When Oasis rose to prominence, it was clear that Noel Gallagher’s songwriting genius played a huge role in their success. Noel, the former guitarist and one of the chief songwriters, penned the band’s most famous songs, solidifying their place in music history. However, it seems that his younger brother Liam Gallagher’s constant issues and outlandish behavior has cast a dark shadow over the band’s legacy.
As reported by Radio X, Noel, in a recent interview with The Big Issue expressed his frustration with Liam’s erratic moods and attitude. He described the experience as “f*cking stressful” and found Liam’s complaints about past grievances to be “nonsense.” Noel’s overwhelming feeling was that Liam’s discontent was unwarranted, considering the dream they were living. He questioned why Liam couldn’t let go of the past and appreciate the success they had achieved.
“Singers are the kings of blaming shit on everybody else,” he continued. “I was writing the songs, so I was directing it. I knew what I was doing.
He added: “I often wondered what it would feel like if I was in a band and I had no control over the direction of it because the guy who wrote all the songs was so fucking good. There would be no point in getting involved. So no wonder he went off the rails. But you can balance that by saying, well, Oasis wouldn’t be fucking anything if they hadn’t asked me to join them.”
Liam, it seems, struggled with a sense lack of control within the band. Noel acknowledged that singers often blame others, and he understood why Liam may have felt overshadowed by his songwriting, even though Liam still had much to do with the band. However, Noel pointed out that without his contribution, Oasis would have been nothing. As hot as a take that it is to say, Liam Gallagher really played a major role in burning down Oasis, but of course, as did Noel.
While Noel candidly reflects on the challenges within Oasis, he also delves into other topics, such as Brexit. He views it as an “unmitigated disaster” and laments the boarded-up businesses and bleak outlook for young people growing up in the aftermath. Noel’s political disillusionment is apparent, as he criticizes both the Tories and Labour, claiming that politics in the country has reached a dead end.
Noel also notes Oasis’ enduring popularity among teenagers and suggests that the band resonates with them because there are no contemporary working-class musicians speaking for their experiences. He believes that no one has emerged to address their lives, culture, and future, leaving a void that Oasis, with their working-class roots, once filled.
Despite the upcoming 30th anniversary of Oasis’ debut album, Definitely Maybe, and Liam’s plans to perform it in its entirety, Noel has dashed any hopes of a reunion. He emphasizes that there will be no tour and no plans for the Gallagher brothers to share a stage again.
The interview paints a scathing picture of Liam Gallagher’s contributions to Oasis, highlighting his disruptive behavior and inability to accept Noel’s creative direction. While the band’s legacy remains intact, it serves as a reminder that even the most successful partnerships can be marred by personal issues and clashes of ego.