31 October 2010

Happy Halloween

Pumpkin Art by Jenny 'Supersonic'

30 October 2010

Beady Eye Record Debut Music Video In London?

Last week SCYHO and L4E received several emails from regular site contributors that stated Beady Eye were shooting a video in London on Wednesday (October 27th) for the yet as untitled debut single.

The video is reportably being directed by Richard Ayoade who has previously worked with Kasabian and The Arctic Monkeys.

Following that several tweets from dancer Georgia Amodu, were spotted by a Beady Eyed L4E member who confirmed that she was working on the video and that the song was amazing.

Jeff Wootton who will take over bass duties for the bands live performances tweeted 'flying to LA to rejoin @gorillazband after Beady Eye stuff.'

The rumoured title for the debut Beady Eye single is Bring In The Light.

Details yet to be confirmed.

The Chemical Brothers Want To Work With Noel Gallagher Again

The Chemical Brothers want to collaborate with Noel Gallagher on his solo album.

The dance duo have worked with the rock star on two tracks - 'Setting Sun' and 'Let Forever Be' - and have also remixed songs for Oasis and insist they are ready to help him now he has left the band.

Tom Rowlands said: "It's up to Noel, we won't force ourselves upon him. But, obviously, we'd be up for it if we got the call, he's a great musician. It would be churlish not to see what the man had to say and what his ideas were."

The 'Hey Boy Hey Girl' hitmakers have also moved away from their electro roots to work on a film score for Joe Wright's new movie.

Tom admits it was great to be asked to contribute to the film - which is believed to be 'Indian Summer', which is based on the book 'Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire' by Alex von Tunzelmann - because it's a new challenge for him and bandmate Ed Simons.

Tom added to BANG Showbiz: "We're working on some music for Joe Wright's new film as well. He's got a movie coming out next year and we're working on the score for that. The music is going to be contemporary and it's heavy, it's brilliant. It's something different and exciting that we've been offered. It's fun to be able to do something that's completely different. When we work together to make music to play live or DJ with there's a different mindset to when a director says I've got this scene and I'm trying to communicate these feelings. It's interesting it makes music varied and fun."

The Chemical Brothers have also written and produced some music for Darren Aronofsky's new film 'Black Swan', which stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers in a New York production of 'Swan Lake'.

Source: www.contactmusic.com

On This Day In Oasis History...

"Wonderwall" is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by the band's guitarist and chief songwriter Noel Gallagher. Released as the third single from (What's the Story) Morning Glory? in October 1995, "Wonderwall" peaked at number two in the UK Singles Charts and proved to be their American breakthrough, reaching number eight on the Hot 100 and giving them their only top-ten hit in the US thus far. "Wonderwall" is perhaps their most popular song, despite the fact that British TV stars Robson & Jerome's "I Believe"/"Up on the Roof" kept it out of the top slot. "Wonderwall" continues to have enduring popularity in Oasis's canon; as of 2008, it was 76th in the UK's list of best-selling singles, and has now sold over a million copies in single and download sales in the UK, where it went platinum.

The song is included on Oasis's compilation album Stop the Clocks.


The song takes its name from the 1968 album Wonderwall Music by George Harrison, at the time still a member of the Beatles.[3] Harrison's album was in fact a soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, but the film has remained unknown by the general public. The original title of the track was "Wishing Stone".

It is often claimed that "Wonderwall" was written for Gallagher's then-girlfriend, Meg Mathews. Noel married Mathews in 1997, but the couple divorced four years later. Gallagher now claims that the song was not about Mathews at all, but he felt he had to go along with the rumour, saying "The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it. How do you tell your Mrs it's not about her once she's read it is? It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself."


The song was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, during a two-week recording of the 'Morning Glory' album in May 1995. According to producer Owen Morris, the song was completed in 6-8 hours.

Morris claimed that Gallagher had presented an alternative arrangement of the song "which had some extra complicated pre-bridge bits that didn't have singing or melody - but just had some chord changes - which seemed completely unnecessary", the night before it was recorded. This idea was quickly shelved.

Noel initially wanted to sing this song on (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, but he gave his brother Liam Gallagher the choice, and Noel ended up singing "Don't Look Back in Anger".

Live performances

Noel debuted the song on UK TV, backstage at Glastonbury and broadcast on Channel 4 on June 24, 1995. The song wasn't performed by the band during their headline performance the night before.

In August 2002, Noel changed the arrangement of his live performances of the song to a style admittedly heavily-influenced by Ryan Adams' cover version of the song. This arrangement has continued to his most recent live performances of the song. When the full band performs the song live, with electric guitars, it's still in the original style as presented on the record. During the 2008 tour, however the band have return to performing the song in a semi acoustic form.

A live version of the song, recorded at Wembley Stadium in 2000, is featured on the band's live album Familiar To Millions.

In an interview with Q magazine in August 2008, Liam said that he hates performing the song: "I can't stand that fucking song, every time I have to sing it, I want to gag. Problem is 'Wonderwall' was a big big tune for us and so you go to America and they're like, 'Are you Mr Wonderwall?', and you want to chin someone."


The music video to the song was filmed in the relatively brief period when bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan quit the band due to nervous exhaustion; Scott McLeod came in to replace him.

Cover art

The sleeve artwork was inspired by the paintings of the Belgian surrealist René Magritte, and was shot on Primrose Hill in north London. The hand holding the frame is that of art director Brian Cannon; the woman is Anita Heryet, a Creation Records employee. The original idea was to have Liam in the frame before Noel vetoed that idea whilst the shoot was taking place.

Chart history

It reached No.2 in the UK charts.

In the US it also peaked at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for an unprecedented ten weeks (this amount was later eclipsed in 1998 by Marcy Playground), and reached #8 on the Hot 100.

Awards and accolades

In 1995, "Wonderwall" came in at number one in the national Australian music poll, the Triple J Hottest 100.

The promo video for "Wonderwall", directed by Nigel Dick, won the Best British Video award at the 1996 BRIT Awards.

In the Grammy Awards of 1997 the band received a nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Noel Gallagher picked another nomination for Best Rock Song, winning none.

In 2003, VH1 ranked the song at number 95 in its countdown of the "100 Greatest Songs Of The Past 25 Years."

In May 2005, "Wonderwall" was voted the best British song of all time, in a poll of over 8,500 listeners conducted by Virgin Radio.

The song "Wonderwall" placed 105 of the 3000 top songs of all time on the website acclaimedmusic.net.

In August 2006, "Wonderwall" was named the second-greatest song of all time in a poll conducted by Q Magazine, finishing behind another Oasis song, "Live Forever".

In 2006, U2's guitarist The Edge named "Wonderwall" one of the songs he most wishes he'd written.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Wonderwall" at number 27 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.

In December 2007, it came in number 35 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's countdown.

In early 2007, "Wonderwall"'s drumming, provided by Alan White, was voted 90th best drumming track ever in Modern Drummer magazine.

29 October 2010

Noel Fielding Wants Liam Gallagher To Appear On Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding has revealed he wants Liam Gallagher to appear on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

The comedian, who is a captain on the BBC TV music quiz show, said he thinks the former Oasis singer is hilarious. He said: "Liam Gallagher would be great on Buzzcocks. He's really funny.

"I'd love to have him on but I'm not sure he'd be up for it."

Liam is not the only rock star he has his sights on for the programme. Flamboyant Noel also wants Kasabian singer Tom Meighan on as well.

Noel added: "He is one of the funniest people I have ever met in my life.

"He's so hilariously abstract and so funny. He'd be great on my team."

Source: www.californiachronicle.com

Liam Gallagher Features In The Black And White Photo Collection

The Black and White Collection

@ The Book Club,
100 Leonard Street

Thurs 4th November – Fri 31st December 2010.

The exhibition features a limited edition shot of Liam Gallagher from Birmingham Institue back in 1993.

Growing up in Bedford, England, amongst like-minded music enthusiasts Andy Willsher was strongly influenced by David Bowie as well as pretty much all of the Goth bands of the late 80’s at the time. Luckily for Andy there was a small music venue in town where most of the bands played. 'The perfect scenario' I thought; "I’ll go along and take some pictures. So the likes of 'Ghostdance', 'Zodiac Mindwarp', 'Fields of 'The Nephilim' (and many more people dressed in black throwing flour everywhere) started my portfolio". Andy decided to ignore college and get a real job so he could afford the next Canon model he had been craving. Whilst working at Barclays Bank in the West End, Andy took a holiday to follow a band called 'The Hollow Men' around the far reaches of Scotland and Ireland. "I decided from that point that this was the life for me. One step further down the line I was working in my local camera shop to try and gain some knowledge. I think it was around this time I started printing up my own pictures and sending them to the music press in the vain hope they’d want to use one".

Finally that time did arrive and after a few shots had been published, Andy then got a phone call from NME Towers; 'Do you fancy shooting 'The Family Cat' at a school in Crewe?'. Andy continues to photograph for NME, his credits includes Jeff Buckley, Arthur Lee, U2, White Stripes and many more iconic bands/artists.

Andy's work has captured the music culture of our times and this exhibition celebrates his 20 years in music and in photography standing next to the other photographers who inspired him, such as Anton Corbijn, Ellen Von Unwerth, Pennie Smith and Mick Rock.

In Andy’s own words "It just felt like the right time to have an exhibition".

Private view Thursday 4th November 6pm - 2am at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London. EC2A 4RH

The night will also feature a great line up of special guest DJs.

For more dtails visit www.andywillsher.com

On This Day In Oasis History...

Release Date: 29 October 2007.

Highest Chart Position: N/A

Written By: Noel Gallagher.

Directed By: Baillie Walsh.

Recorded At: Various locations.

Lord Don't Slow Me Down is a rockumentary film, looking back on British band Oasis' Don't Believe the Truth world tour which took place from May 2005 to March 2006. The film is directed by Baillie Walsh. It went platinum in the UK.


A handful of fans-only private screenings took place around the world with the world premiere of the film at the Directors Guild Theater in New York City on November 4, 2006 as part of the CMJ Film Festival. The UK television premiere was on Channel 4 on November 19, at 11:50pm, although it was a heavily edited version with approximately 40 minutes cut from the original 95 minute version. The film was unveiled to coincide with Oasis' compilation album Stop the Clocks, released on November 20, 2006. A preview of the film was included on the Let There Be Love DVD single, released in November 2005.

The film features a new Oasis song also called "Lord Don't Slow Me Down", written by Noel Gallagher and recorded during the Don't Believe the Truth sessions, Gallagher described it as being "one of the best things, like The Who, The Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group combined, and it's got two drum solos on it!". He has also said that his girlfriend thought it was the only Oasis song you could dance to. The song was left off Don't Believe the Truth because Gallagher felt that including it would have meant he'd have been singing too many songs on the record. Italian footballer Alessandro Del Piero also appears in the video signing a shirt for noel.

DVD Release

Lord Don't Slow Me Down was released on DVD on October 29, 2007.

The DVD set contents:

Disc One:

Documentary tour film Lord Don’t Slow Me Down in stereo and surround sound.
Bonus audio commentary featuring the members of the band
A Noel Gallagher Q&A session with the fans filmed in New York in 2006

Disc Two:

Oasis live at City of Manchester Stadium on 2nd July 2005 in HD with stereo and surround sound.

"Fuckin' in the Bushes"
"Turn Up the Sun"
"Cigarettes & Alcohol"
"The Importance Of Being Idle"
"Little By Little"
"A Bell Will Ring"
"Live Forever"
"Mucky Fingers"
"Rock 'n' Roll Star"
"The Meaning of Soul"
"Don't Look Back In Anger"
"My Generation"

Unique footage and pictures sent in by fans who attended the concert.

28 October 2010

Liam Gallagher Stands Up At Anfield

Liam Gallagher is unlikely to get a stand named after him at Eastlands... but he's been acknowledged at Anfield.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has renamed his box The Pretty Green Suite after Man City fan Liam's clothing label. Joe is a champion of the Oasis legend's threads and is frequently snapped in Pretty Green clobber.

The pair have struck up an unlikely friendship and Liam has been to Liverpool to watch Joe in action. It's one suite Liam will never dare trash.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

26 October 2010

Kasabian Man On Liam Gallagher's New Band 'Beady Eye'

Serge from Kasabian has heard Liam Gallagher's new music, and he tells Absolute Radio what he thinks about it.

25 October 2010

Noel Gallagher Hits The Supermarket

Noel Gallagher didn't become a Bizarre Lord for nothing.

The Oasis star not only put out some great music, but became well known for being a bit of a caner - to put it mildly.

But, like everyone, Noel has grown up, settled down and got himself a wife and kids.

And, while one of the quietest Q Awards so far was going on, Noel mirrored the event's sober atmosphere with a visit to a supermarket.

Noel looked cool as a cucumber as he waited patiently in the checkout queue.

But the Manc lad still had that rock star look about him as he pushed his trolley around the aisles.

I bet he picked up food, Cigarettes and Alcohol...

See the pictures of Noel shopping here.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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24 October 2010

Review 'Upside Down: The Creation Records Story'

It's startling how well-documented - in print and on celluloid - British music from the '90s has become. Muscling into that crowded marketplace, Danny O'Connor's Upside Down picks Creation Records as its subject, with the label's founder Alan McGee as its flawed hero. Like a solid Oasis album track, O'Connor's direction is far from groundbreaking, but it's also ruthlessly efficient. As in Julian Temple's Pistols doc The Filth & The Fury, archive footage is blended with contemporary interviews (in b&w) for a narration-free recollection of what was one of the last great independent record labels.

There's the obvious drawback of squeezing 25 years into 100 minutes. Despite an admirable attempt to cover the broad scope of Creation (The Loft to Oasis, Ride to Swervedriver, Jesus and Mary Chain to Super Furry Animals), some acts - and countless stories - naturally fall by the wayside (Wot, no Mishka?! Meanwhile, the phrase Be Here Now is not mentioned once). Those whose appetite is whetted by the film would do well to read David Cavanagh's My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize - despite McGee's poor opinion of it.

What makes Upside Down always watchable is the story it tells about music that mattered. It gains from the refreshing approach of the major players - McGee included - who avoid the temptation to recast events and paint themselves as heroes or visionaries. Unlike Blur's self-regarding No Distance Left To Run, there's a real understandin4 stars out of g that magical moments in pop history are rarely calculated - and they also don't come from nowhere. A key clip finds a refreshed McGee in Manchester, embracing Acid House and being interviewed by Factory boss Tony Wilson. Asked why he moved up north, McGee plainly responds: "A better class of drug, Tony." What Upside Down neatly reveals is that - as well as the genius of people like Kevin Shields, Bobby Gillespie and the Reid brothers - it's unlikely serendipity and wonderful insanity that are the real drivers of pop.

Four stars out of five

Source: www.digitalspy.co.uk

21 October 2010

Excerpts From Tony McCarroll's Book

Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll is to release his Noel Gallagher-slating book The Truth on November 20.

Originally - and kind of hilariously - he was gonna call it Oasis: The Truth, The Noel Truth, Is Nothing Like The Truth, which should give you enough insight as to who the book is really levelled at.

Yep, this is Tony's riposte to years and years of Noel slagging him off in the press, of Noel supposedly treating him like shit in the band and of Noel forcing him out of Oasis. As he told me: "It's my little opinion, and I'm speaking for the little man."

Having had a sneak read, it's safe to say that the book will divide fans.

Probably most scarring for Noel are the accusations that he 'acquired' much of his early songwriting catalogue from other bands (and we're not just talking T-Rex and Lennon here). Tony suggests on numerous occasions that he took riffs, vocals and more from Liverpool cult heroes The Real People (aka Chris and Tony Griffiths).

Extract 1

"We spent over three months with The Real People and without them we would never have created 'Definitely Maybe'. The Griffiths boys were like a musical factory. After each session they would invariably sit us down and play us something new that they had composed. I clearly remember a fantastic ditty that Tony had knocked together on his keyboard.

"This melody would be later used by Noel as he constructed the single ‘Whatever’. On top of this there was also ‘Columbia’, ‘Rocking Chair’ and ‘Don’t Go Away’. All songs that were ‘inspired’ by The Real People."
[Extract ends]

But the book also features more light-hearted anecdotes, like the time Liam and Tony found themselves in the company of a notorious New York groupie.

Extract 2

"Liam asked if I wanted to come to some apartment. I looked over to see a girl we had met earlier that evening. We called her Mary Poppins, due to her high-class English accent. She was an ex-model, and an addict - and that night, she only had eyes for Liam,

"We duly headed to her loft apartment and Liam vanished into the bedroom for a few minutes, where he sewed his rock ’n’ roll seeds and then re-entered the main room, looking flustered and agitated. ‘Fuckin’ weirdo wanted me condom. She tried to stick a fuckin’ label on it.’

"Mary Poppins next slowly unlocked a steel cabinet in the corner, which looked like a small fridge. From inside, she removed a number of items and held them up in the light, waving a handful of used condoms with white labels attached. I suddenly realised Mary Poppins’ plan and started to roar with laughter.

‘What’s on the labels?’ I asked Mary.

‘Previous donors,’ came the reply.

Each rubber had been labelled with the date and time of donation, as well as the origin of the man fat. The small fridge was actually keeping the juice loose, so to speak, and I guessed Mary was planning to artificially create her own supergroup. The two labels I caught read ‘Kurt Cobain’ and ‘Nikki Sixx’."
[Extract ends]

How Noel and Liam react will probably be the most interesting thing here. There's no doubt it will be devoured by super-fans - it openly attacks Noel when no one else at present has got the balls to do that. But whether you choose to believe what you read or not is an entirely different matter.

Here's what Tony had to say about it…

What's the reason you're writing the book after all these years?

I'm doing this for me, at the end of the day. Additionally, I hope to get a good response. There's a lot of things I need to put right. For some reason, as I stated in the book, Noel seems to want to have a go, which I can't quite get my head around. I thought 'Right, here's my opinion mate'. Right back at ya.

Do you think people will be on your side?

Well, there is another side to the Oasis story which I think needs to be appreciated. It wasn't all about one person. Without the chemistry we initially had, it wouldn't have even lasted that long. As a wall of sound what we had was already established [before Noel joined]. But fair play, the songs that he brought to the table [were] fantastic. They got us off the ground as such. You can't knock that. But I credit the whole of the first era... without Bonehead, Guigs, myself, Liam, Oasis would be nothing.

How do you feel about what happened to the band after you left?
I count myself lucky for being a part of it. For me, the special thing was that it was five normal lads from Manchester. It was the worst and best years of my life, I suppose. Fair play for the success. But it all changed. It just turned into a commercial success. I mean, I'm going up against a bloody global brand at the end of the day.

Did you follow the band much after '95?

I was actually at the last concert they did - V2009 on the Saturday night. I was among the fans. I don't purposefully follow [Oasis] concerts. But I've been going to V for the last eight or nine years or so, and it just so happened that last year they were playing, and I went 'Right, I'll have a look at this'. You know, I can't knock it for what it's turned into.

Have you heard how the others feel about the book coming out?

I've heard that Noel is getting through it, but whether that's true of not I really don't know. As for the rest of them, I don't know. Have they ever read a book in their lives?

So, an apology from Noel doesn't seem like its gonna be on the cards then…

No. No way in the world, I can't see it. Noel is Noel at the end of the day. If you get any kind of apology out of that man... I mean, I don't even think his own brother can even manage that.

Did you try?

Believe me, I offered the olive branch many times. He wasn't forthcoming in any kind of way. That's how it panned out. I keep wondering why we never sat down in a pub where it all started, and said 'You know, this ain't working out. Pat on the back for each other or whatever'. Things could have been better, and the book for me is based around that.

Source: www.nme.com

Legendary Oasis Guitarist Quits The Vortex

The former Oasis guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs has left his new band The Vortex.

The band were scheduled to play at Square One in Crewe this Saturday (October, 23), but have been forced to cancel following Bonehead’s announcement.

Bonehead played rhythm guitar on the first three Oasis albums – Definitely Maybe, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now – before leaving the band in 1999 during the recording of their fourth album, Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants.

Source: www.crewechronicle.co.uk

On This Day In Oasis History...

"Lord Don't Slow Me Down" is a song by English rock band Oasis. The song was released as a download-only single on October 21, 2007 and was also released on an extremely limited 12 inch single in promotion of the release of Oasis' rockumentary of the same name, Lord Don't Slow Me Down. On October 29, the song debuted at number ten in the UK Singles Chart, becoming Oasis' 21st UK top 10. It is also their 21st top ten single in a row. It is also the first single by Oasis not to reach the top 4 since 1994's Cigarettes & Alcohol.

In October 2006 the first part of the song was used in a preview of the band's movie. Written and sung by Noel Gallagher and recorded during the Don't Believe the Truth sessions, Gallagher described it as being "one of the best things, like The Who, The Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group combined, and it's got two drum solos on it!"[4] The entire song leaked into the internet just a few days before the video was uploaded on YouTube and the song was played on the radio, on 1 October. The song was a probable track to be included on the band's last album, 2005's Don't Believe the Truth, but was removed from the final track list by Noel Gallagher, as he thought he sang on too many songs on the record. In May 2008 an unreleased studio version with Liam Gallagher on lead vocals was leaked over internet fansites.

This song is included on Dig Out Your Soul bonus CD.


The song has been very well-received by critics and fans. Commenting on the song, Noel said "You know there's a DVD coming out for Christmas... somewhat predictably. The title track was so brilliant that the powers that be said 'let's just put it out'."[5] It debuted at #10 on the UK Singles Chart, fell 21 places to #31 in the second week and left the chart the week after. It became Oasis' lowest charting song since 1994's "Live Forever" (which also peaked at #10), a factor likely aided by the lack of significant publicity, a tangible release, and corresponding album.

Track listing

"Lord Don't Slow Me Down" - 3:17
"The Meaning of Soul" (Live at City of Manchester Stadium '05) - 2:32
"Don't Look Back in Anger" (Live at City of Manchester Stadium '05) - 5:38

Paul Weller Not Sure If Noel Gallagher Will Be On 'Avant-Garde' New Album

This year's Cool List man talks about the follow up to 'Wake Up The Nation'

Paul Weller has said that his next album will contain some "avant-garde moments", although he's not certain if stand-in drummer Noel Gallagher will make the cut.

The singer-songwriter, who features in this year's NME Cool List, explained that he is pausing from recording to tour, but he should have a follow-up to this year's 'Wake Up The Nation' out early next year.

"I haven't finished the record, I've started it, done eight or nine tracks, maybe a few more than that. It's going the right way, but I don't know when I'll finish it because I'm on tour from now to December," he told NME.

"There's elements of 'Wake Up The Nation' in the sound, but it's moved on again I think. There's a few avant-garde moments, shall I say, some sort of soundscape tracks as well and some pop sounding things as well. It's a mix, really. Just good tunes."

He confirmed that Gallagher had drummed on some of the sessions, but Weller was not sure if he would be on the finished record yet.

"If you're referring to Phil Collins he came down and did a few tracks," he joked. "Nah, Noel just came down as a mate and jammed for a few hours as a mate. Whether he makes the album or not we'll see. He's a very good drummer, people don't realise he's a good all-round musician."

Source: www.nme.com

20 October 2010

Former Oasis Guitarist Bonehead To Perform In Crewe With New Band The Vortex

Legendary Oasis guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs is in Crewe on Saturday to perform with his new band The Vortex at Square One.

Bonehead formed the seminal Britpop rockers (then called The Rain) in the late 1980s, while working as a building contractor, before the arrival of the Gallagher brothers.

Bonehead played rhythm guitar on the first three Oasis albums – Definitely Maybe, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now – before leaving the band in 1999 during the recording of their fourth album, Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants.

In his official statement he claimed he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The former Oasis strummer’s latest project will be supported by Terracotta Army and Crewe’s Sumo Kings.

Organised by Control Music, The Vortex will perform at the Mill Street venue, with doors opening at 7.30pm.

Bonehead will also be performing an exclusive DJ set at the end of the night.

Tickets are £8 in advance. To book, phone the venue on 01270 509310.

Source: www.chesterchronicle.co.uk

19 October 2010

Alan Mcgee Talks About 'Upside Down: The Creation Records Story'

“Upside Down”, the story of Creation Records, a film made by Danny O’Connor with the assistance of Radio One DJ Steve Lamaq who interviewed former artists Bobby Gillespie and Noel Gallagher, who Danny had persuaded to talk the camera.

For quite some time, there have been trailers of the film appearing on YouTube and FaceBook, with much speculation on when the film will be released. Then, last month Alan McGee starting doing some interviews discussing the film, there was a buzz again

Not only were Creation Records influential in bringing to the fore bands such as Oasis, Teenage Fanclub, Jesus and The Marychain and many more, it is a story of belief, struggle, near financial ruin, success, drugs, creativity and a vision. A label with no master plan, other than to release records they liked, and in doing so, they have left a mark in history

ZANI doubts that “Upside Down” will be superficial and sycophantic, but an insight into what went on behind closed doors, and a study of the crazy world of what was Creation Records.

Click here to read the interview.

Source: www.zani.co.uk
This week's NME has a feature on the film, more details can be found here.

18 October 2010

Noel Gallagher: 'We're Not Chavs!'

Oasis man Noel Gallagher tells the Sports Bar about why the new introduction into the family will have no Manchester City garb.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Ex-Oasis Drummer Tony McCarroll: 'I'm Going Up Against A Global Brand By Releasing Tell-All Book'

Sticksman tells NME he 'offered the olive branch' to Noel Gallagher' over controversial 1995 sacking.

Oasis' founder member and former drummer Tony McCarroll has said he feels he is going up against a "global brand" by releasing a book levelling criticism at Noel Gallagher.

McCarroll has written about his time in the band in new book 'Oasis: The Truth'. In it, he recounts countless arguments with Noel until the songwriter had him sacked in 1995. McCarroll told NME he thinks his version of events is likely to jar with the public perception of the band's early years, and of Noel's image.

"There's a lot of things I need to put right," McCarroll explained. "There is another side to the Oasis story which I think needs to be appreciated. Maybe even get other bandmembers recognised for once. It wasn't all about one person."

Noel has repeatedly referred to McCarroll in derogatory terms since he left the band, and McCarroll admitted that his book is likely to cause friction among the band's fans.

"I'm going up against a bloody global brand," he said. "I'm doing this for me, at the end of the day. It's my little opinion, and I'm speaking for the little man."

Asked if he thought he and the guitarist could ever reconcile their differences, McCarroll said: "No way in the world, I can't see it. Noel is Noel at the end of the day. If you get any kind of apology out of that man…"

He added: "Believe me, I offered the olive branch many times. You know, tried to appease things, whatever it was. Whatever these issues were. He wasn't forthcoming in any kind of way."

Source: www.nme.com

15 October 2010

Alan McGee - The King Of Indie Who'll Never Look Back In Anger

The story of Britpop is told in a fascinating film about Creation Records and its maverick founder, Alan McGee.

Is it a cautionary tale? Is it a celebration of one of the music industry's most unlikely entrepreneurs? Is it an exercise in Britpop nostalgia? Is it the story of a visionary or the case study of a business run along lunatic lines? All these questions are likely to cross viewers' minds when they see the fascinating new documentary Upside Down: the Creation Records Story (a world premiere at the London Film Festival next week.) The film is as much about Alan McGee as it is about the Creation Records label he co-founded. Creation survived against the odds and sometimes prospered from 1983 until the beginning of the new millennium and brought us (among others) The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Loft, My Bloody Valentine and, of course, Oasis.

British film-makers' obsession with the country's recent musical past shows no sign of abating. Julien Temple is developing a film about The Kinks, which will follow on from his documentaries about The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Dr Feelgood as part of his grand project to provide "a mini social history of British rebel culture" through its music. Alongside The Creation Records Story, this year's London Film Festival also boasts new documentaries about Mott the Hoople and Lemmy from Mötorhead. In recent years, film-makers have been as preoccupied by the svengalis behind the music as by the musicians themselves. We've had dramas and documentaries about managers and record producers like Joe Meek, Brian Epstein and Factory Records founder Tony Wilson. McGee is a natural choice to follow them. His story has drug addiction, megalomania and plenty of excess. What also shines through is his reckless commitment to talent – and his uncanny ability for identifying it. Once he signed a band, he was far more interested in enabling the musicians to do the best work possible than he was in lining his (or their) pocket. By the mid-1990s, the combustible, red-haired Glaswegian ex-British Rail clerk was the pivotal figure in British indie music. The major labels saw him as the man who "had the key". He despised them, even if he did sell up to them in the end.

Director Danny O'Connor insists that he hasn't made "a fan's film". His fascination was with "the human dynamic" behind the story. In particular, he hones in on the friendship between McGee and his former schoolmate, Bobby Gillespie (later of Primal Scream). Years ago, when they were teenagers, McGee accompanied the younger Gillespie to his first gig – to see Thin Lizzy.

"It was a story beyond music," O'Connor reflects of what led him to spend five years making the documentary, which was entirely self-financed. "It is about boys growing up, doing their thing, falling out and winning and losing. That was the attraction... this to me was a very dysfunctional duopoly."

He describes Upside Down as a very "male" tale – a film about "how we as men are a bit crap at relying on each other". McGee is the key voice in the documentary. "But he is not the key component. Without Bobby, he is nothing... the one couldn't exist without the other."

O'Connor has assembled a formidable star chamber to look over McGee's career. Starkly shot black-and-white interview footage shows figures including Gillespie, Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Noel Gallagher of Oasis and the novelist Irvine Welsh pondering McGee's story. McGee is also on hand too to look back at his younger self.

The director wasn't setting out to judge McGee or to pass his own opinions about the music he helped usher into existence. "The fighting, the egos, the complications, the vulnerability – all those things make a human tale," O'Connor suggests. "There's nothing worse than watching something when you're told what to feel."

At times, the film has an elegiac air. It's not just that the main protagonists of the story are growing so much older. In the documentary, Noel Gallagher argues that Creation Records represented a last stand for the independents. When the label disappeared, so did an old notion of indie rock. This is a thesis that O'Connor partially endorses. "In my mind, what started with Sun Records perhaps ended with Creation," he draws the connection with Elvis Presley's original label. Undercutting his own remark, he points out that he is 44. Older generations are always pronouncing the end of traditions they hold dear. "There is probably someone sitting around who is 18 who doesn't give a toss about Noel or McGee or my film – and why should they?"

There is plenty of comedy along the way. McGee has an air of the artful dodger about him. One of the stranger episodes comes when he belatedly discovers acid house and decamps to Manchester, moving into a £90 a week flat that Tony Wilson finds for him. He is shown being interviewed on Wilson's TV show. As films from 24 Hour Party People to Control have shown, Wilson was a wildly exotic figure but he seems almost straitlaced by comparison with McGee.

It is fitting that Upside Down is premiering at the same time that David Fincher's The Social Network is released in the UK. Nobody is going to mistake McGee for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg but there are obvious similarities between the two films. Like Zuckerberg, McGee was a spiky outsider at the helm of a business that grew and grew. His strategy wasn't taken from any business manual. In his early days of putting on gigs in London, he and his colleagues would drink away profits. He improvised as he went along and ran Creation as a benevolent dictatorship.

The film shows McGee at his most erratic as well as his most ingenious. The Creation boss gives a typically vivid and self-deprecating account of his drug and alcohol-induced breakdown in the mid 1990s. Whatever his foibles, he inspired huge affection and loyalty in his followers. O'Connor is generous in his praise of McGee. "He is very loyal," the director states of the subject of his film. "I adore the man. Not in a 'he taught me everything I know way' but I actually love his fusion of courage and absolute decency. The man would run to the end of the world for the people he values."

McGee left O'Connor to get on with the documentary and didn't try to mould the image the director was presenting of Creation Records. He has since seen the film and given it his blessing – even if he hasn't expressed huge confidence in its cinematic potential. (In one interview, he predicted it would last "two days in the cinema and then do 500,000 DVDs.") O'Connor, at least, is heartened by the speed with which tickets for the London Film Festival screenings have sold. It may be 27 years since Creation Records was founded but it seems the label is in no immediate danger of being forgotten.

'Upside Down: the Creation Records Story' screens at The London Film Festival on 23 and 24 October (www.bfi.org.uk/lff)

Source: www.independent.co.uk

13 October 2010

Pretty Green Club Night Tickets On General Release From Today


Pretty Green is holding its first-ever dedicated club night on 26th November at HMV’s Relentless Garage venue in Islington, North London.

DJS: Andy Bell, Paul Gallagher, Eddie Piller, Jamie Skillz

Playing Live: Exit Calm

Tickets go on general release from today, and are available through www.hmv.com.

Tickets are priced at £12.50 (plus booking fee)

12 October 2010

Pre-Order 'Blue Moon Rising' Featuring Noel Gallagher

It's been hailed as so much more than a football film - now you can judge for yourself as the brilliant "Blue Moon Rising" is now available to pre-order.

The highs and lows of being a City supporter are captured with a warmth and humour that reflects the passion of being a Blue and makes it an unmissable treat if you love City.

The “Blue Moon Rising” film is available to pre-order now on DVD or Blu Ray. Or as a special treat for Christmas why not take advantage of the Blue Moon Rising / 2009/10 End of season review box set exclusively available to the CityStore!

Click here to order your copy now, From The Official Manchester City Website.

Noel Gallagher is featured in the latest edition of ManC – click here for more details.

Source: www.mcfc.co.uk

Noel Gallagher Wants To Play With Carlos Tevez

Chillaxed Lord Noel Gallagher is taking his time over new solo material.

Mr Big admits he hasn't played a guitar "in months" and is making the most of being bored.

He said: "It's good to be bored - for me, to be bored is nice.

"Just to stare out of the window or wonder if I should rearrange my CDs, wonder if I should count all the spare change in the whisky bottle.

"Should I go out and see what that new pear cider tastes like? There's plenty of stuff I could be getting on with."

The interview must have been done pre-baby Sonny arriving earlier this month.

Top of Noel's to-do list is getting a suite named after him in a top Manchester hotel. He said: "I stayed in the Radisson in town and they had a Peter Saville suite.

"I asked the woman why they had it and she told me that anybody who was Mancunian and stayed over 100 nights with them, they name a suite after.

"I thought to myself, 'Really? Right, you better watch this then'."

When Noel finally dusts down his Gibson and finds a band, he's up for collaborating with Carlos Tevez, who sang in a rock band in Argentina.

He said of the Manchester City captain: "I love that he doesn't care. He has no real desire to learn the language. He just goes on the television, thanks everybody and says that he loves City.

"If he ever wants to bust the guitar out and do a bit, I'm always available."

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

11 October 2010

Newcastle Man Chosen To Be Face Of Liam Gallagher Clothing Line

Sharp dresser Ed Smith has been chosen as the face of Liam Gallagher’s new clothing line.

Ed, from Newcastle, has been posing with the ex-Oasis frontman for adverts for his fashion label, Pretty Green.

Ed, who lives in Jesmond, was hand-picked by the rocker from hundreds of entries to a competition run through social network Facebook.

“I’m still buzzing from being picked by Liam as the new face of Pretty Green,” said 20-year-old Ed, who works in designer retail in Newcastle. “I’m a huge fan of his and I adore Carnaby Street style so this really is a dream come true.”

Liam was bowled over by his unique and impeccable Beatle-esque look – and the pair even bonded over a love of John Lennon. “Ed has a really unique style and as soon as I saw his pictures I knew that I wanted him to front the campaign,” said the Manchester-born singer.

“He’s perfect for Pretty Green as he embodies 1960s style in a really fresh and modern way.”

Ed found out he had scooped the prize when he received a phone call from Pretty Green on his way to work and was invited to spend a couple of days in London shooting the campaign.

He and his girlfriend Jennie spent time hanging out with Liam both on and off set. “Getting to go on the first photo shoot with Liam was an experience that I won’t forget in a hurry,” added Ed.

“He made me feel at ease straight away. I can’t wait for the next photo shoot.”

Source: www.sundaysun.co.uk

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Pretty Green Club Night Tickets Available From Today

Pretty Green is holding its first-ever dedicated club night on 26th November at HMV’s Relentless Garage venue in Islington, North London.

DJS: Andy Bell, Paul Gallagher, Eddie Piller, Jamie Skillz

Playing Live: Exit Calm

An exclusive ticket offer for Pretty Green customers will be available from today with general release on Wednesday 13th October available through www.hmv.com.

Tickets are priced at £12.50 (plus booking fee)

10 October 2010

On This Day In Oasis History...

"Cigarettes & Alcohol" is a song by British rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher. It was the fourth single to be released from their debut album Definitely Maybe, and their second to enter the UK Top Ten in the United Kingdom, peaking at #7 (three places higher than "Live Forever"), eventually spending 35 weeks on the charts, re-entering the Top 75 on several occasions until 1997.

Whereas earlier singles "Supersonic" and "Shakermaker" had used psychedelic imagery, and "Live Forever" used softer chords and tender lyrics, "Cigarettes & Alcohol" was the first real taste, among their singles, of the wilder attitude that Oasis appeared to be promoting. The song showcases the appeal of cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and partying as a remedy to the banality of working class life. Lyrics such as "Is it worth the aggravation to find yourself a job when there's nothing worth working for" tapped into the mood of British working class youth in the mid-1990s. However, the song does not set out to hold up these minor releases of work-a-day life as some ideal. They are, rather, a compromise – "You could wait for a lifetime," they sing, "to spend your days in the sunshine/(so) you might as well do the white line".

Upon first hearing the song, the man who discovered the band, Alan McGee, claimed that the song was one of the greatest social statements anyone had made in the past 25 years, such was his view on the song.

nother notable element of this song is Liam's unique pronunciation of many of the words. Most rhymes end in "-tion," and Liam draws these out into "-sheeyion," for almost every line. Noel has said that he writes many lyrics to fit Liam's extremely different vocal style.

The song was one of the first cases when Oasis was accused of musical plagiarism, a reputation of the band that would later grow. The main riff of the song is supposedly "borrowed" from "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" by T-Rex and also bears a similarity to the opening of Humble Pie's cover of "C'Mon Everybody" from the album Smokin'.

Rod Stewart covered the song on his 1998 album When We Were the New Boys.

The song is included on Oasis' compilation album Stop the Clocks.

Track listings

"Cigarettes & Alcohol" – 4:50
"I Am the Walrus" (Live) – 8:14
"Listen Up" – 6:39
"Fade Away" – 4:13

7" CRE 190
"Cigarettes & Alcohol" – 4:50
"I Am the Walrus" (Live) – 8:14

12" CRE 190T
"Cigarettes & Alcohol" – 4:50
"I Am the Walrus" (Live) – 8:14
"Fade Away" – 4:13

Cassette CRECS 190
"Cigarettes & Alcohol" – 4:50
"I Am the Walrus" (Live) – 8:14

Contrary to the sleevenotes, which claimed it was recorded at the Glasgow Cathouse in June 1994, "I Am the Walrus" was actually recorded at a soundcheck for a gig at the Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland on February 6, 1994, as part of a Sony Music seminar. The reason why this wasn't mentioned on the original sleevenotes was because Noel thought mentioning the fact that it was recorded at a corporate event would look bad. The crowd noises at the beginning and end of the track are from a Faces bootleg of Noel's.

All three B-sides were featured on The Masterplan, although "I Am the Walrus" and "Listen Up" both appear as edited versions.

The Father Ted episode Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading is named after this song.

9 October 2010

Noel Gallagher Joins Russell Brand For A Night Out

Here's Noel Gallagher after a night of mirth in Manchester with his old pal Russell Brand.

Mr Big joined Ol' Russ on his Booky Wook 2 tour on Thursday night for a special recording of the comedian's new TalkSport show, broadcast tonight at 9pm.

The sharp-tongued singer and Russ's rapier routine are being kept in check by their old Radio 2 sidekick Matt Morgan. Matt's a truly brilliant individual with one of the finest comedy brains around.

I have seen pictures of him so drunk on Jagermeister he was on his hands and knees naked pretending to be a dog.

The perfect man to be in charge of two scoundrels like Gallagher and Brand.

The show's a great alternative to Saturday night TV - I'll tune in.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

Russell Brand's NEW TalkSport Radio Shows Starts Tonight

There is a good chance that Noel Gallagher will feature on the show, as he joined Russell Brand on stage in Manchester's Opera House as part of his Booky Wooky 2 tour earlier this week.

To listen live online between 9-10PM (UK) visit www.talksport.co.uk/radio/russell-brand for more details.

8 October 2010

Liam Gallagher 'Mad For Total Wipeout Appearance'

Liam Gallagher is to put his cool rock star image on the line by appearing on a special edition of Total Wipeout, according to a report.

The singer is apparently a big fan of the modern day equivalent of It's A Knockout and keen to test himself on the famous giant red balls.

He will get the opportunity to live out that dream when the BBC films a celebrity edition of the show for Sport Relief, reports the Mirror.

Presenter Amanda Byram has apparently talked Liam into appearing on the charity show alongside some other household names.

A source revealed: 'Liam Gallagher and Fearne Cotton are Wipeout addicts and up for it.'

Liam has been busy building his fashion brand, Pretty Green, since his brother Noel walked out on Oasis last year.

He has also been working on a new album with the remnants of Oasis, who have now been renamed Beady Eye.

In typically bold fashion, Liam has already predicted the band's debut album will be 'the best record you'll hear for the next 50 years'.

If he approaches the Total Wipeout course in a similarly overconfident mood, Liam is heading for a soaking.

Source: www.metro.co.uk

Pretty Green Launches First Dedicated Club Night In London

Liam Gallagher clothing label to host event at HMV’s Relentless Garage.

Pretty Green, the British clothing label founded by Liam Gallagher, is holding its first-ever dedicated club night on 26th November at HMV’s Relentless Garage venue in Islington, London.

Pretty Green is a straight talking clothing label dedicated to sharp and stylish dressing, with all items designed by Liam Gallagher and established tailor Nick Holland.

Tickets for this event will be released to the Pretty Green fan base this Monday 11th October and to the general public on Wednesday 13th October through www.hmvtickets.com

Source: www.prettygreen.com

Win Two Tickets For Upside Down: The Creation Records Story At The BFI London Film Festival

Tickets for the film at the LFF have sold out for both screenings at the festival.

www.upsidedownthemovie.com have two tickets for this exclusive pre releases screening on Sunday 24th October at 12.45pm to give away.

To win the tickets simply tell us your all time favourite Creation Records track and why.

The winner will be announced on www.upsidedownthemovie.com and on it's Twitter page and Facebook page on20th October 2010.

For more details click here.

7 October 2010

More From Tony McCarroll's Book

Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll writes in his new book 'Oasis: The Truth' that before Liam and Noel Gallagher joined the band, they used to end their gigs with a song called 'We're Having A Rave On The Roof'.

It was a tribute to the Strangeways prison riots, according to the drummer.

Source: www.nme.com

Pretty Green - London - 26th November 9PM - 3AM

Pretty Green - London - 26th November 9PM - 3AM

More details to follow.

6 October 2010

Ex Oasis Man Disabled David Beckham's Black Ferrari Spider's Retractable Roof

More from the memoirs of ex-Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll, who, we learned yesterday, was responsible (along with Liam Gallagher) for "accidentally" damaging the cars of Manchester United stars Paul Ince and Eric Cantona while working as a car valet in the band's early days.

Soon after being fired from the band, McCarroll found himself back in the same job, helping to clean David Beckham's black Ferrari Spider.

He claims he and his employer, known only as "Big Un", mistakenly disabled the car's retractable roof just as a "coiffured and lotioned" Beckham prepared to drive it to Old Trafford to sign a new contract with United.

The glum superstar was forced to take his Cadillac Escalade 4x4 to the meeting instead. Soon after he drove off, however, McCarroll (a Man City fan) miraculously fixed the Ferrari's roof. These things happen.

Source: www.independent.co.uk

5 October 2010

Liam Gallagher And Tony McCarroll 'Sabotaged' Manchester United Players' Cars

After being fired from Oasis by Noel Gallagher in 1995, the band's original drummer, Tony McCarroll, sued for his slice of the five-album deal. This week, McCarroll, 38, publishes his version of the now-defunct band's early history: Oasis: The Truth, The Noel Truth Is Nothing Like The Truth.

Perhaps his most incendiary revelation is that the band's beginnings were funded by footballers, not from the Gallaghers' beloved Manchester City but from arch-rivals United. While struggling as musicians, McCarroll writes, both he and Liam Gallagher worked for a car valeting firm which serviced the vehicles of United's stars.

The players' business was secured after McCarroll's boss, one "BigUn", tricked Gallagher into delivering a fake love letter to Reds striker Mark Hughes, who saw the funny side. Among BigUn's Old Trafford clients were Paul Ince, whose wheel arches Gallagher wrecked by scrubbing them with wire wool, and Eric Cantona, whose new Mercedes lost a driver's door while in their care. Both incidents, claims McCarroll, were unfortunate accidents. I believe you, Tony – thousands wouldn't.

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Noel Gallagher Set To Take Paul McCartney's Crown

The man who signed Oasis rates Noel Gallagher almost as highly as he rates himself.

Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, has had a listen to Mr Big's new solo material and thinks it will rank him alongside the likes of Lennon and McCartney.

No pressure, then.

Alan said: "I've heard the Noel demos. They're f***ing genius. For me, the guy's a McCartney, a Lennon, a Neil Young - he's one of the greats.

"When McCartney goes, it's Noel's crown really, isn't it?"

McGee even feels there are tracks worthy of mention alongside Oasis's biggest hits.

He said: "There's three songs on the demos - I won't go naming them cos I'm not his manager - but they're up there with Don't Look Back In Anger and Live Forever.

"He's f***ing done it again."

Meanwhile, Noel's nipper Sonny wasn't the only Oasis-related baby born last Friday.

James Cropley, who plays Noel in tribute band Noasis, had a boy too - Samuel Benjamin - on the same day. "It's a weird coincidence," he said.

I doubt Cropley's new material will place him alongside Lennon and McCartney though, just Cannon And Ball.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

4 October 2010

Noel Gallagher Was Upset At Being Called Placid By Russell Brand

Russell Brand starts a nationwide stand-up tour this week to promote his second book, Booky Wook 2.

The 35-year-old talks about how his fiancée Katy Perry reacted to stories about his days as a womaniser and says former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was upset at being called placid.

He also reveals to Newsbeat's entertainment reporter Natalie Jamieson how he nearly ended up with a sheep in his bedroom on his stag do.

Watch the video here.

Oasis Feature In The Best 1,000 Songs Ever!

Oasisinet are happy to inform you that 20 Oasis songs feature in the forthcoming book 'The XFM Top 1,000 Songs Of All Time'.

Published on October 8th, the guide is collated from the most requested songs on the station's 'X-list', suggestions by their DJs and celebrity guests. Each entry features an explanation of why that song is so important.

The twenty Oasis tracks that feature are:

Cast No Shadow
Champagne Supernova
Cigarettes & Alcohol
Don't Look Back In Anger
Half The World Away
Little By Little
Live Forever
Morning Glory
Rock 'N' Roll Star
Roll With It
She's Electric
Slide Away
Some Might Say
Talk Tonight
The Masterplan

Brandon Flowers (The Killers) has provided a foreword to the book and interviews with Manic Street Preachers, Kings Of Leon, Elbow and Kelly Jones of The Stereophonics are included. There is also an interview with the very much missed Stuart Cable.

We're fairly sure the book will start many an argument about what is and what isn't included, but we figure if you're going to argue, there is no better subject to argue about than music!

You can check out the book HERE!

Source: www.oasisinet.com

Upside Down: The Creation Records Story - Exclusive Screening In Manchester And More

Upside Down: The Creation Records Story will be showing at this years In the City festival. Danny O’Connor, the director of ‘Upside Down – The Creation Records Story’, will take part in a Q&A session with Mark Gardener – the lead singer of Creation band Ride – and acclaimed journalist John Robb, who has written extensively on the label.

Read the full article here.

Film director Danny O'Connor talks about the movie at the London Film Festival launch.

There will a screening soon in Barcelona at the in-edit film festival from 23rd Oct -7th November more details here.

What's The Story? Was Bill Clinton Meeting Noel Gallagher? Definitely Maybe . . .

Rumours of a surprise celebrity guest had showbiz correspondents scrambling ahead of Bill Clinton's keynote address in Londonderry last week.

The flurry came after one resourceful journalist who obtained a list of the great and good invited to hear the former president's speech spotted a familiar name - Noel Gallagher.

Was the ex-Oasis songwriter really en route to the University of Ulster to hear the 64-year-old statesman's musings on the troubled Northern Ireland economy?

The ripple of intrigue created within the press corps turned into a wave when it emerged the aforementioned Mr Gallagher had yet to arrive.

"Oasis snubs Clinton," declared one experienced hack, imagining the next day's headlines.

Fearing the story was about to gain legs, a US Consulate staffer moved to dampen the speculation.

"I can categorically state that the Noel Gallagher invited here is not the Oasis Noel Gallagher," he interrupted.

"He's a local businessman."

If the Mancunian rocker had popped in there certainly wouldn't have been any lack of cameras to capture the moment.

As well as the usual suspects from the main broadcast networks, not one but two fly-on-the-wall documentary crews were also trailing the dignitaries.

A team from America's NBC is following Mr Clinton round the world for a film about his working life post-presidency, while local production company Below The Radar is shadowing Peter Robinson for a new TV programme about the First Minister.

Source: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

3 October 2010

Brian Cannon Talks Oasis And More

Brian Cannon, the man behind some of the most iconic sleeve designs in the history of British music this year celebrates 20 years in the business. Over the past two decades, Brian’s company Microdot has worked with bands such as The Verve, Suede, Insprial Carpets, Super Furry Animals and of course Oasis.

After training as a graphic designer, Brian set up Microdot in 1990 and first came to prominence working with The Verve. Sleeve designs such as those for singles ‘She’s A Superstar’, ‘Gravity Grave’ and the band’s debut album ‘A Storm In Heaven’ are still regarded as some of the most innovative and original of the last two decades. The company eclipsed their own early success however with their work with Oasis in the mid-nineties.

From the iconic white on black logo Oasis to every single and album sleeve until 1998, Microdot’s designs were seen as a fitting visual companion to the bands music, often referencing both the songs themselves and giving a nod to band’s own influences. Brian is a central figure in Oasis history not just for his work with Microdot but as a friend of the band, he often made appearances on record and is one of the few ‘eye witnesses’ to the band’s early success.

In 4 short years, the company founded in a small office in the North West of England saw their work on the covers of multimillion selling records across the world in a not so distant era before technology diluted the prominence of sleeve designs and the skill of ‘man made’ cover art. Microdot resisted digitized artwork until the release of Super Furry Animal’s 1996 debut ‘Fuzzy Logic’ however Brian would still rely on traditional graphic design methods as would become their trademark in the years to come.

In a Q magazine poll of the Top 100 album covers of all time, Microdot were featured twice, for Definitely Maybe (Oasis) and This is Music (The Verve). As well as these classic pieces, Microdot also designed the StopCryingYourHeartOut logo, arguably the zenith of their 20 years in the business....

A retrospective of their work is currently on display at www.microdotcreative.co.uk and to celebrate the company’s 20th, Brian Cannon granted us an exclusive Q&A this month.

What's the strangest thing happened to you while shooting a band?

That has to be the Wonderwall story, originally Liam was the person seen through the picture frame. I had sent a message to Marcus Russell, Oasis manager to tell him and Noel about the shoot, a message he obviously didn’t receive. Mid shoot, and this is totally true, Noel just happened purely by chance to be passing in a taxi!! Next thing you know an irate Noel Gallagher jumps out the taxi which screeched to halt and shouted ‘What the f****s going on here?’ he put a halt to proceedings saying it had to be a girl in the shot!

Are there any recent bands that you'd like to work with?

I’d absolutely love to work on Noel’s new stuff, and seeing as he, probably more than any other rock star, values the opinions of his fans – get a petition going!! Other than that, I think the Arctic Monkeys are ace and The Whip.

Besides photography have you tried any other kind of art, like painting?

I am actually trained as a graphic designer, photography is just one of the disciplines I enjoy. I haven’t painted for a while and used to really enjoy printmaking. Compiling collages is also something I enjoy.

What in your opinion are the top three album/single covers you have worked on?

Can I have four?... The Verve - A Storm In Heaven, Oasis – Some Might Say, Oasis - Definitely Maybe and The Verve – This Is Music.

What album covers first inspired you to take up the profession?

It was all about The Sex Pistols for me as a young lad, Never Mind The Bollocks is, in my opinion, the greatest typographical album sleeve of all time. It was punk generally and the Pistols in particular that inspired me to do the job.

On a overwhelming majority of Microdot sleeves NO digitisation was used. Why was this so important to you?

A lot of it was down to the fact that in the early days I simply couldn’t afford the technology!! Then when we could we still resisted as it became our trademark. It gives me great satisfaction to look back on all those great sleeves and think, ‘we actually DID that.’

For the cover of The Verve 'She’s A Superstar' how much food colouring did you add to the water to get that effect? And did you have to get permission to do it?

It was a plastic dustbin full, the sort you’d have in your garden and no we didn’t ask for permission, it was after all bio degradable and caused no harm.

How involved was Noel in the creation of the album and single artwork. How much collaboration was there between him (or the band itself) and you?

It varied, but Noel and I ALWAYS got together before a sleeve project, he’d give me his thoughts then I’d turn it into reality. Communication was always the key, borne out by the fact that we NEVER had to re shoot a sleeve.

Would you work with the Gallagher's on any of their new projects?

See above.

What is your favourite album artwork of all time?

Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma & The Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks.

What is the hardest part in doing an album sleeve?

I don’t find any of it ‘hard’, I love doing it and I’m good at it. I suppose it only ever becomes a bit difficult if the band I’m working with has no ideas and the communication between us is lacking – something that never happened while working with Oasis or The Verve or most of the bands I have worked with.

How/when did you meet Noel and what were your first impressions of him?

I first met Noel in 1992/3, I had a tiny office in the same building as the Inspiral Carpets in Manchester for whom Noel worked as a roadie. Noel and I would see each other around the building but we were too cool to actually speak to each other. That was until one day when I got into the lift at work wearing a pair of trainers unavailable in England at the time, Adidas Indoor Super, which I had bought in Rome when I took my Mum for her 60th birthday. The first thing Noel Gallagher ever said to me was ‘Alright, I put me hands up, where the F***k did you get them trainers?!’ We got talking and he asked what I did, I told him I was into designing record sleeves – he asked me what I had done, I told him about the early Verve stuff, he was impressed as he liked The Verve and their artwork. As he was leaving the lift he said ‘I’m in a band, and when we get signed I want you to do the artwork’ That literally is it, talk about being in the right place at the right time!!!!!!

What made you commit to working with him?

I thought he was not only cool, but a really good laugh and very likeable. Oh .... and his band were brilliant!

What process did you and Noel use for creating the artwork? Did you see Noel becoming more confident in it as you worked with him, or was he always confident about it?

He’d tell me his ideas, I’d listen to the music, study the lyrics, dunno how it happened really – I just got it, you have to realise I didn’t just do the artwork for Oasis, I was a MASSIVE fan too. Noel was always confident about everything, everything related to Oasis at least.

Did Noel always have the final say in what artwork was used?

Of course, he was, as he was known within the inner circle – ‘The Chief’

Which Oasis artwork are you most proud of?

I love Some Might Say, a great literal interpretation of the lyrics, and my Mum and Dad are on it too! Definitely Maybe has become a classic, I also think Roll With It is top, we had a great laugh doing that.

Are there any covers which, with hindsight, you would have designed differently?

No. They are what they are, no point looking back and thinking ‘Oh I wish....’

Noel said in November 2006 that his favourite Oasis covers were Shakermaker and Who Feels Love. Could you talk through the process for creating Shakermaker and what do you think about Who Feels Love?

The concept behind the Shakermaker artwork was kind of based on the lyric about Mr. Soft and this imaginary wibbly wobbly world. If you look at the back sleeve everything is normal and there is no music being played through the cassette player. On the front you can see my hand pressing play on an Oasis cassette, the music comes out and melts all the objects in the room! As you know we never used any photoshop effects and the most difficult thing was sourcing all objects that were plastic and thus meltable, the most difficult being the plastic picture frames that looked like wood. We did the back sleeve then took everything outside and I literally got an industrial blowtorch and melted everything. Funnily enough at this point of the process Bonehead and Liam turned up and saw me having the time of my life playing with fire and stated ‘Cannon, you’ve got the best job in the world!’. With regards Who Feels Love, I think it’s the best Oasis sleeve I didn’t do.

Which Oasis recordings do you appear on?

I do handclaps on All Around The World, I speak on the end of the Warchild version of Fade Away, I play keyboards on the title track of Morning Glory and my footsteps can be heard on the end of Be Here Now.

Did the other members of the band ever show any interest in, or have any input to the artwork at all?

They were all very interested, they didn’t have input as such, that was all down to Noel, but we always had a laugh doing them.

Which Oasis era was the most memorable for you and why?

94 -96, I worked with them till 98, but the first 2 years when I saw them go from nothing to being almost as big as The Beatles was amazing. It was just such an incredibly exciting time and we all knew it was something special. Also they were making great music which people absolutely loved – it was ace!

Noel often used to criticise previous albums (with the exception of Definitely Maybe) when there was a new release. He did the same with the artwork a few times, how did you feel about this criticism?

I look at is this way, he approved it all in the first place – no artwork would have ever made a sleeve if Noel hadn’t been happy about it at the time

You were thanked in Paul Mathur's book "Take Me There". What did you think about the book?

I designed that book as well, I think it’s an honest account of the time, Paul was really the first journalist to get onto Oasis and be accepted by them. When we finished designing the book I treated all the Microdot team to a weekend in New York, Paul came with us and he STILL owes me £300 that I lent him!!

Did you like the artwork for Oasis' singles collection, Time Flies... What concept would you have used for it?

I think it’s good, probably because it looks like something we would have done at Microdot and it uses my logo.

Would you like to work with either Noel or Beady Eye on their new projects in the future, or would you prefer to keep the Oasis connection as the perfect memory that it is?

Oasis will always be the perfect memory, but I would love to work with Noel again.

Of all the artists you have worked with, with whom did you feel the greatest connection? Did this make for the best work?

The best work I ever did was for both The Verve and Oasis, we were great friends and I think it shows.

For more details of Brian's work visit www.microdotcreative.co.uk

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