28 September 2016

Oasis In Their Own Words Proves Liam And Noel Gallagher Are Totally Hilarious


With the new Oasis movie Supersonic on the way, the BBC has decided to dig deep into its archive of interviews and news reports to come up with its own celebration of the legendary Manchester band.

And the broadcaster has turned up some seriously classic Gallagher moments, reviving snippets and soundbites that prove what we all knew: that Noel and Liam aren't just some of the city's most important musicians, they're also among its most natural comedians.

Oasis In Their Own Words revisits the moment the band changed the face of music in the 1990s: blazing an historic trail to the top of the pop charts in August 1994 with their debut album Definitely Maybe, locking horns with Blur in the battle to be king of the Britpop era, and making all kinds of tabloids headlines for record breaking shows at Knebworth as well as cancelled gigs in America.

We've had a preview of Oasis In Their Own Words - which is available on the BBC iPlayer from 7am on Friday, September 30 - and these are some of the highlights to look out for.

Left-handed Noel was told off for playing guitar right handed

Dexterous Noel was apparently ordered by his school music teacher to flip his guitar over and restring it to be played left-handed as he is a natural leftie. But "it didn't make sense" to play it that way round, he says in an interview with musician and presenter Jools Holland.

Instead he stuck to his guns, and remains pretty pleased with himself about the win, laughing, "I'd like to say if my old music teacher's watching, do you wanna borrow a tenner?".

"We made Bonehead go bald"

Adding to the body of evidence about the Gallagher God complex (look out for the amazing clip of newsreader Jennie Bond reporting that Oasis reckon they mean more to young people than religion because "has God played Knebworth lately?") is a nugget of footage in which Noel claims Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs' hair loss was a deliberate band decision.

"I told the rhythm guitarist he'd have a bit of character if he lost a bit of hair," says Noel. "So we made him go bald."

Hilarious.

Take that, Take That!

Liam's long cold stare into the camera is absolutely priceless as he recounts the success of Some Might Say, despite him boycotting the video shoot.

"Hey, I'm Liam from Oasis," he swaggers, "and our new song Some Might Say's gone in at number one, knocked Take That right off the spot, and we haven't done a video.

"I'm not paying £30,000 for me to sit in a truck stop and eat eggs, bacon, and beans," he says about refusing to shoot the planned video. "So I didn't get out of bed - and I got a slapped wrist for it."

Noel's damning assessment of Be Here Now

When presenter Jayne Middlemiss asks Noel about the criticism of the band's third studio album, Noel responds: "Looking back on it now we should have called it F*** It, That'll Do. I listen back to it and it sounds like a Bon Jovi album to me... Like Slippery When Wet."

Liam's assessment: "I think it's top."

Oasis: the biggest band in the UK?

Is a good question for a group who claimed this was their ambition, and Noel's analysis of the situation at the start of the 2000s is right on the money.

"I'll tell you what's the funny thing about being in Oasis, right, is when we first started off we were hailed as the new Beatles, and then second of all we were the U2 it was OK to like, and now we're a younger version of the Rolling Stones, i.e. the record's not doing too well but you can still come and see us at Wembley."

Oasis In Their Own Words broadcasts just before the release of Supersonic by Mat Whitecross, the man behind docudrama The Road To Guantanamo and award winning documentary movies Amy and Senna.

Supersonic premieres in Manchester on Sunday, October 2, and the sold-out first screening at the Odeon Printworks will feature an appearance from frontman Liam Gallagher himself, plus a Q&A session with fans afterwards.

The film is on general release from October 7.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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