Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher is still rock’s champion trash-talker
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ENGLISH BAND Oasis created massively popular and influential rock music, a supersonic brand of guitar-heavy Brit-pop. Their debut album, 1994’s Definitely Maybe, made the Gallagher brothers overnight stars: Older brother Noel wrote the songs, and frontman Liam—the ultimate bad boy—delivered them in classic rock star fashion.
But it was the siblings’ famously combative relationship that eventually did Oasis in. Noel quit in 2009. Liam and the rest of the band went on as Beady Eye until 2014, after which Liam took a boozy sabbatical. He describes a typical day in 2015 as going to the pub for lunch and, before you know it, “it’s fucking 2 in the morning.” Once that was out of his system, he began writing songs for a first solo album, As
You Were, to be released October 6. Of his new backing band, he says pointedly, “We’re having a good time. I don’t miss anything. I don’t miss yesterday, and I don’t miss tomorrow.”
Liam and Noel still don’t talk, though Liam claims that nasty tweets about his brother shedding tears at a benefit concert in Manchester, England (Noel became emotional while playing “Don’t Look Back in Anger”) were the result of someone hacking his account. “I wouldn’t say stuff like that. Can you believe it?” Yet, on a recent call with Newsweek, it was clear Gallagher is still a champion trash-talker.
You did a bunch of Oasis songs at your recent show in Brooklyn. How did it feel to play them again?
It feels good. I mean, listen, man, I’m Oasis through and through. If people are coming to our gigs, my head’s not that far up my own ass where I think they’re just coming to hear a load of new songs. They work hard every day of the week, and they’re parting with their money. If they wanna hear “Wonderwall” and “Rock ’n’ Roll Star,” I’m gonna do it. The last thing I want is people at my gigs on their phones saying, “Ah, I’ll wait for the next album to come out, I’m not sure about this one.” I want people to go off their fucking tits.
Noel’s got all these little fanboys going, “Oh, well, [Liam] didn’t write the songs.” So fucking what? I fucking sang them, you little cunt. It’s about the songs, and it’s about the fucking voice. When I’ve heard Noel’s versions of Oasis songs, it nullifies them a bit, makes them really kind of boring. Noel’s rendition of “Wonderwall” is a bit like Ryan Adams, innit? Who the fuck wants to hear “Supersonic” acoustic? Should be fucking ashamed of yourself, mate, know what I mean?
When you were in New York, you tweeted that you got carded buying cigarettes.
I don’t really smoke that much—i’ve definitely calmed down a lot—but I was having a bit of a day and I thought, You know, I could do with a fucking cigarette. So I went in the shop and the geezer says, “Have you got any ID?” I said, “Are you taking the piss?” He went, “Well, that’s the way it is.” I said, “I’m 44, mate. Look at the fucking state of me.” He said, “No, you’ve got to go and get your ID.” He didn’t have no idea who I was, see. There’s a lot of work to be done, mate.