As the time swings around to Spring again, it's going to be all about this kind of music I'm afraid. There's just something Oasisy about summer sun.
An all-round entertaining interview with the LG man. Bit of discussion about the past (pre-Oasis when Liam apparently was “the sheepish one” – hard to believe), bit of discussion of the new album (getting on for 45 now, there was no time for getting sentimental in Oasis, etc) and of course, a nice bit of slagging off of RKid (Noel, in layman’s terms). Hear the full 30 mins below:
This is such a rare song to hear played live.
I think this is one of those cult Oasis fan favourites - actually a b-side to the Shakermaker single release. I personally can't understand why it never made it into The Masterplan (The B-side Album)!
Probably ditch Stay Young or something.
Usually LG sticks to the Manc Mod Look, which I perceive to be a bit scruffier than the 59 Mod Look, but it's no less cool.
However it DOES make it unusual to see him in a rollneck. Consider all of yourselves lucky. This is a rare moment.
I know it's unfashionable to say so, but Oasis did do a few decent songs after the year 2000 and I reckon this is one of them.
It's a bit trippy (like the rest of the album) and, thinking about it, you can sense the different musical direction NG was going to take when the band broke up not long after. It doesn't really sound like an Oasis song at all.
This had to be done eventually.
I think "the swaggery one with attitude" (as a work friend said earlier this week) has suddenly grown some talent and he'll give his brother a run for his money...
There is a certain member of the four families of Mod (as I like to call them) that the others probably refer to as the scruff of the litter.
They've got the tunes and they've got the attitudes.
They even have the style, but even you hardcore fans would have to admit it's distinctive from the other "strands" of Mod.
It drops the uptight, buttoned-up neatness of, say, the Small Faces or even Paul Weller and adopts a slightly more mainstream attitude to style.
The suits and chelsea boots are turned down.
But the parkas and desert boots are turned WAY up.
Don't get me wrong, the swagger is there and its identifiably part of the Mod family.
It even attracts way more followers, inducting thousands of kids into the fold. And some of these go on to discover the Jam and the full caboodle.
It's the side of Mod I show to new acquaintances so as not to scare them off. Then I gradually slide the Small Faces into the mix as time goes on.
Who's in this family? Well Oasis for one, of course. Perhaps we could extend it to some others? Libertines? Kasabian? Arctic Monkeys?
There is something about the way that these guys deal with style that makes you think they know something we do.
Great little news article here telling all about Liam Gallagher stealing the Libertines' bassist. All's fair in love and rock.
Enjoy the tune.
So Liam Gallagher has announced the release date of his new album (titled "As You Were") - well, sort of. It will be available from October, although when specifically is not revealed. You can also pre-order it from tonight.
I imagine you probably have mixed thoughts about this, as I do.
Admittedly, I am quite stoked for it. I think it has the potential to be pretty decent and he seems pretty proud of it, so I probably will have a listen to it at some point.
To be honest the whole announcement actually took me a bit by surprise. I thought he was still soldiering on with Beady Eye, although I’m not sure when they last released anything. Beady Eye were alright - they had one or two storming songs actually (including the likes of The Roller and Four Letter Word and a couple of others) but I could never listen to an album all the way through. These fiery anthems were unfortunately held together in the LP by what felt like filler tunes and I actually thought the second album was even more sparse.
I’m just listening back to it now to make sure, but I’m afraid my opinion stays the same. What is that bit at the end of Flick of the FInger all about? Talk about cliche.
To be honest I think he's had far greater success with his fashion label than his music since Oasis split.
Basically, the problem with the Gallaghers’ albums now is that Liam has all the spunk and attitude (and highly distinctive voice) of Oasis but lacks the emotion for the lower tempo tunes. By contrast Noel is all about the rhythms and the groove, but seems to be a bit damp on the attitude. Oasis obviously blended the two in a messy, Manchester-type way to create genius, but we have yet to see the brothers go it alone with anything like the same success. I suppose there is a sense that we never will get over that break-up but still - let's see if LG has nailed it this time!
So, with the hot weather having finally arrived, I, with infinite logic, decided I’d like to get a cold weather coat. Admittedly this decision was also helped by the fact that the Cartwright Parka I already have is more of a spring coat... it is sadly not waterproof!
Now getting a big coat obviously isn’t the first thing most people think of in this situation. But it did strike me that as with saying that the best time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining and the best time to buy an umbrella is when the rain is not falling, it might also be a wise move to grab a winter coat when it’s not winter.
I appreciate many shops are really not into this, the choice might be limited in the seasonal ranges, but I am open to ideas. Pretty Green have done some exceptional parkas recently. I loved the Lansdown, but I ummed and erred so much at the time that I missed out.
The Kallerton is looking good and there are still some in stock (outside of PG), but I’m not as convinced by it. It seems quite short in length compared to the Lansdown and the hood is annoyingly massive. I don’t want to look like some drug dealer.
Ideally I want to go off-piste and try and get something similar to the Liam Gallagher Be Here Now version (see above). They really should make those more available. Even PG seem to churn out my faves only in either standard parka green or navy blue and, in exceptional circumstances, some weird colour like white.
So... any suggestions for the discerning winter parka buyer?
Ok so this is effectively a re-post from a 2015 blog, but I accidentally switched onto it the other day and was reminded. It's a decent song and although Beady Eye have basically faded out into obscurity, LG did at least start well!
When's the Oasis reunion, that's what I want to know...
According to the Fred Perry twitter account, on 24th Jan in '98, Oasis went to the top of the charts with 'All Around The World', the longest UK Number One ever.
Yes it's a long one, it's a trippy one, and it's on an album that supremely unloved.
But the rebel in me knows that this is what makes it so great...
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