in the picture. Two of the props that had considered thought in their inclusion were the inflatable globe (intended as a homage to the sleeve of Definitely Maybe) and the Rolls Royce, which was suggested by Arthurs. The release date in each region was commemorated on the calendar pictured on the sleeve; Harris said the dating "[encouraged] fans to believe that to buy a copy on the day it appeared was to participate in some kind of historical event."


D'You Know What I Mean? – 7:42
My Big Mouth – 5:02
Magic Pie – 7:19
Stand by Me – 5:56
I Hope, I Think, I Know – 4:22
The Girl in the Dirty Shirt – 5:49
Fade In-Out – 6:52
Don't Go Away – 4:48
Be Here Now – 5:13
All Around the World – 9:20
It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) – 7:00
All Around the World (Reprise) – 2:08


D'You Know What I Mean?"
Released: 7 July 1997
Producers: Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher
Chart positions: #1 (UK), #1 (FIN), #1 (IRE), #3 (CAN), #4 (US)
Music Video (here)
Live Performance (here)

Stand By Me
Released: 22 September 1997
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher
Chart positions: #2 (UK), #5 (US), #2 (IRE)
Music Video (here)
Live Performance (here)

All Around The World
Released: 12 January 1998
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher
Chart positions: #1 (UK), #1 (IRE)
Music Video (here)
Live Performance (here)

Don't Go Away" (Japan Only)
Released: 13 May 1998
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher
Music Video (here)
Live Performance (here)

Source: Wikipedia

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20 August 2007

Top Selling Musicians Of All Time

105. Oasis, Albums sold: 53 million, Genre: Rock, Country: UK
25. The Eagles, Albums sold: 122 million, Genre: Country/Rock, Country: USA
24. Janet Jackson, Albums sold: 130 million, Genre: R&B/Pop, Country: USA
23. Garth Brooks, Albums sold: 145 million, Genre: Country, Country: USA
22. The Jacksons, Albums sold: 150 million, Genre: R&B, Country: USA
21. U2, Albums sold: 155 million, Genre: Rock/Pop, Country: Ireland
20. ABBA, Albums sold: 160 million, Genre: Disco/Pop, Country: Sweden
19. Whitney Houston, Albums sold: 180 million, Genre: R&B/Pop, Country: USA
18. AC/DC, Albums sold: 185 million, Genre: Hard Rock, Country: Australia/UK
17. Queen, Albums sold: 190 million, Genre: Rock, R&R, Country: UK
16. Julio Iglesias, Albums sold: 200 million, Genre: Latino Pop, Country: Spain
15. Metallica, Albums sold: 204 million, Genre: Hard Rock, Country: USA
14. Led Zeppelin, Albums sold: 207 million, Genre: Rock/Blues, Country: UK
13. Pink Floyd, Albums sold: 210 million, Genre: Prog Rock, Country: UK
12. Celine Dion, Albums sold: 220 million, Genre: Pop, Country: Canada
09. Elton John, Albums sold: 225 million, Genre: Pop, Country: UK
08. Mariah Carey, Albums sold: 240 million, Genre: Pop/R&B, Country: USA
07. The Rolling Stones, Albums sold: 250 million, Genre: Rock, Country: UK
06. Cliff Richard, Albums sold: 252 million, Genre: Rock/Pop, Country: UK
05. Nana Mouskouri, Albums sold: 255 million, Genre: Pop, Country: Greece
04. Madonna, Albums sold: 275 million, Genre: Pop, Country: USA
03. Elvis Presley, Albums sold: 300 million, Genre: Country/Rock, Country: USA
02. Michael Jackson, Albums sold: 350 million, Genre: Pop/R&B, Country: USA
01. The Beatles, Albums sold: 400 million, Genre: Rock, Country: UK

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A Rock'N'Roll Goodbye

Stars of TV and music turned out in force as the city said a rock’n’roll goodbye to Mr Manchester Tony Wilson at his funeral today.

Tony, who put Manchester on the world map with the famous Hacienda club and Factory Records – which spawned bands like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays – was buried at Southern Cemetery after an emotional service at the Hidden Gem Church in the city centre.

The guest list at his funeral service read like a who’s who of Manchester celebrities with former TV colleagues like Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan, Bob Greaves and Lucy Meacock from Granada, rubbing shoulders with music business faces like New Order’s Peter Hook, Andy Rourke from The Smiths, Rowetta and Shaun Ryder from Happy Mondays, Clint Boon from Inspiral Carpets and other famous faces like journalist and singer John Robb, TV and radio presenter Terry Christian, former business partner Alan Erasmus and acclaimed ‘Factory’ designer Peter Saville.


Yet despite the fame of the mourners the service was a very normal Catholic requiem mass lasting just over an hour with readings by a few old friends and former colleagues.

Tributes came in the form of flowers from the great and good of Manchester and beyond. Wreaths included a huge message made out of hundreds of white daisies which simply red “From Liverpool With Love.”

There were also floral tributes from Sir Alex Ferguson and the players and staff at Manchester United, music bible the NME, Alan McGee – the man who first discovered Manchester band Oasis and Coronation Street and Shameless actor Chris Bisson.

One floral tribute bore the words: “To Manchester’s true legend – your legacy lives on. From Michelle and David, friends and followers from Blackpool and Preston.”

One time Granada colleague Richard Madeley paid tribute to the man they called Mr Manchester after the service.

He said: “The service was one of the most emotional I have ever seen. Tony always had absolute self belief. He was so confident but he was also a very good, thoroughly decent man. “He celebrated others people success almost more than de did his own and he will be greatly missed by his friends and this city.”

The service was conducted by Catholic priest, Canon Denis Clinch, at Tony’s favourite church, the Hidden Gem, off John Dalton Street in the city centre.

Both Tony’s children Isabel and Oliver were baptised there and Tony used to pop into the church regularly to have theological discussions with Canon Clinch. After the service, watched by a large crowd of members of the public, friends and family travelled across town to Southern Cemetery, where Tony was buried and then onto One Central Street bar for his wake.

Pay tribute at the MEN online book of condolence here.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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Tributes To Tony Wilson

Alan McGee
"He was a complete inspiration. He was one of the great spotters of music talent. Factory Records was the template for every indie label."

Ian Brown
"Few have done so much for the city of Manchester and independent music. Thanks to Tony Wilson for all the help he gave to the music makers of Manchester."

Shaun Ryder
"I was f**king gutted when I heard the news. I loved Tony. RIP mate."

Tim Burgess, The Charlatans
"I feel like when Joe Strummer died. it's like losing a musical dad."

Peter Hook, New Order
"It's a very, sad day. It's like my father dying all over again. I'm devastated. My heart is broken. Say hello to Rob, Ian and Martin for me please Tony."

Stephen Morris, New Order
"We definitely wouldn't have become what we did without him. So many other things wouldn't have become what they are. Manchester wouldn't have become what it is without him. Apparently the Town Hall's had it's flag at half-mast - that says something about what he meant."

Source: NME Magazine

The service will take place at the Hidden Gem Church , Manchester Today at 2pm, and will be open to family and close friends via invitation only.

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19 August 2007

Listen Again To The Russell Brand Show

Click here to listen again to last nights Russell Brand show on BBC Radio 2.

Russell who was drugged up to the eyeballs on herbal Viagra for the show was joined in the studio by Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger from Only Fools And Horses). Guests who joined Russell on the phone were Elvis Presley, Noel Gallagher and the son of the creator of the Smurfs.

Noel who was at David Walliams birthday party, in his former London home Supernova Heights. Russell tried and failed to get Noel to do some roving reporting to speak to guests that included Barbra Windsor, Matt Lucas, Richard and Judy, Dale Wilton and Dr Who actor David Tennant.

Noel had a few words to say about Russell's blog in the Guardian, and much more.

Elvis Presley who also later joined Russell by phone, was asked what he thought of Noel Gallagher...

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18 August 2007

A Pitch-Perfect Ending To A Sadly Familiar Song

A walk on the hallowed Boleyn turf was the only bright spot as Sven's loved-up recruits thumped the Hammers.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's Manchester City commanded play at Upton Park last week with such assurance and grace that far from seeming a hastily assembled squad of mercenaries from around this dirty little circle we call "world", they appeared to be afloat in a transcendental love affair with each other and the randy boffin who compiled them.

For me the opening day of the season was an oscillating mind waltz of conflicting emotions. The Irons were pretty shoddy, disorganised in midfield, lacking in imagination up front and a nerve-jangling ballet of tipsy confusion is what passed for a defence. Only Robert Green in goal and Mark Noble looked comfortable.

The ignominy was exacerbated by the prior knowledge of an after-match meeting with Noel Gallagher in Christian Dailly's box. Most people are aware that the Gallagher brothers are arrogant as a default setting, a feat they performed whilst supporting an unreliable and often risible football team. Well let me tell you that all the swagger and bluster we endured as discs went platinum and Brits were won were as nought compared to the gloating, showboating, puffed-up rhubarb I had to silently tolerate in a senior player's box after Saturday's misdemeanour.

I'd rather hoped that it would be me bragging and strutting, perhaps whilst chuffing on a cigar, consoling a tearful Noel that the season is yet young and that he'd made some jolly good records. Instead me, my Dad, my mate Jack and Robin the hippy black cab driver (there's an anomaly - if you leap into his carriage unawares it's like a magical mystery tour as he recites poems and demands a more lax immigration policy) moped about, overjoyed to be amongst adored West Ham players (James Collins was also there like a big, twinkly beefcake) but irked by the unanticipated defeat.

Read all of Russell's weekly football blog by clicking here.

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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On This Day In Oasis History...

On the 18th August 1991, Oasis played their first live show at the Broadwalk in Manchester.

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Manchester Gets Simpsonized!

It's the new craze sweeping across the internet - everybody is turning themselves into a character from cult TV show The Simpsons.

The new phenomenon - called ' Simpsonizing ' - is spreading like wildfire on community and friends sites like MySpace and Facebook .

Millions of people across the world have turned portrait photographs of themselves into the infamous 'yellow' caricatures which have proved such a hit on the cartoon series.

The M.E.N. decided to try out the new craze on some of Manchester's best-known celebrities in a bid to see what all the fuss is about.

And the results, though mixed, were nevertheless hilarious.

We also gave the Simpsons treatment to Burnage-born Oasis stars Noel and Liam Gallagher - whose caricatures even have their trademark bushy eyebrows.

And perhaps one of the funniest caricatures is Simply Red star Mick Hucknall with his flame-coloured hair.

Bolton boxer Amir Khan was also given a Simpsons-style make-over and still looks as though he would be able to tough it out on the streets of Springfield.

View the gallery of some of Manchester's finest by clicking here, it includes the Gallagher brothers, Wayne Rooney, Shameless star Frank Gallagher and many more.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

If you want to see what all the fuss is about go to the official Simpsonized website here and turn yourself into a Simpson's legend.

Why not make some Oasis inspired ones and send them into scyhodotcom@gmail.com and I will post some of them sometime next week.

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