31 May 2013

Beady Eye On The New Album, Oasis, The Stone Roses And More

Julian Marszalek talks to Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock about their new album BE, designing gnomes for the Chelsea Flower Show and why the Gallaghers' mum prefers lemon meringue to the Noel/Liam kerfuffle.

Liam Gallagher is not best pleased with Nick Cave and the source of his displeasure is bananas.

Both Beady Eye and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are rehearsing for upcoming tours in a huge north London studio complex that has previously played host to anyone from The Rolling Stones through to One Direction. Situated on the first floor is a cafeteria serving all manner of nourishment for bands famished after a hard day of playing and refining material or whatever else it is they get up to behind closed doors. It’s also where the fruit bowl is located.

“Tell Nick to stop nicking all the bananas!” laughs Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer as he recalls the tale of the missing fruit. “Liam goes, ‘I’m was going out to get a banana and there’s fucking none left, man. I thought you’d fucking been on them!’ and Nick’s walking out last night with his suit on and he’s got a banana sticking out of his jacket pocket! That’s not very Bad Seeds, is it?”

“Ah, but what’s he going to do with that banana, though?” asks drummer Chris Sharrock with a mischievous glint in his eye.

What indeed? But at least the lack of nuns and donkeys wandering around the studio calls for a sigh of relief. This much, though, is certain – Beady Eye are set to return with their second album, BE, a collection that has been helmed by the somewhat surprising choice of producer in the form of TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek. Not that he was the first name on the list.

“Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys was interested,” reveals Archer. “We sent him some tunes and he really liked them. He said, ‘the only thing is, you’ll have to come to Nashville’ and we were like, ‘fucking great!’ Me and Andy went to meet him at the Reading Festival and we had a bit of a chat about how we do things and how to do things. We were meant to go in November [2012] and we had things arranged and the crew were trying to organise shit and then, right in the middle of his tour, he had his own record to do. So that was that.”

So who else was in the frame?

“There was Nick Launey who was in the middle of a film,” continues Archer “and we kept waiting for him and then it was like, ‘can you guys wait until January?’ and we were, ‘no, man.’ And then Dave’s name came up.”

Beady Eye are in a fighting mood. Their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, was commercially overshadowed by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and the band is here to open the first salvo of a campaign that hopes to elevate their current status of playing second fiddle to their erstwhile leader. BE is an interesting if not entirely even listen but it's one that finds them taking sonic chances as they add colour to their usual 60s-influenced modus operandi with Sitek’s experimental brush strokes of metronomic beats, samples, loops and channel-hopping riffage.

To read the full interview click here.

Source: thequietus.com

Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye To Take Brass Band On Next Months's Tour

Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer has revealed the group will be taking a brass section on tour with them to recreate the sound of their upcoming album BE live.

The rockers are heading out on the road for three UK dates following the release of their second album BE on 10 June and will incorporate the record's extensive use of horns in their live shows on tracks such as Flick of the Finger and Second Bite of the Apple.

Guitarist Archer can't wait to play with the extra musicians and has told fans they can expect a sonic "kick in the face" from the band - which is fronted by Liam Gallagher - at their concerts.

Gem said: "We're going to take a brass band with us when we can (on tour), when the venues are right.

"Just get them together and get on the road with us. In rehearsals some of these tunes are sounding huge. We want to kick people in the face with a wall of sound. We've got a few surprises as well."

One of those surprises could be the use of two drummers.

Beady Eye played three tracks from BE for TV show Later... with Jools Holland - which will air on BBC Two tonight (31.05.13) - with regular sticksman Chris Sharrock joined on a second kit by his son Jay Sharrock.

Beady Eye - also comprised of guitarist Andy Bell and bassist Jay Mehler - kick off their mini-tour on 19 June 19 at the Manchester Ritz before continuing to the Camden Centre on 20 June. It will conclude at Glasgow's ABC on 22 June.

Source: www.londonnet.co.uk

Another Review Of Beady Eye's Album BE

Whipping fans into a frenzy with his swagger, he was once Britpop’s finest frontman.

But since Oasis split four years ago, Liam Gallagher has been defined by his relationship with older brother Noel.

Most of his interviews are strewn with unflattering comments about his sibling.

He has branded Noel an old man and even compared his looks to those of X Factor’s Louis Walsh.

Noel responded by dubbing Liam ‘a man with a fork in a world of soup’.

Matters can’t have been helped by the relative performances of the brothers’ solo debuts.

Different Gear, Still Speeding, Liam’s first album with his band Beady Eye was out-stripped by Noel’s High Flying Birds, which sold a million in 2011 and put him back into the big arenas he played with Oasis.

Now, at 40 and unveiling his second post-Oasis offering, Liam seems happier for the music to do the talking.

BE offers something different. Out a week on Monday, it is the sound of a Gallagher with something to prove — so much so, that Liam turned up at the London playback and chipped in with his own one-line reviews while dancing along to his new music. ‘F****n’ tune, man!’ was the gist of most comments.

The songs on BE have been framed by new producer Dave Sitek. The New Yorker, who has worked with Scarlett Johansson and Kelis, is no lover of traditional rock.

Having informed Beady Eye they were ‘stuck in 1969’, he has reinvigorated their outlook without watering down their spirit.

The sound is bold and brassy, with the guitars of ex-Oasis men Gem Archer and Andy Bell augmented by electronics, muscular horns, propulsive rhythms and experiments with cassette tapes and iPhone apps.
Liam’s singing is striking, too. With his voice unadorned by special effects, this is one of the most natural- sounding records he has ever made.

There is still, of course, the inevitable dig at Noel. Whereas Beady Eye’s debut album contained Four Letter Word, which alluded to the conflict that ended the 18-year career of Oasis, BE’s most newsworthy track is Don’t Brother Me.

‘Don’t brother me when you’re down,’ sings Liam. ‘I’m sick of all your lying, your scheming and crying.’

But he also offers an olive branch: ‘In the morning, I’ll be calling and hoping you understand / Come on, give peace a chance / Take my hand, be a man.’

So, has the ex-wild man of rock grown up? Not quite. BE opens with Flick Of The Finger, inspired by a London  anti-Vietnam war protest in 1968.
There are other brash rockers, too. Second Bite Of The Apple is fast and inventive; Face The Crowd an urgent R&B stomp.

But the best moments are those where producer Sitek’s experimental, freewheeling instincts come in.

Soul Love is wistful and psychedelic, Shine A Light mixes music hall piano, Eastern-tinged guitars and a Bo Diddley beat.

There are moments when the spirit of experimentation falls flat. Overall, though, BE finds its maker infused with a sense of adventure.

If the constant bickering with Noel has pushed Liam to make this much of an effort, then rock’s most bitter sibling rivalry might be having a beneficial effect after all.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

30 May 2013

Video: Interview With Beady Eye From 'Later... With Jools Holland'

Below is a video of an interview with Beady Eye and a performce of 'Flick Of The Finger', that was broadcast on 'Later... With Jools Holland' yesterday.

Thanks to George D

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.


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.


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

29 May 2013

Alan McGee On Signing Oasis 20 Years Ago

Excerpt from The Guardian

Alan McGee on Creation, Oasis and cashflow – a classic from the vaults

It's 20 years since Alan McGee stepped into Glasgow King Tuts and signed Oasis. Time to visit 1994 via Rock's Backpages and find out what the Creation Records founder was thinking …

Alan McGee founded Creation Records 10 years ago. Now this former British Rail clerk's labour of love is a floatable proposition, with nearly half of its shares owned by Sony. McGee surprised many when he got into bed with the company, not least because he was supposedly no fan of corporate structures. But that may simply be a sentimental view, judging by the candid assessment he gives over coffee at the Dome, Regent Street.

"In September 1992, I got fed up with selling 200,000 Primal Scream records in England and 18,000 in Germany," says McGee. "I got tired of selling only 3,000 Bandwagonesques there. It's all about distribution. If you're signed to some shit fuckin' indie, no matter what it does for your credibility, it does nothing to promote your group. Sony help us get worldwide distribution. At the moment, we're still getting some crap sales, but the potential is there. I've sold Sony 49%, which makes them feel good, but I'm very loyal to our bands. I've got their best interests at heart.

"The truth is that, without financial backing, it is now very hard to exist in England, but when I've gone in to Sony and said: 'Look, you need to help us with so-and-so,' they've always done it. And they don't talk to me about the music we put out, ever."

In 1984, McGee was looking after a young and irascible Jesus and Mary Chain. Like his proteges, McGee's clothes may be sharper 10 years on, but he hasn't really changed that much, and he remains a patron to like-minded fanatics such as Bobby Gillespie, the Jazz Butcher, Bill "the Man" Drummond and Lawrence from Felt/Denim.

In celebration of Creation's first decade, McGee has gathered together his 10 most personal mementoes. It comes as no surprise that what feature most among his choices are items that spark off memories of liaisons with some of rock's greatest mavericks.


"This group, Oasis, are the one recent thing that made me go: 'Fuckin' hell, I still believe in rock'n'roll.' I saw them last year and it was a complete fluke. I was at an 18 Wheeler show in Glasgow at King Tut's Wah-Wah Hut. Third on the bill were a band from Manchester. They were friends of Oasis and they'd told the band they could play fourth on the bill. So Oasis hired a van and drove up from Manchester with their mates and when they arrived the promoter says: 'No. Fuck off.' And they're saying: 'Look, it's cost us £200 to hire the van and equipment and get here. If you don't let us play, we'll smash your club up. There's 10 of us and only two security …'

"So the promoter lets them play. Now, I wouldn't have got to see them normally, because when a band of mine's playing I usually get in five minutes before they come on stage. However, because I'd gone with my sister Susan, who doesn't happen to own a watch, I got there two hours early. I witnessed all the shenanigans, so I wanted to see what they were like.

"The first song was really good. Then the second was incredible. By the time they did this fantastic version of I Am the Walrus, I'd decided I've got to sign this group, now. I said: 'Do you have a record deal? Do you want one? I wanna do it.' Eventually they had 20 record companies offering them deals and at the last minute Mother Records, owned by U2, phoned and said: 'We'll offer double what McGee is offering.'

"The music is a cross between the Kinks, Stone Roses and the Who, and the cover of this tape, which is incredibly rare, only 10 ever made, is important because it's a Union Jack going down the toilet. That sums up our country at the moment. I don't want to herald them too much, but they're already one of my favourite groups. Seeing them is what seeing the Stones must have been like in the early days. Brutal, exciting, arrogant."

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Video: Beady Eye On 'Later... With Jools Holland'

Below is a video of Beady Eye performing 'Flick Of The Finger', that was broadcast on 'Later... With Jools Holland' earlier today.

Listen To Beady Eye's Interview For BBC Radio 6

Below is an interview with Beady Eye that was broadcast earlier today on BBC Radio 6.

 Thanks to SollyDarling.

Liam Gallagher Has Experienced What It's Like To Fly High In The Sky Like A Bird

Beady Eye singer Liam Gallagher claims he once ''got inside the mind of a dove'' and experienced what it was like to fly high in the sky like a bird.

Liam Gallagher once ''got inside the mind of a dove''.

The Beady Eye frontman claims he had an outer body experience where he felt what it was like to be a bird and fly high in the sky.

Although known for his hellraising antics, former Oasis star Liam insists he hadn't been experimenting with any illegal substances when he became a dove - which is a symbol of peace across the world.

He said: ''I once got inside the mind of a dove. A full-flying, living, breathing, dove. No, I wasn't taking anything. It flew off to high climes and it was very happy.''

The 40-year-old rocker is gearing up for the release of the band's second album 'BE' on June 10 and next week Beady Eye will be playing tracks from the record at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios.

The band - also comprised of Gem Archer, Chris Sharrock and Jay Mehler - will perform an intimate show at Studio 3 on Monday June 3 exclusively for Absolute Radio.

Studio 3 is synonymous with Liam's idols The Beatles and the group will be covering one of The Fab Four's tracks and the session - which will be attended by listeners lucky enough to win tickets - will also be filmed and will be available to watch on the Absolute Radio website and broadcast on Pete Donaldson's Evening Show on Thursday June 6.

Source: msn.com

Win Tickets To See Beady Eye At Abbey Road Studios

Beady Eye are playing a live session for Absolute Radio at Abbey Road Studios and you could be there! All you need to do is enter the competition below, and you'll be in the running to win a pair of tickets.

Please note that you must be able to attend Abbey Road Studios during the evening of
Monday 3 June.

Click here for details on how to win.

Beady Eye To Play Abbey Road Session

Beady Eye are to play an exclusive set for Absolute Radio at Abbey Road Studios, to include a Beatles cover.

The group will perform in Studio 3 on Monday, June 3 in front of an invited audience and it will be broadcast on Pete Donaldson's Absolute Radio 8pm to midnight show three days later on June 6. The session, which will feature a song by the Fab Four, will be filmed and be available to watch on the station's website.

Donaldson said: “This is going to be an amazing gig and to secure Liam, arguably the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front man around, is a coup. As a huge fan I can’t wait to see which Beatles track they’ll cover.”

Source: www.musicweek.com

Beady Eye Are On 'Later... With Jools Holland' Tonight

Beady Eye will be guests later today on 'Later... With Jools Holland', the band will make their second appearance on the show with material from their widely anticipated, forthcoming LP 'BE'.

The show is broadcast on BBC2, on Wednesday (29th May) at 22:00 (UK Time) an extended edition of the show will be broadcast on BBC2 on Friday (31st May) at 23:05.

Beady Eye Interview And Exclusive Track From The Album 'BE' On BBC Radio 6 Later Today

Lammo chats with Beady Eye about their new album 'Be' which is released on the 10th June. It's the follow up to the band's debut album - 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'.

Beady Eye are Liam Gallagher and guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell, formerly of Oasis, along with drummer Chris Sharrock.

'BE' was produced by Dave Sitek, and recorded in London. The Album saw the band experiment with cassette tapes, samplers, and iPhone apps. Liam told the NME - "Working with Sitek just opened something up in us, He's without a doubt the best producer I've ever worked with"

The show is broadcast on BBC Radio 6 later today (29th May) between 16:00 and 19:00 (UK Time), during the show they will play an exclusive track from the album.

To listen online click here.

Happy Birthday Noel Gallagher

Happy Birthday to Noel Gallagher who is 46 today.

28 May 2013

HD Video Of Beady Eye's Acoustic Session In Paris

Click here for videos of Beady Eye's Acoustic session in Paris.

Thanks to Mari.

Tickets For A Stripped Down Beady Eye Gig Go On Sale Later Today

Put the date in your diaries. On 7th June Beady Eye are in town!

To mark the release of new album 'BE', The Liam Gallagher fronted band will be playing a stripped down set for us at McClusky's, the venue which houses are regular indie club night New Slang. This is one of the first times the band will be playing these songs live.  Not to be missed!

Pick up the album and a ticket for just £10.  Please choose the correct ticket option.  Under 18s will not be allowed entry with an 18+ ticket.

Doors are 8:00pm, with an expected stage time on 9pm.  Please allow plenty of time to get in to the venue. Please note: this is a 14+ show.  Valid photo ID will be required.

Click here for details, tickets go on sale at 11am (UK Time) today.

Liam Gallagher: 'One Direction Are My Biggest Competition'

A little rivalry never hurt anybody.

Mick Jagger referred to The Beatles as a "four-headed monster"; Bowie was spurred on by the success of his friend Marc Bolan; Oasis entered a musical arms race with Blur.

But since Oasis imploded in a backstage brawl four years ago, Liam Gallagher has found a new foe.

"Who's my biggest competition?" he asks. "One Direction."

"I'm not into their music," he clarifies, but the teen band are that most Gallagher of things - "mad for it".

"Fair play to them, man, they got lucky - like we all do, I guess - and they're just going for it.

"That's what it's all about, innit? It's all going to end at some point. And when it ends, you want to make sure you've ticked all the boxes."

At 40, William John Paul Gallagher is as quotable as ever. But the flippancy masks a larger truth: His real musical nemesis is his brother, Noel.

When Oasis split, Liam came out fighting. Taking the remnants of the band with him, he formed Beady Eye: Bare-bones, ready to rock, full of fury.

But their no-frills debut, Different Gear, Still Speeding, was easily eclipsed by Noel's superior solo album. While the senior Gallagher set off on arena tours, Beady Eye were dumped by their managers and limped across the finishing line with UK album sales of just 500,000.

It may have been a blessing in disguise, though. Because, for the first time since the 1990s, Liam Gallagher had something to prove.

Gauntlet laid down, Beady Eye hired an "absolute outlaw" to produce their new album, BE. His name is Dave Sitek and he's best known for his left-field work with TV On The Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Most importantly, the New Yorker didn't really know, or particularly care, about Oasis.

"That was the most refreshing thing about the whole experience," says guitarist Andy Bell. "He came in without the baggage of thinking, 'well, I'm assuming you're going to want to have it sounding like this'.

"Dave said, 'I work pretty fast'," adds second guitarist Gem Archer, "and we said, 'so do we'. So the race was on."

Reinvigorated, the band laid down 21 tracks in just nine days. Most of them had been demoed in advance but, says Bell, "a lot of that went out the window as soon as Dave started his production".

Gallagher describes Sitek's contribution as "the weird jiggy stuff". BE frequently dips its toes into the cosmos, wandering off into ambient psychedelia at a point when most Oasis tracks would have hit the "fade out" button.

"We just sat back and let it unfold," says Gallagher.

"It's like thinking time," adds Bell, "because nothing really happens. And that's something we don't normally put in records, is a bit of space to think."

"We did take a gamble. But life's a gamble, isn't it? Every album's a gamble. Unless you play it so safe that you're not gambling, and I wouldn't want to hear that album in the first place."

Sibling song
With characteristic humility, Gallagher told the NME earlier this year that BE was the album "Oasis should have made after (What's The Story) Morning Glory". Does he stand by that?

"Yeah. I don't mean this particular album. I think we should have been a little bit more open to this kind of thing in Oasis - i.e. with the producers, do you know what I mean?

"In Oasis, Noel was full-on, hands on producing, and he's not a producer. I think some of the time, with this word 'experimenting', you have to let the experimenting happen.

"We tried to stay out of the way. And that's the biggest... it's the hardest thing, to be not running the show all the time."

Noel's shadow hangs over both the album and the interview. Liam even defines Beady Eye by his absence: "Oasis was pretty much Noel's direction and vision, and this is ours".

But, although the brothers have barely spoken since the end of Oasis, Liam appears to offer an olive branch on the album track Don't Brother Me.

"In the morning, I'll be calling and hoping you understand," he sings. "Give peace a chance. Take my hand - be a man."

Yet, when pushed to talk about the song, he's suddenly cagey.

"Liam, you must getting asked about Don't Brother Me in every interview."
Liam: "No, you're the first."

"When I saw the title, I assumed it would be an angry song - but it's not. What was your state of mind when you wrote it?"
Liam: "Can't remember. Fuzzy. As usual. I didn't sit down to write a song about a brother. There's bits in there about Noel, I guess. And there's bits in there about me, and there's bits in there about my other brother. And there's bits in there about brothers in general. About everyone just chilling, man. And give peace a chance. There's a couple of little cheeky things in there."

"Such as?"
Liam: "I don't know. I wouldn't want to spoil the party."

"Could it be this line: 'I'm sick of all your lying. Your scheming and your crying?'"
Liam: "But that could be about me, though, couldn't it?"

"Well, no. When you sing about 'your' scheming it's directed at someone else."
Liam: "It could be me, though, couldn't it?"

"So you're singing to yourself?"
Liam: "Could be. I talk to myself, so why not?"

"Did you write the song looking in the mirror, then?"
Liam: "Yeah, alright. It's about him. And it could be about people around him. I'm not here to shy away from talking about our kid. You ask me a question and I go for it. But, yeah, it's about a lot of things. It's not about just Noel. Believe you me, if I could write a song about the [expletive] with Noel, I would."

"So why not do that?"
Liam: "Because it's not in me, man."

"OK… Let's take a step back - because ultimately the song is conciliatory."
Liam: "It's a nice song with some nice moments in it, man."

"Nice moments" abound on BE. Don't Brother Me is one of two songs written in waltz time, while Soul Love is a tender ballad that dissolves into a hazy coda played while the band watched the "Star Gate" sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Second bite of the apple'
But there are also the expected rock numbers, including first single Flick Of The Finger, which draws on the pounding rhythms of the Velvet Underground's Waiting For The Man and The Stone Roses I Wanna Be Adored.

It's at its best when Sitek pushes the band into unexpected territory. When he loosens his grip, the music occasionally slips back into Oasis-by-numbers bore rock.

Throughout, though, the biggest revelation is Gallagher's voice, which is pushed to the front, with none of the echo or reverb or studio trickery other singers rely on.

"There's a lot of records where you're screaming and shouting, and you think you're singing the biggest vocal ever," he says.

"You come back in the next morning and you think it's going to sound like a jumbo jet and it's that big." [indicates something very small].

"So this time round I thought, do you know what? When I sit in my house playing my guitar, I like the way my voice sounds. I took all the reverb off, tried to be as naked as possible. Sometimes it's hard, because you get self-conscious about it but we had to just get past that."

"Half of these songs on the new album, I was basically whispering it. Come back in and the vocal was massive. It's all about soul, man.

"I can sing punk rock, I can sing rock'n'roll and I can sing soul music and all."

Never short on confidence, Gallagher genuinely believes Beady Eye have made a breakthrough on their new album.

As the next single puts it, he's ready for "a second bite of the apple".

"We'll be gutted if it doesn't get to number one," he says. "But it won't stop us from doing this. That cloud won't be there forever.

"You don't start a band to be number one. You start a band to write good music, and that's what we do."

BE is out on 10 June.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

27 May 2013

Beady Eye Interview And Exclusive Track From The Album 'BE' On BBC Radio 6 This Week

Lammo chats with Beady Eye about their new album 'Be' which is released on the 10th June. It's the follow up to the band's debut album - 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'.

Beady Eye are Liam Gallagher and guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell, formerly of Oasis, along with drummer Chris Sharrock.

'BE' was produced by Dave Sitek, and recorded in London. The Album saw the band experiment with cassette tapes, samplers, and iPhone apps. Liam told the NME - "Working with Sitek just opened something up in us, He's without a doubt the best producer I've ever worked with"

The show is broadcast on BBC Radio 6 on Wednesday (29th May) between 16:00 and 19:00 (UK Time), during the show they will play an exclusive track from the album.

To listen online click here.

25 May 2013

Beady Eye Are On The Front Cover Of Bounce Magazine

Beady Eye feature in this months Bounce Magazine that is on sale in Japan.

Thanks to Jake

Liam Gallagher Offers Truce To Noel?

Liam Gallagher appears to ask his brother Noel Gallagher to end their feud on the new Beady Eye album.

On the song 'Don't Brother Me' the rocker seemingly offers his sibling an olive branch and a chance to end their war of words which has been going on since Noel, 45, quit Oasis after a backstage bust-up with his younger brother in Paris in August 2009.

On the track he sings: ''You know I'm the man, I'll make you if I can / In the morning I'll be calling and hoping you understand / All or nothing, I'll be calling. Come on now give peace a chance.''

In what seems to be a reference to Noel's solo song 'If I Had A Gun...', Liam also sings: ''Don't brother me when you're done ... did you shoot your gun / You know I'm a man, I'll do what I can / Sick of your scheming and lying / You're always in the sun with your number one.''

Liam and his bandmates Andy Bell, Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock debuted the album to invited guests at London's Soho Hotel on Thursday night (05.23.13) and after the playback had finished the 40-year-old musician got stuck into the bar downing tequila shots and sipping on vodka and tonic.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the event, Liam wouldn't admit any of the songs were specifically about Noel but did reveal recent events in his life had influenced the LP.

He said: ''I'm not writing about being number one, or trying to be number one, but what's happened to us recently might filter through in our music. But I'm writing about life and life is how it happens, s**t is going down man. I want to write about real things.''

When it was suggested some of the lyrics were amongst the most honest he had committed to record, he added: ''You're right what you're on about, at the time that's how I felt. At that moment I was writing songs about peace and harmony, it just goes wherever it goes.''

Guitarist Gem also hinted some of the tracks could be influenced by the demise of Oasis but revealed the band never ask the songwriters to explain their lyrics.

He said: ''Look (Oasis), was 10 years of our lives, more for Liam. It's going to come out in what we do. It's just natural. But as a band we don't ask people to explain what their lyrics are about when they bring them in.''

The album contains a number of introspective tracks, including 'I'm Just Saying' and 'Ballroom Figured', which contains the lyrics ''Did you ever loan me that song? / Did you ever know me at all?''

There are also several high energy rockers, such as the horn-driven 'Flick of the Finger', 'Face The Crowd' - which has a big chorus complete with hand claps - and 'Iz Rite', a 60s inspired track with strings.

Gem believes the album has a cinematic feel to it and he credits producer Dave Sitek for guiding the band in a different direction to their debut record, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'.

He said: ''To me is does sound like a film soundtrack. When we were listening to the finished version of 'Start Anew' that's what it felt like, like it should be on the cinema. That's Dave Sitek, that's what he has brought to us. That sound and scope and those ideas.''

Beady Eye's 'BE' is released on June 10.

Source: divine.ca

Liam Gallagher Reviews Beady Eye's Forthcoming Album

As album playbacks go, Beady Eye’s unveiling of their new effort was as colourful as Liam Gallagher's leopard-print loafers.

The band — Liam, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock — chose to premiere B.E. — out on June 10 — in a cinema beneath the posh Soho Hotel.

It’s the first time I’ve listened to an album eating popcorn, drinking beer, with a Britpop wildman dancing along to his own tunes behind me. It sounds bananas, but it worked a treat.

It was a bit surreal with Liam chipping in with one-line reviews, shouting out his critique of each track. It was even more surreal seeing his silhouette on the screen as his swaggering dance partially blocked the projector, giving everyone a close-up of his sideburns and sunglasses.

Review ... Beady Eye's new album B.E.

So here are my thoughts on the tracks, with Liam’s thoughts written after.

FLICK OF THE FINGER: A big, classic rock ’n’ roll groove of a track... the brass section is something you wouldn’t expect, but works well. Producer DAVE SITEK has lifted the standard on the second album and this is a statement of an opener.

LG: “Fookin’ tune, man.”

SOUL LOVE: Liam’s vocals are stripped back — reverb cutbacks and the pipes are in good working order. A crackly production which gives it the sound of vinyl. It got a round of applause from the room.

LG: “You’re welcome!”

FACE THE CROWD: Raises the tempo with an impressive Gem/Andy groove. Proper clapalong chorus. A nod to THE BEATLES. AUSTIN POWERS would love this track.

LG: “Have that! Tune!”

SECOND BITE OF THE APPLE: Latest single, verses delivered like OASIS’s early single Shakermaker. It builds up nicely.

LG: “F****n’ tune!”

SOON COME TOMORROW: Beautiful melody, Sunday afternoon vibe.

LG ABSENT: He went to the bog during this one.

IZ RITE: Gem tune. Solid rock ’n’ roll with great guitars.

LG: “Come on! What a tune.”

I’M JUST SAYING: A bit of early Oasis flavour. Upbeat summer banger of a track...

LG: “Have a go on that!”

DON’T BROTHER ME: The song everyone was waiting for, about NOEL GALLAGHER. The lyrics tell the story: “I know I’m a man, I’ll do what I can/Sick of your scheming and lying/ I’m always in the sun with your number one/ You know I’m a man, I’ll do what I can/ Give peace a chance, take my hand/Be a man. All or nothing/ I’ll keep pushing. In the morning, I’ll keep calling/And hope you understand.” The outro is a psychedelic massage of the senses.

LG: “Have it! Tune!”

SHINE A LIGHT: Great drums and rhythm section. Flavour of ROLLING STONES and KINKS.

LG ABSENT: In bog again.

BALLROOM FIGURED: More down-tempo, acoustic ballad. Impressive and delicate, a gentle touch.

LG: “F***ing tune!”

START ANEW: Vulnerability about it. “Got the whole world in our hands/ Come on take a chance and start anew.”

Liam had the last word in a short speech about the album artwork.

LG: “Top nipple. Thanks for turning up and having a listen, man.”

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

Beady Eye Are On The Front Cover Of Rockin'On Magazine

Beady Eye feature in this months Rockin'On Magazine that goes on sale soon in Japan, click here for more details.

Thanks to Mari

Beady Eye Are On 'Later... With Jools Holland' Next Week

Beady Eye will be guests next week on 'Later... With Jools Holland', the band will make their second appearance on the show with material from their widely anticipated, forthcoming LP 'BE'.

The show is broadcast on BBC2, on Wednesday (29th May) at 22:00 (UK Time) an extended edition of the show will be broadcast on BBC2 on Friday (31st May) at 23:05.

Be One Of The First People To Listen To Beady Eye's Album

Be one of the first people to hear BE in it's entirity by winning one of fifteen pairs of tickets to join Beady Eye at an intimate album listening event in London.

Details can be found here.

Video: Parlour Flames 'Pop Music, Football And Girls' (Aston Villa Version)

Parlour Flames - Pop Music, Football and Girls (Aston Villa version) filmed at Villa Park by Squiff Creative Media. Thanks to all at Aston Villa for their assistance and enthusiasm for this project.


Liam Gallagher On Beady Eye, One Direction, Ozzy Osbourne And More

Thank God for Liam Gallagher. Necking shots of tequila at £17 a pop, he has returned just in time to rescue rock 'n’ roll.

The BRIT Awards was a tamer affair than a Suri Cruise tea party but no-one manages to ’ave it larger than the legendary Beady Eye frontman.

And I know, because I got to join Liam at the launch of his band’s second album BE at London’s Soho Hotel.

The booze flowed from the moment Liam walked into the bar before the record was played to a handful of invited journalists.

Glass of vodka and tonic in hand, Liam leaned against the bar oozing rock-star vibes with his John Lennon-style sunglasses.

Yes, most would look plonkers wearing shades inside but somehow he got away with it.

“I’m here to make you feel cool – I’m not here for me,” announced Liam, 40. “I could do other sh**. I do it also ’cos I like the music. If I wanna do something I’m gonna go and do it. I’ll do what I do regardless.”

With guitarists Gem Archer, 46 and Andy Bell, 42, and drummer Chris Sharrock, 48, milling around, all eyes were still on Liam – even when the album was being played in the darkened room, as we munched on popcorn.

Liam – the naughty lad in the back row of course – danced along to every song and yelled: “Tune!” when each finished.

Proper grooves and smooth vocals rang out on Soul Love, retro rhythms on Iz Rite and the softer side of Liam on Start Anew.

But all ears were on Don’t Brother Me, which includes the lyrics: “Give peace a chance”.

It has had the industry whispering it’s an apology to estranged brother Noel, following Oasis’s split.

“It’s not an olive branch,” snarled Liam when we returned to more drinking, post playback. “If I wanted to say sorry to Noel for something I didn’t do I’d ring him up.

“This is a better night than Our Kid would give you, isn’t it? I bet he offered you a polite glass of wine and that was that, like a slug.”

I have to admit I’ve never hung out in a hotel gym with Noel.

That was where our chat continued, as Liam wanted somewhere less hectic to talk.

As he sat on a press-up bench, he called for tequila and a man with a deep wallet headed to the bar.

Liam declared: “No-one has more fun than me, I’m a rock ’n’ roll star.

“I met Harry Styles when we played the Olympics – and while I like One Direction, Harry Styles isn’t having more fun than me, and won’t ever. He was glad to meet me.”

Liam formed Beady Eye in 2009 the day after Oasis split, even though he had more than enough money to take a break.

“I do it ’cos I’m addicted to it and I can’t get out of it man,” he admitted. “That’s what I’m born to do. I do it ’cos I wanna do it.

“I don’t do it for you and I don’t do it to be Ozzy Osbourne. I do it because I do it. And even if I wasn’t cooking I’d still do it. I’d still be cool even if I wasn’t in a band, I wouldn’t lose out on anything because I’ve been in a band – and a good band. It’s not about being No 1.

"I’ve still got enough f***ing chickens in my egg to still go with the flow.”

With the tequila racked up, Liam confided that while he’s not a great fan of The X Factor, Beady Eye will be involved in the 10th series.

His management company Quest have taken on the contract of looking after artists from the show such as last year’s winner James Arthur.

He said: “We’re doing X Factor; we’re in talks to perform on it.

“I don’t care what people say when they complain that rock is dead, you have to take the opportunity to play to a huge audience.

“But I don’t sit around listening to new music and I don’t care about the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury because I’m not in the Stones.”

The honesty spills out of Liam – and love or hate him, you can’t deny he’s entertaining.

He then downed three tequilas in a row and went outside for air and a ciggie to level out.

When he returned, Liam requested another vodka and tonic which he proceeded to pour into my wine glass as he thought I was being “a square” and needed to become “a circle”.

“I’m not a songwriter, I’m a part-time songwriter,” he announced. “I’m a rock star.”

And one of the best I’ve enjoyed the company of in years.

BE is out on Monday, June 10.

Source: www.dailystar.co.uk

Beady Eye To Appear On The X Factor

The former Oasis frontman claimed today's popstars aren't a patch on him as he made the X Factor revelation at band's new album playback party.

Liam Gallagher claims his band are to appear on The X Factor – the show he branded “annoying”.

The ex-Oasis frontman told us: “We’re doing X Factor, I think it’s to be on one of the live shows. I don’t care man, we’re rock ’n’ roll stars and you can’t argue that’s a huge audience. You have to take that opportunity.”

Not if you’re his brother, Noel, who recently turned down a judging slot and said: “I just don’t want to be on the telly every Saturday night. I would just end up saying to Louis Walsh, ‘Will you shut up.’”

Liam made the revelation at the new album playback party for Beady Eye on Thursday at London’s Soho Hotel. He also described The X Factor as “f***ing boring”.

Afterwards, he was keen to show us he still lived a hedonist’s lifestyle as he ordered £17-a-shot tequilas for us all to knock back.

But, he lamented, today’s popstars just aren’t a patch on him.

“That One Direction,” he said. “I mean, they’re not rock stars are they? Harry’s all right though. I met him the Olympics and I just said to him, ‘Keep on keeping on’. But he’s nothing like me. I’m a proper rock ’n’ roll star.” Yep, no doubting that.

We asked him if a song from the album Don’t Brother Me was a nod to Noel with the lyrics “Come on now, give peace a chance, be a man.” Liam was quick to correct us.

He said: “It’s not an olive branch. I’m not a songwriter, I just bash out the music, you can’t be reading into all these lyrics as they don’t mean anything. If I wanna say sorry to someone, I’ll pick up the phone and call them. It’s not me saying sorry to Noel.”

Wonder if he’ll be tuning in when you’re on the show?

Source: dailyrecord.co.uk

24 May 2013

Liam Gallagher: 'My Arse Is Better Than Beyoncé's'

For their new album Be, Beady Eye have confidently claimed that they've finally hit their stride.

Teaming up with producer Dave Sitek for the record, the band recently explained they've discovered a "newfound focus" that allowed them to get "our s**t together", adding: "It feels like a really special record for us."

Ahead of the record's release on June 10, Digital Spy teamed up with Music Unlimited to find out more about the LP, their plans to compete with Beyoncé at this year's V Festival, and who would play them in Beady Eye: The Movie.

Liam Gallagher: 'There's No Hitler In Beady Eye'

Liam Gallagher is loving life in Beady Eye, telling MTV News UK that “there’s no Hitler” in the band he formed after Oasis split.

With Beady Eye gearing up to release their second album BE, Liam is enjoying it more because everyone is “drinking from the same cup” and said he shouldn’t be blamed by Oasis fans for his brother Noel leaving the legendary group.

Speaking after the album’s playback, Liam told us track nine Don’t Brother Me – which features the lyrics “give us a chance, take my hand, be a man” and “in the morning I’ll be calling and hoping you’ll understand” – isn’t an apology to Noel.

“I’ve got nothing to apologise for,” said Liam without hesitation when we asked him about the song.

“Our relationship is still touchy, but if I wanted to say sorry to Noel for something that I’ve done apparently wrong I’d ring him, I wouldn’t write a f**king song. It’s not an olive branch."

He continued: “I’m not the bad person in this – Noel has done the f**king mad flip and he’s got a whole new weird band. The only person that’s left our hemisphere is Noel.

“I’ve still got the same rock and roll crew, all the roadies are still with us. Noel has washed his hands with it, which is fine but don’t f**king come back and moan about it when it doesn’t suit your f**king wig.”

So will Liam be sending a copy of BE to Noel?

“He needs to buy it, the motherf**ker. I don’t care what he thinks but I hope he enjoys it because we’re not making reggae music, it’s another form of Oasis but he doesn’t want to be part of it. Noel’s playing hard to get.

“I’m f**king loving it in Beady Eye – I’m not missing anything from Oasis. We’re drinking from the same cup and there’s no Hitler.”

During the playback at London’s Soho Hotel, Liam was on top form – shouting “f**king tune” after belters Face the Crowd and I’m Just Saying, dancing to single Second Bite of the Apple and making everyone laugh by describing the topless woman on the front cover of the album as “top nipple”.

Gallagher added: “Success to me is putting it out – f**k buying the album, you want people to get it. Money is a vulgar word and I’ve done chart positions.

"It’s not about being No.1, I don’t mind if it goes in at No.40 It blows my mind and we’re cracking on.”

Beady Eye release their new album BE on June 10.

Source: www.mtv.co.uk

Liam Gallagher Loves Lionel Richie's Hello

Liam Gallagher loves Lionel Richie's 'Hello' so much, he would choose the track to take with him on a desert island.

Liam Gallagher could listen to 'Hello' by Lionel Richie on repeat.

The 'Flick of the Finger' singer said if he was stuck on desert island with only one record he'd choose the smooth R&B vocalist's classic 1984 single, particularly for its irony towards the imaginary scenario.

Speaking to Music Unlimited, the music streaming service from Sony Entertainment Network, Liam said: "Lionel Richie, is it me you're looking for? 'Hello' Do you not get it?"

While he may like easy listening at home, Liam's band Beady Eye's latest album, 'BE' is anything but, after the introduction of experimental producer Dave Sitek.

The 40-year-old rocker credits the musician for helping the band break boundaries and exploring unseen places.

Liam added: "Dave got involved and it all went a bit cosmic, we got that s**t in us and he sorta just championed it. He's a good producer; a good producer for me is someone that doesn't just soft talk the band and tell them what they want to hear.

"We're the musicians, we make the records and there's certain places we can't go, and he went there."

Source: www.femalefirst.co.uk

Liam Gallagher Slates Daft Punk's Get Lucky

Daft Punk have sold half a million copies of No1 single Get Lucky in the UK but there’s one man who’s not convinced – Liam Gallagher.

The French stars won’t be featuring alongside The Who and John Lennon in his record collection. Liam said: “I’d write that in a f***ing hour. I don’t know what the fuss is about, you know what I mean? It’s like f**k off, give me a f**king break.” Speaking to Sony’s MU streaming service he added: “I am not going to have people wear disguises.

“Take your f**king helmet off. Let’s see what you look like sans helmet, whatever you’re called.”

If the dance duo swapped the leather jackets for parka coats he might think differently.
Liam will need to avoid the radio for a few months yet, as Daft Punk have confirmed plans to release even more new material. The pair, heading to No1 with album Random Access Memories this Sunday, say they are already remixing the songs.

Thomas Bangalter from the group said: “We’re working on some mixes ourselves, so yes, there will probably be Daft Punk mixes of Daft Punk. The first track we’re remixing is Get Lucky. That will be out by the end of June.”

Don’t be surprised if the remix has a decent run in the charts too.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

23 May 2013

On This Day In Oasis History...

The video below is from May 23rd 2002, when Oasis played at MTV Superdry in Tokyo, Japan.

22 May 2013

Auction For MS Charity: Featuring Signed Items By Noel Gallagher, Primal Scream And More

The theme of this year's World MS Day is young people with MS.

Taking place on May 29, this is a key annual event that raises awareness and funds for vital services.

MS is usually diagnosed between the ages of 24 and 31.

It is is a life-long condition but is not terminal, and does not follow any particular pattern or set stages.

Most people live active and fulfiling lives despite the physical and emotional challenges. It is unique to the individual, and more than 8,000 people in Ireland live with MS.

MS Ireland will host a celebrity auction online at ms-society.ie and the public can bid for signed and framed images of artists, sports personalities and actors such as The Script, Imelda May, Brain O'Driscoll, Noel Gallagher, Primal Scream, Kodaline, Def Leppard, Damien Dempsey and Katie Taylor.

Source: independent.ie

First Listen: Beady Eye, BE

When it emerged that arty producer Dave Sitek was overseeing Liam Gallagher’s second post-Oasis effort, eyebrows were raised.

But the first Beady Eye album was so patchy that even Liam admitted it didn’t work – and getting Dave in has transformed them.

Liam actually sounds like he wants to be a singer again, and Dave’s experiments make for great psychedelic tunes.

Mystical chant Iz Rite is a highlight along with Face The Crowd, Liam’s best shouty rocker since Lyla.

Not everything works – there’s one too many ballads – but it proves Liam’s strongest when people are doubting him.

An album to BE proud of.

Source: www.dailystar.co.uk

Daft Punk Predicted To Break Oasis' Record For Fastest Selling Album In UK Chart History

Daft Punk are predicted to break Oasis' record for the fastest selling album in UK chart history.

The band's new album 'Random Access Memories' is expected to beat the record currently held by 1997's 'Be Here Now', with bookies Paddy Power cutting the odds dramatically on the French duo's chances, according to Music Week. 'Be Here Now' sold 650,000 in its first week of sales, but 'Random Access Memories' has already scored the highest number of pre-sales for any dance album ever on Amazon. Paddy Power are giving 4/5 odds on the record outselling Oasis. The album is released tomorrow (May 17).

The LP has 7/1 odds of becoming the best-selling album in UK chart history by 2015.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said: "They might not have a catchy moniker like the 'Beliebers', but fans don't come much more passionate and excitable than Daft Punk enthusiasts so we're expecting big things for the French DJs next week. We only hope that the success doesn’t go straight to their helmets." Despite saying that they will not be touring the record, Paddy Power has odds of 5/2 on a world tour being announced by the end of the year.

Daft Punk are set for a fourth straight week at the top of the Official UK Singles Chart with their track 'Get Lucky', which has now sold more than 500,000 copies. The song has spent the past three weeks at Number One, and has already sold 49,000 copies since Sunday (May 12). The track is easily the French act's biggest selling UK single, overtaking their 2000 Number Two hit 'One More Time'.

Source: www.nme.com

21 May 2013

Limited Number Of Parlour Flames Signed CD Albums Available Now

There are a limited number of Parlour Flames signed CD albums available from Tower Records.

Click here for more details, vinyl to follow soon.

20 May 2013

Pre-Order Beady Eye's New Album For Money Can't Buy Prizes

Head to www.myplaydirect.com/beady-eye for the chance to win the parka jacket Liam Gallagher wore on stage with Oasis at Finsbury Park in 2002.

Watch The Video For Beady Eye's 'Second Bite Of The Apple'

Below is the music video by Beady Eye performing Second Bite Of The Apple.


On This Day In Oasis History...

Below is a video from the 20th of May 2005, when Oasis appeared on the 'Late Late Show' in Dublin, Ireland.

Parlour Flames Debut Album Released Today

Parlour Flames debut album is released today on Cherry Red, visit the official site here for more details.

18 May 2013

Watch An Interview With Beady Eye And An Acoustic Set

Beady Eye performing a live acoustic show at French radio station OUI FM yesterday. They played new single Second Bite Of The Apple and Start Anew.

17 May 2013

Video: Live Performance Beady Eye 'Dreaming Of Some Space'

A live performance of 'Dreaming Of Some Space' from Beady Eye's Paris hotel bathroom.

Noel Gallagher On Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger, Wonderwall And More

Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher landed the outstanding song collection prize at the Ivor Novello Awards.Gallagher dedicated the award to his wife, who he says barely believes he writes them.

Click here to watch the video.

Noel Gallagher Says David Beckham Should Take Up Songwriting When He Retires

Noel Gallagher has said that David Beckham should take up songwriting now that he has retired from football.

The former England and Manchester United player confirmed that he will stop playing football at the end of this season having rejected a chance to continue playing with Paris St Germain into 2014. Speaking to ITV News about Beckham's next career move while at the Ivor Novello Awards yesterday (May 16), Gallagher said: "Songwriting".

He added: "He's had a great career and played for some of the most iconic clubs in world football. He could probably go into management one day, as long as it's not (Manchester) City."

The former Oasis member also said he "hated" Beckham when he played for United, but has since become friends with the sportsman. "I hated him when he played for United. Hated him. Hate. Proper hate. But luckily I met him when he'd left United and he's such a nice lad and he's a brilliant footballer."

Noel Gallagher, The Maccabees and Alt-J all picked up major awards at this year's Ivor Novellos in London with Gallagher collecting the award for Outstanding Song Collection, which was presented to him by Kinks singer Ray Davies. The former Oasis member thanked "my publishers, who I've only just met after 20 years – Sony, apparently," to guffaws of laughter from the industry audience. He dedicated the award to his wife, who, he said, once told him she'd never seen him write any songs. "This is proof that I do," he said.

Source: www.nme.com

Noel Gallagher On The Smiths, Morrissey And Growing Up In Manchester

Noel Gallagher talks about, The Smiths, Morrissey & growing up in Manchester.

Various Videos From Noel Gallagher At The Ivor Novello Awards

Below are two videos of Noel Gallagher being interviewed at the Ivor Novello Awards yesterday.

Noel Gallagher Can't Be Arsed To Make Music

Noel Gallagher says he won't be doing much more new music anytime soon...and who he gets star struck by - at the Ivor Novello awards 2013 at London's Grosvenor House.


Video: Noel Gallagher On Writing Material For One Direction

It looks like Noel Gallagher won't be penning any material for One Direction in the near future.

When asked whether he would consider writing for the band, the former Oasis guitarist said: "No. You'd do it for the money and I've got enough money."

Noel also took time out at The Ivor Novello Awards to have a pop at programmes like the X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, saying they were "just TV" and "had nothing to do with music".

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