31 May 2010

The Vortex UK And European Dates














Visit Bonehead's band 'The Vortex' MySpace page (here) for a number of UK and European dates.

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30 May 2010

Follow Beady Eye On Twitter




















You can now follow Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock's new band 'Beady Eye' on Twitter, click here to follow the band.

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Noel Gallagher On Wonderwall And Stop Crying Your Heart Out





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Liam Gallagher Almost Showed Us His Beady Eye











Liam Gallagher and wife Nicole and band members, Andy Bell, Gem Archer, and Chris Sharrock at Villa d'Este on Lake Como together with their respective families.

They spent most of the day on the terrace and pool at the Grand Hotel - doing more drinking than diving.

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Carlos Tevez To Record Album With Liam And Noel Gallagher?



Carlos Tevez is ready to record an album with Liam and Noel Gallagher after the World Cup.

The Manchester City forward, who has played with band Piola Vago in his Argentina homeland has discussed the move with the Man City-mad Oasis brothers.

And his best pal, Lionel Messi, reckons he has already sealed the deal.

He said: "After football, Carlito can make it big in music. He has met some famous guys who support Manchester City and I know he wants to work with them."

A source close to the Gallagher's said: "The lads haven't talked since Oasis split up but both love Tevez because he left Man United for City.

"They were well-chuffed when they found out he played music too and always said they wanted to play with his band.

"Carlos has been in contact with both of them and is hopefull they can make music together."

Source: Daily Star Sunday

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On This Day In Oasis History...




















Don't Believe The Truth is the sixth studio album by Oasis, released on May 30, 2005. It reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart with first week sales of just under 238,000. The album entered the U.S. charts at #12, the highest any Oasis album has reached there since 1997 with Be Here Now, although its chart stay was brief. The album went triple platinum in the UK in the first week of 2006, and is the ninth fastest selling album there. As of August 2006, Don't Believe the Truth has sold approximately 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Every member of the band contributed to the writing of tracks for the album, and the album is the first where all duties were divided between the bandmembers. On some of the tracks regular bass player Andy Bell handled guitar, while Gem and Noel contributed bass to other songs. Don't Believe the Truth is the first Oasis record to feature the drumming of Zak Starkey, who replaced Oasis' longtime member Alan White.

Liam also had a larger impact on the album by his developing songwriting. Noel has said that this album is his favourite of Oasis' last four, because all members have contributed to it. This, he claims, has given it a different feel to a typically Noel-written Oasis album.

The band embarked on a massive world-wide tour and started off at the London Astoria for their Don't Believe the Truth Tour.

Recording

The recording process for Don't Believe the Truth was prolonged. The album was originally supposed to be released around summer/autumn 2004, with an initial 3-4 week session produced by Death in Vegas. The recording finally began after Alan White's departure in January 2004 at Sawmills Studios in Cornwall, the same place where Oasis had recorded their debut album Definitely Maybe. These sessions were completed but the band weren't happy with the results.

Noel has commented since on numerous occasions that there was no problem with the work done by Death In Vegas, but he felt the songs they were working on were simply not good enough to form a record, and felt a break was needed in which new material would have to be written. In Noel's words: "we were trying to polish a turd". Around 10 tracks were worked on with Death In Vegas of which, according to Noel, 6 were "not even good enough to make the b-sides". Four of the tracks which eventually appeared on the album were worked on with Death In Vegas, those songs being: "Turn Up The Sun", "Mucky Fingers", "A Bell Will Ring" and "The Meaning of Soul", although all of these had extra work done to them or were re-recorded before being released.

After a short break in which many new songs, including "Let There Be Love", "Lyla" and "Part Of The Queue" were written, the band reconvened at their Wheeler End Studios with Noel as producer. The band were joined on these sessions by The Who's drummer Zak Starkey. In June 2004, Oasis debuted two new songs from these sessions, the Liam-written "The Meaning of Soul" and the Gem-written "A Bell Will Ring" at two live shows in Poole and at the Glastonbury Festival.

After hearing of the band's production problems from Oasis manager Marcus Russell, American producer Dave Sardy expressed interest in taking over production duties. Sardy was given tapes of existing recording sessions to mix, and after his work was praised by the band, he arrived in the UK to oversee new recording sessions at Olympic Studios in London. These sessions didn't last long before he asked the band to travel to Los Angeles and re-record most of the album there, as he felt more comfortable working in a studio closer to home. With the band eventually agreeing to this, recording sessions began at Capitol Studios in October 2004 with the band spending around 9 weeks there.

Release

The decision to have the leadoff single, "Lyla", on the album was a controversial one, prompted by the label's feeling that there wasn't a suitable lead single among the tracks originally presented. As a result, the decision was taken to record "Lyla", a song which Noel had written and demoed a year previously, but which wasn't recorded by the band during the previous recording sessions. It was decided that Dave Sardy would remix Noel's original demo with Liam recording a set of lead vocals and Zak adding a fresh drum track. "Lyla" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and number nineteen on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. After having initial reservations about the choice of the first single being taken out of the hands of the band, Noel, who initially wanted "Mucky Fingers" to be the first single, has now reluctantly conceded that the song has indeed "done the business".

In April 2005, four tracks from a promo disc leaked: "The Meaning of Soul", "Mucky Fingers", "Keep the Dream Alive", and "Let There Be Love". The full album found its way onto the Internet on May 3, 2005, when Apple Inc. accidentally put the album up early for sale on their iTunes Music Store service in Germany. While there was no official comment by Apple or by Oasis management, it was speculated that Apple simply got "May 30" confused with "May 03" or "May 3".

Watch the promo video for Lyla HERE
Watch the promo video for The Importance Of Being Idle HERE
Watch the promo video for Let There Be Love HERE

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29 May 2010

A Night Out With Liam Gallagher














Sauntering along Central Park West, Liam Gallagher looked as if he’d just stepped off Carnaby Street in London circa 1969. Turned out in a black velvet jacket with an upturned collar, skinny scarf around his neck and hair combed forward all modlike, the former Oasis frontman would have fit in well alongside Brian Jones and Ray Davies in their heyday.

“Not a lot of people look cool these days — like my cool,” said Mr. Gallagher, 37, who turned more than a few heads when sidling up to the bar in the Ritz-Carlton. “Everybody plays it down, don’t they?”

The Englishman was in New York promoting his clothing line, Pretty Green, which was introduced in Europe last year and in the United States in April. The name was lifted from a song about money by the mod revivalists The Jam because of a lyric that rings true for Mr. Gallagher: “And they didn’t teach me that in school/It’s something that I learnt on my own.”

“They didn’t teach Liam how to be a rock star,” said Steve Allen, his business partner and longtime friend. When it comes to his clothing line, Mr. Gallagher is the first to admit he is winging it. Pretty Green represents his personal style — parkas, desert boots and paisley scarves — and is popular in England with musicians and soccer players.

“I don’t want just anybody wearing it,” said Mr. Gallagher, who won’t put his name on any item of clothing that he himself would not wear. “And people go, ‘Oh, beggars can’t be choosers.’ Well, I ain’t a beggar, you know what I mean?” he said.

Nor is he the type who aims to be seen in the front row of fashion shows. He is, as he put it, “not Victoria Beckham.” Though they are both fixtures in the British press. The implosion of his band Oasis last year racked up quite a few column inches. A sibling squabble backstage in Paris ended with his brother, the guitarist Noel Gallagher, walking out on the band they had started some 18 years earlier, for what he said would be the last time.

“In hindsight it was the best thing that’s ever happened, because we’re free to do whatever we want,” said Liam Gallagher, who still has not spoken to Noel.

He plans to unveil his new band later this year, and for now is enjoying his recent anointing as the Greatest Frontman of All Time by the British rock magazine Q. Is there an up-and-comer on the music scene to whom he is ready to pass the baton? Not yet — if ever, he said. “They gotta mug me for it.”

A version of this article appeared in print on May 30, 2010, on page ST11 of the New York edition.

Source: www.nytimes.com

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Happy Birthday Noel Gallagher




















Happy Birthday to Noel Gallagher who is 43 today.

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28 May 2010

Oasis Fan Documentry To Air On 12th June











The Oasis fan documentary that has been previously reported here, has appeared in the provisional Channel 4 listings for Sunday 12th June (Sat night) at 12am (UK Only).

It has a two hour slot, so it will probably be cut to around 90mins to include adverts.

As soon as I have any more details I will post them.

Thanks as always to Mr Monobrow

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Paul Weller To Team Up With Liam Gallagher











Paul Weller is to team up with Liam Gallagher to design clothes for the former Oasis frontman's Pretty Green label.

Weller, who is set to finish his five-night residency at London's Royal Albert Hall tonight (May 28), has already been in touch with Gallagher about joining the clothing label, according to Prettygreen.com.

"I've got designs for suits, jackets, shoes - I've been talking to Liam about them," he explained. "It's the same principle as what he's [Gallagher] doing, really - stuff I'd wear myself."

Weller also revealed that he has been wearing a Pretty Green suit made especially for the gigs this week.

"Nick [Holland], Pretty Green's creative director measured me up and it turned out top," Weller enthused. "It's double-breasted, grey with a chalk stripe. Almost like a gangster suit, but with a little kick to the trousers."

Gallagher named Pretty Green after Weller's song of the same name, which was recorded by his first group The Jam.

Source: www.nme.com

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Noel Gallagher On Del Piero



Noel Gallagher talks to Tim Lovejoy about how he became friends with Alessandro Del Piero and which international team he supports.

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27 May 2010

Yoko Ono Hopes Oasis Will Make More Albums
















Taken from a weekly Q&A with Yoko Ono.

AdamJardyBSB: Have you seen Lennon Gallagher lately? What did you think of Liam naming his son after John?

Yoko: I love Oasis. We need the power of goodness like them. The goodness is shining from their music. I hope they will make more albums.

You can read the full thing here.

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Noel Gallagher Impressed With Russell Brand's Wonder Wooing












Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher has often been left stunned by pal Russell Brand's ability to woo women, revealing the funnyman can seduce a girl during a trip to the toilet.

The rocker admits he has often been out partying with Brand and watched in amazement as his confident friend courted a woman, scored her phone number and then took her home with him.

Gallagher tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's quite unbelievable. We'll be sitting in a restaurant, a girl will walk past, and he'll kind of say, 'I'm just going to go to the toilet and see that girl.'

"And then he'll come back and say, 'Right, I just got that girl's number, and I'm going to f**k her later.' And he will.

"You're like, 'Wait a minute, how do you do that?'"

Source: www.contactmusic.com

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What's The Best Oasis Song Written By Liam Gallagher?




















This month the poll in the right side menu is for the best Oasis song written by Liam Gallagher.

The choices are

'Little James' from Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

'Songbird' from Heathen Chemistry
'Born On A Different Cloud' from Heathen Chemistry
'Better Man' from Heathen Chemistry

'Love Like A Bomb' from Don't Believe The Truth (co-written with Gem Archer)
'The Meaning Of Soul' from Don't Believe The Truth
'Guess God Thinks I'm Abel' from Don't Believe The Truth

'Won't Let You Down' from Lyla single (B-Side)

'Pass Me Down The Wine' from The Importance Of Being Idle single (B-Side)

'I'm Outta Time' from Dig Out Your Soul
'Ain't Got Nothin' from Dig Out Your Soul
'Soldier On' from Dig Out Your Soul

'Boy With The Blues' from Dig Out Your Soul (Bonus Track)
'I Believe In All' from Dig Out Your Soul (Bonus Track)

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Noel Gallagher To Work With The Faces?



The Faces will no longer wait for Rod Stewart to reunite, announcing on their website yesterday that three of the original members of the legendary British band — guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Kenney Jones and keyboardist Ian McLagan — will team up with Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall and Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock. The group is set to perform as the Faces at this year's Vintage at Goodwood festival in England on August 13th. "It's exciting to be on this path again and I hope that the Faces fans are excited as we are," Wood said in a statement. "I'm just really looking forward to seeing them this summer — bring it on!"

As Rolling Stone previously reported, the Faces, without Stewart but with Hucknall and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, reunited in October 2009 to perform at London's Royal Albert Hall. (Wyman, who will be replaced by Matlock, filled in for Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who passed away in 1997.) In 2008, a Faces reunion with Stewart nearly took place: the group rehearsed to see if they "still remember[ed] the songs." But Stewart quickly quashed reunion talk by saying there would be no Faces concerts in 2009 as he was busy with other commitments. After the Royal Albert Hall gig, Wood, Jones and McLagan all expressed a desire to keep the reunion going, with or without Stewart.

"The timing is just right, we can feel the excitement and we cannot wait to be back on stage playing to a live audience again," Jones said in a statement. "It's going to be lots of fun." In an interview with the BBC, Wood also revealed that the band is in talks to bring special guests out on stage, including Noel Gallagher, Slash and the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson. "There's loads of people that have said, 'Please, let us sing with you.'" Wood said. The newly reunited crew is currently drawing up their schedule for a tour.

Source: www.rollingstone.com

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26 May 2010

Noel Gallagher: ''Cigarettes & Alcohol' Is Social Commentary'



Noel Gallagher has spoken about his love for early Oasis single 'Cigarettes & Alcohol', describing the track as a "social comment".

In a new video interview, Gallagher explains that the track, which is included on Oasis' new singles collection 'Time Flies... 1994-2009' (released June 14), is "a proper youth anthem".

He said: "Right up until the last gigs, that's when people go fucking apeshit, for that song. It mentions drugs and shagging birds, social comment, boozing and drinking and listening to tunes. You know, what more do you want?!"

Noel Gallagher recently explained the logic behind the 'Time Flies...' tracklisting, suggesting he wanted it to feel like a gig.

Source: www.oasisinet.com

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Noel Gallagher Helped Russell Brand Develop His Swagger For Movie Role

















Russell Brand turned to pal Noel Gallagher for swagger tips as he prepared to play wildman Aldous Snow in new film Get Him To The Greek.

Brand reveals he studied rock music legends to perfect Snow's "winky walk" and then called on former Oasis star Gallagher for attitude advice.

He tells Spin magazine, "He don't care about nothing (sic). He's a friend of mine, actually. I asked him how come he's got that attitude and he said as long as he's got his guitar he knows that people will be willing to pay 10 quid (pounds) to come see him.

"That means he doesn't have to put up with the bulls**t. I tried to give Aldous some of that same attitude."

Source: www.contactmusic.com

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On This Day In Oasis History...



'Echoes Round The Sun' was the result of a boozy recording session between Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Gem Archer and Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Steve Cradock.

It was released as a double A-side with 'Have You Made Up Your Mind' on May 26 2008. It was the first single be the first released from Paul’s double album '22 Dreams'.

Weller's gig at London's Royal Albert Hall this Thursday (May 27) is to be streamed online.

The gig is Weller's fourth out of a five-night run at the historic venue, and will see him showcase new album 'Wake Up The Nation', along with tracks from his back catalogue.

As well as being broadcast live from 8:45pm (BST), Weller's performance will be repeated several times over the following days.

Visit www.paulweller.com for more details.

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Happy Birthday Alan White




















Happy Birthday to former Oasis drummer Alan White who is 38 today.

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25 May 2010

Liam Gallagher Names New Band




















Beady Eye (Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock) are in the studio with Steve Lillywhite, working on their way of looking at the world.

Source: www.oasisinet.com

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Liam Gallagher Interview With Nylon TV



Liam Gallagher talks with Nylon TV about his clothing label, Pretty Green.

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24 May 2010

Noel Gallagher On The 2010 World Cup



Noel Gallagher talks to Tim Lovejoy about the 2010 World Cup

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Spartacus 'Fresco' Features Liam And Noel Gallagher













Paul Karslake's new work depicting comtemporary heroes and villains shows the X-Factor judges fighting while Noel Gallagher beheads his Oasis bandmate Liam.

Geordie television presenters Ant and Dec watch and smirk from the sidelines as the carnage unfolds in the arena.

On the right of the 7ft by 5ft painting, actresses Joanna Lumley and Angelina Jolie pout while a surprisingly aggressive Rocket Man-era Elton John charges about wielding a shield and sword.

Karslake's painting, unveiled at Camden Market, marks the launch of Bravo's controversial TV show Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

At its centre is star of the show Andy Whitfield, who stands over two of his victims, one of them former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Welsh-born Whitfield is a man who epitomises courage both on and off-screen as he portrays the rebellious warrior slave Spartacus and in real life battles non-hodgkins lymphoma.

Describing his inspiration for the painting, Karslake said: "After watching several episodes of Spartacus, I was struck by how contemporary society holds just as much sex, violence and deception as it did in Roman times.

"Every day, modern day gladiators vie for our attention and are held up for our entertainment in a bid to win our affection, ratings or votes.

"If Simon Cowell had been around in Ancient Rome, would he be running Gladiatorial schools or does Gordon Brown's demise bear any resemblance to emperors of the past?"

Spartacus: Blood and Sand airs exclusively on Tuesdays at 10pm from Tuesday May 25 and stars Scottish actor John Hannah and Lucy Lawless.

Hannah, who plays Batiatus, owner of the Gladiator arena said: "I think we all like that historical world.

"We want to know where our society has come from and who we are, and what we were without the constraints of civilization.

"I think those kind of people still exist - they're just dressed in suits and pinstripe shirts now. I can see the modern parallels."

Historian and writer Natalie Hayes said: "Ancient Rome is no different from the modern world.

"We no longer watch chariot races or gladiatorial fights but we watch races just like Romans did - for us the chariots have become Formula 1 cars.

"Let's not pretend we don't watch with the same guilty excitement there might be a crash.

"And as for the gladiators? We watch plenty of battles today - whether it's the FA Cup, or the Wimbledon Men's Final - someone has to win, and someone has to lose.

"We bet money on the outcome, just like Romans. And the gladiatorial nature of our world isn't limited to the sporting arena: it's why Prime Minister's Questions is compelling TV - one man battling with another, as a crowd bays for more.

"It's why we watch Big Brother, as a crowd outside the house boos and cheers their favourite characters within.

"We're watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand for the sex, the violence, the swearing, the swords and the sandals.

"But we're also watching it because we see ourselves in our Roman ancestors."

The painting will be on show to the public at Marylebone Station all day Monday, protected by two fearsome gladiators.

Passers by are invited to admire the work and donate to The Lymphoma Association or Help for Heroes.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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23 May 2010

Wayne Rooney Still Has His Manchester City Gibson Guitar




















Rio Ferdinand revealing interview with Wayne Rooney appears in his No 5 online magazine tomorrow.

Here is a little piece from it.

Rio: Is it true Noel Gallagher sent you a guitar for your birthday?

Wayne: Yeah, he did. Colleen asked him. I'm a big fan of Oasis, she bought the guitar and then sent it to them to sign for my birthday. I was happy with the guitar he gave me but a bit disappointed with his comments afterwards. He said I gave it away to charity but I've still got it in the house.

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22 May 2010

Noel Gallagher Gets The Drinks In

















Noel Gallagher gets the drinks in, after he presented Paul Weller with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards earlier this week in London.

Source: Scan from taday's Daily Star

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21 May 2010

Bombay Bicycle Club: 'We're Glad Liam Gallagher Insulted Us'











Band thank the former Oasis man...

Bombay Bicycle Club have said it was “a good thing” that Liam Gallagher criticised them.

In March, the former Oasis star slammed the band, and took specific aim at their name.

However, in an interview with XFM, singer Jack Steadman said they were unfazed by Gallagher’s remarks.

“We were thinking about changing the name of our band before he said those things,” he said.

“It was a quick solution. We didn’t think we’d ever have to worry about it or defend it – we were playing a gig and we just needed a name.”

Steadman said that the insult also proved that Gallagher had noticed the group.

“It’s a good thing to be insulted by Liam Gallagher. We’ve made it now,” he said.

“We’re on his radar. He doesn’t say anything nice about bands. It’s good to get a mention.”

Bombay Bicycle Club are set to release a new acoustic album, entitled 'Flaws', on July 12.

Source: www.gigwise.com

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Oasis Time Flies - Exclusive Noel Gallagher Interview Clips & Competition!



“We’re not arrogant, we just believe we’re the greatest band in the World.” (Noel Gallagher, 1995)

“The fact that we kept it together for so long is testament to our love of the music. It’s from the heart.” (Noel Gallagher, 2010)

Over the next couple of weeks Big Brother Recordings will be releasing a series of exclusive internet-only video interview clips with Noel Gallagher.

Speaking to veteran broadcaster Gary Crowley, Noel gives his take on writing and recording the tracks on the forthcoming singles collection 'Time Flies… 1994-2009', reminisces about career milestones such as the first time he heard Oasis on the radio, choosing the first Oasis single, fan and band favourites such as “lost single” 'Whatever' and much more.

There are a total of 23 clips featuring never-before-seen interview footage that will only be available to view online here at Oasisinet, the band's official YouTube channel and select partners. Each clip features Noel playing the raconteur and takes us on a charming, intimate and witty trip through the band's history.

Today also marks the start of a new competition over at the Oasis Facebook page. We've made up a quiz to test your knowledge about the band's history and the prize is a pretty special one. The fan who wins the competition will receive 'Time Flies... 1994-2009' album artwork, we'll frame it for you... and if that wasn't enough, we'll get the guys to sign it and personalise it to you! Check it out HERE!

Source: www.oasisinet.com

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Noel Gallagher Has A Pop At Annie Lennox At Ivor Awards




















Lord Noel Gallagher was on reliably mickey-taking form at the Ivors as he had a sly pop at Annie Lennox.

Eurythmics legend Annie presented Brit singer Imogen Heap with the International Achievement award.

And Annie used her time on the podium to say what a hard time female artists have in the male-dominated music industry. She said the most patronising question she was ever asked was about what it was like to be a woman in the rock world.

Later, former Oasis axeman Noel could not resist a dig at Annie as he presented Paul Weller with the Lifetime Achievement award.

He declared: "I am a man. A man in rock. People ask what it's like to be a man in rock and I say, 'It's aaaalllright'."

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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On This Day In Oasis History...





On May 21st 2001, Noel Gallagher was interviewed in Toronto, Canada for 'Much Music'.

The band were in North America for 'The Tour of Brotherly Love' featuring Oasis, The Black Crowes, and Spacehog. The three rock bands featured pairs of brothers: Noel and Liam Gallagher, Chris and Rich Robinson, Royston and Antony Langdon. The tour's title is a nod to the fact that all three pairs of brothers have been known to fight, sometimes physically, sometimes even publicly.

Originally scheduled for 21 dates across the United States and Canada, the three bands performed to capacity crowds in medium-sized arenas and concert halls, including a three-night stand at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer of Oasis and the Langdon brothers of Spacehog joined The Black Crowes on stage at the end of most shows on the tour, performing covers of songs by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones. Oasis drummer Alan White missed the tour with a thumb injury and was replaced by older brother Steve White.

Also broadcast on this day was 'MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch', click here to watch the fight.

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20 May 2010

Noel Gallagher Presents Paul Weller With Lifetime Achievement Award



Noel Gallagher was on hand to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul Weller, at the 55th Ivor Novello awards that were held earlier today.

Paul has found success across three decades with The Jam, The Style Council and his acclaimed solo work.

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Adidas Originals - The Street Where Originality Lives (Extended Version)



Noel Gallagher features in a new extended commercial for Adidas Originals' 2010 Global Campaign.

Welcome to the street where originality lives; the Adidas Originals neighborhood. This is where athletes, musicians, skaters, artists, entertainers and more all come together to show their colors, their style and their originality.

The Advert features Adrienne Bailon, Agyness Deyn, Ana Ivanovic, Calle 13, David Beckham, DJ Neil Armstrong, Fernando Verdasco, Hyori Lee, Ian Brown, Jay Baruchel Jeremy Scott, Louise Roe, Mr. Hudson, N-Dubz, Snoop Dogg, Tallulah Morton, Whitney Port, Dee Edwards.

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Noel Gallagher: It's A Travesty We Have Only Had It Once



Fabio Capello yesterday said England was the "best country to host the World Cup".

The England boss joined the 4,000 people who have backed The Sun's campaign to save the nation's 2018 bid.

Click here to sign The Sun's E-petition.

The Italian, 63, said: "This is the best country where you can play football. The transport, the fans, the stadiums, the hotels, everything is good.

This is why I think it will be fine for England."

The Sun launched Save Our Bid this week, calling on FIFA to ignore former bid chairman Lord Triesman's corruption claims.

Boxing ace Ricky Hatton, 31, joined our crusade - which you can support by signing the e-petition, above - saying: "England is where the beautiful game began. Bring it on."

Oasis star Noel Gallagher, 42, speaking at the launch of Umbro's I'm In campaign, said: "England should win. It's a travesty we have only had it once."

Other celebs backing our bid included former England captain Alan Shearer, TV host Adrian Chiles and Fatboy Slim star Norman Cook.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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19 May 2010

Oasis’ 'Time Flies' US Release Details



















As previously reported, Oasis are releasing Time Flies…1994-2009, a lengthy compilation of their singles, on June 15. Legacy Recordings, which is handling the distribution of the set, issued a release detailing all the iterations of the set that can be purchased.

The set exists in three forms. The standard double-disc set will include 26 of the band’s U.K. singles plus U.S. hit “Champagne Supernova” (the U.K. edition will include all the proper singles, including “Sunday Morning Call” in place of “Supernova”). A four-disc edition will exist as an import, with the U.K. version of the set, a DVD of 38 promo videos and a bonus disc of the band’s final concert in 2009. Finally, the set will be released as a five-LP set with the U.K. track list intact.

Oasis – Time Flies 1994-2009 (Big Brother Records/Legacy)

Disc 1

Supersonic
Roll with It
Live Forever
Wonderwall
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Cigarettes & Alcohol
Songbird
Don’t Look Back in Anger
The Hindu Times
Stand by Me
Lord Don’t Slow Me Down
Shakermaker
All Around the World

Disc 2 *

Champagne Supernova
Some Might Say
The Importance of Being Idle
D’You Know What I Mean?
Lyla
Let There Be Love
Go Let It Out
Who Feels Love?
Little by Little
The Shock of the Lightning
She is Love
Whatever
I’m Outta Time
Falling Down

Disc 3 – DVD **

Supersonic
Supersonic (U.S. Version)
Shakermaker
Live Forever
Live Forever (U.S. Version)
Cigarettes & Alcohol
Whatever
Some Might Say
Roll with It
Wonderwall
Don’t Look Back in Anger
D’You Know What I Mean?
Stand by Me
All Around the World
Go Let It Out
Who Feels Love?
Sunday Morning Call
The Hindu Times
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Little by Little
Songbird
Lyla
The Importance of Being Idle
Let There Be Love
Lord Don’t Slow Me Down
The Shock of the Lightning
I’m Outta Time
Falling Down
Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
Morning Glory
Champagne Supernova
Acquiesce (Live)
Don’t Go Away
Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Gas Panic! (Live)
Little by Little (Live)
The Masterplan
Acquiesce

Disc 4 – Live from the iTunes Festival, The Roundhouse, London – 7/21/2009

Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
Lyla
The Shock of the Lightning
Cigarettes & Alcohol
Roll with It
The Masterplan
Songbird
Slide Away
Morning Glory
Half the World Away
I’m Outta Time
Wonderwall
Supersonic
Live Forever
Don’t Look Back in Anger
Champagne Supernova

* U.K. version of Disc 2 omits Track 1 and adds “Sunday Morning Call” as Track 14. Japanese version adds “Don’t Go Away” to the end of Disc 2.

** Each video features audio commentary from Noel and Liam Gallagher

Disc 1 Tracks 1, 3, 6 and 12 from Definitely Maybe (Creation, 1994)
Disc 2 Track 12 is a non-LP single (Creation, 1994)
Disc 1 Tracks 2, 4 and 8 and Disc 2 Tracks 1-2 from (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (Creation, 1995)
Disc 1 Tracks 10 and 13 and Disc 2 Tracks 3 and 14 (Japan) from Be Here Now (Creation, 1997)
Disc 2 Tracks 7, 8 and 14 (U.K. only) from Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (Big Brother, 2000)
Disc 1 Tracks 5, 7 and 9 and Disc 2 Tracks 9 and 11 from Heathen Chemistry (Big Brother, 2002)
Disc 2 Tracks 3, 5 and 6 from Don’t Believe the Truth (Big Brother, 2005)
Disc 1 Track 11 is a non-LP single (Big Brother, 2007)
Disc 2 Tracks 10, 13 and 14 from Dig Out Your Soul (Big Brother, 2008)

Source: theseconddisc.wordpress.com

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What's The Best Oasis Song Written By Liam Gallagher?




















This month the poll in the right side menu is for the best Oasis song written by Liam Gallagher.

The choices are

'Little James' from Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

'Songbird' from Heathen Chemistry
'Born On A Different Cloud' from Heathen Chemistry
'Better Man' from Heathen Chemistry

'Love Like A Bomb' from Don't Believe The Truth (co-written with Gem Archer)
'The Meaning Of Soul' from Don't Believe The Truth
'Guess God Thinks I'm Abel' from Don't Believe The Truth

'Won't Let You Down' from Lyla single (B-Side)

'Pass Me Down The Wine' from The Importance Of Being Idle single (B-Side)

'I'm Outta Time' from Dig Out Your Soul
'Ain't Got Nothin' from Dig Out Your Soul
'Soldier On' from Dig Out Your Soul

'Boy With The Blues' from Dig Out Your Soul (Bonus Track)
'I Believe In All' from Dig Out Your Soul (Bonus Track)

18 May 2010

Liam Gallagher Tops Up His Tan In Cannes With Wife Nicole

















Here's Liam Gallagher enjoying the sunshiiiine in Cannes.

The Oasis frontman was topping up his tan alongside wife Nicole onboard a flash yacht.

It's been a while since we've seen Liam minus his Parka and leopard-print loathers.

But he manages to pull off these chequered shorts.

Well, I never had him down as a Speedos man.

Check out the pictures here.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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Crumbs, It’s ... Noel Gallagher




















Here's Bizarre lord Noel Gallagher as you have never seen him before - in a picture made from breadcrumbs.

Artist Lennie Payne came up with the technique after earning cult status for doing portraits by blow-torching toast.

Lennie has used the breadcrumb technique for portraits of Ian Brown and Howard Marks as part of a new deal with donnelly24.com, who are hosting an exhibition tomorrow at the Maverik Showroom in London's Shoreditch.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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Liam Gallagher: The Movie Mogul



Liam Gallagher jets into Cannes in his new guise as a movie mogul. He's got the smoky shades and the Superfly gait. His leather coat is buttoned to the throat and he lopes across the beachfront terrace wearing a pair of fluffy, leopard-print loafers he might have plucked from a pensioner's feet. The press aren't sure what to make of him. "He's become a caricature," one whispers to me. "He should be in a Mike Leigh film."

It's unlikely Gallagher will act in a Mike Leigh film – he says his favourite recent movie is Avatar. Instead, the Oasis frontman has teamed up with Revolution Films to adapt The Longest Cocktail Party, the 1972 memoir by Richard Di Lello, an American teen who became the "house hippie" at Apple records; the story views the Beatles' break-up from the wings. "The Beatles aren't going to be in this film," cautions Gallagher. "There's gonna be no one auditioning for John, Paul, George and Ringo. And there'll be no wigs." I see a foreign journalist duly note this down: no wigs.

Apple, explains producer Andrew Eaton, was ahead of its time: a multimedia enterprise that branched into film, fashion and retail, before collapsing at the start of the 1970s. "But I like that," Gallagher says. "I like the failure, the sadness of something being so great. It's life – shit happens. You've got to pick the good bits and mix them with the sad bits, or the horrendous bits."

This project, he adds, is a one-off. The film business is just like the music business, full of people talking bullshit: he can't be taking it from two sides at once. "I'm doing this one thing and then that's it, I'm back on the dole. I'm not gonna be doing films about whales or unkempt eyebrows."

The reporter drags me aside. "Did he say whales or Wales?" he asks, notebook at the ready. It could conceivably be either. The singer has gone and he leaves us with a mystery. Whales or Wales? We stare blankly out to sea, pondering the profound implications of the film Liam Gallagher will never make.

Click here to watch another short interview with Liam.

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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17 May 2010

Liam Gallagher Interview From Cannes



Another short interview with Liam Gallagher who was at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, skip to around 2:45 to watch Liam and producer Andrew Eaton talk about 'The Longest Cocktail Party'.

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Liam Gallagher's New Band To Write The Soundtrack For His Apple Records Movie











Former Oasis singer plans to recreate the sounds of the era for the flick.

Liam Gallagher's new band are set to write the soundtrack for his film about The Beatles' Apple Corps label.

Speaking about the recently announced project at Cannes film festival, Gallagher told The Guardian that he's chosen not to use original Beatles music in the motion picture.

"[We could use The Beatles] if we want it," he explained, "But we're gonna do it – my new band's going to do the soundtrack. We can recreate that sound like that, you know what I mean? I think it will be more exciting if you have a sound that reminds you of that era, instead of the obvious, going, 'Oh, there's 'Let It Be''."

Gallagher reiterated that the film, an adaptation of the memoirs of Apple employee Richard DiLello, "ain't just about The Beatles", adding, "That's what we've gotta get across – it's about Apple Records."

He also confirmed that he is not planning on working on any other film projects, saying: "I'm doing this one thing and that is it, I'm back on the dole."

Gallagher's new band, made up of his former Oasis bandmates Andy Bell, Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock, are yet to announce their name or release any music, though the singer has predicted that they will make their debut this October.

Source: www.nme.com

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16 May 2010

Liam Gallagher Interview In Cannes



Another interview with Liam Gallagher at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday.

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15 May 2010

Bid For Signed Noel Gallagher Ray Ban Sunglasses















Click here to bid for a pair of signed Noel Gallagher Ray Ban Sunglasses, the current winning bid is £360.00 the auction ends on Sunday.

The sunglasses were donated by the manufacturer, and all proceeds from this auction will go directly to Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Liam Gallagher's New Band To Do Soundtrack To Beatles Film















Liam Gallagher has walked in looking with leopard print loafers on.

I've just been talking to one of his film partners who tells me he's a very nice chap. Liam's wife Nicole is here too in a bum-skimming pink dress and matching shoes.

The rock star has just revealed that his new band will be doing the soundtrack to the film.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Liam Gallagher Cannes Interview



Interview with Liam Gallagher at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday.

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14 May 2010

Liam Gallagher: I'm Not Going Into Films












Liam Gallagher has said the film he was producing about the Beatles' Apple Corps would not herald the start of a movie-making career.

The former Oasis singer's new production company, In 1, is set to make a biopic based on Richard DiLello's memoir The Longest Cocktail Party, which charts the "wild rise and fall" of the record company at the end of the 1960s.

But, speaking in Cannes alongside Andrew Eaton of Revolution Films, who will collaborate on the project, Liam said: "I'm not going into films, this is the last thing for me. I mean I'm not going to get sucked into that. I'm going to do this one thing because I like it, and I've got the opportunity to do it, and Andrew's going to make it happen, and that's it."

DiLello worked as the resident "House Hippie" at Apple, which signed artists such as James Taylor, Mary Hopkin and Badfinger, from 1968 to 1970.

Eaton said: "It was a brilliant time, there were a great bunch of people working around the Beatles, and inspired by the Beatles, they were working in one office all together.

"They kind of changed the world, because they were doing multi-media stuff, they were doing films, they were doing records, years before everyone else was - so we want to capture some of that."

Liam said the memoir had held "biblical" meaning for his former Oasis bandmates.

And asked if he was likely to put in an appearance on screen, Liam joked: "I'm too good looking."

Source: The Press Association

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Liam Gallagher Announces Beatles Movie











At the Cannes Film Festival today (Friday 14th May 2010) Liam will officially unveil his first motion picture project, The Longest Cocktail Party.

Based on the book of the same name, a word-of-mouth smash by Sixties face Richard DiLello, it’s a film about the Beatles – but like none you’ve ever seen before.

DeLillo worked for Apple Corps, the Fab Four’s corporation that they described as "an attempt at ‘Western Communism'."

Apple Corps encompassed fashion labels, movie producers and the band’s indie record label Apple. The label signed innovative acts like Jazz legend James Taylor and quietly subversive folk musician Mary Hopkin. Based at Number Three Savile Row, Apple Corps quickly became a chaotic clubhouse for some of Swinging London’s most infamous figures.

A young American backpacker, DeLillo was employed (sort of) as the Apple Corps’ ‘House Hippy’. While his job description involved little more than skinning up, he also played muse and assistant to Apple Press Officer Derek Taylor. It was a position from which DeLillo witnessed some of the most pivotal moments of late 60s counter-culture. The Beatles themselves appear only as semi-mythical figures – The Longest Cocktail Party is more the story of the enormous impact the band had on the world around them rather than a biopic of John, Paul, George and Ringo themselves.

The Longest Cocktail Party has been called ‘the only book about the Beatles that’ll make you laugh’. Peppered with the hilarious and poignant details that a writer only gets from really being there, it’s Let It Be meets The Thick of It.

The film is currently set to go into production in early 2011.

Source: www.prettygreen.com

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13 May 2010

Oasis Fans Still Needed For Documentary












Thanks for your interest in the Oasis documentary project.

As part of the project, we're looking for fans to send us their own content - shot themselves on webcam/VCR telling their own stories to feature between the larger stories making up the core of the film.

We would very much like you to record your stories using a web cam or with the help of a friend using a camcorder and send them on DVD or via 'YouSendIt.com' to Pulse Films (address below).

Stories can be as simple or as complicated as you like - it's upto you - but must feature a very clear link between your story and specific Oasis track that reminds you of the experience

PLEASE DON'T EDIT YOUR STORIES OR SET THEM TO MUSIC - we will edit footage into the film as appropriate.

Contributions must be in English - if it's not your first language, don't worry, we still welcome your input - just do your best.

DVDs/Digital files must be received by Monday 17th May.

Remember - anything is welcome, from a simple comment on webcam about how much you love Oasis, to the epic story of how Don't Look Back In Anger changed your life.

Please address all DVDs:
Oasis: Time Flies Content
1 Book Mews
Off Flitcroft Street
London
WC2H 8DJ

Or email contributions: oasis@pulsefilms.co.uk via 'YouSendIt.com'

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New Website Launch Coincides With The 20th Anniversary Of Microdot




















Brian Cannon who the art director for all Oasis work from 'Definitely Maybe' right through to 'The Masterplan'. Has just completed a archive Microdot website, there is a comprehensive Oasis section in there.

You can find it www.microdotcreative.co.uk

The website launch coincides with the 20th anniversary of Microdot.

Noel Gallagher approached Brian after seeing the work he had done for The Verve.

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12 May 2010

Vote For The Greatest Rock Singer Ever














Mick Jagger, Axl Rose, Liam Gallagher - Vote For The Greatest Rock Singer Ever.

Get voting now...Voting has opened on Gigwise to find the Greatest Rock Singer Ever.

You can vote on some of the biggest frontmen and women in music, including Mick Jagger, Karen O, Freddie Mercury and Morrissey.

Other singers in our Rate or Slate feature include Brandon Flowers, Trent Reznor, Jannis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.All you have to do cast your vote is click here and help us find the Greatest Rock Singer Ever.

Source: www.gigwise.com

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Four Day's Left To Bid For Signed Noel Gallagher Ray Ban Sunglasses















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The sunglasses were donated by the manufacturer, and all proceeds from this auction will go directly to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Noel Gallagher, supported Teenage Cancer Trust and played at its annual concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2010. See videos here: http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/what-we-do/royal-albert-hall/2010/

For more information about Rock Your Shades visit: www.teenagecancertrust.org/rockyourshades

“I’ve been honoured to support this amazing charity. The patients I meet at the Royal Albert hall concerts are an inspiration.” – Noel Gallagher

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The Vortex Coming To A Town Near You Soon














First stop this Sun 16th May Students Union, SHEFFIELD then BRISTOL, WEST BROMWICH, SUNDERLAND, PORTSMOUTH, NOTTINGHAM, FORDHAMFEST, SOUTHAMPTON, LONDON, EDINBURGH and many more dates to come.

Sun 16th May - Students Union - Sheffield
Sat 22nd May - Tunnels - Bristol

Sat 5th June - The Public - West Brom
Sat 12th June - Independent - Sunderland
Sat 19th June - Cellars - Portsmouth
Wed 30th June - Maze - Nottingham

Sun 8th August - Fordhamfest - Cambridgeshire
Fri 20th August - Soul Cellar - Southampton
Sat 21st August - Dirty South - Lewisham
Fri 27th August - TBC - Belgium

Sat 30th October - Colossal@ Maggies Chamber - Edinburgh

Fri 19th November - TBC - Belgium

For the tour dates and more visit www.myspace.com/thevortexmanchester

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11 May 2010

Liam Gallagher 'Evades Iceland Volcano Ash Cloud By Boat




















Liam Gallagher was caught up in the recent travel disruption caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland, it has emerged.

The former Oasis singer and his family, including wife Nicole Appleton, were left stranded in America after transatlantic flights were cancelled due to the ash cloud.

But Gallagher was able to navigate his way back to Britain by taking to the seas instead.

According to Travel Weekly, the singer and his family joined guests on the recently launched six-star cruise ship, Silver Spirit, on a journey from New York.

The website stated: “Reports from the ship suggest the celebrity family enjoyed their time on board and there was none of the more disruptive behaviour Gallagher became known for during the Oasis heydays of the 1990s.”

The ash cloud, which is still causing widespread disruption to flight travel, affected a host of bands last month, including Metallica and The Cribs.

Source: www.gigwise.com

Meet Ex Oasis Man 'Bonehead' This Weekend














For all you Oasis fans out there, we've got an exciting opportunity to meet Bonehead in person this Sunday, when he comes to Sheffield Union with his new band The Vortex. The winner will also win a pair of tickets for the gig and a signed T-shirt.

To be in for a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

'Bonehead was one of the founding members of Oasis, what is the name of the debut album that Oasis released?'

E-mail your answers to gigs@sheffield.ac.uk along with your name and contact number with the subject 'Bonehead.'

Tickets for the gig are £8 and are available from the Union Box Officeover the counter, on 0114 22 28777 or via here www.sheffieldboxoffice.com/online or from www.seetickets.com www.ticketmaster.co.uk www.gigantic.com

What's The Best Oasis Song Written By Liam Gallagher?











This month the poll in the right side menu is for the best Oasis song written by Liam Gallagher.

The choices are

'Little James' from Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

'Songbird' from Heathen Chemistry
'Born On A Different Cloud' from Heathen Chemistry
'Better Man' from Heathen Chemistry

'Love Like a Bomb' from Don't Believe The Truth (co-written with Gem Archer)
'The Meaning Of Soul' from Don't Believe The Truth
'Guess God Thinks I'm Abel' from Don't Believe The Truth

'Won't Let You Down' from Lyla single (B-Side)

'Pass Me Down The Wine' from The Importance Of Being Idle single (B-Side)

'I'm Outta Time' from Dig Out Your Soul
'Ain't Got Nothin' from Dig Out Your Soul
'Soldier On' from Dig Out Your Soul

'Boy With The Blues' from Dig Out Your Soul (Bonus Track)
'I Believe In All' from Dig Out Your Soul (Bonus Track)

10 May 2010

Noel Gallagher On TalkSport




















Noel appeared on TalkSport again on Sunday 9 May with Andy Goldstein and Ray Parlour.

Amongst other things he spoke about why he has not written an autobiography, his thoughts on Man City not reaching the Champions League place and his plans for the coming week. Some extracts from his appearance:

Andy Goldstein: How are you?

Noel: “Bloody awesome.”

Andy Goldstein: Why are you bloody awesome? You’ve had a terrible week!

Noel: “I have had a terrible week, but I’m trying to raise my spirits.” “Well, Chelsea won the league, you know, that’s enough.”

Andy Goldstein: What, United didn’t, so happy days?

Noel: “Happy days, indeed, yeah.”

Ray Parlour: Were you at the game today?

Noel: “You know what? After Wednesday I literally couldn’t raise my spirits to go, it was just a glorified kickabout today so I was like, no, I can’t be bothered.”

Andy Goldstein: Have you ever thought about writing an autobiography?

Noel: “It’s been offered to me a couple of times but I’m too young, I think.”

Andy Goldstein: How old are you?

Noel: “17. No, I’m actually 43 in a couple of weeks. We’re going to New York City.”

Ray Parlour: Some footballers have done two or three books by the time they are 21.

Noel: “No, it’s not for me. I’d either have to write it myself, and I just can’t be bothered with all that...”

Andy Goldstein: Can you remember most of it, or are the early days a bit of a blur? Excuse the pun.

Noel: “Well... yeah, if I’m pushed I could remember it all, I’d have to, I don’t think I could sit down at a typewriter and actually write it, I could probably do it if a ghost writer done it, but it’s not me, it’s not me.”

Andy Goldstein: I could probably do it for you, Noel!

Noel: “Yeah, you probably could... but you won’t.”

Andy Goldstein: Apart from going to Eastlands on Wednesday and ruining your entire week, what else have you done?

Noel: “I got the suits. In fact Jamie Redknapp gave me the heads up on some very fine suits down at Savile Row, so I got kitted out.”

Andy Goldstein: Did he charge you?

Noel: “Of course he charged me! They put an extra few bob on when I come in!” “I don’t do the freebie gear, anyway, I’d rather pay.”

Andy Goldstein: Trainers? I’m sure Adidas sort you out with free pairs.

Noel: “Eh.... yeah well, actually one of my best mates is one of the head honchos at Adidas and he does, but again, if you’re asking for stuff you get it in about four weeks so I’d rather just go round the shop and buy it.”

Andy Goldstein: Do they not just say, “Turn up at the Adidas factory and then you can walk around and help yourself?

Noel: “Yeah, but then you just end up with tons and tons of boxes in the house and again, it’s just like my gaffs not that big in London, you know what I mean?”

Andy Goldstein: Give them away to your radio pals!

Noel: “You wouldn’t be my size, I’ve got very small feet, I’ve got girls feet!” “Not baby girls feet, cos that would be really, really creepy, but I’d say I’ve got big girls feet. I’m a six and a half.”

Football/Man City

Andy Goldstein: Looking back at the season, happy with it?

Noel: “I’d have been happy with it at the start but, eh, I think overall yeah, I think we’ve come a long way from tenth and the manager was ejected half way through the season, I think we’ve done alright. I’ve got no complaints about Wednesday... I thought Tottenham were the better team and overall during the season, particularly in the run-in, the last six games, they kind of beat Chelsea, Arsenal and City so fair play to them.”

Ray Parlour: Are you happy Mancini is going to stay?

Noel: “Yeah, yeah, the noises coming out of there are that he’s gonna stay, that’s fine with me, I guess they’ve got to give him a chance to build a team. He’s not really got that big a job to do, I mean all he’s got to do is fine tune it a little bit, but I’m happy with him.”

Ray Parlour: Adam Johnson is different class at the moment, isn’t he?

Noel: “I’ll tell you what I like about him – he’s come out of the Championship, he’s played every single game since he got there, he doesn’t seem overawed by it at all and he’s been really consistent. Apart from the fact that when he’s up against the big teams, like when he’s up against Evra or the Arsenal players, you know, he kinda didn’t make an impact on the match, but other than that he’s been really, really consistent this season, which you know, that’s the sign of a good player, I think.”

Andy Goldstein: Do you think not getting fourth place has hindered your chances of getting the kind of players you would have expected to see at Eastlands, or do you think it makes no difference as you’ll definitely be playing Champions League football soon?

Noel: “Well yeah, obviously we’ve not got it this year, if we don’t get it next year it’ll definitely be the year after, but I mean, how many... there’s a dozen top, top players in the world and they can’t all play for your club, so we’ve got Tevez and we’ve got Shay Given and we’ve got, we’ve got some good players, but I think we’ll get... I think all we’ve got to get is a couple, we need a wizard in the middle of the park, and we need a centre-half and a left-back and I think we’ll be alright.”

Andy Goldstein: With the World Cup I’d expect to see quite a few names going to Man City.

Noel: “I’d expect to see quite a few going, as well, though. I don’t think we’ll buy.. I don’t think there will be the outlays that Mark Hughes had, like eight or nine players, I think probably three or four would be the maximum, I think.”

Ray Parlour: People like Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, maybe?

Noel: “No, I think it’ll be more like the kind of fringe players, they’d be mad to let Stephen Ireland or Shaun Wright-Phillips go, not only because we’d be weakening our team but we’d be strengthening teams like Tottenham and the others, do you know what I mean?” “Those are the kind of players that kind of make your squad immense, do you know what I mean?, if you’ve got players like that on the bench, and I’m not suggesting they’ll be on the bench, but you know, I wouldn’t sell Shaun to Everton or Villa or Tottenham because you’re just strengthening them and you’re kind of weakening yourself at the same time.”

Andy Goldstein: Do you think Man City will buy players like your very good pal, Del Piero?

Noel: “No.”

Andy Goldstein: I saw your interview on Football Focus, I didn’t know you were best mates with Del Piero.

Noel: “Yeah, he’s a friend of mine, he’s been a mate of mine for... five or six years now.” “He’s an Oasis fan and he used to come to the gigs in Italy and I em... oh, it was years ago and I was doing some Italian TV show and he was out of contract at the time and I kinda said- jokingly, that I would personally pay him £150,000 a week if he came to City and eh, his agent took it really seriously! He turned up at the gig and said, “So about this move, then.”, and I was like, “What are you talking about?”, and he was like, “Can you get me the gig at City?”, and I was, “No no, I don’t own the club!” But we’ve been mates ever since, he’s actually introduced us a few times onstage and he took us to the World Cup and all that, he’s a top, top dude.”

Andy Goldstein: Are you ever star struck or in awe when you meet these footballing heroes, or anyone for that matter?

Noel: “Em....no.. no, I don’t think I’ve ever been star struck.... I met Neil Young once and I was kinda blown away by that and McCartney, but not footballers, no offense, Ray. They’re kinda working-class heroes, aren’t they?, but they’re just the same as me.”

Andy Goldstein: Who is the biggest name on Noel Gallagher’s mobile phone? Can you top Demi Moore, who is on mine?

Noel: “Oh, can I top Demi Moore? How about.... I’ve got Bono’s number. He’s a mate of mine, he’s a top dude.”

Andy Goldstein: What have you got planned for the week?

Noel: “Right, I always remember at about quarter to ten, “I should have said that!”, what am I doing this week? I’m doing... I’ve got to do something for the Back The Bid campaign for the World Cup thing, I dono what it is, it’s some kind of interview and I’ve got a wedding next Saturday.”

Thanks as always to Dougie

Joe Cole On Football, Fatherhood And Clothes



Steve Beale from PG News interviews PG Member Joe Cole, Pretty Green's unofficial English soccer ambassador on football, fatherhood and, even more vitally, clothes

You don't have to support his team to cheer on Joe Cole. It's a fan-favourite status we can put down to his numerous pub-rousing performances for England - including that highlight-reel goal against Sweden in 2006 - plus Joe's devotion to entertaining football, as played by his idols Zinedine Zidane and Paul Gascoigne.

Unlike several of his contemporaries, 28 year-old Joe also looks sharp off the pitch - so naturally he's taken to Pretty Green ever since its launch last year. And he's a lifelong Oasis fan - as a little boy growing up in Camden, North London, Joe used to rap on the door of Supernova Heights and ask if the Gallagher brothers wanted to come for a kick about.

When we catch up with him in early May 2010, Joe's Chelsea squad are on the verge of their first double, rumours abound of a transfer to Liverpool or even Liam's beloved Manchester City, and there's more conjecture in the press about his place in the England World Cup squad. On top of it all it's only seven weeks since his wife Carly Zucker gave birth to the couples' first baby, Ruby Tatiana. So we offered some much-needed distraction, in the form of a chat about the really important things in life - like finding the perfect fitted jeans and taking care of suede.

SB: So you are now the proud owner of your third premier league winners' medal. How does it feel?

JC: "It feels great. Also it feels a relief because it's been three seasons without the title too long for a club of Chelsea's ambition."

SB: A big weekend coming up, then.

JC: "Y'know, if you'd have told us at the start of the season that we'd have to beat Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final to get the double we'd have been delighted! Chelsea has never done the double so it's a great step. If we do manage it, the only thing that separates Man United and us over the last seven years is the width of a post in the Champions League Final. To match a club like that in terms of honours is a great achievement."

SB: Is there a piece of silverware which has eluded you that you'd love to win ?

JC: "The Champions League at club level and the World Cup are the biggest. I believe I've played in teams good enough on occasions to win both but I feel we've never had ‘the rub of the green', that bit of luck you need, to do it."

SB: Do you keep all of your medals on show or are they just chucked in the loft ?

JC: "I give them all to my dad who has a huge safe in his house... so they are not on show. I would like to do that... but I think it's a bit lairy. Maybe when the career's over I will do. Need to collect a few more first."

SB: We hear it was through a pal at Chelsea that you hooked up with Pretty Green.

JC: "I'm always talking about clothes and fashion with a good friend at the club. I told him I'd found Pretty Green on the internet and how much I liked the stuff I'd got from there. It turned out he knew the guys from the label."

SB: ...And what caught your eye about the clothes?

JC: "That it's very much quality gear - I'm a big fan of good finishing on clothes, decent linings and things like that. Plus it fits me brilliantly, and it's always a problem finding stuff that fits. The jackets I don't even have to take to the tailor. Jeans for me are a nightmare - when I find a pair of jeans that fit me I wear them to the death. So I cannot wait for the Pretty Green jeans to come out, which I hear is in July."

SB: Which Pretty Green pieces will you be sporting this Summer?

JC: "I've got the T-shirt with the arty logo plus a couple of the old-school two-button T-shirts - and them, I love. When I was a kid and I wore my first suit I used to wear it with a collarless granddad shirt like that, so I was really glad that Pretty Green made them. I also love the suede shoes coming out, the Clarks desert boots."

SB: And coats-wise?

JC: "The lightweight waterproofs - the ones like a Mac, but cut short - I like so much that I got them in the light blue, dark blue, and black. I've also got the Harrington jacket, which I have to say fits me like a glove. You can whack it on with a plain T-shirt and a little cravat and go out for dinner - then you take the jacket and scarf off and you're in T-shirt and jeans ready to take the dogs for a walk."

SB: You sound like you know what you're doing...

JC: "When you grow up on a council estate in London you've got to wear the right clothes. Especially in Camden, where I'm from - it's right next to the West End, so whenever we got our birthday money we'd be off down Ralph Lauren and Yves Saint Laurent to get our Summer shirts and stuff. At the school disco it'd be fitted jeans, suede loafers and a Ralph top. Fashion was the thing, but you don't think of it being ‘fashion' as such when you're that age, do you? It's just what everyone wore. Then, as you get older, you start developing your own style."

SB: Which for you is what?

JC: "I wear what I like - and if other people don't, then I don't care. You've got to wear what you feel comfortable in. I'm very keen to see the Pretty Green jeans because once the jeans are right you can build an outfit around them. It's a real pet hate of mine, jeans that don't fit. I'm very fussy about jeans. And my feet - they take a pounding. People step on your toes all the time, you get lots of dead skin... So you need the right shoes, and I don't think you can beat a suede loafer. The trouble with suede, though, is that you have to look after it."

SB: Have you ever worn a Parka?

JC: "Oh yeah, when we were teenagers me and all my mates wore fitted jeans, suede shoes and Parkas. We were into Oasis, What's the Story... was my first album and I went and bought Definitely Maybe off the back of that. I've been to see them I-don't-know-how-many times."

SB: Apparently you sang an Oasis song at your wedding karaoke session...

JC: "Usually at karaoke I sing Roll With It but at the wedding I did Don't Look Back in Anger.

SB: Moving swiftly back to clothes. Does anyone else at Chelsea share your sartorial wisdom?

JC: "Frank Lampard, actually. He'll never just whack a tracksuit on and rock up at training - he always looks smart. Music and fashion go hand in hand, but football and fashion, well... let's just say there's a few mistakes that've been made there. Cup Final suits, things like that..."

SB: Congratulations to you and Carly for your first baby, Ruby Tatiana.

JC: "Thank you, it's been seven weeks now. She's absolutely beautiful."

SB: So you've got the paparazzi camped outside your house right now?

JC: "I don't think you ever get used to it. I'm not entirely comfortable with the ‘fame' side of things. If I could play for Chelsea and be anonymous, that'd be an ideal world. Having said that I like to live my life normally, and if people want to stop and have a chat I will. There's only ever a problem when people have had a drink. I do drink in the off-season, but normally I'm not a big drinker, so I'll be there in a bar having a cup of tea and drunk people'll come up. That's the only time I can get a bit indifferent."

SB: Before we let you go - what are England's chances in the World Cup?

JC: "I think England have got a good chance. Spain are obviously the favourites, but I've heard that Torres and Xavi are doubtful for the World Cup, and if you take the world's best centre-forward and central mid-fielder out of the squad that obviously weakens them. Then there's about nine or ten other countries for whom there's not much in it. The team that wins it is the team that gets a little bit of luck at the right time, and they'll get some nice football going - tournament play is all about finding the right rhythm. World Cup winners start slow and get better and better. Apart from Spain at the last Euros who started like a house on fire then sped up even more."

SB: Thanks enormously for your time during this period and all the luck in the world with everything you've got going on in the next few months.

JC: "It's honestly a pleasure. Thank you."

Steve Beale's been Style Director of FHM, Senior Editor of Arena and Editor-at-Large of The Face. He also writes about menswear for The Times and Sunday Times.

Source: www.prettygreen.com

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