Liam Gallagher has never been afraid of speaking what’s exactly is on his mind. Only he knows whether these opinions are purely genuine or said to rub people up the wrong way deliberately. Nevertheless, some of his snide comments about certain contemporaries over the years are a lesson in the art of piss-taking.
What Oasis achieved during their time together is era-defining, and if one band epitomise the feel-good image of the 1990s in Britain, it’s them. Things slowly dwindled from a personal perspective over the years, which impacted their sound and, in turn, they became a band trying to sound like Oasis rather than the same group who stuck two fingers up at the world the decade before.
Their brutal split story shouldn’t over-shadow what they achieved and how they managed to capture a nation’s mood. Few acts have since have come anywhere close to having the cultural impact that the brothers from Burnage managed to stoke up. While their music played a part, so did their attitude.
Liam and Noel managed to make themselves relatable figures by shouting their mouths off about anyone and everyone in their vicinity. The younger Gallagher brother hasn’t toned down with age, and you’ll still find him giving his thoughts on any artist that has riled him up.
Here are some of his best.
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Daft Punk recently hung up their helmets and announced that they were no more. The whole world seemingly was mourning the pioneers of modern dance music as we know it, but one man who wasn’t disturbed by their split is Liam Gallagher, who was less than impressed with ‘Get Lucky’ back in 2013.
“I’d write [“Get Lucky”] in a fucking hour,” Gallagher said. “I don’t know what the fuss is about, you know what I mean? It’s like fuck off, give me a fucking break. I am not going to have people wear disguises. Take your fucking helmet off. Let’s see what you look like sans helmet, whatever you’re called.”
Mumford and Sons
It should come as little surprise that the manufactured folk sounds of Mumford and Sons failed to get Liam Gallagher’s pulse running. Simultaneously, as the banjo strumming group shot to fame, Gallagher’s band Beady Eye was unable to get off the ground, and he was less than impressed with Mumford and Sons’ image, just as much as their sound.
In 2012, he told Q: “Everyone looks like they’ve got fucking nits and eat lentil soup with their sleeves rolled up. They all look like they live on the heath. Maybe that’s where they record.”
Gallagher continued his verbal tirade by adding: “Everyone’s fucking Don McLean — far too many acoustic guitars, no style. They look like they shop at Oxfam. I wouldn’t put any posters up of any band if I was a 16-year-old lad. There’s none of that sitting down on fucking stools for me, sweetheart.”
Oasis and the Seattle grunge scene represented two different sides of the musical spectrum throughout the 1990s. Britpop was somewhat of a reaction to the heavier and darker sounds of groups like Pearl Jam, whereas Oasis celebrated life.
Speaking at a backstage interview at Pinkpop Festival in 2000, Gallagher gave a thinly-veiled dig to Pearl Jam: “I’m not into writing fucking morbid music like the rest of these pricks that are playing here. They all right bollocks y’know what I mean, they’re all in pain. Well, my fucking ears are in pain hearing your fucking voice you twat.”
When asked by the interviewer if this applies to headliners Pearl Jam, Gallagher nodded his head and simply labelled them as “rubbish”.
U2 are a band that will forever split opinion. While some people think they are the most incredible group of all time, for others Bono and the group make people’s skin crawl. It’s safe to say in recent history, U2 have been off the boil, and unlike his brother Noel, Liam isn’t their biggest fan.
Speaking about rock ‘n’ roll attitudes, Gallagher said: “It depends what kind of band you’re in. I thought we were in a rock ‘n’ roll band. I find the likes of U2 when they call themselves a rock ‘n’ roll band, I find that highly fucking insulting. They play guitar music, hit the drums n all that, but they are a band who use guitars. They’ve never done anything rock ‘n’ roll in their entire lives.”
Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan found himself in a verbal back and forth with former Gallagher last year, after Lanegan’s book said that while they toured America together in the ’90s, Liam quit the tour avoid fighting him.
Gallagher then responded to this claim with a flurry of tweets aimed at the former Queens Of The Stone Age man, stating: “Mark lannegn(sic) here’s how I saw it I asked you your bands name I was fucking around and called it something else you being an upright(sic) junkie and not having a sense of humour got your little grungy knickers in a twist another bullshitter trying to sell a book LG.”
Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher resolved their differences last year after 25 years of schoolyard insults thrown at each other. What agitated Liam was when Williams attempted to offer him musical tips in 2013 when he patronisingly said: “The production is really good. There are a couple of tunes that would have been fucking amazing if they had a chorus. ‘Flick of the Finger’, nearly a great tune. ‘Start Anew’, if that had a chorus – but there is no chorus.”
Liam then responded in an interview about the lack of choruses in Beady Eye’s work, “Well they do, fatty, and they’re good and better than yours. Well, I tell you what, I wish he didn’t have choruses. Your verses are shit n all.”