23 August 2014

On This Day In Oasis History...















The video below is from August 23rd 1996, when Oasis played on MTV Unplugged in London, England.



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22 August 2014

Video: Liam Gallagher's Ice Bucket Challenge















Liam Gallagher has taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and has nominatied Spongebob Squarepants and his fellow cartoon character Ivor the Engine to take part in the challenge, before also laying down the gauntlet to his brother Noel.




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Pretty Green Polka Dot And Paisley iPhone Cases Now in Stock














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Another On This Day In Oasis History...















On August 22nd 1995, When Oasis played 'Roll With It' on Top of the Pops, the Gallagher brothers switched roles with Liam pretending to play guitar and Noel pretending to sing.

The set ended with the band erupting in laughter at the Gallaghers' impressions of each other.


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On This Day In Oasis History...















"The Importance Of Being Idle" is a song on the British rock band Oasis' sixth album, Don't Believe the Truth, written and sung by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was the second single released from the album in the UK, on August 22, 2005, where it debuted at #1. It was also the first time that Oasis earned two successive #1's in the same calendar year. It was written by Gallagher sometime during the summer of 2004, before the band made their final attempt at recording what would become Don't Believe the Truth. He got the title from the Mark Twain book of the same name which he found whilst cleaning out his garage (it belonged not to him but to girlfriend Sara McDonald.)

Musically, as Noel has commented, the song sounds like tunes from two British bands, The Kinks and The La's. In particular, the sentiment expressed is noticeably similar to The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" and "Dead End Street", and the use of falsetto for every other verse line recalls The La's "Feelin'". The guitar sound is similar also to The La's b-sides; "Clean Prophet" and "Over". It also is a breakaway from the sound of Oasis's latter albums, especially the straight ahead rock 'n' roll anthems of Heathen Chemistry. The keyboard used on the pre-chorus sections was bought by bassist Andy Bell from the auction website eBay.

Noel has said that the lyrics of "The Importance of Being Idle" are inspired by his own laziness. Some of the second verse, with the reference to begging his doctor for "one more line", seems to be referring to an actual event as this resembles Noel's account of how he gave up cocaine in 1998.





















Most reviewers acclaimed the track as one of the highlights of Don't Believe the Truth, which itself was widely praised as a marked return to form. The band mentioned in interviews in June that it would become the second single, after the UK Number One "Lyla". The b-sides are Liam Gallagher's "Pass Me Down the Wine" and Gem Archer's "The Quiet Ones."



The promo film was directed by Dawn Shadforth, (whose previous videos include Kylie Minogue's award-winning "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"). Shadforth's film for "The Importance of Being Idle' starred Welsh actor Rhys Ifans and homages the style of early 1960s kitchen sink drama British films, and is set during the build up to a funeral procession in a northern town, with the extravagant undertakers parading the coffin at the video's climax and Ifans playing the part of a high-kicking funeral director. The video is based on the film and play Billy Liar with Ifans playing the role of Billy. Noel and Liam therefore play Shadrack & Duxbury, the owners of the funeral parlour where Billy works. The rest band (Gem,Andy and Zak) make a brief appearance as lazy workers playing cards in an undertaker's office. It was widely acclaimed at the time as being probably the best video Oasis had ever made, not least by the band themselves, who were said to be very happy with the finished product. The video is very similar in style and concept to the music video for "Dead End Street" by The Kinks.

Q Magazine readers placed the song at #1 in a list of 2005's greatest tracks.

The video for the song was voted the video of the year at the NME Awards.

The song is included on Oasis' 'best-of' album Stop the Clocks.

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21 August 2014

Liam Gallagher Set To Take Ice Bucket Challenge After Nomination By Sergio Aguero














The former Oasis frontman said "I didn't think I could get any cooler but I'll give it a try".

The bucket challenge just got Rock N Roll after Liam Gallagher agreed to take the plunge.

The former Oasis frontman was nominated to do the charity craze by City star Sergio Ageuro.

And Blues fanatic Liam tonight informed his more than 800,000 twitter followers that he had accepted the challenge.

However, he didn’t miss the opportunity to slip in a bit of his legendary self confidence saying: “Ah Sergio, I didn’t think I could get any cooler but I’ll give it a try LG x”

Ageuro posted a video online of him being doused in ice cold water as part of the stunt which is designed to raise awareness of Motor Neuron Disease, known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in the United States.

And he has also given his manager something else to worry about at training tomorrow.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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Liam Gallagher's Latest Tweet














@aguerosergiokun Ah Sergio, I didn't think I could get any cooler but I'll give it a try LG x

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Liam And Noel Gallagher Feature On The Cover Of The New Issue Of The NME















With Oasis about to celebrate 20 years since 'Definitely Maybe' the NME have a special edition magazine boasting two covers featuring Liam and Noel Gallagher.

For a closer look and details on how to buy the magazine can be found here.



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Bradley Cooper Reveals His Love For Oasis














Bradley Cooper says he's a big fan of Oasis, after hanging out with singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher at Glastonbury.

Bradley, 39, has revealed his love of the group - who officially split in 2009 after a string of high-profile disagreements between Noel and Liam Gallagher - was furthered after he spent time hanging out with singer-songwriter Noel at Glastonbury.

Reflecting on his appreciation of the band, Bradley told The Sun newspaper: ''Of course I knew who Oasis were but never listened to much of their stuff. I have started to since then and they are pretty special.

''You can hear that they were trendsetting. So many current bands have clearly taken inspiration from them.''

Source: www.contactmusic.com

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Guigsy Missing From Oasis' Definitely Maybe














Former Oasis star Paul 'Guigsy' Mcguigan did not play a note of music on the band's iconic debut album Definitely Maybe.

The bassist was a founding member of the British band and performed live with them throughout their mid-1990s heyday before quitting in 1999.

He was part of the line-up for the Wonderwall hitmakers' first three albums, but it has emerged none of his bass playing appears on the band's 1994 debut as all his parts were re-recorded by guitarist Noel Gallagher during increasingly fraught studio sessions.

Tony McCarroll, the band's then-drummer, tells NME magazine, "I never found out about that until way down the line. There had been an argument on tour about my drumming and Guigs told me that he wasn't on there.

I admired him for that."

Source: www.contactmusic.com

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On This Day In Oasis History...















Be Here Now is the third studio album by the English rock band Oasis. Released on August 21 1997, the album was highly anticipated by both music critics and fans as a result of the band's previous worldwide successes with their 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe, and its 1995 follow up (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. The album's pre-release build up led to considerable hype within both the music and mainstream press. At that point, Oasis were at the height of their fame, and Be Here Now became the UK's fastest selling album to date, selling over 420,000 units on the first day of release alone, and over one million within two weeks. As of 2007, the album has sold eight million copies worldwide.

Oasis' management company Ignition were aware of the danger of overexposure, and before its release they sought to control the media's access to the album. Ignition's campaign included limiting pre-release radio airplay, and requesting that journalists sign gag agreements. These tactics resulted in the alienation of members of both the music and mainstream media, as well as many industry members connected with the band. Ignition's attempts to limit pre-release access to the album only served to fuel large scale speculation and publicity within the British music scene.

Artistically Be Here Now failed to live up to the expectations that preceded its release. Although initial reviews were positive, retrospectively the album is viewed by much of the music press and by most members of the band as over-indulgent and bloated. In 2007, Q magazine described Be Here Now as "a disastrous, overblown folly—the moment when Oasis, their judgement clouded by drugs and blanket adulation, ran aground on their own sky-high self-belief." The album's producer Owen Morris said of the recording sessions: "The only reason anyone was there was the money. Noel had decided Liam was a shit singer. Liam had decided he hated Noel's songs [...] Massive amounts of drugs. Big fights. Bad vibes. Shit recordings." None of its songs were included on the band's 2006 "best of" compilation album Stop the Clocks.






















Album cover
The cover image to Be Here Now was shot at the Stock Hotel in Hertfordshire in April 1997. It features the band standing outside the hotel surrounded by assorted props. At the centre of the image is a Rolls Royce floating in a swimming pool. The photographer Michael Spencer Johns said the original concept involved shooting each band member in various locations around the world, but when the cost proved prohibitive, the shoot was relocated to the Stock Hotel. Spencer remarked that the shoot "degenerated into chaos", adding that "by 8pm, everyone was in the bar, there were schoolkids all over the set, and the lighting crew couldn't start the generator.

It was Alice in Wonderland meets Apocalypse Now." Despite various meanings people have tried to read into the selection of the cover props, Johns said Gallagher simply selected items from the BBC props store he thought would look good in the picture. Two of the props that had considered thought in their inclusion were the inflatable globe (intended as a homage to the sleeve of Definitely Maybe) and the Rolls Royce, which was suggested by Arthurs. The release date in each region was commemorated on the calendar pictured on the sleeve; Harris said the dating "[encouraged] fans to believe that to buy a copy on the day it appeared was to participate in some kind of historical event."

Tracklisting

D'You Know What I Mean? – 7:42
My Big Mouth – 5:02
Magic Pie – 7:19
Stand by Me – 5:56
I Hope, I Think, I Know – 4:22
The Girl in the Dirty Shirt – 5:49
Fade In-Out – 6:52
Don't Go Away – 4:48
Be Here Now – 5:13
All Around the World – 9:20
It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) – 7:00
All Around the World (Reprise) – 2:08

Singles





D'You Know What I Mean?"
Released: 7 July 1997
Producers: Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher
Chart positions: #1 (UK), #1 (FIN), #1 (IRE), #3 (CAN), #4 (US)





Stand By Me
Released: 22 September 1997
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher
Chart positions: #2 (UK), #5 (US), #2 (IRE)





All Around The World
Released: 12 January 1998
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher
Chart positions: #1 (UK), #1 (IRE)





Don't Go Away" (Japan Only)
Released: 13 May 1998
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher.

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20 August 2014

Liam And Noel Gallagher Feature On The Cover Of The New Issue Of Q














With Oasis about to release a special edition of (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? next month this month’s Q is a celebration of the band’s second album.

On sale from Tuesday (26 August) and boasting two covers – one featuring Liam and one Noel – Q339 features a unique examination of the Gallaghers’ second record, including previously unseen photographs, archive interviews, a look at the record’s impact and features an uncut track-by-track guide to (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? by Noel.

You can buy the magazine online here.















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Pretty Green Now Have A Number Of Items Back In Stock














Pretty Green now has a number of items back in stock including the Felton Jacket, Vintage Paisley Shirt and more.

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On This Day In Oasis History...















The video below is from August 20th 2005, when Oasis played at the V Festival in Chelmsford, England.



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18 August 2014

On This Day In Oasis History...














The video below is from August 18th 1994, when Liam & Noel Gallagher and Bonehead appeared on 'MTV Most Wanted' in Camden, London.

Also on August 18th 1991, Oasis played their first ever gig at the Broadwalk in Manchester supporting Sweet Jesus.


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17 August 2014

Pretty Green's Summer Sale Ends Midnight Tomorrow














Pretty Green's Summer Sale ends midnight tomorrow, with final reductions and final stock added. Dont miss out on your favourite items from the season before they're gone forever.

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14 August 2014

On This Day In Oasis History...














The video below is from August 14th 2008, when Oasis played at the Black Islands Studios in London in front of a small number of competition winners.


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Ryan Adams On Oasis' 'Be Here Now' Album














Ryan Adams has told the NME he does not care what Noel Gallagher thinks about Oasis' 1997 album 'Be Here Now'.

Adams said: “I’m too old to care who likes my records, It’s all bullshit anyway. People make judgements about records but the music is eternal. I like ‘Be Here Now’. I don’t even care if Noel Gallagher doesn’t like it, because you know what? I will take two bong hits and that record will blow my mind.”

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Gallery: Noel Gallagher In Ibiza














Click here for a number of pictures of Noel Gallagher on holiday in Ibiza, scroll down the page for pictures.

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