If you’ve been paying attention to British music over the last quarter of a century you’d be very familiar with the brooding and confrontational figure of Liam Gallagher. Lead singer of Oasis with his feuding brother Noel Gallagher on guitar, LG has always cut an angry figure.
Once dubbed “the angriest man in the world” by his guitarist brother, with whom Liam has endured and continues to endure a near decade long feud, Gallagher has mellowed of late. Having two solo number one albums in a row with As You Were and Why Me? Why Not? will do those kinds of things for you.
As affronted as Gallagher always seemed to be by the normality of life and the expectation for him to live in it, there was one piece of his agitated heart that he kept calm and always adoring. The piece of his heart he saved for the Beatles, and more importantly, for John Lennon.
Liam Gallagher has always been a huge fan of the Fab Four, taking on some of their classic style tips, covering some Beatles tunes with Oasis (‘I Am The Walrus’ in particular was a live favourite), and even naming his son Lennon. It’s fair to put The Beatles and the bespectacled John Lennon high on Gallagher’s mantel.
Remembering the moment Lennon was sot, Gallagher reflected: “I was eight. ‘Imagine’ is the song for me, because I was putting the TV on and I remember that song being on all the time and just thinking, ‘Who’s this guy?’ and all that and then obviously you forget about it and go to school. Later on in life I got into the Beatles, the whole band and stuff.”
We were intrigued to find then that the ‘Once’ singer’s favourite song from John Lennon wasn’t a number with The Beatles but, in fact, from Lennon’s last album Double Fantasy with Yoko Ono from 1980.
As part of an issue of UNCUT, where the magazine asked an array of musicians for their favourite Lennon song, the Oasis man explained that his favourite song from the ‘Imagine’ singer was Lennon’s song for his son, Sean, then aged five, called ‘Beautiful Boy’. The track is inspired by the joy of fatherhood and is even references French psychologist Emile Coue in Lennon’s praise of their shared lives.
In the piece, Gallagher goes on to say how this song inspired Oasis’ own track ‘Little James’: “[It] was inspired by ‘Beautiful Boy’ and ‘Hey Jude’. More ‘Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)’. People who’ve got any soul will realise that there’s a day when you go home and put your feet up and cuddle your kids. If anyone slags it off, they’ve either got no heart or they don’t know what the meaning of life is.”
Advice for those who don’t have a heart? “Fuck them. You can’t win with these people.”
So there, you have it, the angriest man in the world (who also happens to be one of the greatest rock frontmen of all time) has picked his favourite song from his idol John Lennon’s extensive collection. Believe it or not, he picks a heartfelt, touching and utterly wonderful song about the inner joy of fatherhood.
Appearances can be deceiving.
Source: Stop Crying Your Heart Out/UNCUT