Liam Gallagher once picked his favourite Oasis songs of all time
Enjoying a renaissance in his career, Liam Gallagher has found a perfect blend of new solo material and classic Oasis songs to satisfy his adoring fans. It has seen the singer burst out of older brother Noel Gallagher’s shadow and assert himself as an artist in his own right.
Off the back of releasing his second solo album Why Me? Why Not., Liam has still continued to flirt/fight with his estranged brother Noel over the idea of reuniting the Mancunian legends for a mega-money deal. So far, Noel has been unmoved.
That hasn’t stopped the guitarist from reminiscing about the old days of Britpop however. This evening will see Gallagher release a song that he previously thought was “lost forever” and act as a rare example of an unheard Oasis song. The excitement level this has caused is an indication of just how impressive Oasis were in their day.
The band, fronted by the feuding brothers, did that extra special thing that only a few bands truly do. They changed pop culture. Oasis, despite their historical roots in rock and roll, were never following a trend—they set them. It has meant the group are a fan favourite and a guaranteed conversation starter in the pub. One question we imagine everybody has answered in their time is; what are your favourite Oasis songs?
Last year Vogue, as part of their 73 questions feature, joined Gallagher for a walk across Hampstead Heath and among the barrage of questions was that bar stool stalwart mentioned above. His list includes a few notable inclusions and perhaps Gallagher’s tongue in his cheek.
His first pick is an obvious one. After being asked about his favourite lyrics of all time, he answered: “I need to be myself, I can’t be no one else, I’m feeling supersonic, Give me gin and tonic,” in a not-so-subtle reference to the song. No surprises then that ‘Supersonic’ ranks among his favourites.
Talking about ‘Supersonic’, Gallagher said: “I like the words, I like the guitars in it and I still find it an odd tune,” in an old interview with Absolute Radio. “It’s not like your normal rock and roll tune and still enjoy singing it.” Next up on the list and to perhaps prove there’s still a bit of love between them, Liam then picks one of his favourites as the Noel-penned anthem ‘Live Forever’.
Written before older brother Noel joined Oasis, the song is one of their finest ever tracks and was once described by Alan McGee as “It was probably the single greatest moment I’ve ever experienced with them,” it secured their deal with Creation records.
He also picks relative unknown ‘Cast No Shadow’, sitting at number 8 on the tracklist and seemingly sandwiched between ‘Some Might Say’ and ‘She’s Electric’, the song acts as the glue among the hits and was the last song completed on MorningGlory.
Under pressure from the unsuitably gleeful interviewer, Gallagher begins to struggle to think of a fourth song to name as his favourite (despite being asked for five). Then with a glint in his eye so bright, it burst through his shades he selects ‘Wonderwall’. It’s a small part of a sprawling range of questions that is certainly worth the ten minutes watch.
Liam Gallagher’s favourite Oasis songs
‘Cast No Shadow’
See the full 73 questions Liam Gallagher answers to Vogue, below.