31 August 2014

Gallery: Liam Gallagher With Fans In Manchester














Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher was posed with a common dilemma today - a day with the family or a day at the football.

The rocker is back in town, 20 years to the day that the band released their debut album Definitely Maybe.

And the avid City fan was this afternoon spotted leaving the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Manchester where he has been staying.

That’s also the hotel where Stoke City squad based themselves ahead of today’s clash at the Etihad, in which they secured a 1-0 victory over the Blues.

Liam, who hails from Burnage, was in good spirits as he headed out of the hotel and jumped into a taxi after signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.

He was overheard saying he was off to watch his beloved Blues in action.

Though others claimed the Beady Eye singer said he was taking his mum out shopping while he was back in his hometown.

After today’s result, let’s hope he took the second option.

Click here to see a video and pictures of Liam.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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Another On This Day In Oasis History...
















The videos below are from Live By The Sea, originally released on video on August 31st 1995.

It features Oasis' gig at the Southend Cliffs Pavilion on April 17th 1995, as well as the videos for Rock 'N' Roll Star and Cigarettes & Alcohol.











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On This Day In Oasis History...















The Videos below are from August 31st 1994, when Oasis played at the Tivoli, Buckley in the United Kingdom.

The two videos below are from the Definitely Maybe DVD that was released in September 2004.

This gig was the first time that I saw the band live.





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30 August 2014

Definitely Maybe: 10 Things You Never Knew About Oasis' Debut Album

It is exactly 20 years since Oasis released their debut album, Definitely Maybe, so here are some supersonic facts about the record.

1) Definitely Maybe became the UK's fastest-selling debut album of all time, with 86,000 units shifted in the first week alone – a record held until 2006, when Arctic Monkeys released their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Leona Lewis (2007) and Susan Boyle (2009) have since broken the record again. Informed of this, Liam Gallagher would no doubt shrug dismissively and spit back that Definitely Maybe went on to sell 15 million records worldwide – and no one would dare to argue.

2) The artwork for Definitely Maybe warrants scrutiny.




















Clockwise from bottom left.

– The large image of Burt Bacharach in the bottom left of the artwork is, first and foremost, a straightforward homage to one of Noel's musical heroes but the positioning of the picture is also significant. It is reminiscent of where Pink Floyd positioned the artwork for the soundtrack to the film, Gigi, on the cover of their 1969 album, Ummagumma. One presumes this was Noel's nod to the prog rockers, rather than the Vincente Minnelli musical film.

– There is a small photograph of Manchester United legend George Best in the window, which was guitarist Bonehead's defiant reminder that not every member of Oasis is a Manchester City fan.

– The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is playing on the television. Noel has since declared that this Clint Eastwood western is one of his favourite films.

– Inevitably, if Bonehead was having a picture of a Manchester United player, the Gallagher brothers were going to have a bigger picture of a Manchester City legend. And who else but Rodney Marsh, the club's record signing, who scored 35 league goals in 116 appearances.

– Nothing too cryptic here, just a nice reference to Definitely Maybe track, Cigarettes and Alcohol.

3) Noel wrote the lyrics to Live Forever (the third single from Definitely Maybe and the band's first top-10 hit) as a direct response to early-Nineties grunge music, which he thought unnecessarily depressing. Fixing his crosshairs on Kurt Cobain's band, Nirvana, Noel said: "It seems to me that here was a guy [Cobain] who had everything, and was miserable about it. And we had f--- all, and I still thought that getting up in the morning was the greatest f---ing thing ever." This cheeriness is certainly reflected in Noel's lyrics: "Maybe I just want to fly, I want to live I don't want to die."

4) Slide Away was due to be released as a fifth single from Definitely Maybe but Noel vetoed the idea, explaining that "You can't have five [singles] off a debut album".

5) Speaking of Slide Away, the song was first written using a guitar which Johnny Marr from The Smiths had given Noel. And it wasn't just any old thing either – Marr gave Noel a 1960 Gibson Les Paul that he himself had bought from The Who's Pete Townshend. "I couldn't give him something dodgy or cheap,” Marr explained. Rumours that the guitar has special powers are, of course, unproven but consider this: a) Marr had used the same guitar to record a number of The Smiths finest records and b) Noel later said: "When I got that guitar, I swear Slide Away seemed to write itself." It should also be said that the guitar was broken during a stage invasion at a 1994 gig in Newcastle. Not so many special powers after all, then.

6) Bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan didn't actually play bass on a single track of Definitely Maybe. As the sessions at both Monnow Valley Studios, near Monmouth, and Sawmills Studios, Cornwall, became increasingly frantic and the results continued to disappoint, Noel re-recorded large sections of the record himself, including all of McGuigan's bass parts. Tony McCarroll, the band's drummer at the time, explained how he found this out to NME: "I never found out about that [McGuigan not featuring on Definitely Maybe] until way down the line. There had been an argument on tour about my drumming and Guigsy told me that he wasn't on there [Definitely Maybe]. I admired him for that."

7) Coca-Cola successfully sued Oasis for $500,000, claiming that Shakermaker, the second single from Definitely Maybe, sounded too similar to the New Seekers's I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony), which they used in their 1971 advertisement.

8) Noel quit the band while touring Definitely Maybe, citing an incident in which Liam struck him with a tambourine on stage. It was to be the first of many bust-ups and walk-outs in the band.

9) The lyrics to the song Married with Children were inspired by Noel's girlfriend at the time, Louise Jones. Fed up of hearing her boyfriend playing the guitar day after day, Jones reportedly told Noel that "your music's shite, it keeps me up all night". The line is quoted verbatim in the song. Noel also confessed to taking inspiration from the American sitcom, Married... with Children. "I looked at them two in the show, and looked at us two, and I thought, that's us, that is!

"It's another song that anybody could relate to, because if you live with a girlfriend or just a flatmate, there are always petty things that you hate about them, and this song's just about pettiness."

10) Liam can't understand why anyone has bothered to release a re-mastered edition of Definitely Maybe to celebrate its 20th anniversary. When the news was announced in February, Liam took to Twitter to say: "HOW CAN YOU REMASTER SOMETHING THATS ALREADY BEING MASTERED. DONT BUY INTO IT. LET IT BE LG X"

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Another On This Day In Oasis History...















The videos below are from August 30th 1994, when Oasis played an accousic set at Virgin Megastore in London to celebrate the release of Definitely Maybe.










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On This Day In Oasis History...















Definitely Maybe is the debut album by English band Oasis, released on August 30th 1994. It was an immediate commercial and critical success in the UK, having followed on the heels of singles "Supersonic", "Shakermaker" and particularly the popular "Live Forever".

Definitely Maybe went straight to number one and 7x platinum in the UK Album charts on initial release. It was the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK when released. Definitely Maybe marked the beginning of Oasis' success in America, selling over 1 million copies there, although only reaching #58 on the Billboard 200. The album went on to sell over 7.5 million copies worldwide.

In 1997 Definitely Maybe was named the 14th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium' poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 2005 Channel 4's '100 Greatest Albums' countdown placed the album at number 6. In 2006 NME placed the album third in a list of the greatest British albums ever, behind The Stone Roses and The Queen Is Dead. In a recent British poll, run by NME and the book of British Hit Singles and Albums, Definitely Maybe was voted the best album of all time with The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band finishing second and Revolver third. Q magazine readers placed it at five on their greatest albums of all time list in 2006 and in that same year NME hailed it as the greatest album of all time. It is frequently referred to as the greatest debut album of all time.

Album History
In 1994, Oasis were seen as a distant echo of the moribund 'Madchester' scene which had exploded in the early 1990s. Unlike other Madchester bands who indulged in experiments with funk, dance or hip-hop, Oasis presented themselves as a relatively straightforward rock and roll band. Along with bands like Blur and The Verve they seemed to encapsulate a new wave, one which did not yet have a name. By the end of the year the media coined the term Britpop, of which Definitely Maybe retrospectively became one of the pivotal albums.





















Many of the songs had originally appeared on Oasis' "Live Demonstration" demo recorded in Liverpool the year before with Chris and Tony Griffiths of The Real People. The main recording sessions took longer than expected, with the bulk of the album having to be recorded three different times with Mark Coyle producing, before Owen Morris came up with a mix that everyone was satisfied with. The album cost nearly £85,000 to produce, a huge amount of money for a debut album at the time.

The album title, according to Noel Gallagher, comes from a poster he saw in a pub, although he cannot remember what the poster was advertising.

Track Listing

All tracks written by Noel Gallagher.

01: "Rock 'n' Roll Star" – 5:22
02: "Shakermaker" – 5:08
03: "Live Forever" – 4:36
04: "Up in the Sky" – 4:28
05: "Columbia" – 6:17
06: "Sad Song" (extra track on the UK LP version, and the original Japanese version of the album) – 4:27
07: "Supersonic" – 4:43
08: "Bring It on Down" – 4:17
09: "Cigarettes & Alcohol" – 4:49
"Digsy's Dinner" – 2:32
This was misspelt as "Digsy's Diner" upon its North American release.
10: "Slide Away" – 6:32
11: "Married with Children" – 3:11

Singles

"Supersonic"
Released: 11 April 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis & Mark Coyle
Video Director: Mark Szaszy (UK) / Nick Egan (US)
Chart positions: # 31 (UK)
Watch the music video here, or a live performance here.

"Shakermaker"
Released: 13 June 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Director: Nick Egan
Chart positions: # 11 (UK)
Watch the music video here, or a live performance here.

"Live Forever"
Released: 8 August 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Directors: Carlos Grasso (UK) / Nick Egan (US)
Chart positions: # 10 (UK) # 2 (US Modern Rock)
Watch the music video here, or a live performance here.

"Cigarettes & Alcohol"
Released: 10 October 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Director: Mark Szaszy
Chart positions: # 7 (UK)
Watch the music video here, or a live performance here.

Personnel

Liam Gallagher – vocals
Noel Gallagher – lead guitar, vocals
Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs – rhythm guitar
Paul McGuigan – bass guitar
Tony McCarroll – drums

Additional Personnel
Anthony Griffiths – vocals
David Batchelor – producer
Mark Coyle – producer, engineer, mixing
Anjali Dutt – engineer
Owen Morris – producer, mastering, mixing, production concept
Roy Spong – engineer
Dave Scott – engineer
Brian Cannon – art direction, design, concept, cover design
Michael Spencer Jones – photography

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29 August 2014

Gallery: Liam Gallagher In Manchester














It was exactly 20 years ago this week that Liam Gallagher and his Oasis bandmates burst on to the music scene with their iconic debut album, Definitely Maybe.

But Liam looked to have aged hardly a day when we spied him returning to home turf on Friday night.

Burnage-born Liam, 41, was certainly rocking a vintage Oasis look - wearing his signature parka jacket while his hair has returned to the fringed style that many will recall from his 90s heyday.

And the Live Forever star even gave our snapper a trademark Rock 'n' Roll star 'salute', shall we say, as he left the Radisson Edwardian Blu Hotel in the city centre.

Tomorrow marks the official 20th anniversary of the release of Definitely Maybe, Oasis' seminal work, which has prompted a 'remastered' reissue from the now defunct band's former record label.

Bonehead: Definitely Maybe is Oasis' finest hour as remastered version is released

Stand By Me: Hundreds of fans queue for Oasis exhibition days before it closes

20 facts about Oasis' Supersonic 20 years after its first release

But Liam, now frontman of band Beady Eye, is unlikely to be getting too nostalgic about it.

For after the re-release was announced, he urged fans NOT to buy it.

He said on his Twitter account at the time: "How can you remaster something that's already mastered. Don't buy into it. Let it be."

Many fans had believed the 20th anniversary might prompt a reunion between warring Gallagher brothers Liam and Noel, but sadly that has yet to transpire.

Liam's return home to Manchester on the eve of the anniversary appears to be coincidental - as it is understood he's actually come home to watch his beloved Manchester City play at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday against Stoke City.

We'd love to be a fly on the wall at the Rad Ed over breakfast in the morning - as those Stoke players appear to have checked in to the same hotel as the Mad For It Blues fan.

Click here to see a number of pictures of Liam here.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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New Printed Tees Added To Liam Gallagher's 'Pretty Green' Collection















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Noel Gallagher And His Wife Sara Enjoy A Night Out














Noel Gallagher tucked his two boys into bed and whisked his wife off for a rare night on the town.

The former Oasis member was spotted with Sara MacDonald as the twosome headed to the swanky Chiltern Firehouse in London.

Click here to see a number of pictures of the pair.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk

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28 August 2014

Special Collectors Edition 'Oasis' Magazine On Sale Now














This year, Oasis' first two albums – 'Definitely Maybe' and '(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?' – have been reissued.

Looking back now, and taking the current music scene into consideration, it's hard to imagine how big, how culturally relevant and how all-conquering Oasis were from 1994 – 1996.

In his new book about 'Definitely Maybe' for the 33 1/3 series, author Alex Niven sums it up like so: 'Oasis wrote songs that came closer to narrating the collective hopes and dreams of a people than any other band in the last quarter century.'

They sold more albums than any other band. They played bigger gigs than any other band.

They had more newspaper articles written about them than any other band. They were better than any other band. And this NME Collector’s Edition is an attempt to bottle up and present the wild spirit of the times: Liam's charisma, Noel’s inability to write a bad song, the hope, optimism and chaos that followed the band.

Over 100 pages it tells the story of every song they wrote, recorded and released during the time, delves into the NME, Melody Maker and VOX archives to pick out some classic interviews, and builds up to the peak of their career: playing to a quarter of a million people at Knebworth Park in August 1996.

Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan, Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, Tony McCarroll and Alan White: you changed thousands of lives just by being you. Live forever.

The magazine can be ordered here, downloaded from here and is available in all good newsagents.





















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Win A Rare Double Vinyl Test Pressing Of Oasis' ‘Definitely Maybe’














Click here for details to win an extremely rare double vinyl test pressing of the remastered ‘Definitely Maybe’ by Oasis.

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Another On This Day In Oasis History...















The videos below are from August 28th 1994, when Oasis played at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands.


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On This Day In Oasis History...














The following statement by Noel Gallagher, was posted on the Official Oasis Site on August 28th 2009.

"It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.

"Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan."

Oasis were due to play the Rock en Seine festival in Paris but cancelled at the last minute. When the support band said Oasis would not be performing, many fans thought it was a joke, but then screens at either side of the stage showed this message: "As a result of an altercation within the band, the Oasis gig has been cancelled."



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27 August 2014

Oasis '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' Box Set Revealed














Big Brother Recordings have revealed the contents of the Super Deluxe Box Set of (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, the second in the new Oasis: Chasing The Sunseries following May's release of Definitely Maybe, which charted in the U.K. at No.5. The Super Deluxe Box Set, released on September 30th and available for pre-order here, will be packaged in a large gift box and will include:

Coffee Table Book containing rare and unseen photos

Replica of the original promo cassette including Step Out, which was removed before release

7 inch vinyl A: Hello (Demo) B: She's Electric (Demo), Hello is exclusive to box set
12 inch vinyl replica of original 1995 industry promo A: Cum on Feel The Noize B: Champagne Supernova (Lynch Mob Beats Remix)

Roll With It Cigarette Papers, a replica of the original 1995 promo item

180 gram Double 12 inch Vinyl in gatefold sleeve

Deluxe 3 x CD Album

Set of 3 Postcards & 12 x 12 inch Art Print

All pre orders of the Super Deluxe Box set via www.Oasisinet.com come with a replica of the original Some Might Say 12" featuring B sides Talk Tonight and Acquiesce(Remastered).

All pre orders of the Super Deluxe Box set via www.Oasisinet.com come with a replica of the original Some Might Say 12" featuring B sides Talk Tonight and Acquiesce(Remastered).

(What's The Story) Morning Glory? will also be available on CD, Special Edition 3 x CD, and 12" vinyl LP from September 30th.

SUPER DELUXE BOXSET CONTENTS

FURTHER DETAILS:

Collectors Coffee Table Book

This beautiful 56 page hardback book contains rare and unseen photographs documenting the (What's The Story) Morning Glory? period by Stefan de Batselier, Brian Cannon, Kevin Cummings, Grant Fleming, Jill Furmanovsky, Owen Morris, Tom Sheehan - plus private photos taken by the inner circle.  Original artwork designer Brian Cannon explains the story behind each single cover art and sleeve notes are written by Neil McCormick.

7 inch Vinyl

This 7 inch vinyl includes demos of Hello and She's Electric, both of which were recorded in Definitely Maybe producer Mark Coyle's studio. The Hello (Demo) track is exclusive to the box set.

12 inch Vinyl

This 12 inch vinyl is a replica of the original promotional 12 inch, sent to industry contacts as a promotional item in 1995.  Tracklisting features A side Cum on Feel The Noize and B side Champagne Supernova (Lynch Mob Beats Remix), which has never been commercially available.

Cassette

Exact replica of the original promotional copy of (What's The Story) Morning Glory?  This rare cassette, only sent out to industry contacts, has never been commercially available. It includes Step Out, which was removed from the album prior to its release

Roll With It Cigarette Papers

These rolling papers were an original 1995 promotional item. They have been replicated solely for the box set and feature the lyrics for Roll With It printed on the back.

180 Gram Double 12 Inch Vinyl In Gatefold Sleeve

Heavyweight vinyl of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? album, meticulously remastered from the original 1995 half inch tapes.  Includes download code for B sides, plus unreleased and rare tracks including demos and live recordings.

Deluxe 3 x CD Album

(What's The Story) Morning Glory? Deluxe CD, meticulously remastered with B sides, plus unreleased and rare tracks including demos and live recordings.

Postcards & Art Card Set

3 photograph postcards and a 12 x 12 inch art card.














Source: www.oasisinet.com

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26 August 2014

On This Day In Oasis History...















The video below is from August 26th 2000, when Oasis played at the 'Gig On The Green' in Glasgow, Scotland.




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Check Out This Seasons Outwear From Liam Gallagher's 'Pretty Green'














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New Issue Of Q Magazine With Liam And Noel Gallagher Covers On Sale Now!














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.

The magazine is on sale now 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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25 August 2014

Liam Gallagher's Latest Tweets















Stevan Jovetic, welcome to my world LG x

Followed by

Who the fuck is Mario Balotelli LG x

Followed by

Sergio Aguero in 1 on 1 LG x


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Listen To Oasis' Acoustic Demo Of 'She’s Electric'














Last month, we heard an early take of “Bonehead’s Bank Holiday” now comes the acoustic demo of “She’s Electric”.

Noel Gallagher’s album notes say, the origins of “She’s Electric” date all the way back to his school days.

“‘I’ll be you and you be me’ is from Stop, Look and Listen,” he explains of the songs lyrics. “We used to be at school and you’d have a class where’d they play TV. It was Sesame Street but an English version. That stayed with me for years until I wrote ‘She’s Electric.'”

Click here to listen to the track.

Source: www.consequenceofsound.net

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On This Day In Oasis History...














The video below are from August 25th 2000, when Oasis played at the Reading Festival in England.



A video of Step Out can be found by clicking here.

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